Axelos certifications Vs PMI Certifications - Full Guide
Written By : Bakkah
16 Jan 2023
PMI & Axelos Comparison demystified
This essay provides an overview of the PMI and Axelos, which examines the similarities and differences between them. There are two major project management certification bodies; these are the Project Management Institute (PMI) with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and Axelos owned by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), UK.
What is AXELOS Institute?
AXELOS Institute is a joint venture company, created in 2013 by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) in the United Kingdom and Capita plc, to manage, develop and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio. AXELOS is responsible for developing, enhancing, and promoting a number of best practice methodologies in project, program, and portfolio management, IT service management, and cyber resilience.
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s largest project management not-for-profit membership association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters, virtual communities, and academic research. PMI certification shows that you have the essential knowledge, experience, and education to effectively contribute to project, strategic and organizational success.
Reasons to earn PMI and Axelos certifications
- Credibility: To provide a fair and reliable way to validate your field of knowledge and professional experience.
- Transferability: PMI and Axelos certification can move and adapt with your career.
- Competitive advantage: To be more marketable to obtain salary increases, recognition, and career progress.
- Commitment: By earning PMI and Axelos certifications, you continue to ensure your knowledge growth, skills, and abilities.
PMI certifications are many training courses provided by Bakkah Inc. and certified by PMI that can be presented as the following:
- CAPM certification: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®). The CAPM® training course recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes, and terminology as defined in the PMBOK® Guide that is needed for effective project management performance.
- PMP Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP®) . The PMP® training course recognizes the competence of an individual to perform in the role of a project manager, specifically experience in leading and directing projects.
- PgMP Certification: Program Management Professional (PgMP®). The PgMP® training course recognizes demonstrated experience, skill, and performance in the oversight of multiple, related projects that are aligned with organizational objectives.
- PfMP Certification: Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®). The PfMP® training course recognizes the advanced skill needed for the coordinated management of one or more portfolios of projects, programs, or operations to achieve organizational objectives.
- PMI-ACP Certification: Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®). the PMI-ACP® training course recognizes knowledge of agile principles, practices, and tools, and techniques across agile methodologies, not simply limiting a practitioner to one agile approach.
- PMI-RMP Certification: Risk Management Professional (RMP®). The training recognizes demonstrated knowledge and competency in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks along with plans to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities.
- PMI-SP Certification: Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®) The training recognizes demonstrated knowledge and competency in the specialized area of developing and maintaining the project schedule.
Axelos certifications are several training courses provided by Bakkah Inc. and certified by Axelos such as:
- PRINCE2 Certification: PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2®). It is a structured process-based approach for effective project management It helps avoid project failure, reduce waste, increase productivity, boost efficiency, help you move into senior roles, and complement other globally recognized approaches such as PMI and IPMA.
- MSP Certification: Managing Successful Programs (MSP®) aims to help your organization design, plan and implement programs for projects that deliver outcomes and benefits to support change driven by corporate strategy.
- P3O Certification: Portfolio, Program and Project Offices (P3O®) training course is to provide universally applicable guidance that will enable individuals and organizations to establish, develop and maintain appropriate business support structures.
- PRINCE2 Agile Course: PRINCE2 Agile® provides further guidance on how to apply agile methods to the world’s most recognized project management method.
- ITIL Certification: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®). The course utilizes leading-edge IT capabilities to provide world-class services and maximize value. Employing IT service management best practices described in ITIL® to increase productivity, optimize costs and improve customer experience.
- MoP Certification: Management of Portfolios (MoP®) provides senior executives and practitioners, who have responsibility for planning and implementing portfolios of change, with a set of principles, techniques and practices to introduce or re-energize portfolio management.
- MoV®: Management of Value (MoV®). Is aimed at all those involved in directing, managing, supporting and delivering portfolios, programs and projects. It is about maximizing value in line with the program and project objectives and the key stakeholder requirements.
PMI vs. Axelos
The table below presents a comparison between PMI Accreditation and Axelos accreditation.
|Main points||PMI accreditation||Axelos accreditation|
|Governance||PMI, USA||Axelos (in partnership with OGC),UK|
|Training Org.||Registered Education Providers (R.E.P). Bakkah’s REP No. # 3302||Authorized Training Organizations (ATO) Bakkah’s ATO No. # 3115 through PEOPLECERT|
|Project Startup/Initiation||Driven by customer requirements||Driven by business cases|
|Roles||Focuses on project manager’s role||Defines the roles everyone involved in project|
|Certification Exam Conducted by||Parametric Worldwide, an independent third party||At Bakkah Inc.|
|Approach||Knowledge based approach||Process based approach that defines what, when, who and how|
Definitions of Project according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: A project is defined as a temporary endeavor that has a defined beginning and end with defined scope and resources. It is unique in that is not a routine operation, but a specified set of operations to achieve a singular goal. Projects are a means by which the strategy of the company is implemented.
- According to Axelos: A Project is temporary for the organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed business case. Projects are means by which change management can be initiated whilst continuing business as usual.
Definitions of Program according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: Is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually. Programs may include elements of related work outside the scope of the discrete projects in the program.
- According to Axelos: A program is made up of a specific set of related projects identified by an organization that together will deliver some defined objective, or set of objectives, for the organization to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business.
Definitions of Portfolio according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: A portfolio is all the projects for an organization created to meet its strategic business goals. This could be all the projects for an entire company or all the projects for a division or business in a large corporation. The portfolio level will handle, among other things, governance around the project life cycle, standards, a document repository, and a project portfolio tool.
- According to Axelos: A portfolio represents the totality of an organization's investment or segment in the changes required to achieve its strategic objectives.
Definitions of Project Management according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: is the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques for a wide range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a certain project. PM is best described in 5 processes that include Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
- According to Axelos: Project management encompasses quality management, control, and organization of a project with consistency and review to align with project objectives. PM is best described in 4 processes which include initiation, planning, execution, and closure.
Definitions of Program Management according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: A group of related projects is managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually. Programs may include elements of related work outside the scope of the discrete projects in the program.
- According to Axelos: The action of carrying out the coordinated organization, direction, and implementation of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realize benefits of strategic importance to the business.
Definitions of Portfolio Management according to PMI And Axelos
- According to PMI: It refers to the centralized management of one or more project portfolios to achieve strategic objectives. To ensure that an organization can leverage its project selection and execution success.
- According to Axelos: It refers to a set of principles, techniques and practices to help organizations ensure their programs and projects contribute to strategic objectives and achieve maximum Return on investment (ROI).
PMI and Axelos do not compete but they complement each other and both are recognized internationally as a family of best practices that address all levels of organizational needs. PMI provides what knowledge should you know and Axelos provides the how-to to apply this knowledge. Both practices provide the foundation for doing projects right.
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