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    MN
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    Dear ALL
        As a Quality free-lancer ,I’m interested to enhance knowledge in project management ,so I wish to participate in a distance learning program.would you encourage that?I have since one year obtained a quality management certificate (by distance learning),it has helped me in my consultancy job.Do you recommend another PMP ?
         Thank you in-advance,best regards.   mn 

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    #83213

    G.L.
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    Can you tell us were you obtained the quality management certificate and where you plan on getting the PMP?  If you include the time, cost, schedule and school, I may be able to offer some suggestions.

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    #83218

    MN
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    Thank you very much for your kind  response.I have obtained the CQM certificte from Manitoba University/Canada (following an advice from ASQ). The program lasts for 6 months,consists of two courses:quality assurance & quality control (total cost 850$-approx.-).I’m planning to participate in  the project management program in IIL(Int.Instit. for learning),have two options(1)Associate certificate in PM,course price $750 or(2)PMC-Program-live elearning(the kerzner approach to PM Ex.)for $ 2450.Both programs would take place in March/April.
      Now ,Please kindly  (based on the a.m.informations)could you advise me?Would it be better to take a MBB or BB(Six-Sigma) Courses?,or it is OK with PMP Certificate??,forget to say that I have 25 years of industrial experience(including more than 12 years in quality & change management) .
         Thank you in-advance for your kind recommendation,best regards.                              mn    

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    #83220

    Ren
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    MN,
    You are asking whether to take Black Belt training or attain a PMP certificate? The first will train your how to be a change agent by giving your tools for business leadership, and the second will certify you in project management methodologies. I think you’re comparing apples to oranges. You should really spend more time investigating why you want additional training/certification (only you can answer that question), and then look at the merits of both and determine which satisfies your needs. Good luck.
    Ren

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    #83455

    Richard Lane
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    First of all, to get your PMP, you need to be able to document about 4500 hours of project management experience – before you take the exam.  So taking a couple of classes is not going to get you a PMP. 
    I’ve taken the Project 2002 training from IIL online and it was fairly good.  I’ve also just finished a masters degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School.  While Keller had some great classes, few of them were in project management.  Many universities are offering project management certificates now, you can look at the PMI website to view them.  I’ve read, outside of class, about a dozen PM books.  James Lewis has some of the better books and I think he offers a certification.  IT PM’s like the IT PM+ certification.  It’s one test.

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    #83502

    MN
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    First,Thank you Richard for your real practical advice,I really appreciate that.What is your suggestion regarding the quality management certificate ?does it intercept to some limit with the PMP?
    Secondly I have more than 2 years practical PM experience  as I was working as “re-engineering “Champion in a big cement company,the project was finished successfully,during that period I have received intensive training in Change Management,Integration,Project Management,Communication…..etc.I have presented my experience in the Six-SIgma Forum in 3 comprehensive articles(just recently),you are welcome to have access to those articles if you wish.I’m interested to have this PMC those days ,just to suport my practical knowledge & readings,also to reinforce my present status as free-lance (quality)consultant &  lecturer.I appreciate again your advice & wish to share PM knowledge with you if you are interestd.Basically I’m a chemical engineer.
       Thank you in-advance  & best regards.    Muhannad
                                  
                                    

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