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What has changed in the new PMP® Exam Content Outline

Published on Tue 3, 2020
What has changed in the new PMP® Exam Content Outline

Project management has gone through a lot of changes in recent years. Project Management Institution (PMI®), a non-profit-organization, continuously strives to promote project management learning through its certification update. In the latest development, PMI® has announced changes to PMP® exam. The changes will come in effect from 1st July 2020. PMI® has already released the new PMP® Exam Content Outline.

In this article, we will discuss the changes in PMP® exam indicated by the new PMP® exam content outline. Please note, while the exam content outline has changed, no change has been made to PMBOK® Guide. The last update to the guide came into effect in 2017 and the next update is not expected till 2023.


What is the current exam content outline?

From the last update, which came out in the year 2015, PMP® exam content is based on 5 domains identified by PMI®. These domains are based on the various stages in the project life cycle and include various tasks. This process utilizes processes and guidelines related to various tasks map the candidate’s proficiency. The table below shows the various domains along with their exam content percentage.

The current PMP® exam analyses and assesses the candidate’s knowledge and experience based on these tasks, knowledge, and skills in each domain. See the complete current PMP® exam content outline.   


What is new in the changed PMP® Exam Content Outline?

The new exam content will be based on the following three domains instead of the previously specified 5 domains:

1. People

2. Process

3. Business Environment


Through the researches and professional contribution, PMI® identified that the current Project practitioners are working in varied business and project environments and use different project management approaches. The new PMP® exam will be reflective of this and include approaches across the value delivery spectrum. In accordance with the new outline, half of the examination will represent approaches of project management while the other half will concentrate on Agile and hybrid approaches. 42% of the questions in the new exam will be from the People domain; 50% of the questions in the new exam will be from the Process domain; 8% questions in the new exam will be from the Business Environment domain.

While there will be tasks under each domain even in the new exam content outline, a new term, ‘Enabler’ has been introduced.

Explore the new PMP® exam content published by PMI®.

Note, while the PMP® Exam content is changing, there is no change to the PMBOK® Guide. However, based on the new exam outline, it is speculated that the importance given to PMBOK® might decrease.


PMP® certification has got more aligned towards the Talent Triangle and is going to see some major changes. If you have been planning to take up PMP® certification, the best time would be ‘NOW’. Check out what experts have to say in the matter of taking up PMP® certification in the article: PMP® Exam Outline Changes from 1st July 2020! What do PM Experts Recommend?


Certification Planner, LLC is committed to connecting you to the latest developments in this spectrum and will be ready with the PMP® training course aligned to the changed PMP® exam. However, if you are planning to take up PMP® certification training now, we run multiple classes every month. Be a part of Certification Planner’s Guarantee to Run 4-days PMP® Certification Bootcamp and get complimentary access to 1000+ practice questions, chapter-end quizzes, course material aligned with PMI® standards, 35 contact hour certificate and a 100% pass guarantee.

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