The Project Management Institute recently announced an update to the questions on its PMP Certification exam. The changes come on the heels of the conclusion of the PMI Role Delineation Study (RDS). The RDS is conducted every 5-7 years to ensure the PMP credential is evolving to meet the demands of the profession and is “contemporary.” The RDS is also part of the PMP’s compliance with ISO 17024.
The results of the RDS led the PMI to update portions of the certification exam – about 30% of the examination content will be new or significantly changed from the current version. Included in the changes is the handling of the Professional and Social Responsibility content area (domain 6). These topics will now be tested across all content areas instead of being gathered into a separate section. This is to emphasize the application of the PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in each phase of the project lifecycle.
The new version of the exam will be released August 31, 2011. This means if you want to take the exam in its current version, the last day to do so is August 30th, 2011. Here are a few additional points to consider:
- These changes are not an update to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge—Fourth Edition (PMBOK® Guide).
- Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) have already received guidance on the exam changes from PMI, and will begin updating their course content to reflect the new exam version.
- Certification eligibility criteria is not affected by the updates to the examination questions.
- It’s possible that there will be a rush of exam takers before the switchover occurs. Therefore, PMI recommends scheduling your exam as soon as possible.
- Answers to other frequently-asked questions can be found here.
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