his year, you will see exciting new
changes to the PMI certification
program. Overall and in general,
here’s what you can expect:
n Better support of your career journey:
We’ll create stepping stones that
help advance skill sets and link one
certification to another.
n More customized offerings: Your
needs change as you progress through
your career, so our certifications will
adapt to address this as well. We will
avoid a one-size-fits-all approach.
n Modernization: The basis behind the
changes to certifications will better
reflect real-world work experiences
and practices across the value delivery
spectrum. This will enable customers
to be equipped with the tools they
need to deliver results.
n Recognition of specialized skills: We’ll
improve on acknowledging the skill
sets you acquire and hone through
Certification Exam Delivery
Our first change is the move on 1 July to
Pearson VUE for all certification exam
delivery (except in China) to provide
more testing locations—over 5,000
TThis change provides: n Additional test locations: With more testing locations available, choosing a
convenient test site is easier than ever.
n Online proctoring for the PMI Agile
Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
and Certified Associate in Project
Management (CAPM)® exams:
Candidates can now test from
their home or office for increased
convenience and ease of access.
n Versatility to U.S. Service Members:
Pearson VUE offers a global U.S.
federal and military on-base test
center network, allowing U.S. service
and government members to test
where they serve around the world.
PMP® Exam Will Change in
We know the profession of project
management is evolving—just like we
are as an association. With that in mind,
the Project Management Professional
(PMP)® exam will be updated in
December to ensure it reflects up-to-date practices and equips project
managers with the knowledge and skills
they need to succeed in today’s modern
Every three to five years, we conduct
research to understand how the
profession has progressed, the impact
of emerging trends, and how the
responsibilities of project managers
have changed. The last round of this
research was conducted in 2015
and resulted in the current Project
Management Professional (PMP)®
Examination Content Outline.
Subject matter experts from leading
organizations around the world worked
with us to define the PMP certification
of the future. Updating the exam
ensures that PMP certification
holders will continue to be equipped
with the knowledge and skills to
succeed in today’s fast-paced project
Global Practice Analysis
Historically, our Role Delineation
Study (RDS) informed the updates to
each of our certification exams, but
for this update, we approached things
a little differently and conducted a
Global Practice Analysis. This research
study comprehensively looked at the
profession of project management
from a cross-geographic, cross-industry, cross-role lens to define
certification structure and content.
This effort specifically focused on
the roles of project manager (PMP®),
novice in project management
(CAPM®), business analyst (PMI-PBA®)
and agile practitioner (PMI-ACP®).
The findings from this research will
help define the content of these
certifications to ensure we remain
relevant in the market.
The PMP is the first certification that
will be updated as a result of the
Global Practice Analysis. The new
PMP exam will be released in
December and the last day to take the
current version of the PMP exam will
be 15 December 2019.