Assessing the Value of the CAPM Certification for Project Managers
The field of project management is a rich and challenging one. People in today’s changing work environment may enter the role of serving as a project manager through deliberate or incidental progress in this direction through assumption of greater responsibilities and work tasks. There are a variety of industries and organizations within which project managers are deemed essential, including information technology, construction, and engineering, which makes this position a hotly contested one in many enterprises.
The Certified Associate in Project Management, or CAPM (FYI most people pronounce it “Cap”"Emm”), certification, is one of the most beneficial certifications a project manager may obtain in order to demonstrate his or her qualifications, experience, skills, and knowledge within the field of project management. This article will explore the value of holding the CAPM (by PMI) certification. The article will also provide suggestions on professionals who might benefit most from obtaining the CAPM certification.
There is currently a high value to holding the CAPM certification (see TrainACE), as it is a ready-made verification of one’s competence, training, and professional capacity as a project manager. According to the Profession Management Institute, or PMI, CAPM certification is best suited to professionals who do not have as much project experience. The certification indicates that such professionals have a core understanding of the essential elements of project management, including the processes, terms, and knowledge bases necessary to manage projects effectively and efficiently.
Since its inception, the CAPM has quickly become adopted and recognized as a necessary badge for professionals interested in taking on future project management positions. It may be used by team members with experience or by project leads who have limited experience and are interested in pursuing project management at a more stringent level. As a result, many young professionals who have recently begun their full time careers in a variety of industries have sought the CAPM certification as a way to propel and justify their current career paths and facilitate their progression in their desired trajectories.
As with any other program of certification, there are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled by candidates who are interested in obtaining CAPM certification. The first qualification is the possession of a secondary diploma. In the United States, this is commonly referred to as the high school diploma. However, the GED or other national or international equivalents of secondary school education completion may satisfy this requirement. The second qualification is the possession of either 23 hours of education in the field of project management or a minimum of 1,500 hours of work experience.
Once these qualifications have been satisfied, candidates must then successfully complete examinations from 12 chapters in topics such as time management, cost management, quality management, and project management processes. It is necessary to obtain a score of at least 65 percent in order to pass each category. There are between 6 and 15 questions pertaining to each chapter in the study text.
There are a number of online and offline resources to prepare candidates for successful completion of the CAPM qualification exam. Many resources that successful candidates have found useful include sample tests, sample questions, and published guides to the certification exam.
Some of the primary reasons for securing the CAPM certification include its recognition in every industry and area on earth. The classification is designed to open professional doors and help young professionals achieve their career goals, particularly those that involve project management. Some of the potential careers that may become accessible through CAPM certification include but are not limited to:
* PMO Operations Support Analyst
* Consultant for Business Analysis
* Project Manager for Information Technology
* Coordinator of Marketing Communications
* Administrator of Member Relations