While the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is targeted at experienced project managers, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® does not require previous project management experience. The CAPM eligibility requirements are:
High school diploma, associate’s degree, or global equivalent Plus
Either 23 hours of formal project management education or 1500 hours of project team experience
Having satisfied the eligibility requirements, a CAPM-candidate must sit a 3-hour 150 question exam. The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge of the Project Management Institute’s (Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Upon successfully passing the exam, the candidate becomes a CAPM for a period of five years. At the end of the five year period the individual must re-take the CAPM exam to retain their CAPM designation. (CAPM Certification Handbook from PMI)
The key to passing the exam is to understand the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) view of project management. This means reviewing and understanding PMI’s PMBOK® Guide, but also becoming familiar with how PMI expects project managers to apply that knowledge. In most cases, this requires CAPM-candidates to become familiar with new concepts during their preparation, and/or to “unlearn” practices that they have picked up over the years.
Who should take this CAPM Prep course?
Individuals wishing to obtain an international credential demonstrating an understanding of the fundamental, best practice, project management knowledge defined in the PMBOK® Guide.
Entry level individuals wishing to enter the project management profession.
Individuals looking to advance their standing as project management subject matter experts in their organizations.
Individuals working in support of a project management office.
Project stakeholders intending to serve as a sponsor, facilitator, liaison, or coordinator.
Project managers desiring a professional certification, but lacking the experience requirements for the PMP certification.
Part-time project managers looking to formalize their project management skill-set and be recognized for their project management knowledge.
CAPM Exam Prep Course Objectives
By the end of the course you will :
- Understand PMI’s approach to project management.
- Understand how the CAPM exam is structured, and what kinds of questions will be asked.
- Be very familiar with all sections of the PMBOK® Guide.
- Possess various tricks, tips, techniques, and templates to help you retain information for the exam.
CAPM Prep Course Details
Length: 40 hours.
Style: While participant input is encouraged, the focus of the course is kept on CAPM exam preparation, not on discussing the merits or drawbacks of PMI’s philosophies or testing procedures. The course meets the CAPM certification training requirement of 23 hours of formal training.
Format: Classroom. No computers required.
Texts: Participants receive a course text, and a course participant’s manual/binder.
CAPM Preparation Course Content
- Introduction and Expectations
- The CAPM Exam and CAPM Exam Prep Techniques
- Project Management Framework
- Integration Management
- Scope Management
- Time Management
- Cost Management
- Quality Management
- Human Resources Management
- Communications Management
- Risk Management
- Procurement Management
- Stakeholder Management