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From your profile, it seems that you have managed projects since 2014, so this should provide sufficient PM practitioning experience (min. 4500 h) to go straigh to PMP.
There is no "better" way, it really depends on your career plan. Good luck!
Dear Mr. Muthukrishnan,
I think this way will make even easy to answer to direct questions of PMBOK during your PMP exam.
Go for the PMP. The CAPM exam covers the same things as the PMP. You would just be doing duplicate effort if you took both.
I was also in the same mind set as yours.
Since it has been a long time that i didn't appeared for any prometric exams i first tested
myself with CAPM and then went for PMP ( I cleared both the exams in span of 45 days)..
Wish you all success in your exam
As I understood CAPM is for who is strive to become later a Project Manager and want to acquire PM knowledge (That why the exam is only in the PMBOK guide)
But a PMP exam is for who is already Project Manager with field experience and the exam cover PMBOK material and Non PMI materials.
If your target is PMP, get your contact hours (35) required for PMP and fullfill other requirements and start your preparation. For more informations go to https://www.pmi.org/certifications
Be aware that PMP exam prep is time consuming and require experience in real life as project manager.
If you not yet project Manager a CAPM is a good start.
If you have the experience and working hours, I would apply for PMP directly. Definitely much better.
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