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CAPM® vrs PMP®
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I have a group of students heading to take the CAPM test, but when they found out they had to take the test over again to get re-certified, they are wondering if they should wait, get their requirements ready to take the PMP.

In Summary, none of the students (new practitioners) wants to take a CAPM every three years to get re-certified.

Thoughts?
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Hi George:

I think it's depends on circumstances, but in general I believe that if they have the chance, they should take the advantage of the exam.
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Any other comments?
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My personal opinion is your students should take the CAPM if they are trying to get their start in the PM workforce. Passing the CAPM shows that the employee/prospective employee has the basic understanding of accepted, proven project management principles.

The question really comes down to whether or not your students have a goal that getting the CAPM can help them achieve. If your students are looking to compete for a job as a project manager, project coordinator, project scheduler, etc, then they should absolutely test for the CAPM. If, however, they have no plan to change jobs and they feel that they won't benefit from getting the CAPM, then track hours and prepare for the PMP in a few years.

Their goals should really be the primary factor in whether or not they test for the CAPM.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Mar 04, 2016 5:07 AM
George Lewis
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Thanks Jason!

Most students are heading to be Junior PM's but are just short of the number of hours to take the PMP.
Having to repeat the CAPM exam every 3 years, is a dilemma which I hope your comments would help them sort out.
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Jason is absolutly on point and i do fully agree with his opinion.
And in addition ... what is the problem with doing the exam again? I guess some of them would go for the PMP before they need to re-certificate CAPM and most of the others need to do this may be once as a max. before they could aim for PMP.
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2 replies by George Lewis
Mar 04, 2016 5:16 AM
George Lewis
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Thanks for your answer Jason...

Are you saying once they have the PMP, they do not need to re-certificate in CAPM? humm...
Mar 04, 2016 5:22 AM
George Lewis
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Thanks Markus
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George,

I totally agree with Markus and Jason ... However, I would like to add that re-examination for the CAPM is every Five years, not three years so this should give them ample time to apply for PMP later while they are CAPM's.

Please check the below link about CAPM exam:

http://www.pmi.org/certification/certified...ement-capm.aspx

Hope this helps.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Mar 04, 2016 5:12 AM
George Lewis
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Great, that's a key information... 5 years is a much better number.... Let me communicate this...
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I can strongly support all that has been said by the previous posters, and I would recommend that students do the CAPM certification if they see their future in the project management profession.
Reflecting their insights into the Project Management Body of Knowledge without the same need for experience, the CAPM is of great value when starting into the profession.
The 5 year certification validity allows to do the PMP if a student really went into the project management job family, so the next time certification is done, it is most likely the next level.
Personally preparing for a certification on the theoretical level was a very enriching experience that improved my knowledge and changed approaches on job. The preparation process has so much more to offer than "just the certification" if done with an open mindset.
Being certified, the student has gained a lot of additional insight, reflected on existing PM knowledge and has proof of that knowledge.
So if project management is in the future of a student, I recommend doing the CAPM certification.
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Mar 03, 2016 8:52 PM
Replying to Jason Grabowski
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My personal opinion is your students should take the CAPM if they are trying to get their start in the PM workforce. Passing the CAPM shows that the employee/prospective employee has the basic understanding of accepted, proven project management principles.

The question really comes down to whether or not your students have a goal that getting the CAPM can help them achieve. If your students are looking to compete for a job as a project manager, project coordinator, project scheduler, etc, then they should absolutely test for the CAPM. If, however, they have no plan to change jobs and they feel that they won't benefit from getting the CAPM, then track hours and prepare for the PMP in a few years.

Their goals should really be the primary factor in whether or not they test for the CAPM.
Thanks Jason!

Most students are heading to be Junior PM's but are just short of the number of hours to take the PMP.
Having to repeat the CAPM exam every 3 years, is a dilemma which I hope your comments would help them sort out.
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I agree with above gentlemen. CAPM will help best in present scenario. They can go ahead for PMP after 3-5 year.
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Mar 04, 2016 3:07 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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George,

I totally agree with Markus and Jason ... However, I would like to add that re-examination for the CAPM is every Five years, not three years so this should give them ample time to apply for PMP later while they are CAPM's.

Please check the below link about CAPM exam:

http://www.pmi.org/certification/certified...ement-capm.aspx

Hope this helps.
Great, that's a key information... 5 years is a much better number.... Let me communicate this...
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Mar 04, 2016 2:03 AM
Replying to Markus Klein, PMP
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Jason is absolutly on point and i do fully agree with his opinion.
And in addition ... what is the problem with doing the exam again? I guess some of them would go for the PMP before they need to re-certificate CAPM and most of the others need to do this may be once as a max. before they could aim for PMP.
Thanks for your answer Jason...

Are you saying once they have the PMP, they do not need to re-certificate in CAPM? humm...
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1 reply by Vinod Sharma Pillalamarri
May 31, 2017 1:23 PM
Vinod Sharma Pillalamarri
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Thanks George for posting the question and thank you all for such useful advise. I myself being a junior PM, found this conversation so very helpful.
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