Why Are Certifications Important

Why Certifications Are Important

Why are certifications important these days? Well, as we all know that in the job market there has always been a competition. The employers try to find the brightest candidate for the vacant position. Or if not brightest, they would try to find someone who holds important popular certifications. Why do they look for certified professionals, you may wonder? Well, to get the job done, the employer needs some sort of surely that the candidate is capable of doing the job.

Important certifications like PMI-PMP, PMI-RMP, PRINCE2, CBAP, Six Sigma give employers a confidence that the candidate has the knowledge of doing the required tasks. But how do certifications give employers such a confidence? Well, you see certifying for these means you are capable to learn, use your mind, understand new ideas and manage things to achieve good results. Studying towards certifications often require study for so many hours and you go through many books for this. And from the books, you obviously learn best practices, practical knowledge, wisdom and more. So, employers value those who have possess certifications not just because they know that the individuals have the capability to utilize his mind sharply but also that he has learnt many new things to get many jobs done effectively.

So, what are the popular certification these days when it comes to project management, business analysis and quality management?  If you do a research, you will find out that PMP (Project Management Professional) of Project Management Institute, USA is the most popular and sought certification in the world now. Second to this is PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments). Talking specifically about business analysis, IIBA's CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) is the most popular certification. Moreover, it is believed by the experts that after PMP, CBAP is gaining popularity speedily globally.

Similarly, talking about scheduling, Primavera P6 software is most demanded software for project scheduling, tracking and monitoring. Microsoft Project is another software, though not as popular as Primavera, it is used worldwide by numerous organizations.

For IT and Telecom professionals, ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is the most popular certification. This certification teaches you how to manage IT services and IT infrastructure effectively. PMI's ACP (Agile Certified Professional) is another certification, which is gaining popularity. Primarily it is for IT professionals but gradually many other industries are also looking for ACP certified professionals for their projects. Agile approach to doing projects is helpful for large or complex projects. Also the projects for which the requirements are not clear or may change time to time, agile is the most suitable approach for doing the projects. Hence, agile is gaining popularity very much in industries other than IT as well.

All Round Benefits of Certifications

Professional Development

Pursuing certifications involve extensive learning, which results in ongoing professional development. You stay updated with latest industry standards, trends and practices.

Global Recognition

Many certifications are recognized internationally. It can be beneficial for those who seek opportunities outside their home country.


Certifications enhance your credibility and trustworthiness within your field. They demonstrate positively on employers, peers and clients perceive them.

Career advancement

Holding certifications can open up many new career opportunities. Since, employers prefer employees with certifications, you are more likely to be hired when you hold certifications.

Better Salary

Researchers suggest that professionals with certifications earn more salary than those without certifications. Since employers value importance of certifications, they are happy to pay more.

Networking Opportunities

Certifications open up networking opportunities with professionals. Interacting with professionals, subject matter experts can lead to knowledge sharing, collaboration, mentorship.