FAQ - What Are the Differences Between the PMP and CAPM Certifications?
The purposes of pmp and capm certification
The PMP credential was created for project managers, to certify their experience and knowledge of the best practices of the project management profession.
What about the people with little or no project experience, who want to enter the profession? PMI created the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certificate to meet their needs. At the same time, CAPM certification meets the needs of employers for qualified project team members.
which one is for you?
PMP certification is for existing project managers. If you hold a Bachelor's degree or higher, you must document at least 4,500 hours leading projects or project phases. If you hold a high-school Diploma, you must document 7,500 hours. Details are found on Page 6 of the PMP Handbook. http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/project-management-professional-handbook.pdf
CAPM certification is for you if you want to start as a project team member. It shows your employer that you received the same best-practices training as PMPs, since most PMP boot camps are also CAPM boot camps. Complete details are on the PMI website at https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/certified-associate-capm.