The CAPM exam is the certification test for associates in project management. It is an entry-level certification, but all candidates should learn how to thoroughly prepare for this challenging project management exam. It is offered by the Project Management Institute.
The CAPM certification is one of the few for which you do not actually need experience. Once you have a high school diploma, then you can qualify to take the CAPM exam with either 1500 hours of experience in project management or only 23 hours or educations. With most Project Management Institute certifications, you need substantial experience. So this exam is for those who want to show their commitment to becoming a quality and professional project manager but who does not have much life experience.
To start getting ready for your CAPM test, you first need to download the CAPM Handbook. That online document will tell you which reference materials apply to the current version of the CAPM. For example, at the time of this writing, this introductory project management exam is based on certain portions of the PMBOK Guide – Fourth Edition. In addition, the guide tells you which chapters you need to study in the appropriate test materials. As of 2011, you need to study Chapters 1 through 12 of the PMBOK Guide, and the handbook tells you the percentage of questions related to each chapter.
You should also use the Handbook to get familiar with the format of the test. It is generally taken at Prometic (the CAPM exam administrator) centers throughout the country on computer.
The printable application and online registration page for applying online for the CAPM certification exam are also linked to below.
Now, you just need to make sure you give yourself ample time to study whatever the current reference book or books are for the current CAPM exam. At the time of this writing, that is the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge). As of July 2011, this guide is $65.95, but it is discounted to $49.50 for PMI members. As long as you plan on taking the CAPM exam and then moving up to the higher PMI certification levels, you should consider joining as a member to get this and future discounts on other products and services like continuing education.
CAPM Printable Application Form
CAPM Exam and Certification Handbook
PMI.org Registration Page for Online Accounts and Applications
PMI: PMBOK Guide — Fourth Edition