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Assistant with transiting from IT Support to Certified Associate Project Manager
Due to recent strategic location modification within my organization, my position was transitioned offshore. Now I have the opportunity and time to focus my organization skills toward project management. I am excited about my future. However I would like some advice on how to start down this path.

Most of the project managers from my previous job did not have any certification or formal training and basically transitioned by working in various departments and then moving into a PM position. My position did not allow for such fluidity. I am starting from basically the beginning. I originally signed up to take the CAPM certification course but 99% of the class are PMPs looking to pass there certification test and they move at a faster pace.

Can someone provide guidance to how I should begin to learn about project management, PMBOK, the various phases etc. so I can get my CAPM certification and look for employment in this area.
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Get your PMP Certification - Study the PMBOK and if you are not very sound in project management then you can start with other books like Rita Mulcahy's Book. Why do you want to take the CAPM not PMP if I may ask ?

Please find a mentor within your organization who can guide you.

Hello Sheila,

I am also preparing for my CAPM and it is on first week of next month, so my time is running out. Feel free to email me if you want to discuss anything and, if you are open to it, I'd like to see what your thoughts are on some topics as well!

Here are some hopefully helpful links for you which we're provided by Mr Markus Klien:
HI Sheila, this is an exciting opportunity!

The CAPM is meant mostly for people who work on projects in any role but that of manager. It is a great way to make sure team members are on the same page as far as project language and processes are concerned.

The PMP is meant for people who want to manage projects.

Having said that, if your employer supports your efforts, there is nothing wrong in getting your CAPM as a preliminary step towards a full PMP.

Using the two-step approach can allow you to build the minimum experience required for the PMP application.

Enjoy the journey!
Hi Sheila

One just cannot compare CAPM and PMP as there are different eligibility criteria.

The CAPM is for everyone who knows "the PMI way of project management" and wants to prove this by means of a certificate. It is a very good start for a project manager - not "only" for project team members or the like.
The PMP can only be taken by those with sufficient verifiable experience - at least 4.500 hours in projects (not necessarily as a project manager).

When I was new to the subject I took the CAPM first (with PMBoK and Rita) and worked as a project manager. I will have the hours needed for the PMP soon, thus I will take it.

So please don't mind if you do not yet have gained the needed experience for the PMP - the CAPM is a very good start to prove that you know the game.

All the best!!
Is anyone else finding this page layout unreadable? My browser (IE11) is pushing the right sidebar over the text, so I can't read what the 99% refers to etc.
I recommend PMP
I, too, can only read portions of each line, using IE11. It wasn't like this yesterday.
I also had the problem with Chrome.
It looks fine under Firefox.
Same here - I can see the whole sentence. Same thing on the iPad.
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