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Software Engineer with 3 years experience - CAPM versus PMP


I am a post graduate (Master in Computer Applications - M.C.A) candidate with 3 years of work experience in couple of IT firms. My current designation is Software Engineer with programming experience and currently working as a DBA.

I want to grow in Project Management area to enhance my skills and move up in my career, but am confused in choosing the Certification for my need. Am in dilemma whether to opt for CAPM or PMP certification.

Please help me in deciding my certification path.

Many thanks and appreciate your help.
asked 10 years ago by chandhseke07 (170 points) edited 10 years ago by MaplePM

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The rule is, if you're eligible for the PMP, don't go for anything lower. So, if you do have project management experience that makes you eligible for the PMP, then go for it, and forget about the CAPM.

However, it seems to me that you don't meet the PMP eligibility requirements, which is having 4,500 hours of project management experience + 35 contact hours (read more about contact hours here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1694/what-is-a-contact-hour )

You do however meet the more relaxed CAPM eligibility requirements (which are found here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1620/what-are-the-capm-eligibility-requirements ), so probably this is what you should go for.

Please provide more details about your current work description if you feel that you are indeed eligible for the PMP.
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
Thanks for your reply.
I worked as ASP/.net Developer for 2+ years and now working as Microsoft SQL Server DBA for a reputed IT firm. I had 3 people working under me as junior developers but I was not officially given a Team Lead position. I totally have 3 years exp in this role.

Let me know how CAPM will help me in my career growth.
10 years ago by chandhseke07 (170 points)
The CAPM main advantage is that it can put you on the right track to becoming a project manager. With the CAPM certification, you will learn the basics of project management. You can read (a bit) more on the CAPM advantages here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/6116/capm-advantages
10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
Its great to know that CAPM suits me, i can get started with CAPM to understand basics of Project Management and then earn the eligibilty for PMP certification to become a successful project manager in my career. Many thanks for your help.
10 years ago by chandhseke07 (170 points)

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