Demystifying the CAPM and PMP Credentials

Ihave loads of people that keep asking about the differences in the CAPM and PMP Credentials.I will try to demystify the CAPM and PMP Credentials here.

The CAPM and PMP credentials are two different credentials. Holding a CAPM is NOT a prerequisite for earning the PMP credential.

CAPM: for team members, project co-ordinators and entry level project managers who wish to certify their mastery of PM concepts.
* Based on PMBOK only
* Previous PM experience is not required
* Certification is good for 5 years and is not renewable.

CAPM is Appropriate for:
* Entry level Project team members and project support staff
* Entry-level project management practitioners
* Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels

The CAPM credential shows employers and clients that you understand the project environment and basic PM concepts as well as having familiarity with the Project Management Body of Knowledge and PMI methodologies.

CAPM Eligibility:
* Minimum of a high school diploma or the global equivalent
* 1,500 hours of work on a project team OR 23 contact hours of project management education
* Applicants must pass a three-hour, 150-question, knowledge-based examination that uses the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition as its only source.

PMP: for experienced (3+ yrs) project managers
* Exam is based on on PMBOK Guide 4th edition and . . .
* Your PM experience
* Scenarios
* Using tools and techniques
* A rudimentary knowledge of basic financial, statistics and legal concepts
* Combination of knowing concepts & definitions and applying those concepts to given scenarios

PMP Eligibility:
* PM experience – 4500 Hours
* PM Education – 35 Hours
* Bachelors Degree
The above must be verified before PMI will certify that you are eligible to sit for the PMP exam.
* Applicants must pass a four-hour, 200-question, examination which is both knowledge-based and competency-based.

In order to retain your PMP certification, you must accumulate 60 professional development units (PDUs) during each 3-year renewal period. This includes taking professional classes, attending PMI meetings and conferences, publishing articles, and giving lectures. You can also earn up to 5 PDUs each year for actively being in a Project Management role for 1,500 hours in any given year.
My advise to you is to go for whichever of the two credentials you are currently qualified for. Do NOT attempt to earn the PMP credential unless you meet all of the eligibility criteria. PMI uses a random auditing process to check applications. There is a 10 – 15% chance of being audited, Do not Lie ON YOUR APPLICATION !!!!
Hope this has been helpful.Your comments are welcome.

To learn more about PMI’s five credentials (CAPM, PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP), go to


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