ISOM Student Association Hosts Program Management Certification Review

Over a dozen Mason ISOM students built upon their knowledge in program management (PM) areas to prepare for the Certified Associate in Program Management (CAPM) certification during the winter break.

The review and preparation session, sponsored by the Mason Information Systems and Operations Management Association (MISOMA), was free to all who attended the two session review. The sessions were conducted by Professor Jim Murray, well qualified for the role on the basis of his long program management experience in industry. Support for the sessions was provided by ISOM professors Sid Das and Harvey Singer and Ms. Zaynab Hamidaldin, MISOMA president.

“I think what is remarkable is that the MISOMA student members took the initiative to setup this review session and worked to make all the arrangements,” said Amitava Dutta, ISOM professor and area chair. “Participation in our student organizations adds value to our students educational experience and can help prepare them for their future careers.”

The session was filled with study and review methods and techniques to help students pass the CAPM certification exam. Students built upon their studies from traditional course curricula such as OM 493 Management of Technology Projects, and focused on the essential areas to pass the exam. Future free sessions are expected to be offered to help students prepare for the CAPM certification exam and beyond.

The CAPM certification is offered by the Program Management Institute (PMI), the recognized authority and leading certifying organization in program management. Certification is a very desirable asset when searching for a new job and for advancement in your career, regardless of the specific business area. In particular, the PM certification will increase student’s ability to find career track positions in Program Management upon graduation in May 2011. The PM certification will also increase the opportunity for considerably higher salaries in the highly sought-after field of Program Management.

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