Shortages of qualified and certified project managers are a pressing human capital issue for government CIOs globally.
By 2010, more than 70% of the governments in economically advance nations will have begun to standardize IT project management practices and formalize skill requirements for their personnel (0.8 probability).
Through 2010, government agencies will cancel 30% of the IT projects they initiate, including at least 10% of projects budgeted at more that $200K due to failure (0.7 probability).
NASCIO recently issued a report that calls for actively supporting career advancement for project managers in the states through project management training and certification programs.
The State Project Management Certification ("State Certification") will provide State employees with the necessary project management skills to effectively and efficiently develop, implement and monitor State IT project management tasks and outcomes. The State Certification process will also improve the ability of State agencies to complete projects on time and within budget.
Arizona will be a leader among states to implement a state project management certification process.
State project management training will be consistent with and equivalent to training requirements specified by PMI for a Project Management Professional (PMP).
The State Certification program will raise the standards for training and qualifications through adoption of policies ensuring that State employees have the necessary skills before tackling major and/or critical State IT projects.