There’s no better time to consider getting the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification.  That’s because the Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the exam will change in January 2023. Get the latest on why the exam is changing, what exactly is changing, and how these changes will affect your preparation for taking the CAPM exam—whether you plan to take the exam before or after the exam changes.

CAPM Exam Change for 2023

  1. Why Is the CAPM Exam Changing?
  2. CAPM 2023 Exam Content Outline – What’s New?
  3. What Is the CAPM Exam?
  4. Qualifying to Take the CAPM Exam
  5. Applying to Take the CAPM Exam
  6. Options to Get Your CAPM Exam

Why Is the CAPM Exam Changing?

The CAPM exam is undergoing changes to better reflect how project team members work on projects as well as the market needs of project professionals.  The data from the research revealed that the current CAPM does not address some of the most critical and frequent real-world tasks performed by entry and associate-level project managers and project team members.  Today’s projects require leaders who understand a variety of project management approaches and know when and how to apply them on their projects.

If you are unfamiliar with the CAPM certification, it is for individuals who don’t have project management experience but are interested in becoming a project manager.  It can be helpful if you are looking to gain more project management responsibility. It can also help project team members gain knowledge of project management best practices and processes.

Please visit our Exam Updates page so you can stay up-to-date on the CAPM exam change. You can also register for our free webinar on Taking the CAPM Exam: What You Need to Know.

CAPM 2023 Exam Content Outline – What’s New?

The CAPM Exam Content Outline (ECO) describes the topics that will be covered on the 2023 CAPM exam.  It also includes the number of domains and the percentages of each question with each domain.

One of the biggest changes to the exam is the inclusion of the Agile Methodologies and Business

Analysis Frameworks domains.  The breakdown of the domains is as follows:

  • Project Management Fundamentals and Core Concepts: 36% of questions
  • Predictive, Plan-Based Methodologies: 17% of questions
  • Agile Frameworks and Methodologies: 20% of questions
  • Business Analysis Frameworks: 27% of questions

PMI has indicated these approaches will be interwoven across the four domains and not limited to any domain or task.

What Is the CAPM Exam?

The three-hour long CAPM exam tests your knowledge of information in the PMBOK® Guide, both the 6th and 7th editions, as well as the Agile Practice Guide. PMI has two exam administration methods: an online proctored test and a center-based test. Test takers have the option of taking the CAPM exam on a computer at a designated testing site, or they may take their exam online, either at work or at home.

The exam includes 150 questions. Fifteen of the 150 exam questions are experimental questions, meaning they are not included in your score for the exam. Experimental questions are included by PMI to validate questions for future inclusion in the master database. These questions will be randomly placed throughout the exam. You will not know which questions are experimental. Your score will be calculated based on your response to the remaining 135 questions. PMI has not published what it considers to be a passing score. Based on the exam history, however, we estimate that it is somewhere between 65 and 88 percent.

The questions are randomly generated from a database containing hundreds of questions. The questions may jump from topic to topic, and a single question may integrate multiple concepts. You get one point for each correct answer. There is no penalty for wrong answers.

Qualifying to Take the CAPM Exam

To take the CAPM exam, you must meet the requirements as outlined by the PMI. Test takers must have:

  • A high school diploma or global equivalent
  • 23 contact hours of project management education

Applying to Take the CAPM Exam

You must apply to PMI to take the CAPM exam. Applications may be submitted online or by mail.  PMI’s response time is faster for electronic submissions. In addition, the online application process makes it easier for you to document your project management education.

After submitting your application, you’ll receive a notice that will confirm your application has been accepted; you will then be prompted to pay for your exam appointment. Once payment is made, you’ll receive an email authorizing you to make an appointment to take the exam. You may be subject to an audit of your application before it’s approved. Be aware that an audit will delay your authorization to take the exam.

Once you receive your authorization notice, you must pass the exam within one year. You can take the exam up to three times within that year.  If you fail all three times, you must wait one year to reapply for the exam.

Options to Get Your CAPM Certification

If you plan on sitting for the CAPM exam before January 2023, our current CAPM exam prep products and courses offer everything you will need to take and pass the exam. Prepare with our intensive CAPM instructor-led virtual course or our on demand CAPM eLearning course.  We also have a suite of self-study options including the CAPM Exam prep book, CAPM exam simulation and our CAPM Exam Prep System which includes our top-selling CAPM prep book, exam simulation and flash cards.

If you decide to take the CAPM exam after the January 2023 exam change deadline, RMC will have new products and courses fully updated to the new exam change.  Stay tuned to the latest exam change updates with our free webinar on taking the CAPM exam.