Best Certification For Me?

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I work as an engineer in a very niche industry. I have managed small projects in my current role, and it is something I would like to pursue more. However, I'm not sure what exam I should take. It seems Prince2 is very popular in the UK, but is it really in demand and open up job opportunities?

Another option I'm looking at is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt - this has the project management element, but also the continuous improvement core. Would something like that certification open up more doors for me?

I'm looking for something that is the best bang for your buck certification- something to put on the CV. The experience element I can get in my current role.

Any suggestions are most welcome.
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Hello Soman,

I think people tend to worry too much about which qualification to get. I think any recognised qualification will serve you well. When interviewing for a project manager, I would look for three things. They understand the principles of project management; can demonstrate that they have applied them successfully and a recognised qualification to back that up.

The only exception, is where you know which organisation you will be joining or are targeting and they have a preferred qualification.

I hope this helps.

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I would tend to agree with Duncan. Skills and experience are always preferred to qualifications. However, the thing about qualifications is that they do provide you with an understanding of how project managment SHOULD be done, as opposed to how it is often done in practice. The 2 things are usually very different in my opinion. Project management qualifications always do look good on your CV because they show employers that you want to improve your understanding and skills. On their own however, they are unlikely to get you a job. I wrote an article which summarized all the main project management qualifications, so perhaps that might help you choose.
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