Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

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PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

Whether you are new to project management, or already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, the CAPM can get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

CAPM Certification Requirements

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

  • At least 1,500 hours of project experience

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

This is an overview of the requirements. For complete details regarding the CAPM eligibility requirements, please view the CAPM Handbook for further details.

If you have gained experience leading and directing projects, you may want to see if you are ready for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.

How to apply and prepare for the exam

Maintain Your CAPM Certification

As a CAPM certification holder, you do not need to earn PDUs. Instead, you take a re-exam before the end of your five-year certification cycle.

Consult the CAPM Handbook for more information.

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