Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam Certification

About the CAPM Exam and Certification

Welcome to the world of the Project Management Professional (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 2000s, the CAPM certification has grown to become one of the most sought after and internationally recognized management credentials available, consistently ranking in the top 5 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 May 21, 2018 and reflects the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition.

What is the current version of the PMBOK® Guide? The PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition is the basis for the current PMP exam.

What version of the PMBOK® Guide should I use? You should use the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth 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 May 21, 2018.

The PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition (2018) is the definitive reference text for the current CAPM exam certification. Students will use the PMBOK® Guide to refer to for all CAPM Knowledge Areas and process definitions.

Current CAPM Exam Format
Process group
Current exam
Introduction to Project Management 6.00%
Project Environment 6.00%
Role of the Project Manager 7.00%
Project Integration Management 9.00%
Project Scope Management 9.00%
Project Schedule Management 9.00%
Project Cost Management 8.00%
Project Quality Management 7.00%
Project Resource Management 8.00%
Project Communication Management 10.00%
Project Risk Management 8.00%
Project Procurement Management 4.00%
Project Stakeholder Management 9.00%
Total 100.00%

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 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 content reflects the knowledge areas and processes based on the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition The ten PMBOK® Knowledge Areas contain a total of 47 processes which are applied to five basic process groups. These five basic process groups, which are common across all projects, are listed below along with the percentage of questions one should expect on the CAPM exam:

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

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

A complete list of all processes, grouped by Knowledge Area, is outlined at the end of this page.

PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition and the CAPM Exam All PMTraining exam prep content reflects the latest CAPM exam version based on the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition The most recent version of the CAPM® exam was placed into use by PMI® as of May 21, 2018. The CAPM exam is based on information contained in the latest PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition, which was (officially) released by PMI® on January 1st, 2018.

With the current version of the PMBOK® Guide's content, a focus is placed on removing redundant information, and to add clarifying statements where needed. Significant enhancements were made to improve readability, and terminology was updated only to present them consistently in a verb-noun format.

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

Complete PMBOK® Knowledge Areas and Associated Project Management Processes The list below outlines the ten Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® - Sixth Edition (latest version), along with their associated 47 management processes. These processes are used throughout the Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Monitoring, and Closing segments of a project.

Project Integration Management

  • Develop Project Charter
  • Develop Project Management Plan
  • Direct and Manage Project Work
  • Manage Project Knowledge
  • Monitor and Control Project Work
  • Perform Integrated Change Control
  • Close Project or Phase

Project Scope Management

  • Plan Scope Management
  • Collect Requirements
  • Define Scope
  • Create WBS
  • Validate Scope
  • Control Scope

Project Schedule Management

  • Plan Schedule Management
  • Define Activities
  • Sequence Activities
  • Estimate Activity Durations
  • Develop Schedule
  • Control Schedule

Project Cost Management

  • Plan Cost Management
  • Estimate Costs
  • Determine Budget
  • Control Costs

Project Quality Management

  • Plan Quality Management
  • Manage Quality
  • Control Quality

Project Resource Management

  • Plan Resource Management
  • Estimate Activity Resources
  • Acquire Resources
  • Develop Team
  • Manage Team
  • Control Resources

Project Communications Management

  • Plan Communications
  • Manage Communications
  • Monitor Communications

Project Risk Management

  • Plan Risk Management
  • Identify Risks
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Plan Risk Responses
  • Implement Risk Responses
  • Monitor Risks

Project Procurement Management

  • Plan Procurement Management
  • Conduct Procurements
  • Control Procurements

Project Stakeholder Management

  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Plan Stakeholder Engagement
  • Manage Stakeholder Engagement
  • Control Stakeholder Engagement
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