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Exam Change Information for R.E.P.s
When are the exam changes scheduled?
Due to the recent release of updated versions of our foundational standards, as well as a new standard and a new practice guide, the corresponding certification exams will be updated as follows:
- Project Management Professional (PMP)® — 26 March 2018
- Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)® — 26 March 2018
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® — 21 May 2018
- Program Management Professional (PgMP)® — 25 June 2018
- Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® — 25 June 2018
When can R.E.P.s advertise courses aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
R.E.P.s can advertise courses aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition as of 6 September 2017 and after they are added to the Education Provider Portal (CCRS).
When should PMP® certification exam prep courses be aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
All PMP® certification exam prep courses must be aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition by the PMP® exam change date, which is 26 March 2018.
What does “aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition” mean?
This means that for those courses developed based on the PMBOK® Guide: the student/instructor courseware, materials, content and activities in the Education Provider Portal must be reflective of the Sixth Edition. Content that is aligned to earlier standards are considered outdated and non-compliant, per program compliance.
What about non-certification courses we offer that are currently aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition?
All non-certification courses currently aligned to the Fifth Edition should be updated to the Sixth Edition by 31 July 2018.
We have activities that are aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition but we do not want to retire them because we are still teaching them. What should I do?
More than likely you have inadvertently selected the incorrect alignment type for the activity in CCRS. You should determine these activities are fully aligned to the PMI standard or if they should be aligned to “General management skills that support professional development” instead.
To determine this, ask the question: If the edition of the PMI standard changes, does your courseware need to be updated? If the answer is ‘no’ then you may want to select the “General management skills that support professional development” classification.
What are some examples of items that are aligned to a PMI Standard or General Management Skills Category?
- PMP® Certification Exam Prep Course = Latest PMBOK® Guide
- Fundamentals of Project Management = Latest PMBOK® Guide
- Work breakdown structure = Latest PMBOK® Guide
- Communication Excellence = General management skills that support professional development
- Leadership for Today’s Project Manager = General management skills that support professional development
- Negotiation Skills = General management skills that support professional development
We have activities in the Education Provider Portal (CCRS) incorrectly aligned/classified to a PMI Standard or Practice Guide. These activities should be classified as "General management skills that support professional development” instead. How do we change this?
Start by copying the activity in the provider portal, change the setting from “PMI Standard or Guide” to the “General management skills that support professional development” classification and resubmit. Once submitted it will go through the normal activity approval process.
Will 2018 quality reviews of PMP® Certification Exam Prep courses need to be aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition?
Yes, all 2018 quality reviews of PMP® certification exam prep courses, regardless of the 26 March 2018 PMP exam change date, must be aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Given that the draft electronic version of the Sixth Edition was made available to R.E.P.s in January, 2017 and that the publication became available on September 6, 2017, R.E.P.s were provided ample opportunity to update their PMP® Certification Exam Prep course materials. Failure to provide course materials aligned to the Sixth Edition for the quality review will result in an automatic termination from the R.E.P. Program.
We are going through our cycle renewal before 1 January 2018, and are already offering a PMP® Certification Exam Prep course aligned to the Sixth Edition. Do you want to quality review the updated Sixth Edition course?
Yes, we would like to quality review the Sixth Edition materials.
When will the new PMP® and PMI-ACP® Exam Content Outlines (ECOs) be available?
When can we add activities aligned to the Sixth Edition to the Education Provider Portal?
Now. To begin, please create a new activity. Be sure to retire the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition activity when your last student has completed the activity.
Please note, students can still claim PDUs against retired activities, provided they completed the course prior to the activity retirement date.
Will my activities listed in the Education Provider Portal (CCRS) be viewed as part of the Quality Review Process?
Yes. We will be checking to ensure active activities advertised in the Education Provider Portal are aligned to the most current version of the PMI standard. We will not quality review each activity. However, we will be verifying your profile of courses is aligned to the latest standard. Ensuring your course activities are aligned to the latest standard is part of the program compliance, as referenced on Page 21 and 22 of the R.E.P. Program Handbook.
What happens if the above guidelines are not met?
Failure to comply with these guidelines and timeframes will result in termination from the program. The R.E.P. Program team will sample R.E.P. profiles and websites to ensure compliance and program integrity, and conduct audits as appropriate. Compliance contacts will be held accountable for ensuring all program criteria are met at all times.
Will PMI retire activities on behalf of the R.E.P. Community?
Per program policy, the designated R.E.P. Compliance Contact is accountable for ensuring all activities in CCRS are updated to the latest PMI published standard. Having PMI auto-retire an R.E.P.'s activities in CCRS is not ideal and may yield a poor customer experience for the students, if these outdated PMI published standard courses are still being taught. Therefore, these outdated courses need to be retired (see question above: “I have activities that are aligned to the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition but I do not want to retire them because I am still teaching them. What should I do?”).
As a checkpoint, however, PMI automatically retired the following types of activities with no historical usage/activity:
- All active Education Provider Portal activities aligned/advertised to the PMBOK® Guide – Third and Fourth Editions with no PDU claims within the last four years (1 January 2014 – 1 January 2018) were retired automatically by PMI on 1 January 2018.
When will R.E.P.s have access to the Sixth Edition figures?
20 select figures (English and translations) from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition are available in the Marketing Portal for the IP Basic Level subscribers.
All figures (English and translations) from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition are available in the Figure Repository for IP Premium Level subscribers.
We have paid for the Premium IP Level license. How do we gain access to the Figure Repository for the figures we need?
First, you must be listed as the primary or compliance contact for your organization and you must have a PMI.org login to gain access. Please email R.E.P. Support to request access to the Figure Repository and provide the email address that is associated with your pmi.org account in order to be added.
How can we log into the Figure Repository once PMI grants us access?
Go to your my.pmi.org page. Once logged in, go to Profile, My On-line Communities and Figure Repository. Once you are in the repository, hover over the Share tab and click on Documents to find the figures.
General Changes to Publications and Exams
What publications were being updated or created in 2017?
In 2017, we published updated versions of three standards and created a new standard and a new practice guide:
- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition
- The Agile Practice Guide (new publication)
- The Standard for Program Management – Fourth Edition
- The Standard for Portfolio Management – Fourth Edition
- The PMI Guide for Business Analysis (includes The Standard for Business Analysis) (new publication)
Did the updated and new publications affect certification exams?
Yes. Our certifications reference the content in our publications. The corresponding exams are being updated to ensure both the publication and the exam use the same terminology.
Will agile approaches be included in the 2018 PMP® exam update?
As always, the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition will be included as one of the numerous resources for the updated exam. It will also be updated to include new terminology from the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition. PMI exams are developed by volunteer experts who write exam items based on their own professional experience as well as a variety of well-accepted and commonly-used resources. Therefore, these experts may decide to include agile or hybrid methods in the new items they create aligned to the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition, based on their own real-life experience.
Will agile be explicitly targeted in future PMP exam updates?
The content of our examinations is determined by our exam content outlines (ECOs), which are updated through a separate process—called a Role Delineation Study (RDS). Because the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition has now been added to the approved resources for the PMP exam, agile content may be included in the PMP exam items written by our volunteers and will likely be included in the next ECO.
Will agile be included in the 2018 CAPM® exam update?
Yes. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is based solely on the PMBOK® Guide and shows knowledge and understanding of its concepts, tools and techniques. For that reason, we will update the exam content outline (ECO) and exam for the CAPM to reflect the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.
Will the PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® or PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® certifications be affected?
No, the content of these exams will remain the same as before the release of the new publications.
What languages will the PMBOK® Guide be translated into and when will they be released?
We will release the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition in English and 11 additional languages at the same time. The 11 additional languages are:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Chinese (simplified)
This new process will eliminate the need for extensions for pipeline exam customers for the PMP. The print editions of the translated versions will be released in October.
Why was my language not included in the list of translations?
We translate the PMBOK® Guide into the listed languages based on customer demand. We do not have any plans to translate the other standards products at this time, but will continue to monitor customer demand.
Will PMI offer a free download of the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition to the public?
Access to the electronic version of the PMBOK® Guide is an important benefit of PMI membership. Members can access the PMBOK® Guide (including all translations) and other PMI standards and practice guides as part of their membership as soon as they are released.
Will there be any exam blackouts (visible or invisible) related to the exam updates?
No blackouts are planned at this time.
Will the fees for exams change when the new exams are released?
Not at this time.
How often are PMI standards updated?
We update our standards every three to five years to remain in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards as well as to reflect the current state of the profession.