Project Management Professional (PMP)®  •  Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

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 ( 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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