PMP® Exam Changes: December 2019

Why is the PMP® exam changing?

Project Management Professional (PMP)® is one of the most widely-respected credentials in the global project management community.

This Project Management Institute (PMI)® credential is designed by project managers, for project managers. As such, it must remain at the cutting edge of project management methodologies and continue to lead the way in industry standards.

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

This leads to periodical updates of both A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and the PMP® Exam.

The PMBOK® Guide was updated to its Sixth Edition in 2017, with changes to the PMP® Exam coming into effect in March 2018. The new PMP® Exam coming into effect in December 2019 continues to work from the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition.

Learn more about the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition.

When is the PMP® Exam Changing?

Dates for New PMP Exam
The new PMP® Exam will come into effect on December 16th 2019, which means that December 15th is the last date you can take the existing exam.

As we discuss the important changes, we’ll refer to the existing exam (in effect now, available until December 15th 2019) and the new exam (in effect from December 16th 2019).
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What is Changing?

The key changes in the PMP® Exam reflect how both the role of project managers and project management itself are evolving.

People, Process, Busines Environment

1. Domains

One of the goals in designing this new exam was to make the format more approachable and easy to interpret.

You’ll see this represented most in the domains. These are the knowledge areas under which tasks (responsibilities) and enablers (actions that support carrying out the tasks) are grouped.

The existing exam has 5 domains, based on the conventional timeline of a project. These domains are:

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring
  5. Controlling

The new exam will have 3 domains:

1. People:

Focuses on what skills and actions are needed for successful project team management.

2. Process:

Examining the technical elements of project management.

3. Business Environment:

looks at the connection between the project and the overall organisational strategy.
Business Environment

Here’s a quick look at the weighting of questions for each domain:

  • People: 42%
  • Process: 50%
  • Business: 8%
Predictive, Agile and Hyrbrid Approaches

2. Approach: Predictive, Agile and Hybrid

The sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide introduced a higher level of consideration for agile practices, and this is continued in the new exam format.

Rather than concentrating on a predictive (often called “traditional” or “conventional”) approach to project management, throughout all 3 domains, attention and value will be given to predictive and agile approaches, and to a hybrid of both.

For full details on the exam changes, you can view the official PMI® Exam Content Outline here.
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What does this PMP Exam Change mean for me?

What does this PMP® Exam Change mean for me?

Already completed Training?

If you have already completed PMP® exam preparation training, we recommend scheduling your exam as soon as possible.

With the release of the new exam start date, there will be a surge in demand for exam slots before December 16th, so booking your exam now is a wise choice.

Want to Achieve a PMP® credential this year?

If you want to become a PMP® credential holder in 2019, it’s important to take action immediately.

We have 3 exam preparation course dates remaining that will work towards the existing exam:

29th of July 2019 Dublin Reserve
9th of September 2019 Dublin Reserve
21st of October 2019 Dublin Reserve

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