We have been discussing PMP, the ultimate credential in project management. It takes years of hard work and maybe some entry-level certifications to build the knowledge and experience necessary to become eligible for this certification. We have selected two options that are the best for stepping into the PMP: the PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (Certified Associate in Project Management) and the CompTIA Project+.
The CAPM is clearly a better choice than Project+, as it was developed by PMI, an organization that sets standards for project management. The good news is that Project+ was built on the same PMBOK (project manager body of knowledge) and therefore covers the same information as CAPM. What is the difference between these credentials?
First, prerequisites. The PMI is not making it easy with the CAPM, just like the PMP. Candidates must have 1,500 hours of documented experience in project management (approximately 9 month of full-time employment) or 23 hours of classroom training in project management to be eligible for the Certified Associate In Project Management credential. These requirements are not required for Project+.
Both Project+ and CAPM require that you sit one exam that covers similar topics. While neither exam is easy and some people may fail, the CAPM fail rate is not as high as the PMP, which is notoriously difficult.
IT professionals who are interested in project management will find the CAPM a great option. It’s important to remember that the CAPM is an entry-level certification and will not lead to a job in project management. It may be useful for IT professionals who are required to manage multiple aspects of project management in their day and require project management training to help them work more efficiently. These candidates might also be interested in CompTIA Project+ certification.
CompTIA is a respected certifying body because of its quality and balanced certifications. CompTIA’s Project+ is another example. Project+ is a more comprehensive computing industry organization than the CAPM. It develops its certification programs using the input and needs of industry stakeholders such as government agencies, education institutions, and IT companies. CompTIA Project+ certification targets project management with a special focus in the IT industry. This adds tremendous value to the certification.
CompTIA Project+ certification doesn’t require any prerequisites. Candidates must take one exam: PK0-003.
Many project management experts and certification holders agree that Project+ is easier to get than the CAPM. However, Project+ is just a step-stone to the PMP as CAPM. However, Project+ is a better option than the CAPM for entry-level positions in project management.
Both credentials are worth your attention if looking for a project management certification. The CAPM certainly has the edge and challenge, while CompTIA Project+ is more IT-focused, which may be a significant advantage for many candidates.