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PMP Exam Changes in 2020

PMP® Exam: A Guide to 2020 Changes

The Project Management Institute (PMI)® recently announced that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam will be changing in summer of 2020. With the global effect of Covid-19, the change has now been postponed until 2nd of January 2021.

This article is your 3-minute guide to understanding what's changing, why it is changing, and how this affects you.

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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. The new PMP® Exam coming into effect in July 2020 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 January 2nd 2021, which means that January 1st 2021 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 January 1st 2021) and the new exam (in effect from January 2nd 2021).
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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.

Here are the key changes you need to know about in the new exam:

1. Domains

People, Process, Busines Environment

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 focus on 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%

2. Approach: Predictive, Agile, and Hybrid

Predictive, Agile, and Hybrid Approaches

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?

How Does This Affect You?

"I have 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 January 2nd, so booking your exam now is a wise choice.

"I need to complete training"

One of the PMP® exam requirements is to have completed 35 hours of formal project management training.

With changes coming up in the new year, you may be wondering whether you should hold off on starting your PMP® exam prep until later in the year. Our advice is to use your own schedule and priorities as a deciding factor. Here's why...

The exam changes are a positive thing, but as the syllabus continues to draw from the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition, you will be working with the same syllabus no matter when you sit your exam this year. The only difference will be the focus and weight of the exam questions.

Take Into Account:

  • Your schedule: when is the best time for you to attend training, complete a focused study period, and schedule your exam this year?
  • Your goals: do you want to get PMP® certified earlier rather than later in 2020? If you want to take action early, reserving one of the pots on our May or June dates is a wise choice.
  • Your focus: if any of the changes to the PMP® exam represent areas you would like to focus on in particular, it might be worth holding off until the new exam courses begin running.

Want to Get PMP® Certified this Year?

If you want to become a PMP® credential holder in 2020, we've got you covered with PMP® Exam Preparation dates almost every month.

Our courses will run either as live virtual classroom training (while social distancing continues), or as in-person classroom training. You can see the course format beside each date below.

Our next 4 exam preparation course dates are listed below. You can click on any date to provisionally reserve your spot.
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