Why is there a change in PMP Exam?
Yes. At least, that is what PMI says.
What kind of evolution?
Let us answer this question and some other FAQs about change in PMP exam.
FAQ On Change In PMP Exam
PMI says “A recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) provided an updated description of the project management professional role. The study included a large-scale survey of global Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification holders to validate updates to domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills. The RDS captures perspectives of project management practitioners from all industries, work settings, and regions. It serves as the foundation for the PMP exam and ensures its validity and relevance.”
1. Examines the Project Manager’s Role & Responsibilities
2. Determines the key competency areas
– Domains of Practice
– Tasks performed by a Project Manager
– Knowledge & Skills required by a Project Manager
The RDS is validated by Project Management Practitioners and Subject Matter Experts from various different Countries/Industries. The research results are compiled in the Exam Content Outline. The previous RDS happened in the year 2011. Subsequently, Exam Content Outline was revised. The current Outline is based on RDS 2011.
– 3 tasks have been added to Initiating
– 1 task has been added to Planning
– 2 Tasks have been added to Executing
– 2 Tasks have been added to Monitoring & Controlling
There are minor changes to some the other tasks. The modified tasks have the same essence as the previous tasks, but there are some minor changes to the terminology & the language. Some other tasks have been removed from the Exam Content Outline.
You should also refer to my other article for complete details of new tasks.
1. Eligibility requirements
– 4500 hours or 7500 hours in leading or directing projects
– 35 hours of formal project management education
2. The Exam Structure
– The exam will have 200 multiple choice questions
– Each question will have 4 options and 1 correct answer
You will find many different suggestions and recommendations for this question. Many people will suggest that Exam Content Outline changes are minor. They will suggest that you should prepare well before taking the Exam. It is better to delay the Exam. To be fair to these people, the Exam did not change much after the last Exam Content Outline update in the year 2011.
However, as per PMI, you can expect to see about 25% of the Exam Content that focuses on new topics that were not tested earlier. In addition, a very high percentage of questions will be revised and updated.
So, in order to avoid any surprises, it is better to take Exam before it changes.
January 12, 2016 Update
Finally, the Exam has changed. You can read my other article to understand what are the Exam Changes. If you have already done the PMP training long ago, you should do it again. Here are 5 reasons to do PMP training again.