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November 2015 PMP® Exam Changes

As of November 1st, 2015, the PMP® exam will have a few additional topics that can be tested.  PMI recently completed a Role Delineation Study (RDS) of the project management professional role.  As a result, PMI is placing additional emphasis on aspects of the examination and certification.  This does not affect the Springhouse education material or 5-day class as we already cover these topics.  Students attending any Springhouse-sponsored class will be able to continue taking the current exam up to November 1st.  After that point, the exam will change.  This change is pending and has not yet been made final until June 15th.

Springhouse already provides students with a student workbook, their own copy of the PMBOK® Guide, and supplemental educational material (SEM).  The information provided already educates students on the current and changing topics.  For example, Initiating Task #7, Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders, may now be rotated into testing.  This subject area has long been a part of our education.  These changes DO NOT affect the CAPM examination.

PMI publishes  a PDF that we encourage all students to download themselves and review called the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content Outline.  The purpose of this document is to clarify what specific skills, best practices and competence the applicant should know, and be able to demonstrate on projects and therefore, demonstrate via the PMP exam.  It complements the PMBOK® Guide.  In short, the PMBOK® Guide may have terms, acronyms and some explanations while the Examination Content Outline will clarify situations that the student will have to apply this knowledge and information to.

For example, the PMBOK® Guide teaches us about what a deliverable is on a project; "any unique, verifiable, product or result that is required to complete a process, phase, or project".  Yet in the Examination Content Outline, it states as one of the tasks "Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achieve of project goals".

PMI is adding additional tasks to the five domains tested; Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and controlling, and Closing.  Specifically:

  • Initiating
    • Three tasks are being added; #2, #7, and #8.
  • Planning
    • One task being added; #13
  • Executing
    • Two tasks being added; #6, and #7
  • Monitoring and Controlling
    • Two tasks being added; #6, and #7
  • Closing
    • No changes

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