Coming Soon: Exciting, New Updates for Prospective & Current CAPMs

In order to take a more proactive role in advancing the careers of our certification holders, in August and September there will be exciting, new opportunities and changes for our current and prospective Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification holders.

Fewer Application Requirements

Through research we learned that those most interested in the CAPM may not have any work experience. Most earn it to get started in their career or get noticed on project teams. 

Starting 28 August we will be repositioning the CAPM to those earlier in their career and eliminating the 1,500-hour work experience requirement for new CAPM applicants. Applicants will still have to have 23 hours of project management education completed before the exam and a secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) to apply.

Powerful New Step toward the PMP Certification

Starting 28 August we are waiving the 35 hours of education required to apply for the PMP certification for all CAPM certification holders. 

Most CAPM certification holders have already completed the education requirement and at times they have done more than what’s required. We want to help them take the next step to the PMP.

New Question Types on CAPM Exam Starting in September

In our efforts to continually evaluate and improve the exam-taking experience, we will present a small percentage of CAPM question types in two new formats:

  • Matching questions: Test-takers will see two lists (e.g., project management processes and process groups) and be asked to match items from one list with items from the other.
  • Multiple choice questions with multiple correct answers: Multiple choice questions with a single correct answer are already on the CAPM exam. This new question format will ask test-takers to identify a specific number of correct answers. The instructions will tell candidates exactly how many answers they must select.

We hope you find this information helpful as you prepare candidates for the CAPM and PMP certification. There is no action required—just share the updates with members or students if they have questions about the exam.

To find out how this change aligns with our strategic plan visit the Certification Changes Overview page.


Chapter Leaders, please reach out to your chapter partner.

R.E.P.s please email your questions to

Important Dates

28 August: The 1,500-hour work experience requirement for new CAPM applicants will be eliminated

28 August: Will waive the 35 hours of education required for CAPM holders who apply for the PMP

September: New question types on CAPM Exam