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CAPM as a college student?
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I am currently attending Rutgers University. I am 25 years old, will have finished my bachelor's in the fall and just got accepted into the Master's of Information degree program. My question is in regards to the CAPM. Does this hold any benefit to a student that has the requirements to take the exam? I have plenty of team lead experience, just not that much that I can take the PMP. Is the CAPM a well known certification?
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In my experience, Brenden, the CAPM has more value within an organization, rather than with other organizations.

In other words, CAPM makes sense for organiztions that want to make sure everybody understands and speaks the same project management language. It is not a certification that impresses recruiters or clients.
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1 reply by Brenden Murphy
Dec 21, 2016 4:22 PM
Brenden Murphy
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Great example! Thanks for that advice
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I agree with Stéphane.


Additionally check this link -

https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...it-PMP-or-bust-
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CAPM is the first step before PMP if you do not qualify to sit for the PMP. However, it is not as strong or recognized as the PMP. If you have enough time, it doesn't hurt to take the exam but bear in mind that this certification expires after 5 years so you need to ensure you got your PMP within this time.
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Dec 21, 2016 4:24 PM
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As you said "it doesn't hurt". That's the only reason I would think of taking it. I have enjoyed learning the information, so why not have an added perk up my sleeve. As Stephane had said above though, some jobs may not be looking for this. I wonder if "it would hurt" in that sense. Personally, I think I may do it either way. If companies start to look at it the wrong way I can always leave it out of future resumes.
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Dec 21, 2016 9:39 AM
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In my experience, Brenden, the CAPM has more value within an organization, rather than with other organizations.

In other words, CAPM makes sense for organiztions that want to make sure everybody understands and speaks the same project management language. It is not a certification that impresses recruiters or clients.
Great example! Thanks for that advice
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Dec 21, 2016 11:23 AM
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CAPM is the first step before PMP if you do not qualify to sit for the PMP. However, it is not as strong or recognized as the PMP. If you have enough time, it doesn't hurt to take the exam but bear in mind that this certification expires after 5 years so you need to ensure you got your PMP within this time.
As you said "it doesn't hurt". That's the only reason I would think of taking it. I have enjoyed learning the information, so why not have an added perk up my sleeve. As Stephane had said above though, some jobs may not be looking for this. I wonder if "it would hurt" in that sense. Personally, I think I may do it either way. If companies start to look at it the wrong way I can always leave it out of future resumes.
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Overview of CAPM and PMP

CAPM is an entry level certification for people who are working in projects. CAPM is awarded on the basis of knowledge contained in the PMBOK Guide. You can easily pass the CAPM exam, if you study the PMBOK Guide well and learn about the processes & ITTOs.

PMP is an advanced level certification for people who have experience of are leading & directing projects i.e. they have managed complete project(s) or part of project management team. PMP is mostly based on PMBOK Guide but not entirely on it. It is based on Project Manager's role as defined by the PMI. Most of the PM role definition is covered in the PMBOK Guide.

PMP tests the aspirants on the application of PMBOK Guide's concepts (Processes & ITTOs) and hence it is much more difficult than CAPM. Most large companies value PMP certification.

PMP or CAPM?

If you do not have the relevant experience then I would suggest that you should opt for CAPM. PMP would become easier after you get the relevant experience. If you want to do CAPM, just join an online course (for mandatory 23 contact hours) and study the PMBOK Guide. It should be enough.

Contact Hours for CAPM

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- Recommended study material for the exam prep

All the best.
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Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps:

Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.

Organizations with standardized practices attain better results, as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Because the CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard, you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.
Project management is a rapidly growing profession. Through 2020, 1.57 million new jobs will be created each year and qualified practitioners are in demand. With the CAPM, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.
Who Should Apply?

If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.

CAPM Exam Guidance

To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test.

Regardless of how advanced your project experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful CAPM candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Step 1: Get familiar with the basic resources:

• Review the ? Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® (https://goo.gl/xGchrL )

• Enroll in a formal study course (on- or offline) offered by PMI chapters or accredited Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s).
for instance: CAPM Prep Cast: ? https://goo.gl/6RNsrA

• Review the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (https://goo.gl/DCNxPQ )


Step 2: Start with PMBOK® Guide but be prepared to move beyond
Study additional sources to supplement the PMBOK® Guide.

Here are our recommendations what to study:
• CAPM® EXAM PREP - 3RD EDITION by Rita Mulcahy
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• CAPM® Exam Simplified: Aligned to PMBOK Guide 5th Edition by Aileen Ellis
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• CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification All-In-One Exam Guide, Third Edition by Joseph Phillips
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• Achieve CAPM Exam Success by by Diane Altwies
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Step 3: Took a CAPM preparation course and get your required 23 contact hours of project management training.

CAPM Prep Cast: ? https://goo.gl/6RNsrA

What is The PM PrepCast (for CAPM)? It is a videocast with 140 lessons you can access using a tablet, smart phone, computer, or laptop. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a personal link to download the videos. Each videocast is well presented and easy to follow making it easy to study!

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation. Quiz yourself using a CAPM Exam Simulator, flashcards and study tables, review your notes from course and take lots of practice exams.

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Prepare for and feel 100% confident to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam by using The CAPM® Exam Simulator.
The simulator gives you access to 750 realistic CAPM exam sample questions (5 exams) in an online environment. Question difficulty and style is very close to any question that you will encounter on your actual exam. A team of certified project managers not only developed all questions to be as close to the real things as possible, but they are also updated them to the latest CAPM Exam Content Outline as well as the most recent PMBOK® Guide.
… and it's the only simulator that offers Live Feedback™!

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You may try it for free: FREE CAPM Simulator: ? https://goo.gl/BoHKLY

Additional prep material:

• CAPM Exam Flashcard Study System: CAPM Test Practice Questions & Review for the Certified Associate in Project Management Exam (Cards) by Mometrix Media LLC
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Step 5: Take the exam and earn your CAPM®!


You can find the always most recent version of this article on LinkedIn (and some more):

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/getting-pmi...pmp?published=t
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I earned my CAPM in June 2016. I was eligible to earn so why not? Even though I am changing careers and have no experience in project management, at least I'm professional certified.

The biggest issue for it not being impressive is that most recruiters have no idea what the eligibility requirements are for the PMP, and think that if you have a degree you are automatically qualified, which isn't the case.

So, what it comes down to is that if you are eligible for the CAPM, go ahead a take it.
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Hi Brenden, I would agree with much that has been said already here. What is your motivation on considering taking the exam at this time? I ask this question because it appears you are entering into the Masters program which will take some time to earn. If you are working; as well as, going to graduate school... you may consider targeting obtaining more hours in project management and then sit for the PMP certification before graduating with the Masters Degree. This is just a suggestion since I do not know your personal situation. Good luck in whatever route you decide. The CAPM is a stepping stone to the PMP; but less recognized as mentioned by employers.

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