PMP Exam Changes – what does this mean for you?

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If you’re planning to sit your PMP® exam in the near future, you’ll need to know about the upcoming changes to the exam.

PMI examinations are conducted through Pearson VUE and in March this year, in response to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, PMI announced a further change which means that PMP® candidates can now schedule to take their PMP® exam online from the convenience of their home or office!

New! Online Proctored Testing for PMP® Exam

PMP® candidates can now schedule to take their PMP® exam online from the convenience of their home or office! Online proctored testing (OPT) is an important step in helping members and certification candidates invest in their professional development during these uncertain times.

Previously, you could only sit your PMP® exam at a Pearson Vue testing centre. Delegates already have the ability to sit some other PMI certifications i.e CAPM® and ACP® exams.

However, if you still prefer and are able to, you can still sit your exam at a testing centre. You can find a Pearson VUE testing centre here or for a full list of New Zealand centres that you can sit your PMP® exam, please see the table below.

The PMP® Exam changes from 2nd Jan 2021

The PMP exam will change on 2nd January 2021. You can find details of the new PMP exam content outline here. Below are the key changes which you’ll need to be aware of, with more information provided from PMI.

The last day for candidates to take the current version of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is now 31 December, 2020. Starting 2 January 2021, the PMP® exam will reflect the new exam content.

Currently there are 5 Domains across one process (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing). Following their latest Project Management Role Delineation Survey, PMI are now moving to amplify the People element of project delivery. The new Content Outline consists of the following three Domains;

  • People: Our ability to Lead, Support, Manage, Empower, Train and Build a high performing team. 42% of the exam questions will be based upon this domain.
  • Process: Our understanding of what it takes to Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor and Control, and Close a project. 50% of the exam will be based upon this domain.
  • Business Environment: Project compliance, benefits, constraints and organisational change management. 8% of the exam questions will be based upon this domain.

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam will be updated to ensure it reflects up-to-date practices and equips project managers with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s modern project environments.

Our advice if you want to beat the PMP® exam changes:

  • Allow yourself enough time to complete your application. Make sure you are able to follow the PMP® timeline:
    • Once you open the application, you have 90 days to complete and submit it.
    • You have one year from the date of your application approval to pass the exam.
  • It is your job to submit your application to asap and get your exam booked.
  • Pay for your exam promptly. You can only schedule your exam after you’ve paid for it.
  • Schedule your exam early. This will allow you to select the date and location that will work best with your schedule. Most people reserve their exam date 3 months in advance.

We’ll continue to update you on any changes. If you’d like to complete your exam preparation training with us, you can find further details here of our upcoming courses.

If you’d like more information on the updated exam content outline, further details can be found on the PMI website here

Pearson VUE Testing centres in NZ who offer the PMP® exam

Best of luck with your certification and your projects!

Mike Roberts


Mike Roberts Millpond Trainer