Yes, project management professionals generally agree that the Certified Associate in Project Management is worth it for advancing your career. But the CAPM isn’t worth it for everyone because of how closely tied it is to PMI’s methodology and vocabulary. The best way to decide for yourself if the Certified Associate in Project Management is worth it is to search for job postings that you’re interested in that require the CAPM.
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Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The Certified Associate in Project Management costs $225 for members of PMI and $300 for non-members. Since the PMI membership fee is $129 and there’s a joining fee of $10, the cost of the CAPM is $300 for most people. You should assume that you’ll be adding the cost of training to that $300, because the Certified Associate in Project Management exam has a pretty high failure rate.
No, with the right preparation, the Certified Associate in Project Management is not difficult. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the CAPM exam is easy. PMI’s exams are notorious for focusing on vocabulary and concepts that are unique to PMI. So you’ll need to spend time preparing and memorizing concepts, which is why the Certified Associate in Project Management is pretty difficult for many people and why it has such a low pass rate.
Yes, according to a recent change from PMI, the Certified Associate in Project Management expires after three years. Not only that, but PMI also changed how you can renew your CAPM. Now, in order to renew your Certified Associate in Project Management before it expires, you need to earn 15 professional development units and pay a $60 renewal fee.
You should study for the Certified Associate in Project Management with a course that’s specially designed to prepare you for PMI’s specialized vocabulary and concepts. The PMBOK is the book many people use to study for the CAPM, but it’s a dry and sometimes confusing text. The best way to study for the Certified Associate in Project Management is with a video-based course that’s tailored for the CAPM specifically.