The CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification is awarded by PMI. This certification is for professionals who have less project experience or want to move their career into project management.
The CAPM exam application process is not difficult. You only need to be prudent and have the correct, necessary information with you.
If you intend to apply for the CAPM exam and are not sure about the process, this post will explain to you the complete CAPM exam application process.
CAPM Certification Exam Application Process
The CAPM exam application process involves a few steps.
Let’s start with the first, eligibility.
Check Your Eligibility
Do not waste your time and effort if you do not qualify for it. Try to complete the requirements and then apply. For example, you should get training if you don’t have work experience.
If you have at least 1,500 hours of project management experience, no training is required.
You must have a secondary or high school diploma
Fill Out the Application Form
You can do this either online or offline. The information required is the same, but the online process is faster. It takes around 24 hours to get approved while the offline method may take about 8-10 days.
Therefore, I recommend you to apply online.
The application form is divided into two sections. The first is for general information. The second section asks for a training program or project management experience.
If you have more than 1,500 hours of project experience, you don’t have to enter details of training as it is waved for you. If you don’t have the experience, you will be asked to provide details of the 23 contact hours program.
Fill in the information carefully.
You have 90 days to complete the form, so take your time. You can fill out part of it and save it. Afterward, you can log in and start from where you left off. You can also edit the previously entered information.
If you start the application and don’t finish it, the PMI will send you a few reminders. Make sure you complete this process before it’s due.
Review the information at least twice before submitting the application form, because once you submit it, you cannot edit any information.
Before submitting the application form, read and agree with the PMI Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct and the Certification Agreement/Renewal Agreement.
Application Completeness Review and Fee Payment
After submitting the form, the PMI takes 24 hours to review it. They will send you an email with instructions for payment if everything is fine. They will ask you for clarification if they find any issues with your application.
Once all issues are resolved, if there are any, you will get an application completeness email. Then you can pay the fee and schedule the exam.
The fee for the CAPM exam is 300 USD for non-PMI members and 225 USD for PMI members.
Please note that you will have one year to pass the CAPM exam, with three attempts. If you cannot pass the exam within a year or after using all attempts, you cannot apply for the CAPM exam for the next year.
After submitting the application form, you will know immediately if you are selected for an audit.
The PMI will send you an email with detailed instructions on how to complete the audit process if they select you. The audit should be completed within 90 days and your eligibility period will start from the day you pass.
Please note that being selected for the audit process is random and there is no way you can avoid it.
Therefore, it is in your best interest if you prepare yourself for an audit before applying for the CAPM exam.
In an audit, they will ask you to send a few documents, like copies of educational certifications, experience certifications, contact hours certificate, and more. Send these by mail in a sealed envelope. They will take around one week to review and then you will know the result of your audit.
They may ask for further clarification if required. Follow the instructions, and you should have no issues with the audit.
PMI may contact your previous bosses or employers to verify your work experience. Therefore, inform them in advance about your CAPM exam application.
Schedule the Exam Date
The PMI will send you an email with a code to the Pearson VUE site to schedule the exam if you are not selected for an audit. If you are selected, you will receive this code after you pass the audit.
You can now go to the Pearson VUE site and schedule the exam.
A Few Precautions for the CAPM Exam Application Process
- Make sure you have completed the training before applying for the exam if you don’t have any experience.
- Inform your bosses and employers before applying so they can respond to PMI queries.
- Don’t provide overlapping experiences.
- Keep photocopies of all educational certificates, experience certificates, and training programs.
- Double-check everything before your final submission.
The CAPM exam application process is a little lengthy but straightforward. However, PMI provides enough time to complete the form. Take your time and fill in the correct information. Check twice, because once you submit it, you cannot make any changes. I will also suggest you keep photocopies of all your documents to help you fill out the application form.
Good luck with your CAPM exam.
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Please read the CAPM handbook for updated information on the CAPM exam application process.