Join Oliver Yarbrough for an in-depth discussion in this video What to do after the exam, part of Exam Tips: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.
- There's a question that is burning inside of you, and it's begging for an answer. What happens after I complete the exam? When you pass the exam, one of the first things you will want to do is update all of your online profiles, and your resume, to reflect your new certification. Since you're certified, you can begin using the CAPM letters after your name. You worked hard for it, so go out there and advertise it. It's important to note the CAPM certificate is valid for five years from the date you passed the exam.
To maintain your certification, you must apply for recertification and take the exam before your certification cycle ends. This will keep your certification active and show employers that you are serious about maintaining your credentials and staying abreast of project management best practices. Recertifying before your credential expires will also save you quite a bit of time. For example, you won't be required to provided eligibility information again. Also, you won't be subject to PMI's audit process.
Unfortunately, not everyone who takes the CAPM exam will pass on their first try. If you happen to fall into this category, there are some things you need to be aware of. Before you leave the testing center, you will be given a report that shows you how you performed in each chapter. As you study to retake the exam, focus your attention on any chapters where you're listed as below proficient. Keep in mind, you have a one-year eligibility period in which to retake and pass the exam. During this time you will have two additional attempts to pass the examination.
Don't allow the eligibility period to expire before you've exhausted all of your attempts. In the unlikely event that you fail on your third attempt, PMI requires you to wait one year from the date of your last exam before you apply again. You also have the option to apply for a different PMI certification. Another popular designation is the PMI ACP. You shouldn't be overly concerned with failing three times. However, if you have a history of performing poorly on standardized exams, you may want to find a coach who can help you prepare.
Set your eyes on the prize. Create a plan to achieve it and follow it through to completion. Before you know it, you'll be certified and ready to move on to your next challenge.
- What to expect on exam day
- Reviewing the fundamental aspects of project management
- Key success factors
- Navigating the CAPM® exam
- Managing your time on the exam
- Reviewing practice questions
- Establishing a solid study routine
- Reading for understanding