Is PMP exam likely to go through some changes?

Certification: PMI PMP - Project Management Professional

PMP (Project Management Professional) is the certification that is given by Project Management Institute. About 618,933 certified professionals are there with around 272 chartered chapters in about 104 countries around the world. PMP certification is the certification designed and meant for Project Mangers which is we recognized by the industry. The certification shows that the professionals have education, experience, and is competent to direct and lead projects. The certification increases the market value the professionals with an increase in salary, according to the survey done by PMI. The certification impacts the salaries of the managers in a positive way.

The PMP certification recognizes the competence shown in directing and leading project team. For an individual who have experience as a project manager wants to increase his/her earnings, wants to stand ahead of others, then PMP certification is best for him/her.

The individuals who are looking for the certification should have any one of the following requirements

  • A high secondary school degree or equivalent with minimum five years of experience in project management along with working experience of 7500 hours in directing and leading projects and 35 hrs. of education in project management.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with experience of 03 years in project management and with working experience of 4500 hours in directing and leading projects and 35 hrs. of education in project management.

In case you don’t meet the necessary requirement you may look for CAMP (Certified Associate in Project Management). The professionals who wish to apply for the certification should register by logging in through the online system. The printable version is also available. The PMP certification exam is computer based comprising of 200 multiple type questions with duration of 4 hours. The candidates can give the exam at the registered test centers for the exam. You can take training for the preparation of the exam or follow a plan to study for the test.

The changes in the Exam of PMP

The exam of PMP has changed as of 31st July 2013. The PMI has already issued the at least edition of PMBO in January 2013. This change brings some new certifications in 2013. These changes in the exam of PMP are due to the changes in the guide of PMBO. Apart from the change in the pattern of exam, the entire requirement remains the same. However, there may be changes in the scoring pattern of the exam, but this will not be addressed by PMI. Now you need to use updated products for the self study of the exam. The flash cards, self study materials a you need to prepare for exam. The change in the pattern of the exam is for the betterment of the candidates.

Preparation of the changed exam

The preparation of the exam requires you to decide how you want to prepare for the exam. You want to go for training or for self study. You should prepare yourself for the exam by following a pattern of study. You should be committed to prepare for the exam. You are required to study a fixed amount of time daily to complete the preparation.

You should study chapter by chapter and practice the questions given. You should take notes about the chapter. As soon as you reach closer to your exam date, revise the notes taken, study the topics you feel you are weak at, and attempt the practice papers which are available to you.

You should refer following books for your study:

  • Rita Mulcahy, latest edition
  • PMBOK, latest edition
  • Reading material that you get on hand to
  • Rita Mulchay’s, super PMP test
  • Global knowledge Book and Mock test.
  • Pm study Mock test

Besides the changes in the pattern of the exam the content of the exam is the same as it used to be covering about 12 topics related to Project Management. The course include the following topics

  1. Fundamentals of PMP: This chapter deals with the general information about the project management that is not included in the rest of the nine process sections. This topic will provide you the overview about the various disciplines of the project management, its sections, its operations, the characteristics that are associated with the projects. The sections deal with the constraints of the project management.
  2. Integration: This topic covers the knowledge about the various methods for the Project Integration. It covers the key concepts about the Project Integration Management. The section consist of development of the project charter, to develop pan for project management, to manage and direct projects, control and monitor projects.
  3. Scope: This section covers the scope management of the project.
  4. Time: This is the most important section of the PMP course. This section will teach to manage the time for the project.
  5. Cost: This section will allow covering the knowledge that is required for the management of the cost for a project.
  6. Risks: This chapter covers the concepts that are associated with the risks a project have.
  7. Quality: The section covers the details about the maintenance of the equality of the project done and its maintenance.
  8. Human Resource: This section deals with the HR that is related to human resource.
  9. Communication: This section will help you acquire the knowledge in the area of communication for the project management.
  10. Procurement: This section deals with the concepts for the areas of Procurement of the projects.
  11.  Stakeholders: The sections cover the knowledge about the various stakeholders that are  working the projects.
  12. Ethics: the section deals with the ethics related to the projects.

The various sections of the revised PMP exam will make you a complete  project manager, if you study according to the syllabus of the exam.

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