The PMP Update 2021 – Everything you Need to Know
Project Management Institute (PMI), which announced the change in 2019, said that it would make the new exam available starting July 2020. PMI has delayed the exam change to January 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow PMP(r), aspirants, to have additional time to access training resources and prepare for the exam.
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This article will provide a detailed overview on the PMP(r), exam changes, Authorized Training Providers (ATP) program, and how this change affects candidates.
Five Key Changes PMP Aspirants Need to Be Aware of
There are many elements in the new PMP exam that differ from the old. This section will provide information about the changes made to each category.
Scope of Exam
The new PMP exam will be effective January 2, 2021. It will focus on three domains: People, Process, Business Environment, whereas the old PMP exam was based upon five domains, i.e. Initiating and Planning, Executing, Monitoring, Controlling, and Closing. Below is a table that compares the emphasis of the different categories in the new and old PMP exam formats.
Questions for Exam from Agile and Hybrid Methodologies
50% of the questions on the new PMP exam will come from Agile and Hybrid methods. Although there is not an official declaration, it seems that the percentage is comparatively lower for the old PMP exam.
Official Courseware for PMP Exam
Project Management Institute (PMI), which was founded in 1984, has never designated any document as the ultimate preparation resource for the PMP exam. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKr) guide has been regarded as the most important resource for PMP candidates. Many authors have created study materials to bridge the gap since the actual PMP exam has questions that go beyond the scope of this guide.
Take it down to 2020. The official courseware for PMP has been launched by the Project Management Institute. This courseware is not only the official prep material, but it also aligns with the exam content outline. This eliminates the usual concerns of PMP candidates regarding the official prep resource.
Authorized Training Provider (ATP Program)
Candidates who are interested in self-paced courses to prepare for the PMP exam have seen a significant shift. PMI has announced it will be the sole provider of the self-paced course as well as instructor-led training from an ATP.
The self-paced course costs $699 and it seems like PMI is encouraging test takers take up instructor-led training from its registered ATPs.
These are the two options available to PMP aspirants, despite the rumors that make the situation even more complicated. The mandatory Train The Trainer program (TTT) is another major change. To be eligible to teach PMP prep courses, instructors must pass the TTT test.
These changes might be familiar to you. They are important because of their importance. Below are the most recent changes to the application process and exam availability.
i) The application process has become much simpler and takes less time.
ii) PMI has decided that online, proctored PMP exams will be available in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates can take the exam from the comfort of their own home.
What Does the PMP Exam Changes Mean for Candidates?
You will never find the same thing again, whether you are choosing a slot or a training option. Here are some of these effects that PMP candidates will likely have.