What is the CAPM Certification?

July 26, 2020
Fahad Usmani
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The job market is highly competitive these days. Organizations are looking for cost-cutting measures and improving the efficiency of their processes. They are very particular about who they hire for an entry-level job.

Many applicants apply and most of them have little or no experience. In this case, weightage is based on education and certification.

If you have less experience and are interested in project management, you should get a credential. Having a recognized certification can help you stand out from the crowd.

There are many authorities offering credentials for project professionals. However, among all, the CAPM certification is the most popular.

In this blog post, we will discuss the CAPM certification in detail

What is the CAPM Certification?

You will find many globally-recognized authorities that offer certifications in project management. They have many certification levels based on experience, education, and more.

Among all these certifications, the CAPM is the most popular. CAPM stands for a Certified Associate in Project Management. This is an entry-level certification for professionals interested in project management, offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.

As per PMI, “The CAPM certification offers recognition to practitioners who are interested in or are just starting a career in project management, as well as project team members who wish to demonstrate their project management knowledge.”

You can go for this certification if you have experience in other fields and want to move into project management. You can start your career move with the CAPM certification.

How to Get the CAPM Certification

To get the CAPM certification, you will have to pass a computerized test. The duration is 3 hours and you have to answer 150 multiple-choice questions. The test has no negative marking.

Once you pass the test, you can use the CAPM title with your name and signature.

This certification is valid for five years. There is no renewal process for the CAPM certification. If you want to keep the title, you must pass the CAPM exam again.

You can take the CAPM test from your home or at a Pearson VUE center. After submitting your answers, you will know your result immediately.

The CAPM exam eligibility period is one year from the date PMI approves your application. You have three attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t pass the exam in these attempts, you cannot apply again for one year.

Who Can Apply for the CAPM Exam?

As this certification is for entry-level professionals, anyone who has a high school diploma or secondary degree can apply.

If you have at least 1,500 hours of experience in project management, you can apply for the CAPM.

However, if you don’t have any experience in projects, you must attend a 23 contact hours training course. This course should explain project management fundamentals and should be aligned with the PMBOK Guide and CAPM exam content outline.

Benefits of the CAPM Certification

Organizations understand the importance of project management. They want to improve efficiency.

This certification shows employers that you know the best practices used in the industry. They will trust in your abilities.

Having the CAPM certification shows your commitment to learning new skills. It shows that you understand project management terminology and its processes.

A CAPM title on your resume increases your visibility on the job portals for entry-level positions. It makes you a more appealing candidate. This certification is valid across all industries and recognized throughout the world.

You have gone through a process to get this credential. This shows that you are a capable person, and you can manage projects. It shows your commitment to learning and gaining new skills. This certification will help you take your career to the next level.

It will boost your self-confidence and customer confidence in your organization.

What is Next After the CAPM Certification?

The CAPM certification is for entry-level professionals. Once you achieve this, gain more experience. When you become eligible for the PMP exam, apply for it.

The PMP certification is the most valuable certification for experienced project professionals. It is highly regarded and will help you take your career to the next level.

Having a CAPM certification will help you in your PMP exam preparation. You will have gone through the PMBOK Guide and already understand project management concepts. Passing the PMP exam will not be very difficult for you.

To apply for the PMP exam, one needs to attend a 35 contact hours training program in project management. Being a CAPM certification holder, you are exempt from attending the training.

Summary

A CAPM certification is a good start for you if you want to excel in your project management career. You can apply for this certification with no experience. The eligibility requirements for this certification are not tough. The CAPM certification helps you build a solid foundation for your career. 

Are you interested in building your career in project management? If yes, how about the CAPM certification? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

I recommend you visit www.pmi.org and download the CAPM Handbook and read it for more information.

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  • Hi, I just completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (Equivalent to a Honors Degree) but have minimal practical experience in Project management, what would your advice be: Should I start with CAPM or do the PMP certification Exam directly?

  • my plan to study CAPM this year.
    i have almost 1 year and half as ass. warehouse & purchasing manager is it enough for requirement?
    and what should HELP ME before i start study CAPM material?

    • I don’t think this is a project management experience, though you will be able to apply for the CAPM exam.

      Read my blog posts, read head first PMP book and another CAPM exam preparation book (you can find it from amazon).

      This will be enough for you, and don’t forget to read the PMBOK Guide two or three times.

  • I’m currently studying for the CAPM and I want to know what should I mainly focus on. I know this can be a difficult, so I just want to be well prepare going in.

  • Does CAPM exam have any situational questions like PMP exam? Is it difficult to pass CAPM exam? Can we apply taking the PMP exam immediately after passing the CAPM exam if we have enough project hours? How often PMI change the PINBOK version? May I have your guidance?

    Thank you so much.

    • The CAPM exam is totally based on the PMBOK Guide, I don’t that it will have many situation based questions.

      The CAPM Exam is not tougher than the PMP Exam.

      If you have sufficient working experience then directly apply the PMP Exam, there is no need to go for CAPM.

      Every four year, PMI publishes a new version of the PMBOK Guide.

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