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Which certification is best CAPM or PRINCE2 for Fresher with master's in IT?

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I'm doing my master's in Information Technology Management. before completion of my course i want to do certifications in project management which increase my job prospects, but unable to decide in between CAPM and Prince2. I'm a fresher and i'm not eligible for PMP. But i came to know that Capm is not well recognized (in India) is it true? will a certification in Prince2 help me in finding a better job with a decent payroll? suggest me on this issue and also the positions for which I'm eligible after these certifications.

Thanks in advance.
asked 6 years ago by anonymous edited 6 years ago by FastProjectManager

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First things first: PRINCE2 is compared to the PMP and not to CAPM.

In my opinion, you should go with CAPM, familiarize yourself with project management, take a project management role in a company, and then go for the PMP.

PRINCE2 is not well known in your country (and in many other countries) so it's very possible that companies there won't appreciate it.
answered 6 years ago by FastProjectManager (10,100 points)
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CAPM and PMP all have an element of experience as part of the qualifications, so without experience, you will not be able to take the exam.  The initial levels of PRINCE2 require only training, so it will be easier to obtain, but tell employers less about your qualifications.  CAPM requires less experience than PMP and only tests for knowledge of definitiions.  PMP adds to that a test of your ability to apply what you know to practical circumstances.

But my best advice to you is to seek that work which you enjoy, not which pays the most. I had close to 20 years of successful experience as a PM before taking the PMP, and not quite as many after.  But I'm doing what I'm doing because it is meaningful work that I enjoy.  Its what makes me want to get up every morning to work.
answered 6 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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