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Guide to the Project Management Institute's certification updates

Guide to the Project Management Institute's certification updates

Global professional association the Project Management Institute (PMI) has released its new standards via three updated publications: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5th Edition, the Standard for Program Management 3rd Edition and the Standard for Portfolio Management 3rd Edition.

The changes to the standards will entail subsequent updates to most of PMI's certifications including Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Between June and September this year, almost all of the PMI certifications will be progressively updated to align with the new standards. Until the defined change, existing examinations and standards will be considered current.

Students should anticipate significant changes to the CAPM, which aligns directly with the new PMBOK Guide, while the rest, including PMP, will change less. PMI has announced that its Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification will not be updated as the existing content is "relevant and consistent with the knowledge and foundation required of agile practitioners".

How will this affect project management certification students?

CAPM students who will sit the exam prior to 1 July 2013 should use the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition as their reference, while those aiming to take the CAPM exam after 1 July 2013 should refer to the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition.

If you're looking to sit your PMP prior to 31 July 2013, your main reference will be the PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition; those planning to sit the PMP exam after 31 July 2013 should procure the PMBOK Guide Fifth Edition.

For further information, see the PMI Standard Update page at www.pmi.org/standardsupdate.

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