The Effect That Project Management Certification Has on Employability: Agents’ Perceptions from Spain

  • Ignacio de los Ríos-Carmenado
  • José M. Díaz-Puente
  • Jesús Martínez-Almela
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 208)


This study analyses the effects that the project management certification has on employability. This analysis started with a participative process in which various groups of experts who are involved in the certification of people were consulted. A personal interview was carried out amongst 106 professionals —certifying bodies, training institutions, the civil service, and international organisations— and amongst professional who are certified in project management by the International Project Management Association in Spain. The results show that the certification emerges as a powerful tool for improving employability. The effects are demonstrated across two complementary aspects: internal company aspects and external aspects relating to the labour market. Finally, by compiling the different agents’ opinions, a series of measures emerge for improving the accreditation processes as an employability tool and increasing the mutual learning between public and private actors.


employability project management professional skills certification systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ignacio de los Ríos-Carmenado
    • 1
  • José M. Díaz-Puente
    • 1
  • Jesús Martínez-Almela
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural Engineering SchoolTechnical University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Industrial Engineering SchoolTechnical University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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