Adapted from a paper produced for asapm's PM Cert program, © 2003 by Dr. Lewis Ireland, Clarksville, TN.
Published here June 2007.

Introduction | The Beneficiaries of Project Management Certification
Organizations and Customers | Professional Societies and the Project Management Community
The Public | The Certifying Organization
Value of Knowledge-Based versus Competence-Based Certification | Summary

The Certifying Organization

All of this raises a question: Who sets the certification standards according to which individuals can qualify to receive a specific professional knowledge or competence designation?

One must assume that a credible organization offering certification does so acting independently of any outside influence. Such an organization then authenticates that each applicant meets established standards through rigorous testing, examining, and reviewing of a candidate's knowledge, attitude, experiences, and skills according to that organization's standards program.

The match between what the consumer needs and what an organization offers in certification provides a means of measuring the certification value. If the match between a customer's requirements for project management knowledge or competence and the qualifications of the professional designation is close, then this provides significant value to a customer's organizational effectiveness. Of course, if the standards or requirements are artificial and unrelated to individual performance relevant to requirements, then such a program detracts from the value of certification. In either case, the profession needs to validate the criteria used in the certification process. That is, it must have content validity.

The Public  The Public

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