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Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam – Part IV – CAPM Exam Requirements (#4 in the series Tips on Applying for and Passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam)
By Vicki Wrona, PMP – Global Knowledge Instructor

The requirements to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam are listed in the CAPM Handbook located on PMI’s website. The CAPM certification is a newer certification; currently, approximately 1,500 people have attained the CAPM certification (as of October 2006). It is designed for practitioners who do not have enough PM work experience to meet the PMP qualifications, yet still allows them to obtain some sort of certification while they are gaining the necessary experience.

Applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 1,500 hours of work on a project team


  • Minimum 23 contact hours of PM instruction

As with the PMP process, once your application has been approved, PMI will send an authorization letter, allowing you to schedule your exam. Once the authorization letter is received, you has one year to take the exam.

CAPM Application

If you choose to document experience rather than PM education on the CAPM application, the process is much
simpler than on the PMP application. For every project, the following information is needed:

  • Project name
  • Date range
  • Your role on the project
  • Your job title
  • Organization name and address
  • Contact information of a reference who can verify work experience
  • Total hours spent on the project
  • Hours Spent in the following:
  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
  • Project team experience summarized by process group

Vicki Wrona, PMP, has been managing projects and mentoring project managers for the past 18 years in both the private and public sectors, in manufacturing, service, and IT. Over the past 7 years, she has personally trained over 3,100 people through Global Knowledge. She is the President of Forward Momentum, LLC, an 8(a) company.

This article was originally published in Global Knowledge’s Business Brief e-newsletter. Global Knowledge delivers comprehensive hands-on project management, business process, and professional skills training. Visit our online Knowledge Center at for free white papers, webinars, and more.

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