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Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
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I’ve seen many discussions and mixed opinions about the below subject:

If someone has many years of experience in Project Management and holds multiple PMI certifications for many years, do you see value in taking CAPM exam to refresh someone’s memory based on the latest version of the PMBOK ? and Why ?

Please participate in the below poll and feel free to leave a comment here or there:

https://www.projectmanagement.com/polls/57...7A3F196BE041485
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I look forward to your comments as I will be presenting something regarding the same subject soon to some PM’s as part of a function.
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Rami -

I'll complete the poll as well, but given the costs and limited lifespan of the CAPM, I would think it would be easier and cheaper to just read the PMBOK Guide itself OR buy a self-study guide and just read that.

Kiron
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Sep 04, 2019 2:14 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks for weighing in Kiron, that is definitely an option especially that the CAPM Certificate expires in 5 Years time.
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Sep 04, 2019 11:19 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Rami -

I'll complete the poll as well, but given the costs and limited lifespan of the CAPM, I would think it would be easier and cheaper to just read the PMBOK Guide itself OR buy a self-study guide and just read that.

Kiron
Thanks for weighing in Kiron, that is definitely an option especially that the CAPM Certificate expires in 5 Years time.
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What does the CAPM represent for you? Will you be redoing it every time the PMBOK Guide gets updated?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Sep 04, 2019 2:34 PM
Rami Kaibni
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I guess, those are my questions to you Stephane. This is exactly the opinion I am seeking from professionals like yourself.
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Sep 04, 2019 2:32 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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What does the CAPM represent for you? Will you be redoing it every time the PMBOK Guide gets updated?
I guess, those are my questions to you Stephane. This is exactly the opinion I am seeking from professionals like yourself.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Sep 04, 2019 8:15 PM
Stéphane Parent
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I was actually helping your thinking around this, Rami. My answers are immaterial. You have the wisdom within you. My job is to help you find it. Or, in this case, the people you are coaching.
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I just don't see the point in passing the CAPM if you have the experience for the PMP.

If not ready for the PMP, then I would go for more simulation exams.

If it is for you what is expected? confirm your knowledge? Get all the PMI certification?

You puzzle me on that one
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Sep 04, 2019 6:35 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Vincent, You probably were puzzled because it is obvious from your answer that you misunderstood the question:

1- My question is specific for people who are already PMP's, and hold other certifications in Project Management and not for people who are debating whether to do PMP or CAPM or not ready.

2- I am not asking about this for me. I hold various certifications with many organizations and I stay up to date in other ways. However, I do mentor and coach lots of people including individuals who are certified and I hear this question very often:

"CAPM is only $250 and you can do it from home and it is knowledge based so do you think taking the CAPM exam is a good motivation to refresh out memory of the latest and greatest in PMBOK and Project Management" ?"

Those people are not looking for gathering more certifications but rather looking at the CAPM as a way to refresh their memory because reading a 1000 pages book can be boring but when you set a date, register for an exam then you have a motivation to work towards a goal, thats how they explained it to me and it makes sense.

I thought to take the opinion of the community regarding this issue.

Hope the above resolves any puzzles and misunderstandings of this matter.
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There's a bit of a circular reference in this scenario. The PMBOK is periodically updated based on the experience of practicing project managers. So if we encouraged those with a PMP credential to occasionally take a refresher exam, then we could have people testing new content they helped write. Obviously we don't all participate in PMBOK revisions, but the point is that the PMBOK should reflect PMP practices, not the other way around.

Re-certification is an interesting idea. We already have continuing education in the form of PDUs. I fear that if we made experienced PMs sit for occasional re-certification, many of them would simply retire their PMP and then continue working, content with showing they had once earned it.
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Sep 04, 2019 6:38 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Good Points Wade. I appreciate your thoughts.

The issue I am trying to poll is a bit different. Like I explained to Vincent, I have this question often raised:

"CAPM is only $250 and you can do it from home and it is knowledge based so do you think taking the CAPM exam is a good motivation to refresh out memory of the latest and greatest in PMBOK and Project Management" ?"

Those people are not looking for gathering more certifications but rather looking at the CAPM as a way to refresh their memory because reading a 1000 pages book can be boring but when you set a date, register for an exam then you have a motivation to work towards a goal, thats how they explained it to me and it makes sense.
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Sep 04, 2019 4:25 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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I just don't see the point in passing the CAPM if you have the experience for the PMP.

If not ready for the PMP, then I would go for more simulation exams.

If it is for you what is expected? confirm your knowledge? Get all the PMI certification?

You puzzle me on that one
Vincent, You probably were puzzled because it is obvious from your answer that you misunderstood the question:

1- My question is specific for people who are already PMP's, and hold other certifications in Project Management and not for people who are debating whether to do PMP or CAPM or not ready.

2- I am not asking about this for me. I hold various certifications with many organizations and I stay up to date in other ways. However, I do mentor and coach lots of people including individuals who are certified and I hear this question very often:

"CAPM is only $250 and you can do it from home and it is knowledge based so do you think taking the CAPM exam is a good motivation to refresh out memory of the latest and greatest in PMBOK and Project Management" ?"

Those people are not looking for gathering more certifications but rather looking at the CAPM as a way to refresh their memory because reading a 1000 pages book can be boring but when you set a date, register for an exam then you have a motivation to work towards a goal, thats how they explained it to me and it makes sense.

I thought to take the opinion of the community regarding this issue.

Hope the above resolves any puzzles and misunderstandings of this matter.
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Sep 04, 2019 4:47 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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There's a bit of a circular reference in this scenario. The PMBOK is periodically updated based on the experience of practicing project managers. So if we encouraged those with a PMP credential to occasionally take a refresher exam, then we could have people testing new content they helped write. Obviously we don't all participate in PMBOK revisions, but the point is that the PMBOK should reflect PMP practices, not the other way around.

Re-certification is an interesting idea. We already have continuing education in the form of PDUs. I fear that if we made experienced PMs sit for occasional re-certification, many of them would simply retire their PMP and then continue working, content with showing they had once earned it.
Good Points Wade. I appreciate your thoughts.

The issue I am trying to poll is a bit different. Like I explained to Vincent, I have this question often raised:

"CAPM is only $250 and you can do it from home and it is knowledge based so do you think taking the CAPM exam is a good motivation to refresh out memory of the latest and greatest in PMBOK and Project Management" ?"

Those people are not looking for gathering more certifications but rather looking at the CAPM as a way to refresh their memory because reading a 1000 pages book can be boring but when you set a date, register for an exam then you have a motivation to work towards a goal, thats how they explained it to me and it makes sense.
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1 reply by Wade Harshman
Sep 05, 2019 4:17 PM
Wade Harshman
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The CAPM would not motivate me. I can only speak for me, personally. There are others this might work for. But the idea of paying and taking a periodic exam would discourage me.
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Sep 04, 2019 2:34 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I guess, those are my questions to you Stephane. This is exactly the opinion I am seeking from professionals like yourself.
I was actually helping your thinking around this, Rami. My answers are immaterial. You have the wisdom within you. My job is to help you find it. Or, in this case, the people you are coaching.
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