What You Need To Know About The CAPM Certification

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When working through your post-secondary education or starting your first real job, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to complete a project or two.

Your project could involve refreshing customer information in a company database or planning an enormous event. Either way, projects like this need careful planning and a reliable team to help execute them efficiently.

When it comes to financial services, project management is a major part of the job.

So what are the best ways to prepare for a role in project management? One way is the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

This certification was developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to train recipients to plan, execute and evaluate projects that they may have to undertake during their careers. CAPM attests to the holder’s knowledge of Project Management and accredits them as a Project Management professional.

Nick Pateras, a recent commerce graduate of Queen’s University, received his CAPM certification in May after taking a course that would help him fulfill the requirements for the certificate.

Why get your CAPM?

While Nick plans on hatching his career in brand management, he felt that getting this certification would be useful when it came to job possibilities.

“Project management is almost everywhere in the workplace, especially in certain aspects of business, so I thought it would be beneficial and perhaps open doors in the future, or keep them ajar, at any rate.” Nick said.

“Project Management as a specialty in itself is becoming more recognized globally and as that trend continues I want to make sure I have some background in it.”

So, what does it take to get your certification?

“I had to take a course to count for the hours needed to write the exam. Then I studied for two weeks starting around the end of April and I wrote in May,” Nick said.

To write the exam, Nick was required to have his high school diploma as well as become a member of PMI. To be eligible for certification, you must also complete 23 hours of classroom project management education, which is one of the reasons Nick took a course eligible for these hours while at university.

Is it worth it?

“I think [the CAPM is] becoming much more known, and the propensity for new grads to attain the CAPM will increase with each year,” Nick said.

Nick added that anyone familiar with project management will understand that the certification is from a renowned organization.

“Perhaps not every employer will see it as a huge value-add but it certainly won’t hurt, that’s for sure,” he said.

Nick also says having the certification has garnered some online attention. “I’ve already had professionals from the US and one or two from Asia message me on LinkedIn asking for advice on studying and looking to network.”

Nick added that he thinks that the most advantageous aspect of project management is that it is prevalent in almost any industry.

Sounds like the CAPM certification definitely wouldn’t hurt your chances of finding a job in the financial services sector, especially if you’d eventually like to end up in a role that relates to management!

Having the right certification is just one part of hatching a career in finance. Check out TalentEgg’s Financial Services Career Guide for more tips!

Photo credit: Jeffrey Smith

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Rosie Hales was an Editorial and Marketing intern at TalentEgg in the summer of 2013. She recently hatched her career in Communications at her alma mater, Queen's University. Follow her on Twitter @rosieehales.