PMBOK 6 th Edition – Important PMP® and CAPM® Exam Changes

Changes to the PMP® and CAPM® Exams

Major changes are coming to the PMBOK®, along with the corresponding PMP® and CAPM® exams. PMBOK changesThe PMBOK® is the global standard for project management. Every 4-5 years, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) updates this guide.

The PMBOK® was last updated in 2013.

Well, the time has come for the next update. This change will be a big one.


Let’s get to your most burning questions…

When will the PMP® and CAPM® exams change?

According to the latest guidance from PMI®, the exams will change in the first quarter of 2018, possibly as early as January 1st. This will follow the release of the sixth edition of the PMBOK® in the latter half of 2017.


What are the major changes to the PMP® and CAPM® exams?

It appears the biggest changes to the exams will be the addition of new information originating from the sixth edition of the PMBOK®. Also, some existing information will be revised.

Here are the areas you need to pay the most attention to –

  1. Introduction and emphasis on agile and other iterative project management methodologies.
  2. Greater focus on PMI’s Talent Triangle™– strategic and business management, leadership, and technical project management.
  3. Changes to the process framework and terminology.


It’s this last one that PMP® and CAPM® aspirants should pay particular attention to. Although the Process Groups will remain the same, you’ll notice quite a few differences in the Knowledge Areas and Processes.


Knowledge Area Changes

Two Knowledge Areas will be renamed as follows –

  • “Project Human Resource Management” changes to “Project Resource Management”
  • “Project Time Management” changes to “Project Schedule Management”


Process Changes

The Processes will increase from 47 to 49. Here’s what you can expect –

  • “Manage Project Knowledge” will be added
  • “Control Resources” will be added
  • “Implement Risk Responses” will be added
  • “Close Procurements” will be deleted


The Processes below will be renamed as follows –

  • “Perform Quality Assurance” will be renamed “Manage Quality”
  • “Plan Human Resource Management” will be renamed “Plan Resource Management”
  • “Acquire Project Team” will be renamed “Acquire Resources”
  • “Control Communications” will be renamed “Monitor Communications”
  • “Control Risks” will be renamed “Monitor Risks”
  • “Plan Stakeholder Management” will be renamed “Plan Stakeholder Engagement”
  • “Control Stakeholder Engagement” will be renamed “Monitor Stakeholder Engagement”


PMBOK® Fifth Edition vs. Sixth Edition Process Name Changes
PMBOK® Fifth Edition PMBOK® Sixth Edition
Perform Quality Assurance Manage Quality
Plan Human Resource Management Plan Resource Management
Acquire Project Team Acquire Resources
Control Communications Monitor Communications
Control Risks Monitor Risks
Plan Stakeholder Management Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Control Stakeholder Engagement Monitor Stakeholder Engagement


What Should You Do?

You should plan on passing the PMP® or CAPM® Exam before January 1st 2018. This will ensure the exam you take will be based on the current 5th Edition of the PMBOK®.

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Does BOBCAT Academy’s courseware reflect the current exams?

Yes. Our courseware is based on the current 5th Edition of the PMBOK®. We will update our materials to reflect the new 6th Edition when PMI® changes the exam in 2018.


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