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PMP Exam Update: What you need to know!

On 26th March 2018, the Project Management Institute (PMI) will release an updated version of their world-renowned Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification.

This runs in tandem with the September 2017 release of the updated Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, which has now entered its sixth edition.

Why is PMP updating?

Well, to start off, Part 2 of the PMBOK Guide is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and must be updated every four to five years. The Fifth Edition was published in 2013, that equals five years, and project management has undertaken a huge evolution in that time. The rise of Agile Project Management and project management as a profession means that change has come thick and fast for many companies and professionals alike.

What does the change mean for me?

For exams, anyone whose exam is scheduled for 26th March 2018 or later, you will receive an updated version of the exam that references the PMBOK – Sixth Edition. Those scheduled before will receive the current version of the exam that references the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition.

What is changing?

The PMBOK update meant that the PMP course and certification needed to become more recent too. PMBOK now includes information on how to implement PMI approaches in an Agile environment – a first for PMI. Other additions include:

  •          Trends and emerging practices
  •          Tailoring considerations
  •          A greater emphasis on Strategic and Business Knowledge
  •          A new section on the role of the Project Manager
  •          Two renamed Knowledge Areas
    • Schedule Management (formerly Time Management)
    • Resource Management (formerly known as Human Resource Management)

e-Careers currently offer the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK with our PMP courses. Once the exam has been updated, we will amend our offering to reflect the preparation requirements for the PMP exam.