02 Nov What is the difference between PMP and CAPM?

 

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What is the difference between PMP and CAPM?

CAPM stands for Certified Associate in Project Management.

PMP Stands for Project Management Professional.

PMP certification is recommended for aspiring/project managers who has experience in the project management. Three years+ of non overlapping experience in leading & managing projects is required for PMP certification.

CAPM is for people who are starting out in their career as Project Managers and have either no experience or less experience in managing projects, or for people who are team members in a project, and want to demonstrate their project management knowledge.

Minimum Qualifications for PMP & CAPM:

CAPM: For doing CAPM, you need to have Secondary Diploma ( or High School Diploma) and 1,500 hours of experience on a Project Team.

If you do not have any experience in projects at all, but you have the Diploma, you can also attend a formal training in Project Management and collect 23 PMI contact hours to qualify to sit for the CAPM exam.

PMP: For Doing PMP, you need to have atleast a Bachelor’s Degree, and 4500 hours of non-overlapping experience in leading and managing projects. You also need to attend formal project management training to get 35 PMI contact hours. This can be classroom training, or Liveonline training (like the one Trainings24x7 provides).

If you do not have a degree, but you have a High School Diploma, you can still sit for PMP certification, but your work experience requirements will be increased to 7,500 hours hours of non-overlapping experience in leading and managing projects. You still need the 35 PMI contact hours of formal project management Training.

Exam Fees for PMP & CAPM:

PMP: Exam fees for PMP is US$555 for Non Members, and US$405 for Members. One Year Membership fee is US$139.

CAPM: Exam fees for CAPM is US$300 for Non Members, and US$225 for Members. One Year Membership fee is US$139.

PMP and CAPM Certification Validity

PMP: Once you pass the PMP exam, it is valid for the next 3 years. During these three years, you must collect 60 PDUs to renew your PMP Certification.1 PDU is considered and equivalent to 1 hour of professional training.

CAPM: Once you pass the CAPM exam, it is valid for 5 years. After this, you can upgrade to the PMP Certification.The certification cycle for the CAPM credential is five years. During the fifth year of the cycle, candidate moves into a renewal period of one year. During this period, candidate must re-take and pass the exam (before the credential expires).

What about PMP and CAPM Exam?

PMP: The Exam is 4 hours long with 200 multiple choice questions. 25 of these are pre-test questions, which will not be marked but you have to answer them. To pass you need to score 106+25= 131

CAPM: The Exam is 3 hours long with 150 questions. 15 of which are pre-test questions, which will not be marked but you have to answer them. To pass you need to score 92+15= 107 (We are unable to find the passing score anywhere in CAPM handbook)

PMP and CAPM Exam Study Material:

The study material for both the exam is the same – The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), Fifth Edition.

You can also attend the same Training for CAPM or PMP. Attending a PMP Exam Preparation Training is good for both the exams. The PMP Exam Prep training is more holistic, and people aspiring for the CAPM certification can still learn a lot more about the entire project management life cycle.

Both the exams are held at selected Prometric testingCentres around the world. Most people opt for Computer Based Tests.

How long after the training should I plan to sit for the exam

We recommend you should sit for the exam within 45 days from the training.

Question pattern of PMP and CAPM

PMP:

Domain Percentage of Questions
Initiating 13%
Planning 24%
Executing 30%
Monitoring & Controlling 25%
Closing 8%
Total: 100%

 

CAPM:

 

PMBOK5 Chapter No.

Percentage of Questions

3

15%

4

12%

5

11%

6

12%

7

7%

8

6%

9

8%

10

6%

11

9%

12

7%

13

7%

Total

100%

 

Official handbook of PMP and CAPM

PMP Handbook: http://www.pmi.org/certification/~/media/pdf/certifications/pdc_pmphandbook.ashx

CAMP Handbook: http://www.pmi.org/~/media/PDF/Certifications/pdc_capmhandbook.ashx

 

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