It could be described as the ‘little brother’ of the Certified Project Manager certification. It is inexpensive (costing just a fraction of our fees for other certifications), and it certifies basic knowledge, but not project experience. The IAPM wants to actively promote project management as a key qualification as early as possible, so this certification is designed to attract a younger audience and encourage them to take an interest in project management very early on in their careers. For example, students who have covered the topic of project management in their degree courses or are interested in the subject and believe it to be important for their career development are one potential target group for this new certificate.
Acquiring project management knowledge as early as possible isn’t just an advantage for people who are planning a career in project management. Aspects of project management such as advance planning, soft skills such as respectful and motivating interaction with other members of the team or the knowledge of how to approach both small and large-scale projects are also advantages to people in careers outside project management. Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM) certification is an excellent way to get involved in this important field.
Dr Roland Ottmann, Chairman of the IAPM Council of Experts and co-developer of the IAPM certifications, explained it as follows, “Today‘s Junior Project Manager is tomorrow’s Senior Project Manager. And a certificate from an internationally recognised, global project management organisation such as the IAPM is an important first step towards a successful career. It’s never too early to broach the subject of project management if you’re hoping for a career in this field. Many people in project management are suddenly thrown in at the deep end. They learn through practical experience, which is absolutely indispensable.
However, a basic theoretical grounding in project management would have made the entire process much smoother for them. It gives them a kind of project management map that makes it far easier for them to find their way around in projects than their completely inexperienced colleagues. Our certificates confirm this theoretical knowledge.”
Around two years ago, a survey conducted by the German Digital Economy Association (BVDW) (Link: www.bvdw.org/presse/news/article/bvdw-studentenbefragung-erwartungen-von-nachwuchskraeften-an-arbeitsleben-in-der-digitalen-wirtscha.html) about students‘ expectations of their future careers revealed that the majority of students want careers in ‘marketing and sales‘ (56.4%), ‘project management‘ (53.1 %) or ‘PR and communications‘ (40.5 %).
These survey results clearly illustrate the relevance of project management certifications that are feasible and affordable for students. Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM) strikes the right chord and will hopefully attract many people to project management. Tomorrow’s senior project managers are raring to go!
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