All you need to know about the PMP Exam Change (2019)
July 9, 2019
Project management practitioners need more diverse skills and approaches to deliver outcomes and value to their organizations more than ever before. The future-proof PMP®exam has arrived, with content to ensure our credential remains relevant to project management practitioners’ ways of working. You can expect the following in the new PMP exam starting 16 Dec 2019:
1. More approaches to delivering outcomes. The exam will cover both predictive (~50%) and agile/hybrid (~50%) approaches to project management.
2. Domains aligned to real-life practices. The number of domains will be reduced from five to three, which include People, Process, and Business Environment. Specific project management approaches will not be aligned to individual domains but will be incorporated throughout the exam.
The following table identifies the proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the examination.
About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches.
PMI recognizes the need to support chapters in transforming their content to prepare candidates to succeed on this new exam, beginning with a revised Exam Content Outline (ECO). ProThoughts is committed to sharing ongoing updates and additional information to support you in this journey, including new resources to help align existing content around the new exam, and identify gaps in content development.
PMI revises the PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as per the current good practices adopted and proven for project management. PMI continuously endeavors to align the good practices with the current trends in Project Management. This exercise of the new change is also to align with the current trends of project management.
How is the new change is decided and incorporated?
The practitioners and experts of project management from all over the world contribute to the current good practices and suggest improvements. These are been collated by a governing body and the changes are approved and plan decided. The result of this research will be the publication of a new PMP exam content outline in June of 2019, and in Dec 2019 this new outline will lead to an updated PMP exam.
Is The PMBOK® Guide Changing?
Not until Fall 2021 as per the information we have. And the exam is going to be still based on PMBoK 6th edition, the current edition. The structure and perhaps the exam content is going to change. The details will be updated by PMI soon and ProThoughts will immediately update for their participants.
The PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition continues to be relevant post 16th Dec as well.
I’m Studying for the PMP Exam. What Does All This Mean for Me?
We recommend that you plan on taking the exam before it changes in December.
If you plan on taking the PMP exam on or after 16 December 2019
1. Check out the new exam content when PMI and ProThoughts publish it – hopefully in Jul 2019.
2. Understand the new exam content.
3. For any queries, contact your Global REP and understand what it takes to take the new exam. What is the additional preparation, if any?
4. Find out and assess when the new material aligned with the new exam content will be delivered and when earliest post Dec 2019 you can appear for the exam
5. Make your plans accordingly
6. Attend the training and take the exam post 16 Dec 2019
When I should appear for the exam, before Dec 16, 2019, or after?
We would recommend it before Dec 16, 2019.
The reason is simple – we know what it takes to clear the exam with the current pattern and content. We know the correct exam strategy and the right testimonials to achieve with a brilliant result. The latest you can target is the Oct 2019 batch; however, the window of opportunity is getting smaller by the day.
Our recommendation is to start the earliest. The sooner the better.
PMI released the Exam Content Outline for the PMP certification exam on Friday, June 28th. This will impact PMP examinations on December 16, 2019, and beyond. This is the structure of the exam and has an impact on all people preparing for it as well as how our instructors and training partners. The 6th edition PMBOK remains a primary reference for the exam questions but it has not been and continues to not be the only reference for the questions.
ProThoughts ( Project Management experts) is in the process of analyzing the new exam content outline. This is not going to be a quick process as: