Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Certification

About the CAPM Exam and Certification

Welcome to the world of the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)! At its heart, the project management standards developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) are relied on by organizations across the globe. The most fundamental method of demonstrating your own understanding of PMI's project management standards, is by achieving the CAPM certification.

Since the early 1980s, the CAPM certification has grown to become one of the most sought after and internationally recognized management credentials available, consistently ranking among the top industry certifications across career surveys.

CAPM Exam Facts and Updates

Below are answers to some of the most frequently received questions regarding the CAPM exam.

What is the current version of the CAPM exam? The current CAPM exam was put into affect on July 25, 2023 and reflects the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition.

What is the CAPM based on? The CAPM exam is based on PMI's latest CAPM Exam Content Outline (ECO). Outlined below, PMI's ECO comprises the topics covered in the CAPM certification exam.

What version of the PMBOK® Guide should I use? You should use the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition as the reference text for all current CAPM exams.

Does the courseware offered through PMTraining reflect the latest CAPM exam? Yes. All CAPM exam prep content, courseware, and classes offered through PMTraining reflect the latest CAPM exam put in to place on July 25, 2023.

The CAPM Exam Content Outline (ECO) and the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition (2021) are the definitive references for the current CAPM exam certification.

Current CAPM Exam Format based on PMI's Exam Content Outline (ECO)
Process group
Current exam
Project Management Fundamentals and Core Concepts 36%
Predictive, Plan-Based Methodologies 17%
Agile Frameworks/Methodologies 20%
Business Analysis Frameworks 27%
Total 100%

More About the CAPM Exam Format
The CAPM exam is designed to objectively assess and measure project management knowledge. Concepts covered in the CAPM exam are directly derived from PMI's CAPM Exam Content Outline, and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. The PMBOK® Guide is an internationally recognized standard (IEEE Std 1490-2003) which outlines project management fundamentals; and is applicable to a wide range of industries.

  • Students may now opt to take an Online Proctored (OLP) CAPM exam
  • There are 150 total multiple choice questions which make up the CAPM exam
  • 15 randomly placed "pre-test questions" are included, and do not count towards the pass/fail determination
  • Individuals have 3 hours to complete the exam
  • An individual's CAPM passing score must be 61% or higher to pass the exam (106 of 175 questions)
  • Please note, the exam will offer a small percentage of questions in two new formats: matching questions and multiple choice questions with multiple correct answers

Exam areas reflect the domains of the CAPM Exam Content Outline (ECO) in addition to the performance domains and principles based on the PMBOK® Guide - Seventh Edition . The performance domains describe a range of activities and functions that are applicable to projects regardless of industry, development approach, or project life cycle.

Additionally, our CAPM practice exam content includes questions on the overall Project Management Framework and Professional Responsibility , reflecting the real CAPM exam. The actual exam is offered in both a computer based testing (CBT) environment, as well as through proctored paper-based exams.

About the Project Management Professional (CAPM) Certification
The CAPM certification is managed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and reflects the PMI's project management processes as published in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. Since 1984, the CAPM certification has become one of the most sought after internationally recognized management credentials available. The average salary of a CAPM certified manager is 14% higher than individuals without the CAPM certification.

The CAPM certification is a globally recognized credential, and individuals are encouraged to remain active via PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements (CCRs). Only individuals who maintain active CAPM credentials may refer to themselves as Project Management Professionals. Individuals do not need to be a member of PMI to earn a CAPM credential.

The following are the minimum requirements in attaining the CAPM certification:

  • Education: At a minimum, A high school diploma is required
  • Project Management Education: 23 contact hours of formal education
  • Ethics: Agree to PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Pass the CAPM Exam
  • For detailed credentialing information, click here to download PMI's CAPM Credential Handbook.

The seven PMBOK® Knowledge Areas covered by the CAPM exam are listed below.

  • Stakeholder Performance Domain
  • Team Performance Domain
  • Development Approach and Life Cycle Performance Domain
  • Planning Performance Domain
  • Project Work Performance Domain
  • Delivery Performance Domain
  • Measurement Performance Domain

About the Project Management Institute (PMI) The PMI was founded and incorporated in 1969 and has published a number of standards related to project management, including the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) guide. The PMI maintains two colleges: the College of Performance Management and the College of Scheduling. In addition, the PMI maintains a membership of more than 220,000 individuals, including 180,000 CAPM-certified individuals in more than 175 countries. Visit the PMI Site

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