UPDATE POST (9/13/17)

Beginning in September 2017, PMI started distributing the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition along with the Agile Practice Guide. We are expecting the exam to change in the first quarter of 2018. The exact date of the examination change will be announced soon. Anyone taking the exam prior to Q1 2018 will receive the current version of the exam that references the PMBOK Guide® – Fifth Edition.

What to Expect on the Updated Exam

Although the PMP is not a test of the PMBOK Guide®, it is one of the primary references for the exam. Some of the updates you can expect to see surround lexicon changes and terminology used within the exam as well as harmonization of process groups, tools, and techniques.

If you’re utilizing the PMBOK Guide® as a study tool for the PMP, you can expect to find the following updates in the PMBOK Guide® – Sixth Edition:

  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager has been added to focus on leading projects effectively – competencies, experience and skills that are all necessary.
  • Two Knowledge Areas have been re-named to more accurately reflect which elements can be managed… and which can not:
    • Time Management is now Schedule Management
    • Human Resource Management is now Resource Management

Every Knowledge Area features four new sections:

  1. Key Concepts
  2. Trends and Emerging Practices
  3. Tailoring Considerations
  4. Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments


PMI® updates the PMBOK® Guide about every four years to reflect the latest in industry best practices.

On January 19th, PMI published the following important timeframes and deadlines:

  • PMI anticipates the PMBOK® Guide—Sixth Edition will be published (paper copy) by the third quarter of this year.
  • Additionally, PMI anticipates the next PMP® exam change will occur in the first quarter of 2018.

What is the PMBOK® Guide?  A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) —Fifth Edition reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practice project management and deliver organizational results. The PMBOK® Guide is the most widely recognized standard by project managers across the world and provides guidelines that are industry neutral and can be applied across a wide variety of disciplines, industries, experience levels, budgets, and timelines.

How often does PMI release new editions of the PMBOK® Guide?  PMI published the first PMBOK® Guide in 1996. The Second Edition in 2000; the Third Edition in 2004; the Fourth Edition in 2008; the Fifth Edition in 2013. We are expecting the sixth edition to be published the 3rd Quarter of 2017.

What are some of the changes?  Some of the changes include the following:

  1. Agile …Agile is a large part of all businesses and as such we are expecting a separate practice guide for agile to be released with the PMBOK® Guide 6th edition release.
  2. The addition of three (3) New Processes to include:
    • Manage Project Knowledge,
    • Implement Risk Responses, and
    • Control Resources
  3. Several name changes of names or moving of Processes. For example, changing “Project Time Management” to “Project Schedule Management” and “Project Human Resource Management” to “Project Resource Management”.
  4. The addition of emerging trends and practices in the world of project management.

How do these changes affect the PMP Exam?  There will be changes to the PMP and the CAPM Exam. However, the exams are not expected to change until March 2018. More details will follow at a later date.