The Project Management Institute (PMI) has more than 220,000 members in over 150 countries. It is the world's largest and fastest growing professional body for project management. The PMI has 22,000 members in Europe and 5,000 members in the UK.
The PMI sets standards, conducts research and provides education, certification and professional exchange opportunities designed to strengthen and further establish the profession. The PMI aims to advance the careers of practitioners and enhance the performance of business and other organizations. This it does by running and maintaining two credentials in project management: the Project Management Professional (PMP) and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The authors' experience is that both are very valuable.
The PMP credential has been specifically designed for experienced project managers. Obtaining this professional qualification shows that the successful candidate not only understands the theory of the PMI PMBOK, but also has had real-life project management experience to the extent that they are able to apply the knowledge appropriately.
The CAPM, by contrast, is an entry-level qualification. No assumption is made as to the actual project management experience the successful candidate has. This qualification is particularly suited to project team members and other stakeholders who would benefit from understanding the language and processes of the PMI PMBOK, but are not yet required to understand its detailed application.
The PMI states that each credential demonstrates that the candidate has:
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