This is the concluding part of the 2-part series on PMBOK 6th Edition based PMP Guide. In the Part-1 of this series, we understood why PMBOK 6th edition is being introduced by PMI. We also saw, just for the kicks, how changes are introduced in PMBOK guide. Also we understood the exact PMP exam changes introduced in PMBOK, which are significant.
As promised, I will share in a bit the 6-week plan to go from ‘wanting to be a PMP’ to actually getting PMP certificate in hand!
Note: Download this entire guide for free as a PDF file at the end of this post.
Click to understand PMBOK 6th edition changes in a nutshell.
Now the million dollar question is,
When Will PMP Exam Changes Come Into Effect?
This is where your planning neurons would begin to fire connections like crazy.
Answer to this question will help you decide whether or not to take PMP exam now, or not. Let me tell you, if you want to take the exam now it is definitely possible to do it in next 4 to 6 weeks. And I’ll give you a plan in a bit.
But here is the important point you need to keep in mind.
PMBOK is only a guidelines document and not the 100% study resource convering all of the PMP exam syllabus. PMI recognizes this fact clearly.
But, but but.. if you are taking CAPM exam, then PMBOK would be your 100% study source.
Yes. This means you need to research and pick one or two other study resources, apart from PMBOK of course, to cover entire PMP syllabus.
Alright. When will you get to see the new PMBOK guide?
PMBOK 6th edition pdf is named as PMBOKGuideAgilePG.pdf (tells you the shift towards Agile) is available right now.
If you are a PMI member you can get the soft copy for free. If not, you can get your copy from here.
PMI says that the PMP exam based on PMBOK-6 will come into effect in Quarter-1 of 2018.
The EXACT date is not announced at the time of writing this article, it can be any day between Jan-1 to March-31, 2018.
For now, for your planning, just consider the date to be Jan 1, 2018.
Watch this space to know the exact date on which new PMP exam will come into affect.
If you want PMP exam based on PMBOK-5, you need to take it before December 31, 2017.
“Why should I want to take PMP exam based on PMBOK-5 Now?”
Any change brings with it some amount of chaos.
You know that PMBOK is not 100% resource for PMP exam, but for the sake of reference let us say ‘PMBOK-6 based PMP exam’. So, PMP exam based off PMBOK-6 will bring with it uncertainty about nature of questions and difficulty of questions. The general passing percentage may take a nosedive.
It will take some time for the dust to get settled, before people that have taken the new exam will share their wisdom and you get a sense of what to expect in the new exam. Even Simulators would have questions representing the real exam questions.
This may take at least 3 months, if you wish to go into the exam hall with some certainty, say sometime in Q2 of 2018. That is roughly about 7-9 months from now.
But if you can’t wait that long,
- or if you can’t wait to manage your project in a professional way,
- or if you are looking to change your job,
- or if you are looking for that promotion or raise in the upcoming appraisal,
- or if you are simply thirsty for project management knowledge,
..and so need to get your PMP at the earliest, here’s a plan you can use! [click to continue…]