Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)

Ans. PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.


Ans. Successful CAPM® candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.PMI.org has a CAPM® Exam Prep page dedicated to linking you to in-person and online resources to help you prepare for the CAPM® Exam in a way that works for you.


Ans. PMI® members have the distinct advantage of being part of the world’s largest project manager member association. PMI® members stay on the pulse of what is happening locally, regionally and globally in the project management profession by reading all the industry publications delivered directly to their inbox. PMI® members can also access thousands of e-books, articles, white papers, trade publications and more to keep their project skills sharp.

As part of a global community of project managers, PMI® members can connect with other project professional by getting involved in chapters and communities of practice. Plus, PMI® members receive special pricing on exam fees, online purchases, events and professional development opportunities.


Ans. Yes. Individuals who qualify for student membership can receive a discounted rate of US$40 – which means students can also access the same knowledge resources and professional networks as regular members do. PMI® student members also receive special pricing on exam fees, online purchases, events and professional development opportunities.


Ans. Absolutely! The CAPM® is recognized by business professionals around the world as confirmation that your skills have met an exacting professional standard and you are familiar with the processes and terminology for effective project management. Version: October 2011.


Ans. The CAPM® recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes and terminology as defined in the PMBOK® Guide that are needed for effective project management performance. It is intended for individuals that participate in project teams or who provide expertise or serve as project sponsors, facilitators, liaisons or coordinators. To apply for the CAPM®, you need:

  • High school diploma, an associate’s degree, or the global equivalent,
  • 23 hours of project management education (without work experience) OR 1500 hours of professional
  • Experience on a project team (without project management education


Ans. Project management skills are in demand. In a global survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the majority of executives explicitly identified project management as “the single most important skill for their current and future success.” And in a recent U.S. News and World Report study revealed that project management is one of the top three skills employers are looking for. Kick start your career with the CAPM®.

Project Management Professionals (PMP®)

Ans. PMP® stands for Project Management Professional certification. This is an exam offered by PMI® (Project Management Institute, USA www.pmi.org) for practising Project Managers. PMP® Exam is a globally recognized certification exam and is well respected in the industry. The exam is extremely popular. There are about 350,000 certified PMPs all over the world.

The PMP® Certification Exam consists of 200 Multiple Choice Questions, which must be answered within 4 hours. These questions are randomly generated from a question database which has many hundred questions. Out of 200 questions answered, 25 questions are pre-test questions which will not be used for scoring. These pre-test questions are randomly inserted by the computer into your exam with the idea of evaluating whether these will be used as "real" questions in future exams. This is a normal and valid way to test new questions on actual exam takers and see how they respond. But because you don't know which ones are the pre-test questions it is important to answer all the 200 questions to the best of your ability.


Ans. Project Management Institute was founded in 1969. The goal of PMI® is continuous growth and development of the discipline of Project Management. PMI® started the PMP® exam in 1984. PMI® offers four types of services/products. These are Project Management certification, Project Management Research and Standards, Project Management Professional Development programs, and Project Management publications.


Ans. PMI® offers now five different exams related to the discipline of Project Management. These are -
i. PgMP®: Program Management Professional
ii. PMP®: Project Management Professional
iii. CAPM®: Certified Associate Project Manager
iv. PMI-SP®: PMI Scheduling Professional
v. PMI-RMP®: PMI Risk Management Professional

Among these PMP® certification is most popular. PMI® provides a handbook for each of these exams.


Ans. The certificate requires that you have at least 4,500 hours of experience in Project Management. Also the candidate should have attended at least 35 hours of class room training on Project Management. PMI® explains the eligibility criteria in detail in the PMP® certification handbook.
Let us tell you the STEPS towards PMP® Certification so that you are fully aware of the process:

STEP 1: Attend the 35 Contact Hours Project Management Training program.

STEP 2: We provide you with an attendance certificate which will give you 35 Contact Hours Credit – This is mandatory before you can go for PMP® Examination.

STEP 3: (OPTIONAL STEP) Get a PMI® Membership online through PMI website - Fees $129 (Payment through Credit Card)

STEP 4: Apply for PMP® Examination Online through PMI® Website:

STEP 5: PMI® will send you an approval email confirming that your application has been approved (but just keep in mind that it may still go through audit process). You get a one year window from the approval date to appear for the PMP® Exam. You go back to the PMI® Website and login with an id provided to you and password and make an online payment.

STEP 6: Now you need a PROMETRIC CENTER nearest to your location () and schedule your examination. You can go to www.prometric.com and find the nearest PROMETRIC CENTER. Get your 4 hour slot exam day / slot booked so that you can appear for the examination (A Prometric center in TVM also).

STEP 7: You go to the PROMETRIC CENTER AND GIVE THE EXAM - RESULTS ARE GIVEN AFTER THE EXAM. There are 200 questions out of which 25 are PRE-TEST Questions. Scoring will be done on 175 questions. Questions are of multiple choice types and there is no negative marking.


Ans. The PMP® exam is a computer based exam conducted in the Prometric centers. The exam has 200 multiple choice questions. Each question has exactly one correct answer. You will get four hours to answer these questions.Most people find four hours to be more than sufficient for the exam. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are pretest questions. These are randomly places through out the exam and are used for research purposes. These questions are not evaluated while computing exam results. You will only be evaluated on the basis of 175 questions.
To pass the PMP® examination, you must answer a minimum of 106 of the 175 scored questions correctly. After you finish and submit the exam, in the Prometric center you will immediately receive the overall mark-sheet for the exam in the Prometric center.


Ans. There is no negative marking in the exam. Unanswered questions are treated as wrong questions. Exam is preceded by 15-minute computer tutorial on the format of the exam.
After clearing the exam, you will receive the PMP® certificate by mail after 2 months. Examination scores are confidential. About 80% candidates clear the exam.


Ans. With effect from July 1st 2009, the PMP® exam is based on PMBOK® IVth edition. The PMBOK® IVth edition was launched on Dec 31st, 2008. Exam results are divided in six areas. There are no minimum marks in separate areas.


Ans. You can view your PMP® credential status at https://www.pmi.org/certapp/default.aspx You can also view certification status of other individuals at https://www.pmi.org/CertApp/Registry.aspx.


Ans. PMP® is an expensive exam. This ensures that only serious candidates pursue it. It also ensures that the certificate remains prestigious. The exam costs $405 for PMI® members and $555 for non-members. Since the annual fees for PMI® membership is $119, it is cheaper to become a member and then apply for the exam.


Ans. The program is mainly based on the PMBOK®. PMBOK® stands for Project Management Book of Knowledge. When you become a member of PMI®, you get the PMBOK® on a CD. PMBOK® is very short and concise. Most people find it a bit difficult to read. The current exam is based on the fourth edition of PMBOK®. The approach that we suggest is this -

1. Read one of the recommended books.
2. Read the PMBOK®.
3. Read the tutorial on preparepm.com.
4. Take a few mock exams.
5. Revise the sections of the books and PMBOK® on which you are not scoring well.
6. When you start scoring above 80% in the mock exams, you are ready to visit a Prometric center for the exam.


Ans. The two important tips that we suggest are -
1. Sleep well the night before the exam.
2. After you enter the exam room, spend the first five to ten minutes to write down some key notes on the rough sheet, before starting the exam. This will be like a brain dump of what you have memorized. These notes can include Earned Value Management (EVM) and other formulae, list of processes and their inputs, outputs, and tools and techniques. Later in the exam, these notes will act as a good reference for you.