Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
Year of introduction 1984 2003
Official reference book A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5th Edition published by PMI
Exam questions 200 multiple choice questions
(25 are pre-test questions)
150 multiple choice questions
(15 are pre-test questions)
Exam time 4 hours 3 hours
Eligibility requirements For secondary degree holders:

  • Minimum five years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
  • 35 contact hours of formal education

For four year degree holders or above:

  • Minimum three years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project
  • 35 contact hours of formal education
A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)AND

– At least 1,500 hours experience OR
– 23 hours of project management education

Exam fee (computer-based test) $405 for PMI members
$555 for non-PMI members
$225 for PMI members
$300 for non-PMI members
Credential validity period 3 years 5 years
Re-certification Accumulate 60 PDUs and apply for re-certification Retake the CAPM exam