Am I taking the right course for CAPM?


Question: Am I taking the right course for CAPM?


“I’m a student at Kaplan University as of now, but I’m beginning to second guess their project management courses. I’m studying to get my bachelors in business administration with a concentration in project management. I have recently found that this program is not accredited by PMI (Project Management Institute), therefore I’m wondering if there is a more qualified program to prepare me for the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)? Am I taking the right course for CAPM?”


Answer: Question: Am I taking the right course for CAPM?


I wouldn’t worry too much whether your Kaplan program is accredited by PMI or not.  Not a lot of programs are accredited, and you’re not required to take an accredited program to qualify to sit for the CAPM exam.


However, does your program make use of PMI’s PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge)? If not, then it’s not helping you much towards your CAPM, even though it may still be a reasonable program.  (However, project management is not an area that lends itself well to online training.)


Even if it does use the PMBOK, it’s unlikely to study the PMBOK to the level of detail, and in the correct manner, for the CAPM exam.  I would suggest a dedicated CAPM prep course – which is specifically targeted at getting you ready for the CAPM exam.  An in-person course would be best, but you can probably find something online.


About Kevin Archbold

Kevin Archbold, PMP, PMI-SP, has over 30 years of project management experience with large and small organizations in a variety of industries, including automotive, nuclear, telecommunications, trucking, IT, recruiting, mining, construction, and government. Kevin has presented at local and national levels within the Project Management Institute (PMI), is the winner of a local chapter PMI Project of the Year Award, and is the current president of a PMI Chapter.

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