PMP Exam Change – What You Should Know

PMP Exam Change – What You Should Know

PMI announced a change to the PMP Exam. This is what you should know about the PMP Exam Change


Change is inevitable and in PMI, change is driven by research on emerging trends within several industries and how these changes impact the duties and responsibilities of project managers globally. The last time such a research was conducted was in 2015 and since then, you will agree with me that several things have changed.

It’s time to define the PMP of the future! PMI has engaged with several Subject Matter Experts from leading organizations from around the world to define the PMP of the future.  The rigorous process taken by PMI for professional certification examination development makes PMI credentials stand apart from other project management certification. The result of this research is the cause for the change in the PMP Exam Content Outline.



Starting 1 July 2020, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content.

The NEW PMP® Exam Content Outline  provides the framework of what you can expect on the PMP Exam after 30 June 2020. The research showed that Project management professionals need more diverse skills and approaches to tackle the dynamic project management landscape. Hence, the new exam will take a turn from knowledge areas and process groups to focus on three new domains:

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PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team

PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy



The research conducted through the Job Task Analysis validated that today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and utilize different project approaches. Accordingly, the PMP certification will be reflective of this and will incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum. About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches will be found throughout the three domain areas listed above and are not isolated to any particular domain or task.



With these changes, If you are preparing for your PMP exam in 2020, keep these few things in mind.

  • Schedule your exam early. Once you open the application, you have 90 days to complete and submit it. Scheduling early allows you to select the date and location that will work best with your schedule. Keep in mind that there will likely be a rush on the exam application this season. PMP Exam Centres in Nigeria
  • Pay for your exam promptly. You can only schedule your exam after you’ve paid for it. Allow yourself enough time for proper preparation.
  • Study based on the current Exam outline: If you will be writing your exam on or before 30th June 2020, you should continue to use the current PMP Exam Outline as you will be tested based on the current outline. You have one year from the date of your application approval to pass the exam. Sometimes, more than one attempt is necessary so be sure to leave enough time to re-take the exam before your eligibility expires (one year after your application is approved).


Take your PMP Training and pass your exam at first attempt before the change.


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