PMI Announces CAPM Revision

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the release of a revised version of its Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, which is a foundation-level credential that verifies project team members’ knowledge of project management terms and concepts.

“It helps employers distinguish current and prospective employees who have the fundamental skills needed for effective project team performance,” said Denny Smith, manager of certification at PMI. “It also provides project team members with a credential that is offered by a globally recognized organization that is based on their knowledge and understanding of project terminology. All of PMI’s certifications are cut across industries. IT professionals can benefit by it, as can those in construction, finance, what have you.”

The changes to the CAPM involve both prerequisites and exam content, Smith said. To be eligible for the credential, candidates are required to have either a high school diploma and 1,500 hours of project management team experience, or high school diploma and 23 contact hours of project management education. Formerly, CAPM participants had to have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all of the exam subject matter is now based on the “Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Third Edition (The PMBOK Guide).” CAPM holders will have to take the exam once every five years to maintain their certification status.

“The target audience for the CAPM are students who are coming out of school who have an interest in project management, individuals who are new to the project management arena…



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