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Author: Dr.Joseline Edward, PhD

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leader and the most widely recognized organization in promoting project management best practices. It was founded in 1969 and started offering the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certifications in 1984. These exams are gaining lots of popularity and demand in all areas of business and have become the industry standard certification for Project Management.

PMI certifies project managers as professionals, or PMPs. The certification process requires that a candidate document 4,500 hours of work experience (roughly 4 to 5 years of experience) and pass an online exam. Below shows the PMP exam details:

Number of questions: Scoreable: 175 & Pretest: 25

Maximum time allowed: Four hours

Question types: Multiple choices

Minimum educational background: Category 1: Bachelor's degree & Category 2: High school diploma

Minimum project management experience: Category 1: 4,500 hours & Category 2: 7,500 hour

Minimum formal project management education: 35 contact hours

Exam fee: $405 for PMI members and $ &555 for non-members

Exam Specifications

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Initiation

Approximately 23% of the questions are from Project Planning

Approximately 27% of the questions are from Project Executio

Approximately 21% of the questions are from Monitoring and Controlling

Approximately 9% of the questions are from Project Closing

Approximately 9% of the questions are from Professional and Social Responsibility

Likewise, PMI certifies project team members as a certified associate in project management, or CAPMs. The certification process requires that a candidate documents 1,500 hours of work (roughly 1 to 3 years of experience) or more as a project team member and pass an online exam. Below shows the CAPM exam details

Number of questions: Scoreable: 135 & Pretest: 15

Maximum time allowed: Three hours

Question types: Multiple choices

Minimum educational background: High school diploma, associate degree, or equivalent

Minimum project management experience: 1500 hours of work on a project team, or 23 contact hours of formal project management education

Minimum formal project management education: Not Required

Exam fee: $205 for PMI members and & $300 for non-members

Exam Specifications

Approximately 4% of the questions are from Project Management Framework

Approximately 4% of the questions are from Project Life Cycle and Organization

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Management Processes

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Integration Management

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Scope Management

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Time ManagementApproximately 9% of the questions are from Project Cost Management

Approximately 7% of the questions are from Project Quality Management

Approximately 7% of the questions are from Project Human Resources Management

Approximately 7% of the questions are from Project Communications Management

Approximately 11% of the questions are from Project Risk Management

Approximately 7% of the questions are from Project Procurement Management

The main difference between these two exams is the focus. Most of the CAPM questions are from the surface of the subject and more about the processes. You can expect lot of direct questions related to process input, tools and outputs. However in PMP exam, questions are more trivial, tricky and deep in the subject. You can see several scenario based questions where PMI wants to see whether a candidate can apply PMBOK guidelines when making a decision on a course of action.

Article Source:http://www.articlesbase.com/project-management-articles/project-management-do-you-know-the-difference-between-the-capm-and-pmp-examinations-3557998.html

About the Author

Joseline Edward is founder and CEO of Lucas Project Management Consulting Company which is offering 60 days PMP and CAPM Prep courses and Mock Up exams online. We provide the required training, including all the materials needed to prepare for the exam. Free mock up exams included to evaluate your readiness. Check out the URL http://www.way2pm.com/ or our blog http://www.way2pm.com/blog for additional information.

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