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2010 Exams

Know the lingo

In 2007, Microsoft aligned itself with the Project Management Body of Knowledge, or PMBOK Guide®, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). If you’re not familiar with terms like Earned Value or Work Breakdown Structure, or understand what sorts of actions are taken in Initiation vs. Planning processes, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with those concepts.

Should I certify on the Project 2007 or Project 2010 platforms?

The answer to this question really depends on why you’re seeking certification in the first place. It’s probably best to go with the platform your current or potential employer will be using in the next year or two.

I’d recommend—if you have a choice—focusing on the 2010 platform, as it ushers in a product that will provide the most value to those who implement and use it. With the rich features, and relatively low cost, there will be plenty of need for certified professionals.


There are many options when considering Microsoft Project certification. Now that you know more about what’s available, sign up to take your exam at http://www.prometric.com. If there is enough interest, in a future article I’ll make some recommendations about how to study for each of the exams, along with recommendations for materials that can help.

If you have any suggestions or ideas, please comment below!

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