CAPM means a Certified Associate in Project Management. This is a certification offered by PMI to professionals who are interested in project management.
PMI stands for Project Management Institute. It is a global body that awards many project management certifications, located in the USA. The CAPM certification is one among many.
If you want to grow your career in project management, you should obtain this certification.
Unlike the PMP certification, this certification does not require project management experience. However, having experience is beneficial, which I will explain in the next section.
What are the CAPM Eligibility Requirements?
You have to fulfill two eligibility requirements to apply for the CAPM certification exam. These fall into two categories:
CAPM Eligibility Requirement #1 – Education
You must hold a high school diploma or any global equivalent to be eligible for the CAPM exam.
CAPM Eligibility Requirement #2 – Experience/Training
If you have 1,500 hours of project management experience, you don’t need training. You can apply for the CAPM exam right away.
If you don’t have project management experience you have to attend a 23 contact hours training program.
I’ll give you some advice.
Get your training through a registered education provider (REP). The course content for all REPs is reviewed and approved by the PMI. If you are selected for an audit, you won’t need to show the content outline to the PMI to verify your claim like you would if you attended training through a non-REP.
Should I Attend a 35 Contact Hours Training Instead of 23 Contact Hours?
I used to recommend that CAPM aspirants attend 35 contact hours training. This is because I know your final aim is the PMP certification, and you need 35 contact hours for that.
Now things are different.
PMI waived the 35 contact hours requirements for active CAPM holders in April 2019. Therefore, even if the PMP is your goal after the CAPM exam, choose a 23 contact hours training program instead of a 35.
This will save you time and money.
The eligibility requirements for the CAPM exam are more lenient than the PMP exam. The CAPM is for professionals with limited or no experience in projects. If you want to grow your career in project management, this certification is for you. Check your eligibility before you start the application process.
Are you interested and eligible for the CAPM exam? If yes, when will you apply? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
I recommend you visit www.pmi.org for updated information. Download the latest version of the CAPM Handbook and read the CAPM Eligibility Requirements.