The Project Management Institute® (PMI®) recently announced upcoming modifications to the PMP exam, and the purpose of this blog is to outline what we know about these changes and how Project Management Academy® will make sure all of its students are fully prepared to handle them.
What Changes Are Coming?
The good news is, the changes do not seem to be very substantial. PMI will be adding eight (8) new tasks, spread out amongst the five domains as follows: Initiating (three new tasks); Planning (one new task); Executing (two new tasks); Monitoring and Controlling (two new tasks); Closing (no new tasks).
Why are These Changes Being Made?
In an effort to ensure the PMP exam's continued relevance to modern practitioners, PMI conducts periodic Role Delineation Studies, whereby it solicits information from certified practitioners across the globe. The results of these studies generally trigger minor modifications to the exam content, to ensure the exam thoroughly tests the skills and knowledge most critical to today's project managers. This is one of the many steps PMI takes to ensure that the PMP certification remains the "gold standard" for project managers worldwide.
When Will These Changes Take Effect?
Beginning November 2, 2015, all PMP examinations will reflect the eight new tasks being added. The current version of the exam will be offered through November 1, 2015. It is unclear at this point whether PMI will offer two versions of the exam prior to November 2, as it has done in prior cases where new exam content was introduced (for example, when Version 5 of the PMBOK® was released). Given the smaller scale of these changes, however, it seems unlikely this will occur.
How will Project Management Academy Incorporate These Changes Into its Curriculum?
As we have done with prior changes to the exam, PMA will analyze the specific changes introduced by PMI. PMA will then create a summary of the changes for its students, and provide "Delta" training information to correlate the new materials to existing curriculum. This will ensure students are immediately apprised of the changes, regardless of how minor they may end up being. Upcoming changes will be specifically covered in each course, and each student will receive written information outlining them.
Shortly thereafter, PMA will revise all training materials to incorporate the new items. All aspects of the curriculum and materials will be fully updated to reflect the new tasks. Again, full "Delta" training will be made available as soon as the specific additions are revealed.
Should I Be Worried About These Changes?
Students planning to test on or after November 2, 2015 should certainly be aware of these changes, but there is no cause for concern or worry. Such changes happen fairly frequently, and as an industry leader in PMP preparation for individuals, businesses and government entities across the country, PMA is well-equipped to handle the changes. Rest assured that PMA has the systems, processes and resources in place to make the transition completely seamless, as it has done in the past.
Some other training companies may try to overstate the nature of the exam changes, in an effort to recruit students to their courses. Just keep in mind that PMI makes these exam changes fairly regularly, and there is no cause to be concerned (though we do want you to be 100% informed of the changes and their exam impacts).
PMI does an excellent job of keeping up with current trends and best practices, and this is simply another example of that. The changes will reflect key input from leading professionals worldwide and are therefore a substantial value add for your training and certification. This is yet another example of how the PMP certification will benefit students, both in terms of current job performance and for those seeking new positions.