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PMP® vs. CAPM® Certification: What’s Best For You?

Global organizations are in dire need of skilled project managers. More than 2 million new project-oriented positions will need to be filled worldwide each year between now and 2027, according to a 2017 report by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

For those striving to grow their career in project management, gaining in-demand skills through a project management certification is your next step in enhancing your credibility and effectiveness.

Two Certificates: Unlimited Potential

The Project Management Institute offers two specialized certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.

Both are credited with helping advance career potential. However, to determine which certification is best for you, consider your experience level along with your project management goals and intended career path.

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

PMP® certification is recognized around the world as a professional certification that demonstrates a project manager’s expertise and skills while providing individuals with a standardized, detailed set of project management best practices.

Benefits of PMP® certification include higher project completion rates and increased salaries, according to the PMI.

Ideal candidates

Experienced project management professionals leading complex projects and those who are responsible for all aspects of project delivery, including working with cross-functional teams.

Prerequisites for the PMP® Exam

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

By earning a CAPM®, you are demonstrating to your team and employer that you are ready to manage larger projects, take on more responsibility and build on your project management skills.

Becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management will help you develop new job skills and knowledge and understand basic project management concepts, as well as how to apply tools and techniques to project management processes.

Ideal candidates

Entry-level project managers or those interested in a career in project management.

Prerequisites for the CAPM® Exam

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 1,500 hours of project experience

OR

  • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam

The Next Step

Demand is increasing across all industries, but more recently has begun spreading among industries that traditionally were not project-oriented, such as healthcare, financial services and manufacturing, the PMI report states.

If you are considering earning a PMP® or CAPM® certification, completing our project management course PMP®/CAPM® Exam Preparation online could help you develop an understanding and mastery of the PMBOK® Guide and prepare you for the PMP or CAPM exams.

 PMP, CAPM and PMBOK Guide are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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