Similarly, Project Management Professional (PMP) demonstrates the project management expertise of a candidate. But unlike PMP, PMI certified associate in project management is an entry level course. And irrespective of your career level, the Certified Associate in Project Management is a big asset that will serve as a distinctive factor for holders when searching for a job. Candidates who have lost very high paying jobs to CAPM holders are those that values the importance and urgency of the certification the most.
Importance of CAPM Certification
One of the benefits of CAPM certification as in other PMI certification courses is that it can cover for your lack of work experience and increase your pay. Furthermore, there are instances when work experience becomes irrelevant when you possess the right certification. See other benefits of PMI certified associate in project management below.
1. You Get Global Recognition: CAPM is widely accepted across the globe by organizations. By been CAPM certified, you are internationally recognized as a knowledgeable professional.
2. CAPM Certification is a Professional Achievement: This credential will give you instant recognition and respect among your colleagues and peers.
3. You Get Better Career Opportunities: Its common knowledge that CAPM is a well-recognized certification globally. Because of this, it might open doors to entry-level project management jobs easily. Consequently, if you do not have equivalent experience or not really qualified for a job, companies are likely to give you preference over more qualified candidates.
4. Project Execution Success Improvement: Because CAPM certification training gives wide knowledge in project management tools & techniques, this shows in your execution activities and thus improves your efficiency in project management.
5. Customer Satisfaction Improvement: You will have fundamental knowledge when certified. Your knowledge is exemplified in your projects execution and increases customer’s confidence in your job abilities and skills.
6. You Gain Greater Responsibilities: After CAPM certification, you are seen as a more knowledgeable and skillful person than your peers. That will translate into more responsibilities from organizations and attendant professional experience effect.
CAPM Certification Cost
As noted earlier, CAPM training is the PMI entry level course. The cost for getting this credential is about US$225.00 and US$300.00 for members and non members respectively.
CAPM Test Questions
The CAPM exam require dedication and good tutoring to pass in one sitting. Approved centers like Certification Edge provides candidates with CAPM study guide and about 150 test question that will make your certification process seamless.
What is more, certified associate in project management like other PMI courses are career elevating in nature. They boost your chances and help you stand shoulder taller than other candidates in the interview hall. Getting certified is an investment into your career future and the benefits derivable therein are numerous.
Some Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Certification Frequently Asked Questions.
Below are some CAPM training FAQs that will shed more light on how to get this professional certification.
Is CAPM certification worth it?
Well, there is no such thing as universal value to a thing, because what is esteemed to be invaluable by some is not so held in such esteem by others. But if you are a young project manager or just transitioning into project management, CAMP training is necessary if you want to build a prosperous career. As already stated, the credential set you apart from other candidates and colleagues and gives you global recognition.
What is the average CAPM certification salary?
Multiple international bodies maintain that a CAPM certification can increase the holder’s salary by 25%. While this may be dependent on a variety of factors like job description, experience, company you work in and country, PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is considered one of the highest paying certifications in the industry. Concerning actual PayScale report, a CAPM holder earns an average of $101,103 per annum. And a CAPM certified candidate with less than one year of experience will have a median annual salary of $45,611.
What are the organizational benefits of CAPM certification?
The organizational benefits of CAPM are just like those of PMP. See the main 7 benefits of PMP certification to employers to appreciate what to expect as organizational benefits of CAPM certification.
What will be part of my CAPM training?
The training will be conducted with hard copy/soft copy of the course material, relevant CAPM Syllabus and mock test.
What is the difference between CAPM exam prep class, training and the exam?
CAPM training is often used interchangeably with CAPM certification. However, for the purpose of clarity, the training and CAPM prep class are the same, because they are used to refer to candidates preparatory classes for the CAPM exam proper. The training is necessary to help candidates fully comprehend the course and enable them pass the certification exam.
How much industry is CAPM certification course suitable for?
With your CAPM certification credential, you could work in almost any industry just like PMP. In almost all industries, there is need for project management and such the need to hire those with certified associate in project management certificate. Industries like IT, finance, manufacturing, engineering, oil and gas, etc, all need project managers.
Is the CAPM training fee different from CAPM exam fee?
Yes. The training fee is paid to Certification Edge to enable you attend the CAPM prep class so that you can have a smooth sail when writing the CAPM exam. On the other hand, the exam fee is paid to PMI (Project Management Institute) USA.
Where is your CAPM training center located in Nigeria?
Our training centers in Nigeria are in Lagos state and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. However, we conduct customized training for organizations anywhere in Nigeria.
What is the content of CAPM course?
The CAPM exam content is highlighted below.
- Introduction to Project Management (6%)
1.1 Understand the five project management process groups and the processes within each group
1.2 Recognize the relationships among project, program, portfolio, and operational management
1.3 Define a typical project lifecycle
1.4 Understand the function and importance of tailoring for different projects
- Project Environment (6%)
2.1 Identify the factors and assets that may impact the outcome of a project
2.2 Distinguish between organizational systems
2.3 Understand the purpose and activities of a Project Management Office
2.4 Recognize the hierarchy of projects, programs and portfolios
- Role of the Project Manager (7%)
3.1 State the primary functions of a project manager
3.2 Understand a project manager’s sphere of influence
3.3 Identify the major elements included in the PMI triangle
3.4 Recognize the difference between leadership and management
- Project Integration Management (9%)
4.1 Understand the seven project management processes in the project integration management knowledge area
4.2 Identify the input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the seven processes in project integration management
4.3 Understand the purpose of project integration management and the project manager’s role within it 4.4 Identify concepts and procedures related to project change management
4.5 Identify tailoring consideration in project integration management and recognize key documents
4.6 Identify methods for project integration and knowledge management
- Project Scope Management (9%)
5.1 Understand the six project management processes in the project scope management knowledge area
5.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project scope management
5.3 Identify key concepts and tailoring consideration for project scope management, and key roles in scope management
5.4 Identify the purpose and elements of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for both Product and Project scope
5.5 Understand project scope management for agile/adaptive projects, including the use of prototypes
- Project Schedule Management (9%)
6.1 Define the six project management processes in the project schedule management knowledge area
6.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project schedule management
6.3 Solve simple network diagrams problems and perform basic scheduling calculations
6.4 Identify considerations for agile/adaptive environments in project schedule management
- Project Cost Management (8%)
7.1 Understand the four project management processes in the project cost management knowledge area
7.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the four processes in project cost management
7.3 Identify key concepts in project cost management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
7.4 Understand and apply basic forecasting and earned value methods for project cost management
- Project Quality Management (7%)
8.1 Understand the three project management processes in the project quality management knowledge area
8.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three quality management processes
8.3 Understand the reasons for and approaches to adapting quality management in different project environments
8.4 Identify quality tools and approaches for continuous improvement
- Project Resource Management (8%)
9.1 Define the six project management processes in the project resource management knowledge area
9.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the six processes in project resource management
9.3 Identify key concepts and trends in project resource management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
9.4 Identify techniques for developing a team, managing conflict, and resolving resource-related problems
9.5 Understand the components of a resource management plan and data representation techniques for managing project resources
- Project Communication Management (10%)
10.1 Understand the three project management processes in the project communication management knowledge area
10.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three project communication management processes
10.3 Identify key concepts and approaches in project communication management, including tailoring and special considerations for agile/adaptive environments
10.4 Recognize the dimensions of communication and components of a communications management plan
10.5 Identify communications skills and methods for project communication management
- Project Risk Management (8%)
11.1 Understand the seven project management processes in the project risk management knowledge area
11.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in project risk management
11.3 Identify the key documents in project risk management
11.4 Perform simple risk calculations
11.5 Recognize when and how to adjust risk based on the project environment
- Project Procurement Management (4%)
12.1 Understand the three processes in the project procurement management knowledge area
12.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the three project procurement processes
12.3 Identify key concepts and tailoring considerations for project procurement management, including trends and emerging practices
12.4 Identify various types of contracts, agreements, and source selection methods
- Project Stakeholder Management (9%)
13.1 Understand the four project management processes in the project stakeholder management knowledge area
13.2 Identify the Input, tools, techniques and outputs defined in the four project stakeholder management processes
13.3 Recognize key stakeholders roles and needs
13.4 Identify the key concepts and benefits of stakeholder management
CAPM vs PMP what is the difference?
The difference between them is that the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is basically an “entry level exam” while the Project Management Professional (PMP) is an “experience-based exam”.
CAPM is intended for candidates with little or no project experience to tests their understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. CAPM course tests how well you understand PMBOK guide concepts.
PMP certification on the other hand goes way further than CAPM. The PMP exam questions are more situational and test candidate’s actual experience as a project manager. Meaning while those without experience can take the CAPM, PMP requires experience.
Will I have access to CAPM practice exam or CAPM test questions before the main exam?
After the preparatory class/training, you will be giving some time for revision of what you have learnt. After that, a date will be set for you to take the CAPM practice exam that is created based on PMI CAPM past questions and likely questions you would answer in the exam.
What is the CAPM exam like?
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam contains 150 multiple choice questions to be answered in three hours. The exam is normally CBT (Computer based testing). Meaning you will take the exam on a computer, using the keyboard and mouse.
Questions on the CAPM certification exam are in the following categories: Integration management (12%), understating project management and processes in context (15%), scope management (11%), time management (12%), cost management (7%), quality management (6%), human resource management (8%), communication management (6%), risk management (9%), procurement management (7%), and lastly stakeholder management (7%).