~ By Jakob Jelling
Project management is a very specialised and often complex task, and requires more training than the average programmer or executive might expect in very specific organisational tasks. To meet this demand, professional groups such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) were organised to set standards for the training of project managers.
In general, to become a project manager, you need lots of hands-on training. To be awarded the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), a project management candidate must acquire at least 1500 hours of work on a project team or 23 contact hours of formal project management education. A project management associate is not qualified to run an entire project by themselves, only assist a project management professional in project management.
The other project management training certification provided by the PMI is the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is awarded upon satisfying education and experience requirements, passing an examination, and agreeing to adhere to a professional conduct code. To maintain this certification, the PMP must also satisfy CEU requirements.
The best way to train for project management is to work closely with a project manager. Dozens of things can go right or wrong in a project, and the only way to really learn how to handle them is to be thrown right into the middle.
You should seek hands-on training in the following areas:
Project management training can also be provided in the classroom, but be certain to speak with your instructor. Find out what his or her background is in project management. An inexperienced person teaching you project management will only be able to teach you the mechanics; the best project managers understand that it is really an art.