Project Management Institute

Straight Talk with Sunil: PMP Exam Changes

18 December 2019

Hello, everyone – and happy December!

You may have heard that the PMP exam and the associated R.E.P. program training are changing – effective 1 July 2020. Starting on that date, the PMP exam will reflect new exam content.


Every 3 - 5 years, we conduct exhaustive research to understand how the project management profession has progressed, the impact of emerging trends, and how the responsibilities of project managers have changed. We ran a new round of research in 2019 and Subject Matter Experts from leading organizations around the world have worked with us to define the PMP of the future.


Project management professionals need more diverse skills and approaches than ever before. The PMP is evolving just like the profession – and the new exam will focus on three new domains:

  1. PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team
  2. PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project
  3. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy

Content that spans the value delivery spectrum, including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains.

With that in mind, I sat down with Sierra Hampton-Simmons, Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification, to talk about the upcoming changes and what it means both for exam-takers and the R.E.P.s who may be helping them to prepare. The video is divided into two parts that might suit your busy schedule. We also have a separate podcast we recorded re: the R.E.P. changes.


The NEW PMP® Exam Content Outline  provides the framework of what you can expect on the PMP Exam beginning 1 July 2020. Here are some tips on how to plan for the upcoming changes. If you have any questions about how this change may affect you, please contact Customer Care.


Last month, we sent an email to all R.E.P.s and Chapter Leaders announcing changes to the R.E.P. program. View the R.E.P. Update Center and the R.E.P. Resource Center for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact [email protected].

We believe that these exam changes and updates to the R.E.P. program will help ensure we’re developing the project managers of the future and ensuring a superior overall experience for a variety of our stakeholders. Thank you for your feedback to-date, and we will keep you apprised of additional details as things take shape.

Best regards,