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IT Management Certifications Comparison

IT management is a fast-growing and high-paying field. Project management, ITIL® and related certifications can help you earn your first management position or advance higher. Compare the cost, requirements and benefits of different certifications for IT managers.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Career level: Entry to mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: Varies

How long the certification lasts: Lifetime

Annual potential salary increase: $14,076

Notes: There’s no official standard for this certification; many vendors offer it

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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Career level: Mid to late

Prerequisites: None

Exam: Varies

How long the certification lasts: Lifetime

Annual potential salary increase: $17,350

Notes: There’s no official standard for this certification; many vendors offer it

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ITIL Foundation (Information Technology Infrastructure Library Foundation)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: Varies; approx. $250

How long the certification lasts: Does not currently expire

Annual potential salary increase: $13,000

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 9 units / 17 hours of ITIL Foundation training, plus test prep and complementary business skills courses

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ITIL Expert (Information Technology Infrastructure Library Expert)

Career level: Late

Prerequisites: ITIL Foundation (or Bridge equivalent) and MALC certifications

Exam: Varies; approx. $250

How long the certification lasts: Does not expire

Annual potential salary increase: $30,517

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 17 units / 40 hours of intermediate and advanced ITIL training, plus complementary business

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CompTIA A+

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $205

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $7,493

Notes: Yearly maintenance fee is $25; vendor-neutral

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 46 units / 62 hours of training

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CSM (Certified ScrumMaster)

Career level: Mid to late

Prerequisites: None

Exam: Approx. $1,000 for mandatory 2-day, in-person training and exam

How long the certification lasts: 2 years

Annual potential salary increase: $13,500

Notes: Does not currently require continuing education credits

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 10 units / 22 hours of Scrum, Agile development and Agile practitioner classes

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PMP (Project Management Professional)

Career level: Mid to late

Prerequisites: 4,500 hours of project management (PM) experience and a 4-year degree, or 7,500 hours of PM experience with a high school degree and 35 hours of PM training

Exam: $555

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $13,282

Notes: Maintaining certification requires 60 professional development credits per three-year cycle

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: PMP test prep plus Project Management Institute-aligned project management classes

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CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: 1,500 hours of PM experience or 23 hours of PM education

Exam: $300

How long the certification lasts: 5 years

Annual potential salary increase: $2,450

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: Test prep

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