2017 will likely be the last full year you will be able to take the PMP Exam using the PMBOK 5th Edition. The 6th edition is expected out towards the end of the year, which means that the exam will change accordingly; especially since there are considerable changes in this latest version, such as:
- A new chapter titled “The Role of the Project Manager”
- Taking into account Agile Environments when running a project
- Inputs-Tools and Techniques-Outputs (ITTO) tables will be modified
- Tools and Techniques will be grouped in a different manner
- Three new processes will be added: Manage Project Knowledge, Control Resources, Implement Risk Responses
- The process Close Procurements will be deleted
- And more!
Although studies have shown that taking the exam between one (1) and two (2) months after finishing an exam prep course greatly increases your chances of passing it the first time, many people take considerably longer due to their workload, vacation and holidays, or due to personal commitments. Therefore, if you want to take the exam based on the PMBOK 5th edition, I strongly recommend you attend an exam prep workshop no later than the third quarter of this year. This will allow you time to study before the Christmas and New Year season is upon us.
Like most people considering taking the exam, you are probably not sure you are qualified, ready for it, have the time to study, and so on. Therefore, what I recommend to my students is to taking it all in steps. And the most important of these steps is to sign up at www.pmi.org and start the application process. By doing so:
- You will NOT commit to take the exam, yet
- You will NOT need to pay anything
- You WILL demystify your concerns regarding the exam and get over some fears!
- You WILL get excited about becoming a PMP and joining a great community of professionals!
The toughest part of the application, for a lot of people, is selecting their past and current projects, estimating their duration and describing them in order to satisfy the work experience requirement, which is 4,500 hours for college graduates, and 7,500 hours for non-college graduates. If you need help with this part of the application, please read… or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be glad to help!
Jorge Romero-Lozano, Dipl. Ing. (PE), LEED AP, PMP is a licensed civil engineer in Californi, Germany and the EU in general, as well as a certified sustainability professional from the U.S. Green Building Council. He currently runs his own project management and development consulting firm in Berlin, as well as PMP exam prep courses and Project Management/PMO Bootcamps.