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PMP® Exam Outline Changes from 16th December 2019! What do PM Experts Recommend?

Published on Tue 3, 2020
PMP® Exam Outline Changes from 16th December 2019! What do PM Experts Recommend?

The scope and extent of project management are changing and so are the certifications related to project management. In the latest advancement, Project Management Institute (PMI®) (link) has announced changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP®) examination (link). From 16th December 2019, the PMP Exam is going to change. PMI has already released the new exam content structure (link). Anyone taking the examination from 16th December onwards will have to adjust their preparations based on the new exam Content.

Does this mean PMBOK® (link) is going to change as well? “NO”, the 6th edition of PMBOK was released by the end of 2017 and the 7th edition is not expected until 2023. This means that the PMBOK will not be changing any time soon.

In this article, we will discuss what experts have to say on the matter of taking up the new PMP examination. We approached instructors holding PMP credentials and industry experts with the question “What is the best time to take up PMP certification exam, now that it is going to change?”

Based on the answers received by the experts, we have identified three stages of PMP examination preparation that we will represent in the form of scenarios and what should be the most feasible action at the time.

Scenario 1: You have been preparing for the PMP examination and have taken PMP training as well

If you have done all the preparations, the best time to take the examination would be ‘Now’. You would have made a sizable investment in taking up the certification training. Waiting till December will cost you both in time and in financial investment. Also, you would have put in a lot of effort into the preparation and it is not prudent to let all the efforts go to waste.

PMP certification examination is considered difficult by all standards and the passing rate in the first attempt is around 50% to 60%. This means nearly 4 to 5 people out of a class of 10 are not able to clear the examination on the first attempt. We know that is a scary number!

Taking up examination now will give you ample time to re-take the examination if you are not able to clear the examination in the 1st attempt. You will also be able to take up the 2nd attempt if needed.