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Your opinion: CAPM vs. PMP
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Is the CAPM really worth it or is to better to wait until you have experience and then apply to take the PMP exam? I have a number of students who don't have the experience necessary for the PMP, but would still like to get certified in addition to the project management degree. Looking for pros and cons. Thanks in advance.
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If they have a PM degree, I don't know that a CAPM would add that much however I would advise they look through some local job postings to see if they include that as a keyword. I know that my PMP has enabled me to pass the HR filter as a dedicated PM job role, but I can't speak to the CAPM in new-hire roles.

If they had a degree in another field such as engineering, that would be different. My BS was purely technical and nothing managerial other than one masters level elective class. Then a CAPM would say that they understand not only the technical subject, but have an understanding of the integration between different job roles within projects.
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According to the trainers I know, you should always go for the PMP and the CBAP, not the junior certificate.

Keith makes a good point about job searches.
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1 reply by Valerie Denney
Aug 08, 2019 5:02 PM
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Bob, Agree, but if someone doesn't have the experience to apply for the PMP, should they go for a CPAM (in your opinion). Why or why not?
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I like to think of the CAPM as a stepping stone. For a new PM, it might not be bad to get one, if just for getting and understanding of PM Guidelines and Principles, but it does not add much value in my opinion.
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Hello Valerie,

This is a question I would get a lot from my Project Management students as well.

I personally believe there is value in one obtaining a CAPM as they pursuit their PMP - particularly if they have quite a gap in meeting the qualifications for a PMP (i.e. 2 years away from being able to meet PMP qualifications, etc.). It can show potential employers and Managers that the individual is growing and evolving as they pursuit their career goals.
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Valerie, in public sector PMP has more weight than CAPM; however, the full discourage of ones intentions to attain PMP while at CAPM level are also fully supported, as part of the developmental plans of each employee.
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The CAPM is a great way to bridge the gap when one doesn't have the experience for a full PMP, and lets potential employers know the candidate is disciplined, on track and working toward a goal the employer can quantify, understand and use to their advantage.
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Aug 08, 2019 2:07 PM
Replying to Bob Thomas
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According to the trainers I know, you should always go for the PMP and the CBAP, not the junior certificate.

Keith makes a good point about job searches.
Bob, Agree, but if someone doesn't have the experience to apply for the PMP, should they go for a CPAM (in your opinion). Why or why not?
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If you are a Newbie, and want to pursue a career in project management then CAPM is a good place to start because it will provide you with the basic / foundational knowledge. However, if you have experience but not enough to apply for PMP, then I suggest you wait and apply directly to PMP as it is not worth going through the process twice if the difference is one year, there is no added value at least from my POV.
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1 reply by Valerie Denney
Aug 08, 2019 7:52 PM
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Great response
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Aug 08, 2019 7:05 PM
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If you are a Newbie, and want to pursue a career in project management then CAPM is a good place to start because it will provide you with the basic / foundational knowledge. However, if you have experience but not enough to apply for PMP, then I suggest you wait and apply directly to PMP as it is not worth going through the process twice if the difference is one year, there is no added value at least from my POV.
Great response
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HR/hiring managers are looking for the PMP. CAPM doesn't reach the same mark in terms of it being used as a "filter" for job candidates. Wait to get the years of experience needed for the PMP - one test, one investment of time and money to get the most recognized project management credential.
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