Other PMI® Exam Changes 2018

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In September of 2017, the Project Management Institute (PMI) published the Sixth Edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Following this publication, there have been updates to several of their certification exams. This page discusses the impact to your studies for the PMI-ACP®, PMI-PBA® and CAPM® exams. If you're interested in changes to the PMP® Exam, please visit this link instead.

Fortunately, for those taking the updated PMI-ACP® and PMI-PBA® exams, RMC's existing self-study materials are still your best choice. No significant updates will be made to account for changes. More information can be found below. CAPM® certification candidates will need to study with updated materials if sitting for the exam starting May 21. Release timelines for new CAPM® products and other clarifications are available below.

RMC Has You Covered


Some material will change, some won’t. Here’s the scoop:

The PMI-ACP® and PMI-PBA® exams will not change significantly in terms of how you study for the exam. Here are blog postings from Mike Griffiths and Barb Carkenord with information on what these changes specifically mean for your study:

Existing PMI-ACP® Exam Prep 2nd Edition and 2nd Edition Updated products as well as PMI-PBA® Exam Prep Premier Edition products are suitable for study in 2018 and beyond.

For those studying for the CAPM® Exam after May 21, 2018, you should no longer use RMC’s CAPM® Exam Prep 3rd Edition products. These products are not updated to align with the new PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition and studying with them could be detrimental to your preparation effort.

The rest of this page is a guide dedicated to CAPM® Exam candidates who will sit for their exam on or after May 21, 2018. RMC will release 4th Edition CAPM® Exam Prep products (aligned with the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition) in the fourth quarter of 2018. PMI offered a pilot version of the new exam between March 20 and May 12. This trial period did not result in further significant changes in the exam, and RMC has continued development of new exam prep materials. Our goal, as always, is to create high quality, accurate and up-to-date materials for your study. Producing materials of this caliber takes time.

All RMC Live Instructor-Led CAPM® Classes (virtual and in-person) will be updated to the new standard once our 4th Edition CAPM® products are available in Q4 2018.

If you have purchased 3rd Edition CAPM® Exam Prep products from us in the past or have previously attended an RMC class based on the 3rd Edition products and failed to get your CAPM® certification before the exam change for any reason, we will support you and offer free or discounted upgrades to the newest edition (subject to the provisions stated below).

CAPM® Product Release Timelines


Note that these dates will become more specific as production deadlines approach.

  • CAPM Exam Prep, 4th Edition Book – expect release Q4 2018
  • CAPM Exam Prep, 4th Edition Hot Topics Flashcards – expect release Q4 2018
  • PM FASTrack CAPM Exam Simulator v4 – expect release Q4 2018
  • CAPM Exam Prep, 4th Edition eLearning Course – expect release Q4 2018

CAPM® Exam Prep Book


If you purchased a 3rd Edition CAPM® Exam Prep book directly from RMC, you may purchase the 4th Edition book with a 40% discount, $53.40 plus shipping. To redeem your discount, simply contact customer service at 952-846-4484 with proof of purchase when the book becomes available.

Hot Topics Flashcards for the CAPM® Exam


If you purchased the 8th Edition CAPM®/PMP® Exam Prep Hot Topics flashcards directly from RMC, you may purchase the 4th Edition CAPM® flashcards with a 40% discount, $20.40 plus shipping. To redeem your discount, simply contact customer service at 952-846-4484 with proof of purchase when the flashcards become available.

PM FASTrack® Exam Simulator


If you purchased the PM FASTrack for the CAPM Exam Simulator Version 3 (CD or Downloadable) and have days remaining on your license or subscription, you may qualify for a free or discounted upgrade.

If you purchased FASTrack, either as a stand-alone or as part of an Exam Prep System, and did not pass the exam before the change, RMC will transfer the remaining days of your software license to the version designed for the new exam free of charge. Special consideration will be made for users whose installed license expires between May 21, 2018 and the release date of the new software (Version 4).

*Your upgrade will not be done automatically. Please contact RMC at 952-846-4484 or fastrack@rmcls.com to request the free upgrade when the new simulator becomes available.

Free FASTrack Upgrade Conditions:

We will upgrade your FASTrack subscription to the latest version at no charge if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Possess or have installed Version 3 FASTrack for the CAPM® Exam
  • Have time remaining on your existing license
  • Are not CAPM® certified
  • Have a valid license
  • Purchased directly from RMC or an authorized training provider/distributor

For any upgrade, the time remaining on your current subscription will be transferred to the new version of the software.

*Version 4 of PM FASTrack for the CAPM Exam will only be released in Cloud Subscription format.

Free Upgrade Exceptions

RMC will not offer free upgrades to expired, shared, or invalid licenses. Students who do not qualify for the free upgrade may be able to purchase an upgrade for an additional fee. Please contact customer service at 952-846-4484 or fastrack@rmcls.com with any questions.

Upgrade Fees for PM FASTrack

If you purchased your FASTrack license from a source other than RMC (or an authorized training provider/distributor), you may upgrade your subscription for $29. The time remaining on each paid upgrade will be transferred to the new version of the software. Please contact customer service at 952-846-4484 or fastrack@rmcls.com with any questions or to purchase an upgrade.

CAPM® Exam Prep eLearning Course


Users of the CAPM Exam Prep, Third Edition eLearning course may qualify for a free upgrade to the Fourth Edition. Users must have time remaining on their subscription to qualify for a free upgrade. Special consideration will be made for users whose subscription expires between May 21, 2018 and the release date of the new eLearning course. Only upgrades from the Third Edition eLearning course will be transferred to Fourth Edition. To receive your free eLearning upgrade, please contact RMC at 952-846-4484 or info@rmcls.com .

CAPM® Exam Prep Instructor-Led Classes


Our class guarantee will be valid for all CAPM® Exam Prep classes we host. If you fail the CAPM® exam, RMC will honor all guaranteed support actions and restrictions stated in our class guarantee, including free class registration and materials for the latest version of the exam if the previous version is no longer available. Subject to availability, we will also offer free enrollment in a special instructor-led virtual class, Decoding the PMBOK® Guide.

*To qualify for our class guarantee, students must take the version of the CAPM® exam for which their class was designed.