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Quick and cost effective CAPM certification?
I am looking for a quick and cost effective CAPM certification. Do you have any guidance or advise?

I have 20+ years of project leader experience, but I have never bothered to get certified. Now I am interested in a position that requires at least a CAPM certification. Thus, I am looking for a quick and cheap way to obtain the certification.

I have attended project management courses, both as part of my M.Sc(Eng) exam at university in the 1980s and later at Learning Tree International (but I have not attended any courses by PMI REPs).

I have read PMBOK Guide and other books on project management, as I am (and always have been) interested in learning more about project management.

I have not taken any extensive records of my project manager experience with me from previous employers, because the projects information has been business secrets of the employer. My recent project experience is agile/scrum which might not qualify according to PMI rules. The older projects were PMBOK style waterfall, but the bosses I had on those projects have left those former employers, so it might take a long time to collect verifications for an audit. Thus I think that the option of 23 hours REP education is probably quicker.

The normal classroom courses in my part or the world are expensive. As I do not have an employer sponsoring me on this I am cost sensitive. Also the normal classroom courses would cost me vacation days, and may be hard to fit into a tight calendar schedule.

I have stumbled across PMstudy online courses ( http://www.pmstudy.com/enroll.asp#CAPM ). I am not sure if that is the best alternative.

Any advise and recommendation would be appreciated. Do you have better suggestions?

Thank you in advance for answering!
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Hello Tom,

I believe you are looking for CAPM training. If your answer is 'Yes', you may check Online Courses at Udemy -

https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?q=capm&src=ukw&lang=en

Thanks
Thank you Anupam for answering.

1) Is Udemy better than PMstudy? Why? How?

2) Is a CAPM training online course the best alternative for me? Are there other better options I have overlooked?
Tom,

Since you are going for a certification, Why don't you do the PMP since you have all required work experience and educational background ?
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1 reply by Tom Björkholm
Jan 22, 2017 3:31 AM
Tom Björkholm
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Thank you Rami Kaibni for your answer.

Maybe PMP is the way to go. What has put me off PMP is the work needed to collect the evidence for the audit.

The projects where I have easy access to the evidence have been agile projects, and my impression is that PMI do not accept agile projects as experience for PMP. This makes it more work to collect the evidence.

When talking to people in my age in my area applying for PMP, they have all been subject to audits.

Thus, it feels like going for PMP would cost me a lot of calendar time.
Network:4615
Hi Tom,

1) When it comes to cost effective online course Udemy is always best. You can choose the course offered by various training providers, based on course material, takeaways, ratings, comments and popularity.

PMstudy course is for limited time, and is best if you are planning to take the certification within 30-45 days. They have quality mock questions.

2) Other than online course, you can check for class room trainings. These will be for 2-4 days max, and prepare you well. All study material, mock questions, tips & tricks will be provided by the training provider.

Please check with local PMI REP or PMI Chapter at your region for detail on class room trainings.

There are lots of study guides and simulations also available. Not to forget PMBOK will be your main source to refer.

Hope this helps!!
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1 reply by Tom Björkholm
Jan 22, 2017 3:22 AM
Tom Björkholm
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Thanks again Anupam for your answers.

I have been the target of too much spam from Udemy (both direct email, and spam postings in LinkedIn groups). Thus, my impression of Udemy is not one of a serious company. (My impressions might be wrong, but I am still influenced by these impressions).

The alternatives and costs (rough order of magnitude) I have found are:

* Udemy online course: US$ 15

* PMstudy online course: US$ 150

* Classroom course in my part of the world: US$ 3.000 - US$ 10.000 (Plus the cost of using vacation days and the problem of finding a course that fits into my time schedule.)

Spending something in the magnitude of US$ 200 is OK. Spending something in the order of US$ 2000 is less attractive (unless of course it is the best value for money overall).
Jan 22, 2017 2:17 AM
Replying to Anupam
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Hi Tom,

1) When it comes to cost effective online course Udemy is always best. You can choose the course offered by various training providers, based on course material, takeaways, ratings, comments and popularity.

PMstudy course is for limited time, and is best if you are planning to take the certification within 30-45 days. They have quality mock questions.

2) Other than online course, you can check for class room trainings. These will be for 2-4 days max, and prepare you well. All study material, mock questions, tips & tricks will be provided by the training provider.

Please check with local PMI REP or PMI Chapter at your region for detail on class room trainings.

There are lots of study guides and simulations also available. Not to forget PMBOK will be your main source to refer.

Hope this helps!!
Thanks again Anupam for your answers.

I have been the target of too much spam from Udemy (both direct email, and spam postings in LinkedIn groups). Thus, my impression of Udemy is not one of a serious company. (My impressions might be wrong, but I am still influenced by these impressions).

The alternatives and costs (rough order of magnitude) I have found are:

* Udemy online course: US$ 15

* PMstudy online course: US$ 150

* Classroom course in my part of the world: US$ 3.000 - US$ 10.000 (Plus the cost of using vacation days and the problem of finding a course that fits into my time schedule.)

Spending something in the magnitude of US$ 200 is OK. Spending something in the order of US$ 2000 is less attractive (unless of course it is the best value for money overall).
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1 reply by Anupam
Jan 22, 2017 3:30 AM
Anupam
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Tom,

Other than PMstudy, you can check CAPM® Certification Training from Simplilearn -

https://www.simplilearn.com/project-manage...cation-training

iZenBridge CAPM® Online training program -

http://www.izenbridge.com/capm/online-course/

Both are reputed and established organizations.
Network:4615
Jan 22, 2017 3:22 AM
Replying to Tom Björkholm
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Thanks again Anupam for your answers.

I have been the target of too much spam from Udemy (both direct email, and spam postings in LinkedIn groups). Thus, my impression of Udemy is not one of a serious company. (My impressions might be wrong, but I am still influenced by these impressions).

The alternatives and costs (rough order of magnitude) I have found are:

* Udemy online course: US$ 15

* PMstudy online course: US$ 150

* Classroom course in my part of the world: US$ 3.000 - US$ 10.000 (Plus the cost of using vacation days and the problem of finding a course that fits into my time schedule.)

Spending something in the magnitude of US$ 200 is OK. Spending something in the order of US$ 2000 is less attractive (unless of course it is the best value for money overall).
Tom,

Other than PMstudy, you can check CAPM® Certification Training from Simplilearn -

https://www.simplilearn.com/project-manage...cation-training

iZenBridge CAPM® Online training program -

http://www.izenbridge.com/capm/online-course/

Both are reputed and established organizations.
Jan 22, 2017 2:02 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Tom,

Since you are going for a certification, Why don't you do the PMP since you have all required work experience and educational background ?
Thank you Rami Kaibni for your answer.

Maybe PMP is the way to go. What has put me off PMP is the work needed to collect the evidence for the audit.

The projects where I have easy access to the evidence have been agile projects, and my impression is that PMI do not accept agile projects as experience for PMP. This makes it more work to collect the evidence.

When talking to people in my age in my area applying for PMP, they have all been subject to audits.

Thus, it feels like going for PMP would cost me a lot of calendar time.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 22, 2017 2:26 PM
Rami Kaibni
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You're welcome Tom.

If you want my personal opionion, then I would say that for someone with your experience (As far as I was able to conclude), PMP is definitely the right direction.

You do not need to collect evidence if you were not audited and people are randomly selected for Auditing. Even if you were selected for Auditing, do not be overwhelmed as you do not need to dig deep to provide evidence. Probably experience letter would do.

As for your comment on Agile, I am not sure that this is valid because a project is a project and for your information, they introduced Agile in the new version of PMBOK (As far as I understood) that will be released around the 3rd Quarter of 2017.

One more thing worth mentioning about CAPM that it is valid for 5 Years only and after that, you will have to repeat the exam. While PMP remains valid as long as you maintain the 60 PDU's every 3 years.

Good Luck.
Jan 22, 2017 3:31 AM
Replying to Tom Björkholm
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Thank you Rami Kaibni for your answer.

Maybe PMP is the way to go. What has put me off PMP is the work needed to collect the evidence for the audit.

The projects where I have easy access to the evidence have been agile projects, and my impression is that PMI do not accept agile projects as experience for PMP. This makes it more work to collect the evidence.

When talking to people in my age in my area applying for PMP, they have all been subject to audits.

Thus, it feels like going for PMP would cost me a lot of calendar time.
You're welcome Tom.

If you want my personal opionion, then I would say that for someone with your experience (As far as I was able to conclude), PMP is definitely the right direction.

You do not need to collect evidence if you were not audited and people are randomly selected for Auditing. Even if you were selected for Auditing, do not be overwhelmed as you do not need to dig deep to provide evidence. Probably experience letter would do.

As for your comment on Agile, I am not sure that this is valid because a project is a project and for your information, they introduced Agile in the new version of PMBOK (As far as I understood) that will be released around the 3rd Quarter of 2017.

One more thing worth mentioning about CAPM that it is valid for 5 Years only and after that, you will have to repeat the exam. While PMP remains valid as long as you maintain the 60 PDU's every 3 years.

Good Luck.
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1 reply by Tom Björkholm
Jan 22, 2017 2:34 PM
Tom Björkholm
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Thanks Rami for your advise.
Jan 22, 2017 2:26 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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You're welcome Tom.

If you want my personal opionion, then I would say that for someone with your experience (As far as I was able to conclude), PMP is definitely the right direction.

You do not need to collect evidence if you were not audited and people are randomly selected for Auditing. Even if you were selected for Auditing, do not be overwhelmed as you do not need to dig deep to provide evidence. Probably experience letter would do.

As for your comment on Agile, I am not sure that this is valid because a project is a project and for your information, they introduced Agile in the new version of PMBOK (As far as I understood) that will be released around the 3rd Quarter of 2017.

One more thing worth mentioning about CAPM that it is valid for 5 Years only and after that, you will have to repeat the exam. While PMP remains valid as long as you maintain the 60 PDU's every 3 years.

Good Luck.
Thanks Rami for your advise.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 22, 2017 2:35 PM
Rami Kaibni
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My pleasure Tom & Good Luck.
Jan 22, 2017 2:34 PM
Replying to Tom Björkholm
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Thanks Rami for your advise.
My pleasure Tom & Good Luck.
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