A certification is an industry award that recognises a person’s competence in a field at a certain point in time.
A certifying body conducts standardised assessment against criteria that are defined by the profession, and some (such as the Institute of Project Management) offer instructional resources as optional aid to candidates (OPEN is also free!).
Although some require re-certification (re-assessment) every few years, many certifications are awarded without conditions. A motor vehicle driver’s licence, for example, is a certification that needs occasional renewal, but rarely requires a complete re-assessment.
Certification marks (such as the CPO logo and accompanying certification rules) are an internationally regulated and protected form of trademark.
The Institute of Project Management’s certification marks are registered with and regulated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and protected and globally recognised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s inter-governmental accords.
A Certified Project Officer (CPO) is a fundamental contributor to any project team.
They have been examined on at least 30 hours of project management study, and can employ project management knowledge in a wide variety of settings, taking responsibility for their own work performance.
A Certified Project Professional (CPP) applies contemporary project management tools, techniques and methods to the unique context of each project they undertake.
They identify and respond proactively to project risks, opportunities and issues, keeping stakeholders fully informed throughout.
A Certified Project Master (CPM) is a project leader and innovator.
They have been independently assessed against a broad range of project management competencies, and can apply a suite of specialised technical and managerial skills to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own project work and the work of others.
A Certified Project Director (CPD) has the proven ability to lead multiple, complex projects, programs and portfolios of work.
They make high-level autonomous decisions and use initiative and judgement to navigate a diverse range of activities that span functions, organisations, regions and cultures.
What is a Qualification?
A qualification is an official academic award (such as a degree) granted by an college or University, usually following of a period of instruction.
Although qualifications may have general pre-requisites to entry (such as minimum schooling or years of work experience), they assume that a person is unskilled in their discipline on commencement.
Qualifications may also include a limited assessment of skills; however, this is often done in a controlled ‘laboratory’ style setting.