PMBOK® Guide

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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is PMI’s flagship publication and is a fundamental resource for effective project management in any industry. Over the years, business has changed considerably, but projects remain critical drivers of business success.

The book includes The Standard for Project Management. The standard is the foundation upon which the vast body of knowledge builds, and the guide serves to capture and summarize that knowledge.

PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition Member PDF download, Print and eBook versions are available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Arabic, Korean and Simplified Chinese.

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PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition

Over the past few years, emerging technology, new approaches and rapid market changes have changed the world of work, driving the profession to evolve. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition has been updated to meet these challenges, better align to how people work today and help you be more proactive, innovative and nimble. 

This edition of the PMBOK® Guide:

  • Reflects the full range of development approaches (predictive, traditional, adaptive, agile, hybrid, etc.)
  • Provides an entire section devoted to tailoring the development approach and processes
  • Expands the list of tools and techniques in a new section, “Models, Methods, and Artifacts”
  • Focuses on project outcomes in addition to deliverables
  • Integrates with PMIstandards+ for access to content that helps the user apply the PMBOK® Guide on the job

Including both The Standard for Project Management and the PMBOK® Guide, this modern edition presents 12 principles of project management and eight project performance domains critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes. 

The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition reflects the evolving profession and enables you to get the job done and deliver value.


The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition is available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish in all formats and in Simplified Chinese electronically. In addition in December, the print version will be available in Simplified Chinese.

PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition

The PMBOK Sixth Edition Download is bundled with the Agile Practice Guide.

Retiring the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition

As of 31 March 2022, PMI has started the phased process of retiring or "sunsetting", the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Stakeholders may continue to purchase print copies through retailers and resellers, but only while supplies last. Once the stock is depleted, PMI will not reprint additional copies of the Sixth Edition.

However, we know that many professionals, especially those preparing for the CAPM® exam still refer to and use the Sixth Edition in their daily work. Therefore, we are maintaining several different ways stakeholders can access the content for the foreseeable future.

PMI members can download a free PDF of the edition and non-members will be able to purchase it in an eBook format, both in English and other languages currently supported. Stakeholders can gain digital access to the PMBOK® Guide –Sixth Edition content via PMIstandards+. PMI members can access it free, and non-members can access it via a monthly subscription. The Sixth Edition will remain available through select Library Subscription Services where prior licensing agreements are in place.

The PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition carries the ANSI-accredited Standard for Project Management, so we recommend syllabi be based on this edition. But please note, after the evaluation of the content, select concepts from the Sixth Edition are still viable project management practices. For example, we recognize and support the Process Groups Model outlined in the Sixth Edition as one of several valid and reliable models. Therefore, we are developing a new resource dedicated to supporting the Process Groups Model, with plans to announce it later this year.

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Extensions provide more information for specific project types or industries, expanding on the foundational standards.

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