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PMP Certification Changes

Update: The PMP exam update has moved to 11 January 2016 to allow all stakeholders adequate time to prepare for this change.

First, Eligibility criteria are not changing and no changes are expected regarding exam scoring.

PMI recently completed the first Role Delineation Study (RDS) for agilists, resulting in modifications to the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which is the exam blueprint.

The RDS identified that the project management professional role has evolved, and the exam must reflect that . Most notably, new tasks have been added within the domains, the end result will be new set of questions to fit these new/revised tasks.

For the PMP exam, the tasks within each domain (Initiating, Planning, Execution, etc) have been reworded or have new additions Accordingly, required knowledge and skills, and tools and techniques must be in place to support these tasks

Here’s an overview of the newly added content:

Domain  New Tasks
Domain 1Initiating the Project3 tasks added
Domain 2Planning the Project1 tasks added
Domain 3Executing the Project2 tasks added
Domain 4Monitoring and controlling the project2 tasks added
Domain 5Closing the projectNo tasks added

 

1.  Initiating the Project  [3 new tasks]

  • Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
  • Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

 

2.  Planning the Project [1 new tasks]

  • Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.

 

3.  Executing the Project [2 new tasks]

  • Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

 

4.  Monitoring and controlling the Project [2 new tasks]

  • Archive project documents and materials using generally accepted practices, in order to comply with statutory requirements and for potential use in future projects and audits.
  • Obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, using appropriate tools and techniques and based on the stakeholder management plan, in order to evaluate their satisfaction.

 

5.  Closing the Project [no new tasks]

 

Important Dates

The new PMP Exam will come into practice from 11th January 2016 onwards. PMP aspirants will be able to sit for the new PMP Exam from that day and get the results immediately if they are taking the CBT. Languages aids will also be provided for the new PMP Exam beginning from Day 1. 

 

As always, PMVISION is proactive with making changes to our materials to align with the upcoming changes.  As of  Dec 10, 2015,  our  course ware and self-study material will include the new tasks.

 

PMI website page announcing PMP change