Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.
Organizations with standardized practices attain better results, as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Because the CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard, you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.
Project management is a rapidly growing profession. Through 2020, 1.57 million new jobs will be created each year and qualified practitioners are in demand. With the CAPM, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.
Students can submit one application form to join PMI as a student member and take the CAPM exam at the member discount rate.
Who Should Apply?
If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.
Gain and Maintain Your CAPM
- The certification exam has 150 multiple choice questions, and you have three hours to complete it.
- To maintain your CAPM, you must retake the exam every five years.
- Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
- 1,500 hours of project experience
- 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam
For complete information on eligibility requirements, see the CAPM Handbook.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to renew my CAPM certification?
The certification cycle for the CAPM certification is five years. During the fifth year of the cycle, you move into a renewal period of one year. During this period, you must re-take and pass the exam (before your certification expires).
Are Professional Development Units required to renew my CAPM certification?
No. You simply re-take the exam which includes PMBOK® Guide updates that have occurred over the last five years.
What are the benefits to renewing my CAPM certification?
The CAPM certification acknowledges the professional dedication of individuals who contribute to project teams from many different perspectives. You maintain your certification by studying PMBOK® Guide updates thereby assuring your employer that you have stayed current in your knowledge of project management.
How do I renew my CAPM certification?
The CAPM Handbook details the steps for certification renewal. Please consult the handbook.
How do I renew my CAPM certification after it expires?
If your CAPM certification expires and you wish to renew, you will have to go through the full application process again as though you are a new candidate. Please consult the CAPM Handbook for details on the application process.
What is the difference between my CAPM renewal period and my CAPM exam eligibility period?
Your renewal period starts 12 months before your certification expiration date. This is the fifth year of your CAPM certification cycle. This means that if your certification cycle began on 15 September 2007, your renewal period begins on 15 September 2011. You must apply for renewal and pass the exam by 14 September 2012. Your exam eligibility period is always one year, during which you may take your certification exam a maximum of three times. If your certification expires during your one-year exam eligibility period, you may still test but you do not need to complete the full application as is required in the initial CAPM application submission.