Alphabet Soup: PMP, ACP, CAPM, Oh my!

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bp 8 PMP, ACP, CAPM…the list of certification acronyms can go on for a scary long time! With some help from, I’m here the set the record straight. So sit back and if you’re an overachiever, make some flash cards (sorry I don’t have any actual alphabet soup to offer)!

PMP, ACP, CAPM, Oh my!

PMP®: Project Management Professional.  For individuals with experience leading projects

PMI-ACP®: Project Management Institute-Agile Certified Practitioner (now you see why we abbreviate?).  For those that understand how to apply agile principles to projects.

CAPM®: Certified Associate in Project Management. This one seems to be the one that is commonly mistaken. Not to confuse “Assistant” with “Associate”. CAPM certified individuals have a fundamental understanding for project management, but less experience leading projects (see blog PMP vs. CAPM).

PgMP®: Program Management Professional. PMI defines this as, ‘skill and performance in the oversight of multiple, related projects that are aligned with organizational objectives’. In my experience, this certification is the next step for the PMP certified. Time to set your next goal, PMPs!

ITIL®: Information Technology Infrastructure Library. For individuals that show skill in business IT services. Read more about ITIL here (note: this is not a PMI certification).

PMI-RMP®: PMI-Risk Management Professional. For individuals that have expert knowledge of identifying project risks.

That’s just a chunk of what’s out there. Are you imagining your filled up business card yet? Start with taking a training course in one of these certifications, and you’re well on your way to adding more and more letters to your name.