CAPM Exam Guidance
To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test.
Regardless of how advanced your project experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful CAPM candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.
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Tips to Prepare for the Exam
- Review the CAPM handbook.
- Test yourself with CAPM Sample Questions.
- Enroll in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). You can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.
- Review the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a certification exam appointment?
Once you are eligible, PMI will e-mail you examination scheduling instructions with your eligibility code which you will need when scheduling your exam. You can schedule your exam appointment online or by telephone. Full details can be found in the certification handbook and within the examination scheduling instructions.
Where will the examination be given?
All PMI computer-based exams are offered at all Prometric Testing Centers worldwide. You can check for locations on Prometric's website but you will need to have submitted your certification fees and received your examination scheduling instructions in order to schedule an exam appointment.
What is the exam like?
Certification exams consist of multiple-choice questions. The amount of questions on each exam varies and the amount of time you are allotted to complete the exam also varies on the certifications for which you are testing. Please consult the certification web pages and certification handbooks for details.
Will the exam be available in translations?
Not immediately. The PMI-PBA exam is currently available only in English. Translations will be considered at a future date.
If I fail the exam, can I take it again?
If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can re-take it two more times within your one-year eligibility period. Fees are associated with re-examination. Details for re-examination can be found in the certification handbook.
What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?
Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If you allow your eligibility to lapse, you must re-apply.
CAPM Exam Scheduling
What are the changes for the exam scheduling process for individuals scheduling or rescheduling their CAPM certification examination?
A. Exam candidates now have the option to sit for the CAPM exam through the Prometric IT channel for computer based testing.
B. Exam candidates will now be required to create a Prometric user profile when scheduling, rescheduling, or canceling an exam.
C. A larger selection of testing centers will be available for eligible CAPM exam candidates.
D. Additional options are available when candidates attempt to access scheduling information for the CAPM exam. Additional links and functions include:
1.Candidate History — Candidates will have the ability to review a running history of the IT exams scheduled, cancelled, or taken with Prometric. This does not include scheduling information for the PMP®, PgMP®, PMI — SP® , PMI — RMP® certification exams.
2.Update Personal Information — Candidates will have the ability to edit their Prometric user profile demographic and contact information.
3.Change Password — Candidates will have the ability to update the password for their Prometric user profile.
4.Change Country, State, Province — Candidates will the ability to update their preferred testing area.
E. At these new CAPM test sites, CAPM exam candidates will only need to provide one form of Photo ID, with or without signature. Examples of acceptable forms of IDs are the following:
Valid Driver's License
Valid military ID
Valid national identification card
Valid employee ID
Valid student ID
No changes have been made to the scheduling process or identification verification requirements for Paper-Based Testing (PBT)
Who is impacted by this change?This new change will impact all individuals who are scheduling a computer-based CAPM exam for the first time as well as individuals who are attempting to reschedule or cancel their existing exam appointment. This does not affect candidates scheduling a paper-based exam.
How will exam candidates schedule/reschedule their CAPM computer based exam through the Prometric IT channel?
All eligible exam candidates still have the option to schedule and reschedule their CAPM computer-based exam date online, or by phone with Prometric.
CAPM exam candidates who wish to schedule an appointment online will need to create a Prometric user profile before attempting to schedule or reschedule their computer-based exam. Once a test location and exam date is selected the candidate will need to enter their PMI eligibility ID in order to finalize their exam appointment. Candidates will also have the option to Reschedule/Cancel an Exam once they login to their Prometric user profile.
NOTE: The PMI eligibility ID is the number a candidate receives from PMI after submission of exam fees.
Where will the CAPM computer-based exams be offered?CAPM computer-based exams will now be offered at over 5,000 new Prometric testing locations worldwide. Candidates may visit Prometric for the nearest CAPM test locations and availability in their demographic area.
How do I retrieve my Prometric User ID or Password?
A CAPM exam candidate's primary e-mail address will always serve as their User ID on Prometric's website.
Candidates can retrieve their password by visiting:
When selecting the "Forgot Password" option, candidates will be prompted to enter their primary e-mail address and will be asked a security question before a password is released.
Please note that this information is separate from your PMI username and password.