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CAPM® Certification Overview



The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a certificate designed for entry-level project management certification that demonstrates the fundamental knowledge, terminology, and processes associated with effective project management.


  • Entry-level project managers
  • Project team members
  • Project managers that have been inactive from project management for an extended period of time or who do not otherwise meet the requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP)®


  • High school diploma or global equivalent
  • 1500 hours of project experience or 23 hours of project management education

Application Process

  1. Verify that you meet the PMI CAPM® eligibility requirements above
  2. Create an account at www.pmi.org
  3. Complete the on-line CAPM® application at pmi.org and submit
  4. In approximately 5 days you will receive an application approval e-mail from PMI; log into www.pmi.org and pay your credential fee ($255 for PMI members and $300 for non-PMI members).
  5. If selected for audit, you will receive an email with your notification. Approximately 25% of applications are randomly selected for audit.
  6. In approximately 5 days you will receive an e-mail with your approval and eligibility ID to use when scheduling your exam.
  7. When you have your test code, go to www.prometric.com/PMI to schedule your exam

Exam Information

  • You will have up to one year from the date your application is approved to take your exam
  • If you fail your exam, you are allowed to re-test twice within your one year eligibility period
  • Exams are available at multiple Prometric locations around the world
  • You will need to provide 2 forms of identification upon arriving at the test center
  • All of your belongings, including your cell phone, etc., are placed in a locker and are not accessible during the exam
  • You will have 3 hours to complete 150 multiple-choice questions
  • Of the 150 questions, 15 questions are considered pre-test and are not scored
  • The questions will represent each of the chapters within the PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition:
    • Chapter 3 – Processes (15%)
    • Chapter 4 – Integration (12%)
    • Chapter 5 – Scope (11%)
    • Chapter 6 – Time (12%)
    • Chapter 7 – Cost (7%)
    • Chapter 8 – Quality (6%)
    • Chapter 9 – Human Resources (8%)
    • Chapter 10 – Communications (6%)
    • Chapter 11 – Risk (9%)
    • Chapter 12 – Procurement (7%)
    • Chapter 13 – Stakeholder (7%)
  • There are no scheduled breaks during your exam and as such, the clock will continue even if you step away from the exam
  • Questions are provided one at a time and can either be answered, answered and marked, or left blank and marked for review
  • Upon submission of the exam, you will be asked to answer a survey prior to receiving your results
  • Upon completion of the survey, you will be notified as to whether you passed or failed the exam
  • The exam center will provide you with a paper copy of your results, including your proficiency level for each chapter. Proficiency levels are:
    • Needs Improvement
    • Below Target
    • Target
    • Above Target

How to Prepare

To prepare for the CAPM® exam you may choose to self-study or take an exam preparation course.

Because of the difficulty of the CAPM® exam many candidates choose to attend an exam preparation “boot-camp” style class. Typical boot camps are 3 – 5 days in length. Oftentimes a boot camp for the PMP® exam also provides the knowledge for the CAPM® exam, such as the boot camps that PM Learning Solutions offers. At PM Learning Solutions, we believe it takes a minimum of 35 hours of class time to convey all of the information and ensure the candidate will be able to pass on the first attempt.

Another option is to self-study. There are a number of products available on the market, but the ultimate source is The PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition. Most students require supplements to the PMBOK® Guide.

PLEASE NOTE: The CAPM® Exam will be changing on May 21st to align with the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition. Interested candidates that would like the opportunity to save some money on exam fees can participate in the 6th edition pilot from March 12 - May 20, 2018. 

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