A shrewd business professional looks for ways to move up (or over) to improve their salary, benefits and job opportunities. One way to reach that goal is by getting a business certification. Whether you’re just starting out in a professional track or have been at it for a while, you should find one or more of the certifications described in this article of interest and value.
Top five certifications, by the numbers
The following table lists top business-related certifications and the number of open positions on a single day that call for the certification specifically or experience with the technology. This isn’t a scientific analysis in which every job description is examined, just an overall glance at search numbers.
Job site search results
|Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)||555||599||1,154|
|Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)||314||343||657|
|Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)||367||433||
|Project Management Professional (PMP)||12,742||14,441||27,183|
|SAP Certified Application Associate – Business Planning and Consolidation||483||1,193||1,676|
The following sections provide details of top business certifications according to job site searches as well as other certifications offered by the various organizations.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has been around since 1969, helping business workers develop careers in project management, mainly through professional development and certifications.
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is ideal for up-and-coming PMs. You need to show proof of a high school diploma, associate’s degree or a global equivalent. The single exam has 150 questions, costs $225 for PMI members or $300 for nonmembers and is available through Pearson VUE. By the time you sit for the exam, you need to have gained 1,500 hours of project experience or 23 hours of PM education. The certification is valid for five years, and candidates must retake the exam to maintain the credential.
PMI has other certifications aimed at the business community, such as the Read More Here