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PM/BA Certification—A Great Way to ‘Grow’ Your Career
By Andrea Brockmeier

How is the PM and BA certification landscape evolving?

Spring is the season for renewal and growth—so how about you?

What are you doing for your professional renewal and growth? Certification is a great way to leverage experience and knowledge and demonstrate commitment to your field or profession.

Recent articles by Watermark principals Rich and Elizabeth Larson, and Director of Business Analysis, Vicki James, have shed light on the new Project Management institute (PMI®) certification, Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA™). This is a great new opportunity for project managers to channel their business analysis and requirements management experience into professional development and growth.

How else is the certification landscape evolving? Which certifications are growing the most and by how much? Below are the numbers of individuals with various credentials to give you some perspective on certification growth in the last few months.

Certification Total as of November 2013 Total as of February 28, 2014 Percent Increase
PMP 593,074 605,909 2.2
CAPM 24,196 24,789 2.5
CBAP N/A 3,750 N/A
CCBA N/A 542 N/A
PgMP 985 1,014 2.9
PMI-SP 1,036 1,118 7.9
PMI-RMP 2,507 2,638 5.2
PMI-ACP 4,366 5,008 14.7

Andrea Brockmeier is the Client Solutions Director of Project Management at at Watermark Learning, Inc. She began her project management career in the non-profit sector in Dallas where she developed and directed a community program for refugees. After returning to Minnesota, she spent over 10 years managing technical, operational, and financial projects. She also has many years of experience developing and leading technical project teams. Most recently, she has focused on curriculum development and training delivery of project management and influencing skills classes. Andrea holds a number of technical certifications and is certified as a Project Management Professional® by the Project Management Institute. You can read more from Andrea on her blog.

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