PMI changes 30% of PMP exam

Written by Chris Pinter                                                                                     


February 23, 2011                                                                                          

The Project Management Institute released some guidance in regards to the new changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP) testing process.   These changes are related to the way they test the Professional and Social Responsibilities portion of the test.  Up until now the PMI has consider the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct a separate area of study outside of the PMBOK and tested the practitioner’s knowledge separately from the rest of the material.

The Project Management Institute is still modifying its understanding of the best practices for managing projects effectively.   The last change they made back in 2009 was with the release of the new book outlining the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) 4th edition which had over 30% of new material since its previous version.

They are now making positive changes to the way they test the Code of Ethics and Professional conduct.  The Role Delineation Study (RDS) investigated how the code of ethics and professional conduct is applied to the profession and realized that the code cannot be treated in isolation but must be a part of the overall study of project management and should be incorporated into every aspect of the professional knowledge areas.

So in the summer of 2011 the testing process for the Project Management Professional designation will now incorporate testing for appropriate understanding of the code of ethics and professional conduct within the other knowledge areas of study.   As a result, approximately 30% of the PMP exam will change.

As an Engineer, I am not too keen on any process change that affects over 30% of a system; it general introduces errors and creates potential for poor process control.  However, this is a significant and rather obvious improvement to the evaluation process and is seen as a very positive step in the right direction amongst many of my peers and project management associates.

If you are considering becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP) and you are just started to take a look at the certification process it would be wise to wait until the training material is updated to reflect this significant change.  However, if you have been studying for 3 to 6 months and you are almost ready to sit for the exam you should consider taking the exam as soon as possible.  The current testing format will be followed up until August 2011 when the new changes will take effect.

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