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Revised CAPM Credential Expands PMI's Offerings To Increase The Effectiveness of Project Teams Print
Project management is on the rise, covering virtually all business sectors and becoming one of the most sought-after professional competencies by employers worldwide. Organizations need people who have clear direction, are efficient, can easily adapt to change, are effective communicators and are committed to quality deliverables. Finding individuals with this broad range of expertise is challenging, which is why project management skills are highly desired and valued in today's workforce.

While work experience helps build these qualities and encourages professional growth, there is another option for individuals who recognize the value of project management. Individuals can differentiate themselves from their team members not only through serving on a variety of project teams, but also by gaining professional credentials. Obtaining a professional credential helps provide a distinct advantage in accessing new opportunities and increases visibility in team-oriented environments. As the demand for skilled project team members continues to increase, the benefits of credentials are increasingly evident.

With this in mind, Project Management Institute (PMI) has expanded its credentialing program to accommodate the career development needs of project team members. PMI now offers professional credentials for practitioners at a variety of levels, from undergraduates to project managers who have been in the field for decades. PMI's goal is to promote the development, evaluation and administration of an additional rigorous professional credential that distinguishes individuals practicing project management at the project team level.

Recently, PMI launched the revised Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential. This credential is designed for individuals who are getting started in project management, those who already work on project teams, and graduate and undergraduate students interested in project management and the increased marketability a credential can offer them. Its purpose is to build credibility based on a focused knowledge of key project management processes and terminology. With the newly revised CAPM credential, individuals will enhance their project management expertise and employment opportunities, giving them a foothold in career progression that could otherwise take years to achieve.

Based solely on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Third Edition, the CAPM examination is comprised of 150 questions in a multiple choice format with a three-hour time limit. The exam tests one's knowledge of accepted project management processes, tools and techniques, and establishes a common knowledge base and lexicon of the profession's concepts, terms and phrases. In order to be eligible to take the exam, candidates must provide documentation of at least 1,500 hours of work on a project team or 23 contact hours of formal education in project management. Contact hours are defined as the amount of time a candidate spends receiving instruction in project management in the five Process Groups. These contact hours include any class, seminar, on-the-job training, online training or distance learning classes whose objectives are related to project management.

The CAPM joins PMI's other credential, the Project Management Professional (PMP®), as part of PMI's career development certifications. The Certifications Pay Index, completed in 2003 by Foote Partners, indicated that project management certifications such as the PMP showed the greatest growth in premium pay among professional technology certifications during the previous two years. PMI's goal for the CAPM is to provide higher performing project teams with career growth opportunities similar to what the PMP has done for more experienced project management practitioners.

For more information on educational and experiential requirements, as well as the CAPM handbook and application form, go to www.pmi.org/info/PDC_CAPM.asp.
Also, a complete list of testing locations can be found at www.2test.com. The CAPM examination is offered via computer at testing locations worldwide.

Denny Smith, Ph.D.
Manager, Certification, Project Management Institute © 2005 all rights reserved

Denny Smith, Ph.D., is the Manager of the Certification Program with the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the world's largest not-for-profit association serving global project management needs. Since joining PMI in 2001, he has been managing exam development, maintenance and administration of PMI's credentials, the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®). PMI delivers approximately 25,000 examinations in eight languages throughout the world each year. Additional responsibilities include monitoring and managing the Continuing Certification Requirements program, which encompasses the continuing education needed for a project management practitioner to maintain the PMP credential.

Dr. Smith joined PMI with nearly 16 years of assessment experience in public, private and corporate settings. Prior to joining PMI, he was the Director, Certification and Education for a human resource organization, WorldatWork, and also held a part-time faculty position with the University of Phoenix for five years, providing instruction in Counseling Psychometrics, Group Counseling and Research. Dr. Smith was honored twice during his tenure with the University's Outstanding Faculty Award.

Dr. Smith completed his doctoral work in Educational Studies at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. He earned a M.S. in School Psychology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.


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