What is CAPM®? About the CAPM Certification History

What is the CAPM® certification?

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an entry-level credential from the Project Management Institute® (PMI)®. Like PMP®, CAPM is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). They teach the same principles, but CAPM is for those with less project experience.

PMI introduced CAPM in 2003, 19 years after PMP. PMI designed this certificate for:

  • Those entering into project management
  • Project team members who want more project management experience
  • Existing project managers who don’t meet PMP’s prerequisites
  • Those aspiring to a PMP qualification down the line

CAPM teaches the principles and terminology of the PMBOK® Guide.. For those aspiring to a career in project management, successful attainment of the certification will show that you can:

  • Work as an informed member of a project team, undertaking a variety of project management roles
  • Examine and analyse the inputs, tools and techniques of the processes and knowledge areas of the PMBOK® Guide
  • Describe each process group and knowledge area of the PMBOK® Guide