PMP or CAPM?

Determining which credential to apply for is not as straightforward as you may think. It is very tempting to want to jump straight into the PMP. However, there are two hurdles that any budding PMP must jump: actual project management experience and project management education. It may also not be necessary to have the PMP. If you are a project team member or stakeholder, the CAPM may well be sufficient for your needs. Use the flowchart in Figure C.1 to determine the exam for which you are eligible, and see also Table C.1 which lists further details.

Figure C.1. PMP or CAPM decision tree


Table C.1. PMP or CAPM?
Credential Educational background Project management experience Project management education
PMP High school diploma or equivalent 7,500 hours in a position of responsibility leading and directing specific tasks and 60 months of project management experience 35 contact hours
PMP Degree or equivalent 4,500 hours leading and directing specific tasks and 36 months of project management experience 35 contact hours
CAPM High school diploma or equivalent 1500 hours of work on a project None
CAPM High school diploma or equivalent None 23 contact hours
Adapted from PMI website, http://www.pmi.org/


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Definitive Guide to Project Management. The Fast Track to Getting the Job Done on Time and on Budget
The Definitive Guide to Project Management: The fast track to getting the job done on time and on budget (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 0273710974
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 217
Authors: Sebastian Nokes
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