Angela Marie (angels_ember) wrote in projectmanager,
Angela Marie
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New PM Wannabe

Hiya!

I'm in the process of a career change from I-just-do-what-they-tell-me to Project Management. I recently learned about the CAPM exam and am hoping to take it within the next year. My biggest concern with this, however, is about tracking hours. I need 1500 project hours in order to qualify for the exam.

So what I'm wondering is:
*Does anybody track their hours?
*How do you do it?
*What counts as a "project hour"? (Is it only team projects, or can you count personal projects that you do on your own?)

Any and all advice on getting started on a career in project management would be more than appreciated right now.

Thanks!
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If you worked on a project, that counts towards the hours. If you worked at it 100% for 40 hours a week, just add up the weeks. If you worked on project-related items for maybe half of your job, adjust accordingly. Definitely don't worry about getting down to the 1 hour here, 3 hours here level...just figure out the correct percentage.
Personal projects do count if they meet the qualifications. For instance, I put on a weekend workshop camping event a few years ago that had about a dozen or so people attend. All that planning and execution counted towards my hours.

I haven't taken the CAPM, but I'm about to take the PMP next week. You will need educational hours (PDUs) for the exam, so look for a CAPM exam prep class. Part of that class will be telling you how to fill out your application. Good luck!
Okay, first of all...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! (@ your icon)

Secondly, Thanks for the input and clarification. It looks like I'll either need 1500 hours of project work or the PMI approved hours. I don't think that I'll reach 1500 in the near future though (at 400 currently, and don't earn them particularly rapidly - my company is still slooowly adopting the culture). I wish there was a way to combine the two! But alas, that does not appear to be the case, so I'll have to find a way to afford an exam prep class.

Thanks again!
Oh, and good luck on the PMP exam!!!