Certified Associate in Project Management Exam Preparation


Did you know that the College of Business offers a workshop to help students prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management exam at no additional cost?

Regardless of your career path or stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on or with project teams. College of Business student Hassan Doghman recently completed the workshop, passed the CAPM exam, and had this to say about his experience:

Why did you want to get your Certified Associate in Project Management?

I was first introduced to the idea of getting my CAPM while taking BA 320 Project Management, with Professor Patrick Keyes. I really enjoyed his class and he did an excellent job breaking down the material and explaining how the concepts are applied in real-world situations.

I was eager to learn and gain more knowledge about a skill set I could develop and use every day. Almost everything we do involves project management, whether it’s completing tasks at work or planning a birthday party for a family member. Plus, most people don’t have their CAPM, so I thought this credential could help set me apart from other tax professionals.

Did the preparation workshop help you pass the exam? If so, what did you find most useful?

The workshop supplied me with all of the material I needed, and it was extremely relevant to what I saw on the exam. In addition to the workshop, I spent about 4-6 hours a day studying in the month leading up to the exam. I definitely was able to walk into the exam with a high level of confidence knowing that I studied the right material and felt properly prepared.

The most useful aspect of the workshop was an activity Professor Keyes had us perform which helped us connect all the information together. We taped forty-seven processes to the wall and connected the inputs and outputs with strings. This allowed us to physically see why certain activities are needed and how the inputs and outputs are all connected (see image below).

Would you recommend that others pursuing the CAPM take the preparation course? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend that others pursuing the CAPM take the preparation course for two main reasons. First, Professor Keyes did an excellent job of providing me with material and covering topics that were relevant to help me pass the exam. Second, he taught us study methods and provided insights to help us identify topics that would likely appear on the exam. Because of this, I was able to maximize my time studying while taking a class and working.

How has the CAPM made a difference in your day-to-day activities? Do you find that you use the techniques at work? In class? At home?

The CAPM gave me a competitive advantage over other college applicants, which helped me land my tax internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). I’m currently working in the State and Local Tax (SALT) department in Tax Core and constantly use the skills I gained, because everything we do is project based.

I’ve applied these skills in completing course assignments and while working on group projects. Outside of the classroom, I represent 65,000 student-athletes around the country as the President of the NAIA Association of Student-Athletes. I was sworn in on June 1, and I already have a few ideas I would like to see implemented. I plan to use the skills I gained from the CAPM to make sure these projects are as effective and cost efficient as possible.


Learn more about the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) preparation course.

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