Updated PMP® Exam Launches 26 March 2018

The PMP is Evolving

On 26 March 2018, we will release the updated version of the Project Management Professional (PMP).

Why is the PMP Exam Changing?

In conjunction with the September 2017 release of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, we are updating the PMP exam. This will ensure consistent use of terminology and will harmonize process groups, tools and techniques between the Guide and the exam.

Although it does not test your knowledge of the PMBOK Guide®, it is one of the primary references for the exam. Please note, the PMP exam content outline will not be updated.

What is Changing?

If you’re utilizing the PMBOK Guide® as a study tool for the exam, you can expect to find the following updates in the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition:

  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager that focuses on effective leadership — including necessary competencies, experience and skills.
  • Two renamed Knowledge Areas that more accurately reflect which elements can be managed and which cannot:
    • Schedule Management (formerly known as Time Management)
    • Resource Management (formerly known as Human Resource Management)
  • Every Knowledge Area now features four new sections:
    • Key Concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices
    • Tailoring Considerations
    • Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments

Did You Know?

Active practitioners from around the world author our exam questions as well as the PMBOK® Guide to ensure the PMP remains relevant and reflects current practice.

Just the Facts

  • The PMP exam is changing on 26 March 2018. If you schedule your exam on 26 March or later, you will receive an updated version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.
  • Anyone taking the exam prior to 26 March 2018 will receive the current version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.


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