Upcoming Changes to the PMP Examination in 2019

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10th Jul, 2017
Upcoming Changes to the PMP Examination in 2019

In order to keep its project management content relevant and in line with current practices, the Project Management Institute (PMI) issues new editions of its ‘Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)’.  The latest version of the PMBOK Guide, the sixth edition, is due to be released in September 2017.  As a result, the online PMP certification examination will also see some changes from the first quarter of 2018,to ensure consistency with the updated guide.

Major Changes

Major changes include:

Renaming of knowledge areas

  • Project Human Resource Management to Project Resource Management
  • Project Time Management to Project Schedule Management

Addition of a new chapter

  • The Role of the Project Manager will be added to detail various aspects of the project manager’s responsibilities

Deletion of processes

  • The Close Procurements process will be deleted and related functionality incorporated into the Close Project or Phase process

Addition of new processes

Three new processes would be added

  • Manage Project Knowledge
  • Control Resources
  • Implement Risk Responses

Renaming of processes

  • Multiple processes would be renamed with the number of processes increasing from 47 to 49

Restructuring of Knowledge Areas

Four new sections have been added

  • Key Concepts
  • Trends and Emerging Practices
  • Tailoring Considerations
  • Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments

Changes in orientation and emphasis

The Guide takes on a more advisory note rather than a mandatory tone and emphasizes the role of the project manager in choosing appropriate processes depending on the nature of the project. 

Timing of Exam Changeover

The exact date of the examination changeover to the one based on the Sixth edition, has not yet been published by PMI.  However, if you plan to take the PMP examination prior to Q1 2018, then the current version of the exam- based on the Fifth edition, will apply.


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