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Just Announced: PMP® Exam Change 2021

PMP® Exam Change 2021

UPDATED 03/19/2020

From PMI.org   Updated: 18 March 2020

PMI is committed to the safety and well-being of our global community. Our Crisis Task Force is monitoring the situation arising from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) daily.

To assure your health and wellbeing, we have made decisions impacting several global events. We have sent email communications to those of you who registered for these events that have changed. However, here is a high-level summary of events that we changed. Find the latest on PMP exam changes here.

PMI Certification Candidates

For all certification exam candidates who are able to proceed with taking your scheduled exam, please consult test center information to your specific location at  PearsonVUE’s Coronavirus Update Page  as it is updated regularly.

For candidates who already scheduled the exam but are unable to take it due to health restrictions or delayed with training, PMI will offer you to reschedule your exam and will automatically extend your exam eligibility until 18 January 2021. All paid fees will be eligible for a refund and you will be able to reschedule without accruing penalty fees. We are also actively exploring and expediting solutions to offer alternative PMP® exam delivery options, and will share more information as it becomes available.

For all PMP candidates, we are extending access to the current PMP exam until 31 December 2020 and postponing the launch of the new PMP exam until 2 January 2021. Stay up to date on the latest exam changes. 

Original Post was Published on May 3, 2019

Just Announced: PMP® Exam Change 2019. Now is the time to get your PMP certification.  PMI® has announced that the PMP certification exam will change on December 16, 2019. This announcement gives you time to get your application submitted and to prepare to take the exam before the exam changes.

NEW PMP Exam Content Outline

The exam change is prompted by the June 2019 release of a new PMP Exam Content Outline. The Exam Content Outline provides a basic description of the number of questions that will be on the PMP exam.   The current Exam Content Outline calls for about 50% of the exam to change.  It is the most extensive change to the PMP Exam in over 20 years.

What Are the Content Outline and Exam Based On?

To give you some background, the content outline and exam are based on a role-delineation study of project managers that is performed by PMI about every 4 years. Through this study, PMI gathers and analyzes data describing the role and work of project managers in the workplace.  From the study, PMI creates the Exam Content Outline which provides the underpinnings of the certification exam.  It includes the percentage of questions by domain, the tasks of the project manager by domain, and the knowledge and skills associated with the project manager’s work.  This is designed to keep the PMP exam consistent with the roles and responsibilities of project managers in the workplace.

Last Content Outline Change

The last time PMI conducted a role delineation study that resulted in an exam change was 2015.  At that time PMI estimated that approximately 25% of the exam content changed as the result of the study.

What Can I Do in the next 9-Months to Get my PMP Certification?

You can take the current exam until December 31, 2010 using RMC current classes, materials, and eLearning courses. After that, you can count on RMC to provide you with the most current exam preparation materials. RMC has analyzed the Exam Content Outline and is making necessary updates to our Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep System and our Exam Prep Courses. In the interim there is still time to take the current exam. RMC provides the most effective and innovative project management, training available. Using Accelerated Learning Theory, we focus on teaching valuable, real-world skills and practical techniques to help our students learn more in less time. Rita Mulcahy started RMC with the modest idea of helping people pass the PMP exam. Her best-selling book, PMP® Exam Prep, set an industry standard for training material.

Project managers meeting the PMP exam qualifications are strongly encouraged to get certified before the exam changes. We recommend using Rita’s Way™ to complete your study and taking the exam before the December 2020 exam change. Those needing help to prepare can find all our PMP test preparation materials at or call RMC’s customer service at 952-846-4484.

RMC has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMP® and PMI® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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  1. I plan to take the new version of the PMP exam. Would you advise when the new edition of Book will be released for my purchase? Thank you.

    • The new version of PMP Exam Prep book will be released in May of 2020, for the new exam scheduled for July 1, 2020. You can use our current book and materials for all exams prior to that.

  2. Well written article & Thanks Sonja for this detailed guidance about PMP exam changes. I really found this article very useful, specially the “What Can I Do in the next 9-Months… “. Great work.

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