Project Management Institute

We’re Evolving to Better Serve You

PMI continues to serve the profession of project management by ensuring practitioners are ready for the future. This means we need to empower you, our project professionals, to deliver value in The Project Economy.

Not all project environments are the same and project professionals need to choose the right approach to deliver results. In some environments, predictive project management alone works well. But more and more environments are evolving and becoming more complex, requiring professionals to explore and implement different approaches to deliver value. 

We are committed to ensuring all of our offerings – including our credentials (such as the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification), our exam prep options and The Standard for Project Management—remain relevant as the profession evolves.


    PMP® Certification

    What’s changing? 

    We are updating the PMP exam to reflect the changes we see in the profession and the new responsibilities of today’s project leaders. The new PMP exam launching on 2 January 2021 will focus on the span of project approaches, including predictive, agile and, hybrid. Our NEW PMP Exam Content Outline and our new exam reference list provides more insight on what to expect on the PMP exam launching 2 January 2021.

    Why is the exam changing? 

    Today’s project professionals need knowledge of agile and hybrid approaches to be successful and well-rounded project leaders. The new exam will enable you to show colleagues and employers that you possess the technical, leadership and business skills needed to make you an asset to any project.

    Exam Prep

    What’s changing? 

    With the new changes to the PMP exam, we asked for your feedback on what you value in the exam prep experience and aligned this insight to the PMP exam’s new content areas. After better understanding your needs through interviews, surveys and insight groups, we’ve made a decision to follow your advice. That’s why we’re retiring the current Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Program on 1 July 2020 and rolling out a new training partner program on the same date. 

    • If you are preparing for the new exam launching 1 July 2020, we highly encourage you to prep with one of our new program’s training partners to build your exam confidence. These training partners’ programs will deliver PMI-approved content by PMI-certified instructors – a winning combination for exam preparation. And, if virtual, on demand prep is right for you, you’ll be able to participate in a self-paced course developed by PMI for the first time ever.

    Not everything is changing, though.

    • If you’re preparing for a certification other than the PMP, many training partners in the new program offer exam prep for our other certifications. 
    • And if you’re preparing for the current PMP exam (the last day to take the current exam is 30 June 2020), you can still prep through an R.E.P. – exactly the way it has been for years, business as usual. 

    Why? And what’s in it for me?

    When you choose one of our affiliated training partners, your PMP prep course will be specifically tailored to the new exam, which is important since this exam represents a shift from previous versions. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that the content is accurate, relevant and high-quality, and that the instructors you learn from you have been certified and trained by us. 

    Standards and PMBOK® Guide

    What’s changing?

    Many of you use our Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) as a reference in your day-to-day work to ensure best practices and effectiveness. We are making changes to both to reflect the range of different project approaches and your need for flexibility. 

    • Principle-Based Standard: In past editions of our standard, the discipline and functions of project management were aligned to a collection of business processes. Our new standard will be based on project delivery principles instead of processes. The principle-based standard will summarize the objectives and core functions of project management, and also provide broad parameters for how project teams can operate. With this wider lens, the standard will now show how project delivery contributes to organizational outcomes. 
    • New Knowledge Areas: Our PMBOK Guide – Seventh Edition will have eight performance domains in place of the current 10 Knowledge Areas, and it does not include process groups or Inputs, Tools, Techniques & Outputs (ITTOs). 
    • Going Digital: We’re launching an interactive digital experience, Standards Plus™, to make the standard and supplemental materials an on-the-job tool. 
    • Changes to Exposure Draft Process: This year, instead of the entire PMBOK Guide being open for review, we are only releasing the standard for public review and comment.

    Why? And what’s in it for me?

    In today’s Project Economy, you are tasked with delivering value to your organizations and identifying the right approach. Our new standard and PMBOK Guide reflect this need for flexibility and honors your ability to choose the correct approach for the project at hand. And making these tools digital makes them current and more relevant, and gives you easier, on-the-go access.