New Project Management Professional (PMP)® 2 January 2021

Insights | 23 March 2020

PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® has long been considered the ‘gold standard’ for professional/career project managers. Those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% on average) then those without a PMP certification. [1]

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In June 2019, as a result of a Global Practice Analysis market research study, the PMI announced a significant change to the PMP certification exam. Every 3-5 years the PMI conduct research to understand the changing nature of project management, including emerging trends.

The research involves project management experts globally and means that PMP certification holders can be confident that their professional certification has been developed according to best practices and based upon input from the practitioners. The study identified numerous trends in the profession previously unaddressed in the PMP exam.

FAQs on the new PMP Exam

When is the last date I can take the current version of the PMP exam?

The last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam is now 31 December 2020. (As advised by the PMI, 21 March 2020).

When can I take the new PMP exam?

Starting 2 January 2021, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content.

What are the key differences with the new PMP exam format?

  1. About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches.
  2. There are only 3 domains (previously 5 domains relating to the process groups) for the new version exam:
  • People (42%)
  • Process (50%)
  • Business Environment (8%)

As per the PMI: “… there are noticeable differences between this updated PMP Examination Content Outline and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition. While there are some commonalities, it is important to note that the volunteer taskforce involved in the study…were not bound by the PMBOK® Guide.”

Can I still book training for the current PMP exam?

Yes.  PM-Partners’ training offerings (including online) for the current PMP Examination are available through 2020.

What about training for the new PMP exam?

We are working with the PMI in order to offer training for the new version exam. Watch our website for updates and further announcements. All our PMP preparation workshops from January 2021 will be on the new version exam.

PMI, CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), PMP, Project Management Professional (PMP) and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
[1] Project Management Salary Survey (2018)
About The Author

Tracey Copland, Head of Best Practice at PM-Partners group

Tracey has been involved in management, finance and business consulting including Portfolio, Programme & Project management for 20+ years. Together with her skills and experience, Tracey is a flexible professional seeking to achieve a high work standard, focussing on value-add.

Having been with PM-Partners group for 15 years, Tracey has held roles including Consultant/Trainer, Head of Training and currently, Head of Development. Tracey has provided training and consultation services to clients in both the public and private sectors, across various disciplines and at all levels including Project, Programme, Portfolio and Change Management, and Agile practices.

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