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Credentials and Certifications

The following is a comprehensive list of credentials and certifications attained or recommended by Program and Project Managers within the Federal Government. This list serves only as a guide to help individuals identify developmental opportunities for continued success. Program and Project Management positions classified in the 0340 series do not require a degree or certification for entry. Agencies proper evaluation of their program and project management work will determine the appropriate occupational series and needed KSAs and competencies to perform program and project management work. The occupational series will drive the needed qualifications for entry into the position. Subject matter experts have acknowledged that specific certifications and credentials may help provide the skillsets needed to be successful but have emphasized the importance of experience for successful performance as a Program and Project Manager. Most OPM Qualification Standards and occupational series have identified education and/or experience as qualifying. Federal agencies analysis of the work and selection of an occupational series will determine the needed qualifications. The lists below include examples of certificates, certifications, and education that may be used to determine program and project management applicants’ qualifications. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and not in any order of importance, and certifications may be subject to change over time. The list below is also reflective of experience job candidates may acquire through formal and informal methods.

Certificates and Certifications

  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Scrum Master
  • Agile Certified Practitioner
  • Agile Scrum Master/Product Owner
  • Contracting Officer Representative
  • Federal Acquisitions
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Graduate Project Management Certificate
  • Certificate in Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Certified Project Management Practitioner
  • Federal Acquisition Certification in Program/ Project Management (Levels I, II, III depending on complexity of projects and associated contracts)
  • Certificate in Scheduling

Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Masters Certificate in Program Management
  • Masters Certificate in Government Contracting
  • General Bachelor's
  • Bachelor’s in Project Management
  • Bachelor’s in Technical Management
  • Master's in Public Administration
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