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April 25, 2012


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I am not an expert in commercial printing but I am familiar with manufacturing, project management and purchasing in more organizations. The manufacturing and project management skill sets are transferable in other fields. I am not aware of positions that require the CAPM or CPIM, are there jobs that you are looking for that call those out as requirements? If this is the case, are there other certifications you are seeing as requirements in the job listings?

Is your employer able to provide you with training in these areas so you don't have to pay out of pocket? I am a big fan of employer provided training to improve your skill set.

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I would like to go with Mikes suggestions here. Check a few recent opening in areas of supply chain and procurement. Note down the skill sets they are looking for. I am not familiar with any of the certification you mentioned.

But, in my work area (software) also there is a constant need o upgrade yourself to latest standards, tools and procedures. Right now I am learning Agile and scrum and PEGA

Its good that you are thinking of upgrading yourself. $2.5 is not too costly when it may give you future job security.

Another point, if you aspire for a position, try getting it from today, start applying. AT least you will get more conversant with the job need and get yourself prepared.

I would take the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam over the CAPM. I see a lot of jobs posted with a PMP requirment, not so many with CAPM. If you have a bachelors degree, you will need around 2.5 years of experience working on projects to be able to apply for the PMP exam. The CAPM does not have the experience requirment.

The PMP really got my career moving, I had pretty much been stalled in my positon for about seven years. After passing the exam last summer, I was promoted to department manager within four months.

My company (as most will) paid for my test prep and the exam.

PMP, CAPM, CPIM are all just money makers for their respective organizations and serve no real purpose other than possibly looking good on a resume. I say "possibly" because I work in Supply Chain Program Management and I see very few jobs requiring these "certifications" and have met few Sr. Managers who even know what these are.

I'm extremely wary of these "certs" because they require you to pay to stay certified. What are you getting re-certified in? This stuff really doesn't change. You don't have to pay and re-certify every few years for the CFP, CPA, and CFA certifications.

Everything you need for the knowledge in these areas can be found at the library. Read a bunch of books on program, project and supply chain management, then implement some practices in your current job. Seeing that on a resume is far better than PMP, CPIM, etc.

I work in Purchasing/Manufacturing for an $18billion company, and can say at least for my company while most positions don't actually mandate a CPIM, many postings specify that they would prefer a candidate with it. I have CPIM and as I interview for internal moves, it's often brought up as a plus, but definitely actual experience is more important, so I second what the last poster said - the more you can talk about how you applied concepts is better.

Now for CAPM, I think PMP is more recognized, but I only rarely see it listed on job postings. So you could get it, but I think you'd probably be just as well off or better by taking leadership of a complex project and executing it, then you can just talk about that instead of how you have CAPM or PMP.

Agree with everyone else on here. I have both CSCP and PMP - PMP is more recognized across industries (might be beneficial if you plan on switching) and my company paid for both. Additionally, Six Sigma/Lean Six Sigma training could open up more opportunities - these are relevant to both manufacturing and non-manufacturing positions.

However, I also agree with Tom - You have to pay and/or dedicate a lot of time to maintain the certifications even though they may have little correlation to a person's capability. Unfortunately, some companies look for these certs on a resume.

Good luck

Best way to transfer from one industry to a related one is through you business network. Spend your time working on your network and letting people know you are potentially interested in a new job.

Your network will either directly introduce you for a job at their company or will pass on your name to a recruiter that is calling them about a job. I get recruiters calling me all the time looking for candidates and I would gladly pass on the name of a collegue that wants to join my field.

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