What the Changes in PMP® Exam Mean for You and Your Learners

If you ask any Project Manager (PM) about the tasks they perform when they are managing a project, you will find that the current Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam content does not cover all the tasks today’s PMs perform! Currently PMs are performing tasks that go beyond their knowledge and skill set.

icon_graduatedAs stated in the PMI’s mandate, the PMP exam should validate a project manager’s competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams. Every couple of years, PMI conducts a study through Professional Examination Services, an independent entity, to understand current project management trends to stay current. As a result of the latest study, PMI has decided to update the exam content.

What has been changed or what has not?

  • Tasks within each domain have been slightly modified, some new tasks added (8), some modified and a few tasks removed.
  • The five domains of practice for PMP remain the same as the exam content outline published in 2011.
  • PMBOK Guide 5th Edition published in 2013 remains the same as a guide book for the project management practitioners.
  • Cross-cutting and domain related knowledge and skills updated; total of 42 new knowledge and skills introduced.

Important dates for your learners who are taking the exam this year.

  • The PMP Exam Content Outline, dated June 2015 is now final and those planning to write the PMP exam after January 11, 2016 should refer to the updated version.
  • Last day to write the exam under current version of PMP exam: January 11, 2016
  • First day to write the exam under new version of PMP exam: January 12, 2016
  • There is no pilot period with a rebate offered for the new PMP exam change.
  • At this time, there are no other changes made to the PMP exam eligibility requirements, the process to apply for the exam or the scoring method.
  • There is also no mandatory requirement to take another prep course; however, we recommend exam takers compare the training outline with the new PMP Exam Content Outline to decide if additional training is necessary.

Please check our PMP product catalog and courseware calendar for dates and times of the courses available in your region.

For more information on what is changing, see the Exam Content Outline.

Christine Aykac
has over 20 years of international experience managing enterprise-wide programs and projects using a variety of different traditional and Agile methodologies. She has a background in information technology, governance, risk and regulatory compliance. Christine specializes in the selection of best project management methodologies and approaches for projects to reduce risks and increase project success rate. In addition to providing customized training and workshops for her clients, she assists on how to effectively utilize technologies and their knowledge assets. Christine is a senior advisor and master instructor at ITpreneurs. She is actively involved in developing certification course material, customized programs and workshops on Project Management, Risk Management and Agile Project Management.