PMP Exam Reference List

Exam candidates should be aware that the PMP exam is not written according to any single text or singularly supported by any particular reference. PMI does not endorse specific review courses, resources, references or other materials for certification preparation. The references listed here are not inclusive of all resources that may be utilized and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed means of passing the exam.

As the PMP is a competency-based certification which assesses the integrated set of knowledge, skills and abilities as gained from both practical and learned experiences, it should also be noted that the references identified herewith are but one element of a broader set of educational resources and texts that might possibly be utilized for exam and study preparation. This reference list is provided as a courtesy only and for the non-PMI publications on this list, PMI does not endorse such publication or warrant the accuracy of the information or opinions contained therein.

PMP Exam Content Outline

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Agile Practice Guide

Author: Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)*

Author: Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute

Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

Author: Harold Kerzner

Publisher: Wiley

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid

Author: Robert K. Wysocki

Publisher: Wiley

Fundamentals of Technology Project Management, 2nd Edition

Author: Colleen Garton with Erika McCulloch

Publisher: MC Press

Project Managers Portable Handbook, 3rd Edition

Author: David Cleland and Lewis Ireland

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Information Technology Project Management, 7th Edition

Author: Kathy Schwalbe

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

Author: Kenneth S. Rubin

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Project Management: The Managerial Process

Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

Author: Tom Kendrick

Publisher: AMACOM

*The exam is based on the PMP certification exam content outline (ECO), not the (PMBOK® Guide) or other reference books. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition will now be a reference to inform the development of the exam items. However, before any validated exam item is added to the exam, there is a very rigorous and thorough review and field test cycle. This process takes multiple months.