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PMP® exam is changing in 2016

What this means

A recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) provided an updated description of the project management professional role. Research 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.

How the PMP® is affected

The five domains of practice for the PMP remain the same. However, tasks within each domain have been modified, added, or removed.

To view all the changes in detail, see the Exam Content Outline.

Exam Content Outline is final. Please check that you refer to the document dated June 2015 on page 2 to be sure you are referring to the updated version.

Here’s an overview of the newly added content:

Domain 1 Initiating the Project

3 tasks added – task 2, task 7, task 8

Domain 2 Planning the Project

1 task added – task 13

Domain 3 Executing the Project

2 tasks added – task 6, task 7

Domain 4 Monitoring and Controlling the project

2 tasks added – task 6, task 7

Domain 5 Closing the project

(no new tasks added)

Important Dates

January 11, 2016 will be the last day to test under current version of PMP exam.


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