Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

A career in project management can be an appealing choice for some people, though the road to get there may seem like a long one. Most people start their career by earning a professional certification, such as the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential. Among several options, one can earn the coveted designation by taking a CAPM certification online course which focuses on various knowledge areas.

The field of project management is currently growing. It is expected that from now until 2027, employers will be seeking to fill a little bit more than 2.2 million roles related to project management processes every year. In terms of a career path, it is expected that there will be 87.7 million positions to fill by 2027. It is clear that this is an area that provides many opportunities for employment. But, what exactly is involved in a project management job and what are the fundamentals of project management?

Typical Duties of a Project Manager

While every project is different, there are a few basics of project management that make it easy to weigh the pros and cons of this kind of work. The kind of people who make great project managers excel in communicating and paying attention to details. You could expect to be involved in a specific type of project within one of many fields, such as marketing, human resources, healthcare, information technology and construction. You would need to keep stakeholders informed as you monitor the progress of your projects, prepare budgets and designate resources. Your overall duty would be to ensure projects fall within their budgets and are completed on time. All of the skills you need to be a great PM are provided in the PMBOK guide, which stands for the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

What a Project Manager Gets Paid

Project managers get paid depending on the details of the job and the experience of the worker. On the low end, project managers can make as little as $46k per year. On average, they make around $66k per year. The highest-paid project managers can make as much as $107k per year, though these are few and far between. The average salary tends to differ between different types of project managers. For instance, IT project managers make an average of $88k per year, which is substantially higher than the $53k the average assistant project manager makes. You may also receive additional cash compensation in a project management position, which ranges from $1,411 to $17,587 annually. It’s also worth noting that PMI membership may make you more valuable as a job applicant, regardless of whether you’re in the India chapter of PMI or have PMI membership in another country. All of this makes the cost of a training course or an exam fee well worth the investment in time and money, since you can easily make your exam fee back once you’ve illustrated to employers that you have a thorough understanding of project management.

What Does It Take to Become a Project Manager?

If the above salary sounds appealing to you and you think you could do the above duties day in and day out, then a career in project management may be a good fit for you. Project managers, however, require specific skills and academic training in order to qualify. PDUS, or Professional Development Units and contact hours, are just one of the many prerequisites necessary to pass your certification exam and become a PMI member. Many employers look for people with at least a bachelor’s degree in business or computer science, while others look for someone with a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification or a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. The CAPM certification is what we are focusing on today.

CAPM Certification Requirements and Costs

In order to get your CAPM certification, you will need to complete a classroom, virtual or online course. To sit for the exam, you must have at least 23 hours of project management education. You must also have at least a high school diploma or equivalent education. The exam has 150 questions and it must be re-taken every five years in order for your CAPM to remain valid. CAPM certification exam prep training at colleges and institutions tend to be expensive. However, a typical CAPM certification online course costs about $300, though the price may vary between providers. If you manage to afford the cost of education and pass the test, you will then have a CAPM certification, which enhances your effectiveness and credibility while distinguishing you among other job applicants.

What Exactly Can You Do With a CAPM?

After taking CAPM certification online courses, you can do so much more than apply for jobs in project management. You will get to join a global community of CAPM-accredited individuals to keep up to date on the latest trends, techs and developments while sharing tips and tricks of the business. A CAPM certification also gives you job stability by opening up many options for you. Even when the economy turns south, companies will still need project managers to help scale things down. Once you complete the CAPM certification cost and requirements, all of these doors will be open for you.

CAPM Certification Online Training

The cost of getting an MBA is on average around $240k, making CAPM certification a great option for those not looking to go into debt and spend two or more years in school. After all, when you can take an online proctored exam, build hours of experience, hone your project management skills, and take a CAPM prep course online for a fraction of the cost, is there anything an MBA offers you besides cons on your road to becoming an experienced project manager? But among the CAPM certification online courses, which stand out? What is clear is that a supportive and effective learning environment will be conducive to the best experience. Classroom and online exam preparation courses have seen many people get certified and employed shortly thereafter. However, none of these programs are more effective and fun than Brain Sensei, a story-based learning course that guarantees you will pass your CAPM certification exam.

What Brain Sensei Has to Offer

The story-based learning program of Brain Sensei provides a unique way to learn that stays engaging and interesting the whole time while information is being presented in a way that is easier to retain than it is with traditional methods. You can complete the full course in six months. Each module tracks your progress using multiple self-assessments. You will get reminders, study materials, sample exam questions, and tips through regular follow-up emails. All of these materials help prepare you for an online proctored exam and build up your project management skills.

If you get stuck on multiple choice questions in some of your sample exam questions, there is a Facebook CAPM Study Group where you can ask questions of the whole community. Their typical response time for customer support requests is less than one hour.

Whenever you have learned a process, it will be boiled down into a summary of essential key points. In addition to assessments for basic knowledge, you will also be able to reveal your blind spots with discoverability questions. The storyline features 13 exciting challenges to test your knowledge, spread out through nine interactive eLearning modules. Along the way, you will be able to get a feel for what the exam itself is like by taking four practice tests as part of your CAPM training course. These practice exams will have 600 CAPM practice questions to make sure you are able to answer any set of questions in the actual CAPM exam.

Our database of course materials contains the most up-to-date material, so you can be sure you’re ready for the most recent version of the exam. Unlike other certification programs, Brain Sensei checks in on you and identifies your specific knowledge gaps. This creates a learning experience that is tailored to your unique strengths and weaknesses, optimizing your potential. One of the things students love most about Brain Sensei is that it is self-paced and requires no commute, as you can start it up anywhere you have an internet connection.

What’s So Great About Story-Based Learning Compared to the Different Options of a CAPM Certification Training Course?

This program is designed on the basis of our knowledge about how the human brain works. Humans have been telling stories for such a long time that our brains are specifically oriented to understand things in terms of stories. The relationship between storytelling and the advancement of the brain has been well-documented by the evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist, Robin Dunbar, who has studied rhesus monkeys and the social groups they form. One of the things that these studies demonstrate is that the specific kind of thinking that is involved in telling and listening to stories requires a very good brain, the kind of brain that humans have. In other words, he showed that telling stories appears to have an important part in the evolution of human culture and possibly the human brain.

By utilizing the brain for what it is designed to do, Brain Sensei maximizes your learning results. The story-based learning program of Brain Sensei introduces real-life concepts in an imaginary scenario. These scenarios mimic the experience of managing projects. So, you will have a real feel for what it is you need to do when you begin your career, and feel prepared. Plus, the characters and illustrations of this course make the learning experience more enjoyable for you. You will have an interactive learning experience that gives you more than just teaching you the information, as it also gives you an experiential learning opportunity.

Brain Sensei Goes Above and Beyond Education Requirements to Prepare You for the Project Management Field

We are one of the only certification programs that offer you a full refund if you don’t pass your exam. After the first and second tries, if you do not pass, we will extend your subscription by three months. This allows you to review the materials or even go through the whole course again if you need to. If you fail the exam a third time, we will issue you a full refund. That is how confident we are.

Through this learning experience, you will maintain a solid sense of where you need to get for your next step, as well as where you currently are in your education. When it comes time to apply for the CAPM, we will help you fill out your application form. We will help to assess your readiness for the exam at every step along the way. And, we’ll make sure you are feeling confident when the day finally comes.
Past students say our program is reliable and efficient. They loved the videos and found it to be fully engaging. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, learn more about what we have to offer.

Read Our Reviews

Brain Sensei is rated 4.5 out of 5.0 stars based on 50 review(s).

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Liked it. Need access for longer though.

- Jerome

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What I like best about Brain Sensei is the interactive nature of the course. I think this material would be numbing if delivered as simple lectures with slides. This method is an improvement on that. On the other hand, an in-person course, while more expensive, would likely be even more useful if you have the funds and the time. I haven't taken the PMP exam yet, so I can't comment on how useful the practice tests are.

- James

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Great

- Yennyfer

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The Brain Sensei PMP program is a wonderful program that condenses the PMBOK into digestible and retainable bites leveraging the power of story telling. If you're looking for a program that will get you your credit hours but also help establish a foundation of PMI knowledge this is the program for you!

- Kenny Dalen

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Passed first attempt

- Lee

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Truly the best course in town if you wish to pass the PMP exam on the first try. I love the idea of playing the role of the samurai and practice your project management skill in her shoes. And not to forget, the generous amount of practice exam gave me just the right dose of confidence before taking the real one. Highly recommended

- Minh Vo

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The course was great, though I found a lot of parts hard to comprehend. I feel a lot more prepared and better skilled to manage projects in my career. Thanks, Brain Sensei.

- Jill Finkelstein

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The BrainSensei PMP preparation course provided me with all the material required to be ready for the exam. It is well structured, explains the concepts clearly, and most importantly, provides ample training questions through the four mock exams and assessment questions at the end of each module. I passed the exam with Above Target in all sections on the first attempt.

- Gael Riethmuller

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Overall I really liked this learning course. It was very helpful and allowed me to be well prepared for the exam. The 2nd and 3rd practice exam are great to give you real example questions and help prepare you for what to expect. BrainSensei's customer service was the best. I had to delay taking my test due to COVID and they extended my membership for free. They went above and beyond my expectation which was great. Only changes I would recommend is to add 1 or 2 more practice exams like the 2nd and 3rd exam and get rid of the agile practice exam. This is not a real focus of the test and therefore is not really applicable in my opinion.

- Ronnie

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BrainSensei developed a great learning method to prepare for the PMP certification exam. Their customer service is always very professional, fast, spot on and dedicated to your success. I recommend them.

- G. Buchs

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I've sent several emails to BrainSensei (one of them not so nice, but the rest were okay) and the team has always been so polite in answering the questions. I'm a very straight-forward person and don't like the PMI-ism type questions because they seem like 'gotchas' or traps, and this is not how I manage my team. I took the Master of Project course (which was garbage) then failed the PMP exam. Throughout the PMP exam I felt so out of touch. Even with the first practice exam on BrainSensei I felt out of place, but I am not getting the hang of things. I hope to pass the exam on the second attempt! The brain sensei experience has been *miles* ahead of the Master of Project garbage. Brain Sensei should be proud of both their product and of their team! I love getting replies to my concerns so quickly. Nice work :) !!!

- Joseph Mather

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This course was great. it laid a great foundation for the PMP exam.

- Marc Vazquez

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very useful

- Dan

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I was very pleased with the preparation provided for the PMP certification. I went through the materials twice and passed the exam on the first try. A couple of the questions need to be polished up, but very good training overall.

- Glen

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Very easy to work with and quality product.

- Joan

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The storyline provides excellent examples that provide context for understanding the core concepts and processes

- Ann

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Good self paced learning tool

- Muneer

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Outstanding job

- Jerome

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This is by far the best way to prepare yourself for the PMP exam. The material is presented in a unique and engaging way that makes learning it easy and also fun! The company behind this course is also very professional and responsive. Keep up the great work!

- Amir Afifi

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I have studied with other programs and I didn’t feel prepared. After a short time with Brain Sensei, I had the confidence to succeed on exam day, which I did on the first try after studying with Brain Sensei. It was worth every penny.

- Andrew Grady

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Great program

- Ashley

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Course is made for people who are already grounded in the material, not for someone that needs all the basics. Was budget friendly and OK content.

- Andrew

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Brain Sensei is great tool to have in the study arsenal while preparing for the PMP exam.

- Derek

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I really enjoyed the modules and content offered by Brain Sensei! I passed the PMP Exam on the first try and would recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a great PMP Exam Prep.

- Delfin Gallegos

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Overall layout is good, but there are some quality issues. Progress isn't always saved across all devices and progress gets lost. Some small spelling mistakes. I loved the practical storyline...

- Riaan

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Passed my PMP on first attempt using Brain Sensei Prep course.

- Mohammad Ali

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Quick and helpful response. Thanks!!

- Laura

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Absolutely Fantastic learning software. Highly recommend it! Very well thought out and creative. Really enjoyed my study time. Excellent mock tests and mock exams. So so helpful. Thank you Brain Sensei Team for being part of my PMP journey!

- Tracy

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Need improvement in presenting more relevant real exam type questions. The practice exams are too simple and easy and do not prepare you for the real exam. Otherwise, good concept presenting material

- Amir

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The prep materials provided plenty of content which prepared me well for the PMP exam. The questions were packed with information.

- Cameron

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Teaches the PMP in a solid manner, some things you need to know as a potential consumer: -The Samurai backstory is extremely short, and didn’t really assist me with recall in any in-depth way. It only gave broad brush-strokes as to what each phase entailed. -MOST of what was on the test was covered in the lessons, however if I had zero real prior PM knowledge prior to the test, I would have failed. -The first practice test forces you, as the student to actually read into the PMBOK, which was a benefit in the long run as it assisted me with quickly referencing what I needed to find. -The course will likely cover wave tops and subjects, forcing me to self-study for a week before my test... not a bad deal all things considered. -Brain Sensei’s course has incorporated Agile into one of their practice tests, and this test IS mandatory. This may seem strange, and I didn’t get a satisfactory reason why I needed to take a purely Agile test when I only wanted to take the PMP, for anyone else in this scenario, this is the reason: In June, PMI is revamping the PMP test to include Agile as a significant portion of the PMP. Brain Sensei is just ahead of the curve trying to get students prepared... fret not. Their customer service is extremely responsive and does take care of their members. My program had a couple bugs, and the customer service fixed my problems within 24 hours. All in all... it was absolutely worth the money for me.

- Kevin

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I am very impressed with this learning system. The content is laid out in a way that will make any learner understand all the process groups and ITTOs in order to understand Project management and be equipped to excel in the test. The learning system is engaging and fun at the same time. It's very different than other learning material which is composed mostly of videos. Some improvements are needed, but in my opinion Brain Sensei is great value for money

- said durra

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At first, I was attracted to Brain Sensei training for their original learning program using a Samurai's story. And indeed it made the whole learning experience funnier - so easier. I felt like the Samurai. Then, I was amazed by The Brain Sensei Team's reactivity and help when I reached out through contact@brainsensei.com Their support was constantly reliable and efficient. I appreciated their professionalism and didn't feel on my own. At last, the course and the practice exams proved to be efficient since I passed the PMP exam - with 'Above Targe't in all Domains. So thank you so much Brain Sensei Team !! Charlene

- Charlene LU

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Overall very good. Got stuck a few times trying to find resources which I should have downloaded the before starting the program. Customer service has been great.

- Jonathan Williams

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SO far I am thoroughly enjoying the Brain Sensei PMP prep course. I have taken a Project management class as a part of my degree which I recently completed and project management has always interested me. I find the course to be educational and easy to follow. I am grateful that this course has been designed in such a way that is simple to understand all of the complexities in project management and that allows me to study at my own pace.

- Eric Browne

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The content is good and easy to understand

- Glenn

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This review is based on completing all course work through module 102. The story and interactive nature of the course are helpful for learning and relating the material. It would be nice to have the page numbers to the PMBOK guide where references are made to it. Other information that will be helpful, are the explanations to the practice questions at the end of each module. These are provided only after immediately answering the questions. Having these available in the score summary from the 'history' tab will be helpful to refresh why the answer is correct and other options are not.

- Rohan Punit

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Overall I would rate this course an 8/10. I liked how there were exams towards the end of every module and I felt that it was very useful having it laid out in different scenarios. I rate it only an 8/10 as I had some glitch/software issues and lost my progress resulting in me having to re-do modules/exams multiple times. All in all, that was maybe useful in the end as it was a way for me study or 're-learn' the course material. Thank you!

- Nikki Cordy

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Clear and precise explanations of how things work. I was never lost navigating the course.

- Gary Nicol

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A smart approach to present the information which makes it fun and engaging while at the same time preparing for the PMP exam. Brain Sensei differentiates itself from other PMP exam preps in that it delivers the knowledge through the use of storytelling technique. I recommend this course because it will help you pass your PMP exam on the first try.

- Jamal

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Loved the story telling and the practice exams. I felt very prepared when the actual exam came around.

- Josh

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One of a kind training that was truly engaging!

- Claire

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Excellent course for preparing for the PMP exam in a fun and engaging way! The practice questions resemble the actual questions on the exam making it a completely worthwhile experience.

- Rossetta

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I passed the PMP exam after taking Brain Sensei's Online PMP Certification Exam Prep. The practice exam questions were so similar to the questions that appeared on the exam. On exam day, when I sat down to take the test and started running through the questions I felt so relieved! The practice exams are also timed so you get more comfortable with the exam experience and feel better prepared when you sit down to take the test. The other differentiator was the video content throughout the modules. The concepts are taught through a story of a young samurai defending her kingdom. This will probably be the only PMP prep course where you can learn all the knowledge areas and feudal Japan at the same time. I'd recommend this course not just because of the videos but because it helped me pass my exam on the first try.

- Jackie

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Good course, but a few grammatical errors with how some questions were worded.

- Sonia

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It was good!

- Sergei

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Loved the unique approach and it still had all the info I'd expect from a full PMP exam prep course. Very responsive on questions too.

- Chris