Professional training provider Global Knowledge is moving beyond the information technology market in its learning and development offerings, but it is doing so in an area familiar to many IT practitioners: The company recently announced it would be expanding its project management program in both size and scope, including new certifications in the discipline.
“We were looking for a non-IT arena to go into,” said Kirsten Hale, Global Knowledge’s director of project management and professional skills. “We’re not IT-focused anymore. This is a new step for Global Knowledge because we’re stepping beyond IT.”
Global Knowledge will offer four new certifications—in associate, professional, senior and executive tracks—for individuals and organizations seeking to verify project management skills and knowledge of concepts. “This curriculum was built from a career-path perspective,” Hale said. “We looked at basically taking an individual from an interest in project management all the way up through a director position, where they’re leading a portfolio management initiative or a project management office (PMO). We tried to align classes in all of those different segments of those career paths.”
Also included in the expansion are 25 new business-based courses that will address advanced topics, such as quality and risk management, enterprise project management, establishing the PMO, business analysis, project portfolio management and IT project management. All of the content has been developed internally, but is aligned to an extent to the programs offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Hale said. “The terminology is going to…
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