The CAPM: Understanding the Processes

By: Jessica Valor, CAPM

The wide world of consulting requires us to understand many facets of a project, from selecting and strategic planning, technical design and implementation, and the continuous management of time, cost, and quality. If all of these aspects come together through adequate planning, the possibility of having a successful project increases. If not, the chance of cost overruns, schedule delays, or defects is imminent. Project management plays an integral role throughout the life cycle of a project from beginning to end. The ability to understanding these facets is what drove me to test for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, as accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The CAPM, which is the precursor to the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate, demonstrates the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental processes of effective project management. Next year I will sit for my PMP, which requires at least 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects. Through Interface Consulting’s robust Professional Development Program, my firm has allowed me to continue to grow as a professional. By being encouraged to obtain these certifications, I am able to demonstrate my knowledge and desire to have the tools to assist our client base. Being able to directly relate to our clients and their needs is what makes Interface Consulting experts in our field.

Consultants, much like owners and contractors, need to understand the basics of a project. There is always a budget, always a schedule, and always a threshold of quality standards to adhere to. The relationships between owner, contractor, and subcontractor all play an important role. Many companies get into trouble and run into problem projects by focusing only on their piece of the project puzzle, and forget that the relationships with all the project players are important to running a successful project. Interface Consulting specializes in working with owners, contractors, subcontractors, insurers, and attorneys, just to name a few, and has built a reputation by getting into trouble on behalf of our clients.

There are six comprehensive project management certifications offered by PMI. For more information, please visit www.pmi.org/Certification.aspx.

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