CAPM® or PMP® certification?

by Mauro Sotille

To be a "card-carrying" project manager it is important to take a certification exam in project management. The credential will show your qualification, which is a factor considered by a potential employer. In some areas, such as IT, for example, most job ads ask recognized certifications, such as PMP. The same is true in the public sector where a good part of the jobs related to project management requires that the candidate have certification.

CAPM® or PMP® certification?

For those newly graduated, who don't have experience, the CAPM certification (Certified Associate in Project Management) from PMI is ideal. It does not require professional experience and will be a differentiator when it comes to getting a job. The CAPM credential requires only 23 hours of formal education or 1500 hours of work in one or more project teams. Unfortunately the market still does not value the CAPM certification, however this is a competitive differentiator for anyone who wants to grow in the area.

For those who can prove that he or she is acting in the area for at least 3 years, certified PMP (Project Management Professional) is the path.

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Aug 23, 2016
PMP prerequisites
by: Mauro

The minimum prerequisites for both CAPM and PMP is secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)

For PMP you will need 35 hours of project management education and 7,500 hours leading and directing projects if you only have secondary degree or 4,500 hours if you have a Four-year degree (college, university).

Aug 23, 2016
by: JP

I'm currently working in a project manager position with my current employer who are on the construction industry specifically security eg CCTV, access control etc
I have been given the opportunity to suggest a course to further my knowledge and get a recognised qualification in project management. PMP seems to be the one that has the most benefit however it states that I require a degree to enter on the course which I do not have but have a lot of experience. Does this mean I can't do the PMP? If not what's the best alternative?

Many thanks

Jul 22, 2014
CAPM certification
by: Anonymous

If you have very little experience or you have just started your career, then CAPM certification will surely help you to take your career to the next level. This certification shows your employer that you are a capable person, and you have the ability to manage projects. It also shows that you are well aware of the terminology used in the PMBOK Guide.

Jul 04, 2014
PMP/CAPM Certification
by: Anonymous

Another way to future proof your career is to always keep acquiring new skills and get certified. PMP/CAPM Certification is great if you're at a project management level or aspire to be in it. pmstudy has a great free test if you'd like to gauge your project management knowledge.

Jul 31, 2013
by: DAK


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