The CAPM exam is your first step in project management. CAPM exam is designed for entry-level professionals or professionals who have very little project work experience.
The eligibility requirements of this exam are more lenient than the PMP exam because of the above reason.
If you are a diploma holder with no experience you will have to attend the training. If you have worked in project management for at least 1,500 hours you won’t be required to attend any training.
This post is all about the eligibility of the CAPM certification exam requirements.
Eligibility Requirements for the CAPM Certification Exam?
To apply for the CAPM certification exam, you will have to fulfil two eligibility conditions defined by PMI. If you do not fulfil these requirements, you cannot apply for the CAPM exam.
These two eligibility requirements fall into two categories:
To be eligible for the CAPM exam, you must hold at least a high school diploma or any global equivalent education.
If you have project management experience for at least 1,500 hours. You can apply for the CAPM exam right away. You don’t have to attend any training program.
However, if you are a fresher or have no experience in project management, you will have to attend 23 contact hours of formal project management education. Once you earn these contact hours, you can apply for the CAPM certification exam.
Two pieces of advice here:
1) The first advice is to try to get your contact hours training program, through any reliable/registered education provider. Please verify, if they are following the course content as per PMI.
2) The second advice is to get 35 contact hours instead of 23 contact hours. Although the CAPM requires you to attend only 23 contact hours, if in the future you decide to apply for the PMP exam, you will have to attend another program to complete the 35 contact hours.
Therefore, it is in your best interest to attend a 35 contact hour’s program and prepare yourself for both certifications.
**Please refer to the CAPM Handbook for the latest updates.
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