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CAPM vs PMP
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after 13 years of project management in different fields, I've decided to get certified withPMI.
Going step by step, I just get the CAPM and now it's time to go for PMP.
For what I've seen, it's not so common that people go for both.
Is anyone able to help me understanding the real gap existing between the two?
Considering I got the basis, what should be my main focus for PMP?

Thanks for your help!
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I am also following this path, Looking forward to see the answers!
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The primary difference between one who pursues CAPM -vs- one who pursues PMP is primarily the evel of project management experience.

CAPM is for someone who is perhaps newer to project management and is working within projects but probably not in the lead PM role. CAPM is an entry level certification that requires a pretty good knowledge of the PMBOK as the exam focuses more on knowledge of processes and ITTO's.

PMP is an advanced level certification for those who have a good bit of experience leading and directing projects, (i.e. managing complete projects or significant contributors as project team members). As such, the PMP exam delves deeper into the role of the Project Manager as defined by PMI and is much more scenario based.

To recap, CAPM is more about the project management concepts and the PMP is more about the practical application of those concepts. The requirements to sit for the PMP exam are respectively more stringent as well.
CAPM requires a high school diploma, Associates degree, or global equivalent and 1,500 hours of project experience.
PMP requires 4,500 hours of project management experience if candidate has a Bachelors degree or equivalent -or- 7,500 hours in case of high school diploma or equivalent. PMI also requires PMP candidates to have 35 hours of project management education by a R.E.P. (this is commonly referred to as PMP Boot Camp).

We have had many discussion threads recently on preparing for the PMP exam and there is a wealth of info on this website in our resource sections.
Our esteemed colleague, Markus Klein, has probably posted more resource info and links than any of us, (thank you, Markus!), and I have copied a link to a recent discussion thread where he offered a very comprehensive list of resources and a step by step guide to pursuing the PMP. I think if you look into some of those sources, you will see just how deep we need to go to pass the PMP exam.

Here is the link:
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...he-the-PMP-exam
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1 reply by Markus Kopko, PMP
Nov 01, 2017 9:33 AM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Mark -

Wow, thanks so much for your kind words. It matters to me if I could be a little help for someone searching guidance.
Highly appreciated your comment and mentioning my name here.

PS: Unfortunately the Link you wanted directing to does not work and cause of there are so many discussions about this topic the last days I do not know which one you meant.
Therefore I will post some links for Eduardo, even if they may be redundant. ;)

Regards,

Markus
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Edouard -

While the CAPM exam questions are based solely on the content of the PMBOK Guide, the PMP exam questions can be derived from up to 50 different reference books. As such, preparing for the PMP exam requires you to broaden your learning scope and practice with many more scenario or application-type questions.

Unless you believe it will take you many years to accumulate the necessary experience hours to meet the PMP eligibility requirements, I would recommend holding off on the CAPM and just go for the PMP. The net benefit of attaining the CAPM for just a year or so might not be sufficient to justify the investment of your time and money in this endeavor.

Kiron
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Thanks Mr. Mark Eckman & Mr. Kiron Bondale
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Nov 01, 2017 6:41 AM
Replying to Mark Eckman
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The primary difference between one who pursues CAPM -vs- one who pursues PMP is primarily the evel of project management experience.

CAPM is for someone who is perhaps newer to project management and is working within projects but probably not in the lead PM role. CAPM is an entry level certification that requires a pretty good knowledge of the PMBOK as the exam focuses more on knowledge of processes and ITTO's.

PMP is an advanced level certification for those who have a good bit of experience leading and directing projects, (i.e. managing complete projects or significant contributors as project team members). As such, the PMP exam delves deeper into the role of the Project Manager as defined by PMI and is much more scenario based.

To recap, CAPM is more about the project management concepts and the PMP is more about the practical application of those concepts. The requirements to sit for the PMP exam are respectively more stringent as well.
CAPM requires a high school diploma, Associates degree, or global equivalent and 1,500 hours of project experience.
PMP requires 4,500 hours of project management experience if candidate has a Bachelors degree or equivalent -or- 7,500 hours in case of high school diploma or equivalent. PMI also requires PMP candidates to have 35 hours of project management education by a R.E.P. (this is commonly referred to as PMP Boot Camp).

We have had many discussion threads recently on preparing for the PMP exam and there is a wealth of info on this website in our resource sections.
Our esteemed colleague, Markus Klein, has probably posted more resource info and links than any of us, (thank you, Markus!), and I have copied a link to a recent discussion thread where he offered a very comprehensive list of resources and a step by step guide to pursuing the PMP. I think if you look into some of those sources, you will see just how deep we need to go to pass the PMP exam.

Here is the link:
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...he-the-PMP-exam
Mark -

Wow, thanks so much for your kind words. It matters to me if I could be a little help for someone searching guidance.
Highly appreciated your comment and mentioning my name here.

PS: Unfortunately the Link you wanted directing to does not work and cause of there are so many discussions about this topic the last days I do not know which one you meant.
Therefore I will post some links for Eduardo, even if they may be redundant. ;)

Regards,

Markus
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1 reply by Mark Eckman
Nov 01, 2017 9:40 AM
Mark Eckman
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Thanks Markus.

Any praise we give you is well deserved. You have been very generous with your advice, guidance and resources and it is greatly appreciated by our community.

I will make note that the link that I have no longer works. Thank you for the follow-up for Eduardo's edification.

- Mark
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I'm with Kiron on this. Go for PMP; skip the CAPM.
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Nov 01, 2017 9:33 AM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
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Mark -

Wow, thanks so much for your kind words. It matters to me if I could be a little help for someone searching guidance.
Highly appreciated your comment and mentioning my name here.

PS: Unfortunately the Link you wanted directing to does not work and cause of there are so many discussions about this topic the last days I do not know which one you meant.
Therefore I will post some links for Eduardo, even if they may be redundant. ;)

Regards,

Markus
Thanks Markus.

Any praise we give you is well deserved. You have been very generous with your advice, guidance and resources and it is greatly appreciated by our community.

I will make note that the link that I have no longer works. Thank you for the follow-up for Eduardo's edification.

- Mark
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Eduard -

I understand that you already have done the CAPM certification and that is a great first step and lays a good foundation for the next steps.

If you know want to go for PMP as your next step in your career planning, here is some hopefully helpful information for you.

First of all, as you may know, you need to clarify your eligibility.

You might refer to the following guide regarding this and also most other questions that may occur considering PMP certification:


? The Complete Guide To “How To Get PMP Certification” ?:


I also conducted a short 5 Steps guidance with references to the most important sources like PMP credential Handppoc; PMP Content outline and so on. You can find this article here:

PMP®: Getting “Project Management Professional (PMP)® in 5 Steps

And finally, if you clarified exam eligibility and all the requirements and decide to start your PMP exam preparation journey then I would strongly recommend you our

FREE! - PMP Exam Prep Guidance Program

Besides an active community, you will receive a prooved, well-structured and guided preparing approach with 14+ sections covering all PMP Exam prep topics and additional content.

There is a premium version available also with additional contents, tools and checklists and chapter-wise questionnaires.

You may check out this version here:

PMP Exam Prep Guidance Program - PREMIUM

Hope this helps a bit.

And please do not hesitate to ask any further question that may occur.

Regards,

Markus

www.pmcertification-online.de
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Thanks everybody for your comments and suggestions, highly appreciated!
But in fact my question was not to choose between CAPM or PMP, as I've decided to get both.
CAPM was for me, just a confirmation about actual skills and preparation.
Now it's done and I'm going for PMP, as it remains a must for me!

In fact, as this community is full of experts, I was curious to get your pov on main differences and focuses.
NB: PMP Eligibility process in on the way, I'm waiting for confirmation.

Thanks everyone for your help to improve our job and way of work!
Proud to be part of this "family" of PMs.
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Good Choice with the experience I would not understand going for the CAPM

My best wish of success
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