Foundation/Entry level certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
What does it cover?
The CAPM is designed to demonstrate your understanding of the principles in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). It will test your comprehension of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of the PMBOK project management methodology.
The exam questions will focus on the following topic areas:
Who should apply for this certification?
As this is an entry level certification and is based on an understanding of principles presented in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), it is suitable for all project team members actively working on a project being managed with the PMBOK methodology.
It will be of particular interest to those working in a project manager, team manager, project scheduler or documentation heavy role – especially those involved in a Project Management Office (PMO).
The CAPM is also typically taken as a first step towards the Project Management Professional certification for PM’s who haven’t obtained enough experience to undertake the more advanced credential.
What are the requirements you need to meet?
The CAPM has a minimal set of requirements as you would expect for an entry level certificate. In line with the PMI’s view on entry criteria though, there are a couple of requirements you need to meet. You must either have:
- High School / Secondary Education degree AND 1500 hours project team experience (about 6 months), OR
- High School / Secondary Education degree AND 23 hours of formal project management education
The CAPM certification is valid for 5 years. You must retake a renewal exam during the final year to retain your certification.