Project Management Professional (PMP),(r) certification offered through Project Management Institute (PMI), based on PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, is changing its exam content effective January 2020. There are many misconceptions, questions, and assumptions that go along with this certification. Let’s get clear on this.
PMP exam based upon PMBOK Guide 6th edition and Current Exam Content Outline will continue to be valid until December 31, 2020.
Effective January 1, 2021, PMP exam based upon PMBOK Guide 6th edition and New Exam Content Outline will become effective.
The PMP syllabus is the same PMBOK Guide 6th edition. PMBOK Guide 5th Edition to the 6th Edition (syllabus changes for PMP) occurred in March 2018. This happens every 3 to 5 years. The history of the previous versions (2008 -> 2013->2018) can be seen here. However, the next syllabus change (PMBOK Guide 7, 7th Edition) is still some years away.
Based on the 2015 PMI research, the current Exam Content Outline has been announced in June 2015. Based on the latest PMI research results from 2015, the current Exam Content Outline was published in June 2015. It will be effective beginning January 1-2021.
The pattern is changing. Here are some other things PMP candidates should be aware of so they can prepare accordingly.
PMP Exam has a growing emphasis on Agile & Hybrid methods.
Expectations: 1) Predictive or Waterfall: Around 50% & 2) Agile (Adaptive), + Hybrid : About 50%
The evaluation of candidates will take place in 3 domains rather than 5. Currently, evaluations are based on five Process Groups.
Monitoring & Control
This is changing with PMI moving it to 3 domains that are more aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle.
People have interpersonal skills
Processes: Technical Project Management
Alignment of business environment with strategic goals and vision
The following will be the weightage of questions on the 5 areas now vs the 3 areas going forward:
Why PMI changes Exam Content Outline and PMBOK Edition (Syllabus), at regular intervals
Project Management is a rapidly changing field. PMP must keep up with the changes. It must be updated to maintain and deliver high-quality value throughout the value chain.
Changes in the Roles and Responsibilities for the Project Manager
The Industry is moving forward and making changes
Impact of emerging trends and best practice
Perceptions, preferences, and ways of looking at things by individuals and organizations
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Takeaways for existing PMP Practitioners:
PMP certified professionals, in older versions or current, will only need to update their knowledge and align with the current PMP Syllabus and Exam Content Outline. This is true for every profession and knowledge. You must always be learning new skills to stay competitive.
Here are some tips for PMP aspirants:
PMP aspirants looking to obtain this highly accredited certification in 2020 should plan to do so before December 31st 2020. There are many reasons why this is so.
The new system is more uncertain than the old, so many people have not yet taken it. We are familiar with the current system and can help you get PMP certified in the current format with less effort.
The PMP exam has become more difficult to pass each passing year due to changes. There are good chances that exam passing will be a bit more difficult with the new pattern.
An average PMP candidate will take between two and three months to become certified. Smart effort is more important than hard work. If you have a well-defined strategy, you can pass the PMP exam. It is not rocket science.
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