Is Certification Really Necessary for Project Managers – Or A ‘Waste Of Time’?

So you’ve visited the Training Bytesize website, and you’ve pinpointed a course that you think suits you down to the ground, but for many of our learners one question lingers in their mind as they advance through their research journey: “Is Certification Really Necessary For Project Managers?”

There are a whole host of reasons why certified project management is more important than ever to the success of a business. Without a dedicated project management professional, a business can open themselves up to chaotic, disorderly management, confusing objectives and unrealistic expectations.

To put this into more tangible terms, effective project management will save your business money simply through transparent communication and efficient leadership.

Let’s take a look at some areas of a business where a recognised project management certification can add real value and change the dynamics of an organisation for the better.

 Aligning Your Strategy
Strategy can be a difficult thing to implement at the best of times, but it’s not uncommon to see the goalposts move and a strategy change, whether that be through industry trends or unforeseen circumstances, such as Covid-19. An Agile Change Agent course is a fantastic example of a certification that prioritises a ‘see, do, learn’ approach and focuses on how to introduce change, how to adapt areas of a business and how to position yourself as ‘the change champion’ internally.

A dedicated project manager, who is certified in this methodology, will give a business the best possible chance of executing that new company wide strategy, successfully.


Managing both Success AND Failure

With many of our project management courses at Training Bytesize, we ensure that post-project review is adequately covered in our modules. For instance, a core element of the popular PRINCE2 methodology calls on the project manager to review their company’s past experience.

Inevitably, every company will make mistakes in their processes. Having a certification that proves you can successfully pinpoint these issues, and help the workplace adapt for the next project, will set you apart as a project manager, and will make you invaluable to that company.


Understanding Limitations
We’ve heard all too often over the years how project managers are appointed into companies where adequate process hasn’t existed before. In an environment like this, projects are more than likely to go over their budget estimate and delivery timeline, whilst also overestimating the internal resource available.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. A great project manager can outline achievable milestones, rather than overload the project team with unreasonable expectations. These unachievable goals will then inevitably lead to compromising on the quality of a later part of the project  in order to hit that deadline.


So, to answer our original question, is certification really necessary for project managers? Simply put, a project management certification is tangible evidence that you can point to in your experience, that showcases all of the above characteristics. This in turn allows you to further know your worth when seeking a pay rise, or applying for new roles.


If you’d like to learn more about our APM project management courses, and how they can provide tangible, added value to your CV, you can get in touch with our team today on +44 (0)1270 626330 or via e-mail to our UK based team at [email protected].




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