Certification > CAPM Exam Information

CAPMPMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification is the project management credential of choice for people entering the profession. The purpose and goal of this program is to develop, maintain, evaluate, promote and administer a rigorous, examination-based, certification program of the highest calibre.

Obtaining your CAPM certification:

Eligibility: Before you can apply for the CAPM exam, you must meet one of the eligibility criteria and agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Professional Conduct.

Option 1 – Training
You have completed 23 hours of approved project management training. 

Option 2 – Experience
You have completed 1500 hours of work in a project management team.

The supporting documentation/information required by a candidate before applying for the examination is either:

  1. Experience verification form(s) meeting the requirements above + referees to verify the time claimed for each project listed.
  2. Or proof of having successfully completed the required number of contact hours of project management education – PMI Melbourne’s CAPM exam prep courses are pre-approved by PMI for the 23 Hrs.

Potential candidates must also agree to abide by the PMI Code of Ethics.

Application: Prior to sitting the exam, you must lodge your application via the PMI USA web site. (PMI Melbourne Chapter does NOT administer the examination).

The first step in the application process requires completing the on-line application forms to demonstrate your eligibility, PMI staff then review your application for completeness.

Once your on-line application has been assessed and determined to be complete, PMI will send you electronic notification to submit payment of the credential fee. This requires you to go back into the on-line certification system to: select your examination delivery method, request any special facilities, and submit payment.

After making your payment, your application will either be randomly selected for PMI's Audit process or you will receive your examination scheduling instructions.

After receiving your email advising your candidate details, scheduling your examination is straightforward. All eligible candidates can quickly and easily schedule, cancel and reschedule their certification examinations on-line.

Examination: You must pass a multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your project management knowledge. The examination is computer-based and comprises 150 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is 3 hours and the required pass level is 65%.

The CAPM Examination fees are charged in US Dollars; all major credit cards are accepted.

  1. PMI Member Rate US$ 225.00
  2. Non Member Rate US$ 300.00

Note: The cost of joining PMI is US$179.00 made up of:

  1. US$119.00 annual fee
  2. US$10.00 joining fee
  3. US$50.00 PMI Melbourne Chapter fee

Substantial discounts are offered to members on both the examination fees and the PMI Melbourne Chapter course fees. So for CAPM candidates joining PMI before applying for the examination or booking into a course is beneficial.  For additional information on the benefits of joining PMI see Membership Benefits.

All PMI examinations are administered exclusively by Prometric, a leading worldwide provider of testing and assessment services.  Test facilities are currently available in Melbourne and Sydney.  You can sit your exam at any time throughout the year at either facility and have a 12 moth window from the date your application is accepted.

Paper based exams are offered from time to time in other centres (contact the local PMI Chapter for details)


Continuing Certification: Your CAPM credential is valid for 5 years, at the end of this time you should plan to either move on to PMP or to re-sit the CAPM examination.  For additional information visit our Continuing Certification Page


CAPM Training Courses in Melbourne:

The PMI Melbourne Chapter offers a wide range of courses to help prepare candidates to sit the CAPM examination. These courses are delivered by PMI approved Registered Education Providers (REPs) and are pre-approved by PMI for the 23 Hrs of training.  Whilst these courses are optional and not a requirement for sitting your CAPM examination, you will need to plan a focused study plan to be successful in the examination.

Details of each course are in the Upcoming Training List.  The information provided includes:

  1. The cost
  2. Date(s)& location
  3. Course description
  4. A detailed course flyer (PDF)
  5. The course provider & contact details

Course bookings are made from the Upcoming Training List. You may pay on-line using our secure payment system or print your invoice and pay off-line.  Please note, course places are not guaranteed until after you payment has been received.


Additional Information:

For general enquiries contact the PMI Melbourne Chapter Professional Development Director: development@melbourne.pmi.org.au

For specific course information contact the training provider (refer the Upcoming Training List).

For more information on the CAPM Credential download the CAPM Handbook from the PMI website at http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/AboutPMIsCredentials.aspx