An aspirant for being a project manager? Confused which is the right choice- PMP, CAPM or PRINCE2?
Three of them are the latest project management certification which is often being preferred at various corners of the world. But there is a bit of difference among these three certifications too. so based on your requirement you can easily plan out which certification do you actually need.
An overview of the three certified courses
Let’s start with the CAPM which is fully known as certified associate project management. This certification is basically for the new comers and just started to be a project manager. Thus considered as basic, it is being taken to enhance the working capability while they just started the project work with the team.
Next is the PMP or the project management professional. This is a certification for the professionals which is industry recognized. They offer a standard application and so make you capable of working at any corners to get recognition. The course is being maintained by the PMI at USA.
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Lastly the PRINCE2 which is a project in controlled environment. This certification is basically process and project based. This is being mainly concentrated for deliver a particular project. It is being conducted by the APMG at UK.
Among all three, PMP takes a time to get the certification complete and the least is taken by the CAPM. So if you are ready to start with the project management, begin with the CAPM. But if you are already a professional and need a spice up then consider the PMP or the PRINCE 2.
Know where you can get priority of which one
Also different parts of the world get them separately preferred. Here is a reference for you to guide you
CAPM: USA, Asia, Africa, America, Middle East.
PMP: USA, Asia, Africa, America, Middle East.
PRINCE2: Middle East, Africa, Asia, UK.
How are the candidates treated for different courses?
If you are having the CAMP certification, then it would indicate your dedication toward being a project manager. While on other hand, the other two certifications keeps you aside from competition. PMP Certification course imparts you in depth knowledge while the PRINCE 2 course gives you the ideality for being a project manager from the very first day.
Thus CAPM helps you be in a project whereas others give you to control the functionalities of the project.
Exam pattern of three different courses
Hopefully now you have got the basic point where they differ from each other.
Exams are being conducted for each of these courses. But the pattern of each of them differs. Each of them is having the MCQ pattern but number and questions differs. CAPM is an exam of 3 hours with 150 questions. PMP is an exam of 4 hours with 200 questions whereas the PRINCE2 certification is an exam of 1 hour with 75 questions. Work experience is must for the CAPM and PMP certification.
The salary division shows that PMP certified gets the highest salary, and then the CAPM ones and lastly the PRINCE 2 certified one.
Hopingly now all the confusions has got cleared. Now you can decide which one to take up.
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