There are three areas of prerequisite for becoming eligible for Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) Certification: Degree, Hours of Experience, and Project Management Education. Project Management Education can be substituted for the Degree and Hours of Experience Requirement in the CAPM certification.

This post steps you through each of these three areas and shows you how you can achieve the necessary requirements for becoming a Certified Associate of Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute, PMI.


To meet the prerequisites for CAPM certification you must possess a high school diploma, associates degree, or global equivalent.  In the US a Graduation Equivalency Diploma or GED should suffice for this requirement.  However, the PMI may change this at their discretion.

Always refer to the PMI site for the latest position on this requirement.

Hours of Experience

The CAPM certification requires that you have at least 1,500 hours of project experience to have met the experience requirement for the CAPM certification. This does not have to be experience leading projects.

Project Management Education Hours

The CAPM certification allows you to substitute Project Management Education for the degree and experience requirements above. If you have completed twenty-three hours of Project Management Education you will have satisfied the prerequisites for the CAPM certification.

PMI offers an online course, Project Management Basics, that will provide you with the required twenty-three hours of Project Management Education.

Next Steps

Once you have met the required prerequisites you are ready to begin the CAPM application and certification process. If you are interested in having someone keep you accountable and help you through the process I offer CAPM Certification Coaching. Four, thirty minute sessions for $250 total to hold you accountable and walk you through the certification process.


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