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PMP Exam Content Outline Update - March 2020

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The PMI has announced that they have extended access to the current PMP® exam syllabus/test until 31 December 2020.

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak across the world, PMI have decided to postpone the launch of the new PMP exam until 2 January 2021. It is now also possible to sit the PMP test online from the comfort of your own home rather than having to go to an exam test centre.  This is a major plus for CMI students, no travel and no health risk or worry about social distancing.

PMI has moved the last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP® exam to 31 December 2020 

The new version of the PMP® exam (reflecting 50% Agile type questions) will start 2 January 2021. This new PMP exam will reflect the new ECO exam content released in June 2019.

This has an immediate implication for students starting PMP® Certification courses in 2020 as they will need to ensure they are finished their course under the old syllabus and have completed their test by 30 December 2020.

The new PMP exam in 2021 will focus on three new domains:

  1. PEOPLE – emphasising the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team
  2. PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project
  3. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy

Content that spans predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains. The best way to understand what is included in the exam is to review the updated Exam Content Outline - June 2019.

This change will not effect the large proportion of content of current PMP® Certification courses which reflect the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition (released in September 2017).

CMI's programme team will make amendments to some course material to reflect the ECO content changes released in June 2019.

 A total of 8 new tasks has been added to the 4 or 5 domains.

  • 3 tasks added to Initiation
  • 1 Task added to Planning
  • 2 Tasks added to Executing
  • 2 Tasks added to Monitoring and Controlling.
  •  Minor changes to other tasks and to terminology and language.


Contrary to what many students and trainers may think, the PMP exam is NOT based on A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The PMBOK® Guide is only one of several references PMI uses to design their PMP exam questions. Instead, the exam is based on The PMP Examination Content Outline. A new version of this outline was published in June 2019, and PMI will use this new outline as the basis to update the exam.

The CMI Programme team made up of experienced Project Management teachers and trainers with several years PM experience, are busy making amendments and changes to the programme test questions.

PMP® Certification courses delivered by CMI from February 2021 will include the new PMP® Exam Content Outline (released June 2019).  

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