About The CAPM® Examination

CAPM Certification and Exam Details

In 2003 PMI began offering an additional certification called the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The exam for the CAPM® is easier than the PMP® exam, requires less experience to qualify to take it, but covers the same topics as the PMP® exam.

There are two major differences; the CAPM® exam has only 150 questions and it is less situational than the PMP® exam (people going for the CAPM® do not have enough experience to answer situational questions). The qualifications for the exam are as follows:

CAPM® Certification Criteria

Category General Education PM Education PM Experience Experience Within Last Number of Questions Exam Length Sign Code of Conduct
One High School graduate 1500 hours 3 years 150 3 hours Yes
Two High School graduate 23 contact hours * 3 years 150 3 hours Yes

* CAPM® candidates have the option of either completing the full 23 Contact Hours prior to submitting their CAPM® application and scheduling their exam date OR submitting their CAPM® Application and attesting they will complete the 23 Contact Hours prior to their exam.

Applying for the Exam

More information on applying for the exam is available on PMI's website (www.pmi.org). Click the Quicklink on the homepage for CAPM Handbook.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is three (3) hours. The examination is offered around the world at PMI-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the PMI website. The current fees for the examination are as follows:

Applicant Status Examination Fees
(US Dollars)
PMI® Member $225.00
PMI® Non-Member $300.00

How to Prepare

RMC can assist you in preparing for the CAPM® exam by providing you with self-study products, live online instructor-led training or e-Learning courses. To prepare for the CAPM® exam, please follow this link to review training options for self-study, classroom training and Internet-based learning.

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