Certify Your Project Management Skills

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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), which provides A+ and Network+ certification for IT professionals, has revised more than half of its IT Project+ exam, the first exam revision since CompTIA acquired the certification from the Gartner Group in 2001. The revision is the result of a year of research and development work and is intended to make the project-management certification more useful for IT professionals and their employers.




IT Project+ is designed to test knowledge equivalent to 2,000 hours of job experience in project management. The credential certifies mastery of foundation-level project-management concepts that can be applied to both IT and traditional projects.




According to Tom Vetterani, vice president of program management at CompuCom Systems Inc., the revised IT Project+ exam is focused on IT skills. “The new exam verifies the candidate’s knowledge of hard and soft skills required for completing IT projects on time and within budget,” he said.




The exam was revised to follow the IT project life cycle more quickly. It covers the following objectives:





  • Project initiation and scope definition (20 percent of the exam)
  • Project planning (30 percent of the exam)
  • Project execution, control and coordination (43 percent of the exam)
  • Project closure, acceptance and support (7 percent of the exam)




The IT Project+ certification tests soft skills, such as conflict resolution, negotiation, team building and managing expectations, in addition to hard skills like scope definition and resource management.




Through the end of 2003, candidates can choose to take either the 2001 version or the new version of the exam. The new exam has 80 questions that must be answered within the 90-minute time limit.




For more information on the revised IT Project+, see http://www.comptia.org/certification/itproject/default.asp.

Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at ehollis@certmag.com. 

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