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The New PMP Exam Released for July 31, 2013

The Project Management Institute (PMI)® recently released the official dates for when the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and some other of its exams will be updated to the latest standards. Here is what we have learned and our recommendations for studying:
 
Credential Exam Updated If you take your Exam
BEFORE this date
If you take your Exam
ON or AFTER this date
PMP® 31 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
CAPM® 31 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-SP® 31 August 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-RMP® 31 August 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PgMP® 31 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition

 

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is a book published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), outlining a set of standard terminology and guidelines for Project Management. The PMBOK Guide was first published by the PMI as a white paper in 1983 in an attempt to document and standardize generally accepted project management information and practices. The first edition was published in 1996 followed by the second edition in 2000. In 2004, the third Edition was published with major changes from the previous editions. The fourth Edition was released on December 31, 2008.

 
 
Work on the fifth edition was completed in 2012 and you can now “back order” the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition on the PMI Marketplace website.
 
 
Does this mean that I will have and “old” PMP certificate after the “cut-off” date?
No. The current version of the PMBOK Guide has no influence over your PMP status. You can compare this to your high-school diploma. Even if you received your high-school diploma years back and the school curriculum has changed many times since then, your diploma and your status are just as valid today as they were when you finished high school.
 
What revision of PMBOK Guide is your Study Material based on?
At the moment all our study materials are based on the PMBOK 4th Edition.
 
What Study Material should I use for my PMP Exam?
If you are planning to take the exam before July 31, you should go ahead and register with our present packages. In fact, we strongly recommend that you take your exam before the July 31 cut-off date because at this stage the content of the training materials made for PMBOK 4th Edition are more “complete” than the new tutorials that have to be created soon.
 
When will your Study Materials be updated for the PMBOK 5th Edition?
Our PMBOK 5th edition courses are in development right now and should become available 4-6 weeks before the “cut-off” date. Stay tuned for the exact dates!
 
What if I purchase your present study materials (based on PMBOK 4th edition) but can’t take the PMP Exam until after the cut-off date? Do I have to re-purchase again?
If you don’t take the exam by July 31, and you have to switch to the 5th edition exam we will upgrade your training package with the 5th edition material at one third of the regular price. This offer is valid for those who register between Jan 1, 2013 and July 31, 2013.

What changes have been made on the PMBOK 5th Edition?
Without going into details, here’s a list of the major changes:Addition of a new knowledge area called ‘Stakeholder Management’ (going from 9 to 10 Knowledge areas)
 
 
PMBOK 4th Edition   PMBOK 5th Edition
Knowledge Area Nb of Processes   Knowledge Area Nb of Processes
Integration 6   Integration 6
Scope 5   Scope 6
Time Cost 6   Time Cost 7
Cost 3   Cost 4
Quality 3   Quality 3
Human Resources 4   Human Resources 4
Communication 5   Communication 3
Risk 6   Risk 6
Procurement 4   Procurement 4
      Stakeholders 4
TOTAL 42   TOTAL 47
         
Knowledge Areas 9   Knowledge Areas 10
Process Groups 5   Process Groups 5
Processes 42   Processes 47
 
 

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