Don’t Get Your CAPM®!
What’s the Difference Between PMP® and CAPM® Certification?
The CAPM® certificate is what I would call “PMP® Lite.” Officially, it’s the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®. It’s like an Associate’s Degree, whereas the PMP® is like a Bachelor’s Degree.
The CAPM® is not as widely recognized, and probably won’t help you much in advancing your career. The real advantage comes with the PMP®.
The only reason to spend the time and money on CAPM® certification is as a stepping-stone to the PMP® if you don’t have the project management experience required by the PMP®. And even then, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are confident that CAPM® certification will benefit you financially. Otherwise, you’re better off taking a bit longer, and going for the PMP®.
You don’t see job postings that require CAPM®. You see job postings that require PMP®.
When does it makes sense to get your CAPM®?
Only when all of the following are true:
- You will be able to move up in your organization (either financially or in position) by earning your CAPM®
- You don’t have the experience for the PMP®
- Your organization will pay for your CAPM®
- By earning your CAPM® now, you won’t lose the option of having your organization pay for you PMP® later when you have the required experience
Otherwise, don’t waste your time and money on the CAPM®. Go for the PMP® instead.