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Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content is Changing in November 2015
May 4, 2015

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 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.

Important Note: This is not the final version of the new PMP Exam Content Outline. The proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the examination has not yet been determined. 

Additionally, the knowledge and skills, associated with each of these domains and tasks, is not included. This information will be available no later than 15 June 2015.

Here is an overview, of the newly added content:

Domain 1- Initiating the Project - 3 tasks added – Task 2, Task 7 and Task 8

Task 2: Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.

Task 7: Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.

Task 8: Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

Domain 2 - Planning the Project - 1 task added – Task 13 

Task 13: 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.

Domain 3 - Executing the Project - 2 tasks added – Task 6 and Task 7

Task 6: Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.

Task 7: Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

Domain 4 - Monitoring and controlling the project - 2 tasks added – Task 6 and Task 7 

Task 6: Capture, analyze, and manage lessons learned, using lessons learned management techniques, in order to enable continuous improvement.

Task 7: Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan, in order to verify compliance with project objectives.

Domain 5 - Closing the project - No new tasks added 


Important Dates:

1 November is the last day to test, under the current version of PMP exam. 


Just the Facts:

The current examination, (aligned to the existing examination content outline), will remain active until 1st November 2015. After 1st November, only the new version of the PMP examination will be administered. All language aides will follow the same schedule:

  • Exams utilizing language aides will reflect the current examination through 1st November 2015.
  • After 1st November, examinations utilizing language aides will reflect the new examination content.

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