6 August, 2020

What is CAPM? PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management | Video

CAPM is PMI’s entry-level professional qualification: Certified Associate in Project Management.

The PMI is the Project Management Institute. For more, see: What is the PMI?

CAPM is designed to demonstrate that holders understand the fundamental knowledge, terminology, and processes of effective Project Management. Certification lasts 5 years – then you need to re-take the exam.

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Requirements (pre-requisites) for CAPM

Both of:

  1. Secondary degree
    (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  2. 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit your exam.

The Exam

  • Based on the PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, the PMBOK Guide. It covers Chapters 1-13 of 6th edition – ie Part 1 only. The questions are factual.
  • Available in 13 languages
  • 150 multiple choice Qns
    (15 are pre-test and don’t affect score) – 135 scoring Qns
  • PMI does not publish its pass mark
  • 3 hours – no breaks
  • Exam available online

For more on the PMBOK, see: What is the PMBOK?

New from 2020:

CAPM certification holders need to earn 15 PDUs every three years to maintain the certification.

If I don’t yet qualify for the PMP (Project Management Professional) Exam, is CAPM worth Getting?

Yes. ‘PMP versus CAPM’ is something of a false choice. For many Project Managers, it will be ‘PMP after CAPM’.

You might like our comprehensive article, ‘PMP versus CAPM: All You Need to Know’.

CAPM will be a stepping stone to PMP.

It can help you in many ways:

  • You can’t take the PMP exam at the very start of your career. You’ll need at least 2-3 years of project management experience before you can take it. Realistically, this can be nearer to 5 years.
  • CAPM is a valuable qualification in its own right.
  • The qualification will help you secure roles that will give you experience.
  • You’ll get a headstart in understanding the PMBOK Guide and the basic material.
  • Practice at taking the PMI exams, and therefore extra confidence.
  • Buying, trying, and owning some of the Exam prep resources.
  • You can score CAPM Contact Hours for your PMP application.

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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