The Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam is updated every five to seven years based on the results of a Role Delineation Study they use to determine the most current authority ("the role"), responsibilities & duties of project managers. PMI uses this approach of adding new elements and removing old ones to ensure that the PMP Exam is a reflection of what project managers actually do in the field.
PMI completed their latest study at the end of 2010 and the findings have resulted in an update to the PMP Exam effective August 31, 2011. This update is summarized as follows:
The PMBOK® Guide Is Not Changing
The PMBOK® Guide has not been changed. The PMP Exam is currently based on the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition and will continue to be based on the 4th edition until 2013. The 5th edition is scheduled for publication at the end of 2012.
Anyone preparing for the PMP Exam should continue to reference the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition until 2013.
The Exam Format Is Not Changing
The PMP Exam continues to be a computer-based exam, with a four hour time period to answer 200 multiple-choice questions.
The Score Report is Not Changing
PMI stated "At this time, PMI does not anticipate any changes will be made to the PMP score report". This suggests that the way the passing score is determined will remain the same.
The Eligibility Requirements Are Not Changing
The education and experience eligibility requirements for the PMP Exam will remain the same.
Refer to the eligibility section of the PMP Credential Handbook for the details.
The Exam Effective Date is August 31, 2011
The last day to take the exam under the current specifications is August 30th.
Professional & Social Responsibility Will Be Integrated
Professional and Social Responsibility are tested as separate domains in the current exam. The results of the Role Delineation Study found that Professional and Social Responsibility is integrated into all of the work of project management and cannot be seen as separate. The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct should be viewed and tested as an integrated part of a project manager’s day-to-day work.
Project Managers need to understand the effects of Professional and Social Responsibility on their daily tasks. Exam questions will ask about ethical considerations during procurement, mix social responsibility with team management and test your application of professional responsibility in a written status report.
Studying, understanding and living the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in your daily work as a project manager will have a much higher importance for the new exam. PMI has communicated the detailed changes to the new exam to al Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). It is their responsibility to ensure that the content of their training materials is updated. Students have the right to expect that providers ensure that their training materials have the right content for the exam
The Content Of Your Study Materials Will Change
PMI has communicated the detailed changes to the new exam to all Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). It is their responsibility to ensure that the content of their training materials is updated. Students have the right to expect that providers ensure that their training materials have the right content for the exam.
Recommendations For PMP Students
- Take The Exam Before The Change:
If you are currently studying for the PMP Exam then plan your studies so that you can take the exam before July 31st. Scheduling your exam one month before the August 31st change date will give you 30 days to retake the exam in case you fail on the first attempt.
- Use Study Materials From PMI Registered Education Providers (PMI R.E.P.)
Purchase study materials from a PMI R.E.P. and ask them to confirm that the materials which you have ordered are right for you based on your scheduled exam date. You need current materials if your exam is scheduled on or before August 30th and you need updated materials if your exam is on or after August 31st.
- Read The FAQ:
PMI has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Reading it will help you to better understand what’s coming.
- Read PMI’s Study Tips:
Take a look at the PMP Study Tips Page that PMI prepared on their website.