I would like to know which study guide is recommended e.g 4th edition or 5th edition of the PMBOK GUIDE to prepare for my CAPM Certification?

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    Hey Kenny, why would you not think the newer edition is the one to go with? Can you please clarify? Thanks.
    – jmort253
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 13:42
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is a request for information that is better available from the authoritative Source.
    – MCW
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 17:52

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You can check all the requirements on the PMI's CAPM Exam Guidance page.

In the "Tips to Help You Prepare for the Exam" section, they say the following:

Register for Essentials of Project Management — an online, self-paced course that offers a concentrated review of each Knowledge Area in the 5th edition PMBOK® Guide. It also provides the contact hours needed to meet credential application requirements.

and they also say:

Review the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Thus, according with PMI you must use the 5th edition PMBOK® Guide.

  • Hey FRM, welcome to Project Management SE. I edited this to pull in relevant content from the link you provided. It's best not to just post a link because links break, and now if the link were to break your answer would still be useful to future visitors.
    – jmort253
    Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 14:46

I suggest the best guide besides PMBOK to be Rita

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