9. Accounting and other professional bodies.
What other professional bodies are there? Loads, let’s jump straight in.
This is a project management qualification, usually associated with the public sector but is also known in the private sector, if you want to be a project manager this is a good stepping stone but unless you are targeting a public sector career I would opt for PMP/PMI.
Association for Project Management – APM
This is a good qualification and works well for public sector organisations but if it were me I would skip it and go with Prince 2 or PMP/PMI.
Project Management Professional – PMP/PMI
This is a better globally known project management qualification and one I would recommend you do if you want to become a project manager.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – CIPD
If you want a career in HR you should aim to get this qualification.
Chartered institute of marketing – CIM
This is not a mandatory qualification for a career in marketing but it’s still worth doing if this is the route you want to go down.
Chartered Management Institute – CMI
This is a good complimentary qualification, it’s not one I would personally go for on its own as it is not a required qualification for management positions for example, I feel this qualification is best when it’s combined with an accounting, HR or project management qualification it’s a good addition.
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply – CIPS
Procurement is not an industry really spoken about, I tend to find people fall into procurement or hear about it through word of mouth, in short you buy goods for the company you work for, trying to get the best deal whilst you’re at it.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – RICS
This is for those who want to get into the construction industry, when you buy a house one of these qualified people will come around and value it for you.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert – MCSE
I.T. qualification for Microsoft software.
Cisco Certified Network Associate – CCNA
Cisco’s professional qualification, this is the entry level.
Cisco Certified Network Professional – CCNP
As above but medium level.
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert – CCIE
This once upon a time was the must have qualification for demanding the salary of your dreams, it’s a tough qualification (what isn’t) but still worth the effort.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional – CISSP
A great qualification we are going digital and security is important.