What are the PMP and CAPM certifications?

Surely if you dedicate yourself to Project Management, or have interest in this world, you must have heard about the PMP and CAPM certifications, the latter being more unknown. Nowadays, people still ask like:

  • What are these certifications, and what are they for?
  • How do I obtain them?
  • What differences exist between the PMP and CAPM certification? And
  • What is appropriate for each person?

In this article, we shall be answering these questions. Keep reading!

What Are The PMP And CAPM Certifications?

In a world in which companies increasingly focus and guide work in the project environment, professional certification ensures that project managers have adequate preparation to meet the demands of projects around the world. 

PMI’s PMP and CAPM international certifications are based on the knowledge of good practices in Project Management. This is why millions of people from all over the world covet these certificates.

 What Is The PMP Certification?

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is the most recognized international certification by organizations and companies for Project Managers. This certification demonstrates that the people who possess it have the experience, training and skills necessary to direct projects and complete them successfully.

The PMP certification recognizes the competence of an individual to perform the role of Project Director. The Project Director or Project Manager is the person in charge of achieving the results established in the projects he or she directs, managing the resources available to them as efficiently as possible, respecting the budget and the established deadlines.

What Is The CAPM Certification?

CAPM stands for Certified Associate in Project Management. The CAPM Certification is an international accreditation that certifies whoever is certified as junior project director. It certifies the knowledge of an international standard common to all certified professionals who have little or no experience in Project Management.

What Is The Use Of These Certifications?

Having one of the two certifications, as we have said before, shows that the person who owns it understands good management practices that increase the chances of success in the projects. The benefits that you can obtain with a certification are both personal and professional.

Personally, getting either of these certifications will help you to learn more about Project Management. Professionally, you =can more easily get a job or change to a better one.

Project Management is a discipline that is increasingly in demand and finding trained professionals with experience is vital. How is that experience demonstrated before starting work? You can do so by presenting the accreditation of an internationally recognized institution (PMI) in project management, that is, the PMP and CAPM certificates.

 Different Certifications, Different Exams.

Even though both certifications are accredited by the same institution, the examinations are different.

The PMP certification examination consists of 200 test questions and 4 hours are available to complete it. These are multiple choice questions with 4 options and only one of the options is correct. Questions that are answered incorrectly do not score negatively. Therefore, you should answer them ALL. Of the 200 questions, only evaluate 175, the other 25 are dummy questions and at no time does the student know what the dummy questions are or which ones are evaluated.

On the other hand, the CAPM certification exam consists of a set of 150 multiple-choice questions with a total duration of 3 hours, of which 135 are evaluated and 15 are dummy questions. As in the PMP certification exam, the wrong answers do not affect the score.

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