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).

The CAPM is an entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM is intended to demonstrate candidates' 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 25 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 October 10, 2010.
  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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