National Credential
Credential: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is an entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. The written exam covers project management areas such as initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, and professional and social responsibility. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 1500 hours professional experience on a project team or 23 hours of project management education.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 19Z Armor Senior Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI some          
Enlisted 1X Green Belt In Lean Six Sigma (LSS) ASI some          
Enlisted 3C Operational Contract Support (OCS) ASI some          
Enlisted 56M Religious Affairs Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.     Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68Z Chief Medical NCO MOS other          
Enlisted Soldier Common Core MOS some          
Enlisted F4 Postal Supervisor ASI some       Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted K7 Avenger Master Gunner ASI most          
Enlisted Manager MOS some          
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1500 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Project Management Institute (PMI)
14 Campus Blvd.
Newtown Square, PA  19073-3299
Phone: (610) 356-4600
Fax: (610) 482-9971
Email: customercare@pmi.org

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Candidates must have a Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent).

Candidates must meet educational and professional experience requirements.

Option 1: Candidates must have 1500 hours of professional experience on a project management team.

Option 2: Candidates must have completed 23 hours of project management education.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must have had responsibility for individual project tasks in their area of expertise (e.g., finance, marketing, legal, customer care, market research, fulfillment, processing). The responsibility does not need to be industry specific, but must be relevant across many functional areas and industries.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

  • Introduction to Project Management (6%)
  • Project Environment (6%)
  • Role of the Project Manager (7%)
  • Project Integration Management (9%)
  • Project Scope Management (9%)
  • Project Schedule Management (9%)
  • Project Cost Management (8%)
  • Project Quality Management (7%)
  • Project Resource Management (8%)
  • Project Communication Management (10%)
  • Project Risk Management (8%)
  • Project Procurement Management (4%)
  • Project Stakeholder Management (9%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Project Management Institute (PMI) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CAPM certification must be renewed every five years. Certification holders must submit a CAPM application, PMI Certification Application/Renewal Agreement, affirm PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and pay a recertification fee. 

    Additional information can be found in the PMI Candidate Handbook.


Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Additional considerations for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) include:

  • Candidates may use the online application to document experience and/or education.
  • Candidates can satisfy educational requirements by demonstrating the successful completion of courses, workshops and training sessions.