The last few months of 2020

The final few months of 2020 is when you will have the last opportunity to complete the current PMP® exam syllabus/test. With 92% pass rates annually amongst students, if you have the time between now and Christmas, take the time to get your PMP credential rather than wait until next year .

The current version of the Exam content outline (released June 2015) expires on 31 December 2020 and is being replaced by the new Exam content outline (released June 2019).

Contrary to what many students and teachers 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. 

The change is coming

The new version of the PMP® exam (reflecting 50% Agile type questions) will start 2 January 2021 and reflects the new ECO exam content released in June 2019. PMI will use this new outline as the basis to update the exam.

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 31 December 2020.

The new PMP exam from 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.


This updated Exam Content Outline (ECO) 2021 is the most radical change to the exam in more than 20 years. It changes the test domains from the 5 process groups of Initiating, Planning, executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing to three completely different domains titled People, Process and Business Environment.

This means that 42% or 84 questions, will now fall into the People domain, 50% or 100 questions, in the Process domain, and the remaining 8% or 16 questions in the Business environment domain.

Impact of Covid 19 on PMP Exams
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 to travel to an exam centre. If you prefer not to take this responsibility on yourself, CMI works with approved PMI exam centres and they abide by social distancing protocols.

Great teachers for great Results

The CMI Programme team made up of experienced teachers and trainers with several years PM experience, are busy making preparing for the changes to the programme content and suitable exam preparation material.

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

Read more about this announcement here, PMP® courses updates

Here are both documents for you to download. Please note that the link to the 2015 document will stop working once PMI removes it from its website:


Learn more and start studying a PMP® Certification CourseClick here.