If you are wondering whether you will qualify to take the PMP Exam or the CAPM exam then watch this video. The video explains the work experience and education (training) requirements to qualify to take the exam.
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PMP/CAPM Exam Eligibility Requirements
What are the requirements that you’re going to need to be able to sit for the PMP exam? (I cover the CAPM further down in this article)
First, let’s define what we mean by project management experience. Project management experience means that you were involved in the initiating, planning, leading, monitoring and controlling of project tasks regardless of your job title. So, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a quality manager, supplier manager, manufacturing manager, IT manager, software lead, project lead, or something similar. It really matters that you were doing the planning, the leading of the team, the monitoring and controlling of the team to get the project done.
There are two categories you can qualify under for the PMP – one with a bachelor’s degree and one without a bachelor’s degree.
Category One – with a bachelor’s degree
Cumulative work requirement
For category one, if you have a bachelor’s degree at a university then you’ll need 4,500 hours of cumulative project management experience. What does that mean? To understand that requirement let’s look at a typical work year. A typical work year is about 2000 hours considering the amount of time for a normal nine to five job. Assuming holiday and vacation time off work most people work about 2000 hours per year. Therefore, 4500 hours is equivalent to about two and a half years of project management experience for somebody who is 100% assigned as a project manager. There is also an additional constraint that this experience must be within the last eight years. You can only go back eight years from the day you fill out your application for this work experience. Which means sometime within the last eight years you’ve worked about 4,500 hours of doing project management.
Chronological work requirement
The other requirement is chronological. Regardless of how many hours you’ve got, you had to be doing project management for at least 36 chronological months. For example, if you worked full time in project management for two and a half years, that would be about 30 months. It would meet the cumulative requirement of 4500 hours. However, it would still be a little shy (by 6 months) of the 36 chronological months required. On the hand, if you’re doing project management for three straight years then that’s going to cover both requirements because you would have 36 chronological months and 6000 cumulative hours.
Sometimes you manage projects for a while and then you go and do some other non-project management work. Then you come back and do more project management work. When you fill out your application each project that you worked on is listed separately. And for each project you will enter the number of hours that you did project management work and then how many months you did it. The system is automatically going to keep adding up the cumulative hours and the chronological months for each project. You will need to keep entering projects until you reach the 36 chronological months and 4,500 cumulative hours within the last eight years. Unfortunately, any project management work that you did more than eight years ago is not going to count.
The other criteria that you’re going to need to meet is the minimum 35 contact hours of PM (Project Management) instruction. If you take a PM Exam Prep class, it will count for that. Or if you’ve had other project management classes in the past, you can use those. Generally, one hour of class time is equal to one contact hour. You can use a single course if it was at least 35 hours of class time or you may use multiple courses if they add up to at least 35 hours of class time. One good thing about the education requirement is that there is no time limit on how far you can go back in time. A course taken ten years ago can still be used on the application. You will not need to submit proof of your course unless you are audited. Therefore, I recommend that you keep a copy of your proof just in case. Also, keep in mind you can not enter a course on your application unless it is already completed. The application will ask for the start date and the finish date of each course. So even if you are in the middle of taking a class and will finish it before you take the test it will not count. If you are currently taking a class, then I recommend waiting until the last day of the class to submit your application.
Category 2 – High School Diploma
Cumulative work requirement
If you do not have a university degree, you can still sit for the PMP exam. It just changes the number of hours that you need. However, it does require a high school diploma or equivalent of a high school diploma. And then your work experience requirement would increase from 4,500 to 7,500 cumulative hours.
Again assuming 2000 hours per year you would need three years to accumulate about 6,000 hours. And then and additional three quarters of a year would give you about 1500 hours. In total you will need just shy of four years of project management experience if you were 100% assigned as a project manager to get the needed 7,500 hours.
Chronological work requirement
If you have a high school diploma but no university degree, then you need about five years or 60 chronological months of project management experience as opposed to the 36 chronological months with a university degree.
The education requirement is the same with and without a University degree, 35 contact hours of instruction.
I have another video (https://www.myprojectsource.com/application/) which explains how to document your work experience and I have a spreadsheet that you can use a which I’ll post there. That spreadsheet is something I recommend that you fill out before you start filling out your application.
CAPM Exam Eligibility Requirements
If you are applying for CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) you don’t need as much work experience. You do need a high school diploma or an equivalent and then you either need 1500 hours (three quarters of a year) of project management experience or a minimum of 23 contact hours of project management instruction.
If you don’t have enough work experience to justify sitting for the PMP exam, then the CAPM is a good option. It is meant for new people, just starting out in their career. The CAPM is a great option because it shows your commitment to employers. It shows that you are committed enough to project management and interested enough to go through the process of getting your CAPM.
A lot of times the CAPM can open doors and get you into the field of project management if you’re not already into it. This is one of the main reasons that people do go for their certified associate in project management. So it’s definitely a valid option if that’s what you’re looking to do.
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