CAPM® Certification Syllabus[Updated 2021]

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification is for professionals who can offer their specialized skills to a project team. Globally renowned specialists created the CAPM certification to assist individuals in gaining credibility among Project Management Professionals. Let's have a look at the CAPM certification syllabus.

An Overview of the CAPM® Certification Syllabus

According to the PMBOK Guide - Sixth Edition, the CAPM course syllabus has five primary process groups and ten knowledge areas that make the Certified Project Management Associate syllabus. The five process groups are as follows.

Group Group Particulars
Group I Initiating
Group II Planning
Group III Executing
Group IV Monitoring and Controlling
Group V Closing

The following are the ten knowledge areas in the CAPM® certification syllabus.

Knowledge Area Knowledge Area Particulars
Area I Project Integration Management
Area II Project Scope Management
Area III Project Time Management
Area IV Project Cost Management
Area V Project Quality Management
Area VI Project Human Resource Management
Area VII Project Communications Management
Area VIII Project Risk Management
Area IX Project Procurement Management
Area X Project Stakeholder Management

A Detailed Look at CAPM® Course Content

The process groups in the CAPM® certification syllabus aims at giving the professional hands-on experience about the five process areas required in Project Management.

The knowledge areas are specific practices to accomplish a project goal. The below table gives the details of what is covered in the knowledge areas in the CAPM® course content.

Knowledge Area Details
I - Project Integration Management
  • Introduction to Integration Management
  • Identity roles of Project Manager and Project Team
  • Understand key terminologies used in Project Integration Management
II - Project Scope Management
  • Define project scope and differentiate between project scope and process Scope
  • Understand key terminologies in the project scope structure
  • Learn to use the work breakdown structure
III - Project Time Management
  • Understand project management
  • Identify the process of project management
  • Learn the different network analysis techniques
IV - Project Cost Management
  • Understand cost management in a project
  • Identify and use control accounts
  • Learn cost budgeting and cost estimation
V - Project Quality Management
  • Identify the difference between quality planning, assurance, and quality control
  • Differentiate between the costs of quality
  • Understand the Six Sigma
VI - Project Human Resource Management
  • Identify the role of a functional manager and project manager
  • Understand organization leadership styles and theories
VII - Project Communications Management
  • Understand the methods of communication
  • Identify the basic communication model and its elements
  • Describe the communication processes in project management
VIII - Project Risk Management
  • Identify risk terms
  • Understand the risk categories
  • Learn to calculate risk
IX - Project Procurement Management
  • Understand the difference between centralized and decentralized contracting
  • Identify contract types
X - Project Stakeholder Management
  • Understand the skills required for managing stakeholders
  • Identify the stakeholder classification models


Project management is a well-known profession. However, recent developments in job technicalities and an increase in duties have made the role extremely adaptable. Employers looking to hire capable experts will use CAPM certification as a criterion. CAPM is an excellent choice if you want to boost your career significantly. Invensis offers Multiple project management courses and a learning path that helps aspiring project managers to get the certifications. We are not restricted to certifications like CAPM and the other useful courses for any project management career.

FAQs on CAPM Certification Syllabus


The various skills that form a part of the CAPM® syllabus include designing project lifecycle, risk management, interpersonal communication, and scheduling processes.

According to the CAPM® handbook, each knowledge area carries a specific weightage in the Certified Associate in Project Management exam, as listed below.

Knowledge Area Weightage in Exam
I - Project Integration Management 12%
II - Project Scope Management 11%
III - Project Time Management 12%
IV - Project Cost Management 7%
V - Project Quality Management 6%
VI - Project Human Resource Management 8%
VII - Project Communications Management 6%
VIII - Project Risk Management 9%
IX - Project Procurement Management 7%
X - Project Stakeholder Management 7%

There are 47 processes included in the CAPM® course content. Individuals can complete these processes as part of various process groups. The DevOps Schedule process, for example, can be completed with the planning process group and the Project Time Management knowledge area.

Syllabus of CAPM Exam Prep Training Course

  • PMBOK®Guide - Sixth Edition processes and knowledge areas
  • Identifying key steps involved in a project lifecycle
  • Communicating in a PMBOK®Guide - Sixth Edition language
  • Preparing a detailed Project Management Plan that includes Project Charter, Scope Statement, Work Breakdown Structure, and more

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FAQs on CAPM Exam Prep

Who should take up the CAPM course?

Job roles that can benefit from CAPM Prep Course include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate Project Managers
  • Project Managers
  • IT Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Project Analysts
  • Project Leaders
  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Project Sponsors
  • Project Team Members

To be eligible for the CAPM certification, you must meet certain educational and professional requirements:

  • strong>Educational Background: Secondary diploma (high school diploma / global equivalent)
  • Project Management Experience: 1,500 hours of professional experience on a project team
  • Exam Type: Multiple choice
  • No Of Questions: 150 questions per paper: 135 scored, 15 unscored
  • Exam duration: 3 hours
  • Result: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis
  • Type: Closed book exam

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