Certified Associate in Project Management

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An example of a CAPM Certificate issued by the PMI to candidates who pass the Certified Associate in Project Management exam.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is a credential offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® recognizes the practitioner’s knowledge of the profession’s global standards that marks a distinction in the job market and enhances the credibility and effectiveness in working on — or with — project teams. CAPM® demonstrates the candidate’s understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. [1]

Exam syllabus[edit]

The CAPM exam is based on the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, colloquially known as "The PMBOK Guide".[2]

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Credential Handbook,[2] notes the distribution of questions from the PMBOK:

  1. Chapter 1 Introduction (0%)
  2. Chapter 2 Project Life Cycle and Organization (0%)
  3. Chapter 3 Project Management Processes for a Project (15%)
  4. Chapter 4 Project Integration Management (12%)
  5. Chapter 5 Project Scope Management (11%)
  6. Chapter 6 Project Time Management (12%)
  7. Chapter 7 Project Cost Management (7%)
  8. Chapter 8 Project Quality Management (6%)
  9. Chapter 9 Project Human Resource Management (8%)
  10. Chapter 10 Project Communications Management (6%)
  11. Chapter 11 Project Risk Management (9%)
  12. Chapter 12 Project Procurement Management (7%)
  13. Chapter 13 Project Stakeholder Management (7%)

The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions with four answers per choice. The exam must be completed in three hours.

To be able to apply, one needs a secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent) as well as a minimum of 1,500 hours of project experience OR 23 hours of project management education.

Certification cycle[edit]

The CAPM certificate is valid for 5 years from the time of exam passing. Re-exam is required for re-certification.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PMI CAPM Certification". Project Management Institute. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Certified Associated in Project Management (CAPM) Credential Handbook". Project Management Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 24, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/certified-associate-project-management-handbook.pdf

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