Exciting Updates for Prospective and Current CAPMs

Fewer Application Requirements

We have eliminated the 1,500-hour work experience requirement for new CAPM candidates. They are still required 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 Step toward the PMP Certification

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.

With this in mind, current CAPM holders are no longer required to complete 35 hours of education in order to apply for the PMP.

New Question Types on CAPM Exam

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 REPSupport@pmi.org.

Important Dates

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

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

September: New question types on CAPM Exam