PMI-PMP®: the new exam

Together with the release of new PMBoK® editions, the Project Management Institute® (PMI) is used to update also the PMP exam. July 2020 will be characterized by a new update of the PMP exam but the PMBoK® 6th edition won’t be revised.

The old exam was based on the study and the knowledge of the 5 main domains related to the Project Management lifecycle:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring & Controlling
  • Closing


The focus of the new exam will be only on three new domains:

  1. People
  2. Process
  3. Business Environment

The exam change was considered necessary in order to represent and to incorporate the different approaches and the new working environments faced by today Practitioner Project Managers: the exam is changing because our jobs as project managers have changed.

The following PMI tab shows the questions coverage for every domain:

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Moreover, the Institute will try to simplify the format by using the following division:

  • Domain: the high knowledge area essential for the PM 
  • Tasks : the activities of a Project Manager in relation with a Domain
  • Enablers: that are the illustrated examples of a work tied-up with a task.


Here an example:

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And this is not all, in fact, after an analysis of the Examination Content Outline we found further interesting information as:

  • Agile: about About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid approaches will be put in all the 3 domains.


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Alberto Ciardelli

Alberto-CiardelliAlberto is Axelos, APMG & DevOps Institute accredited trainer for ITIL®, PMI-PMP®, PRINCE2®, Prince2 Agile®, MSP®, AgilePM®, DevOps®, TOGAF®.
He is a Project and Service Management trainer and consultant for over 10 years. He collaborates with private and public entities from different business sectors (IT, Telco, Banks & Insurances, Automotive, Fashion, Chemicals & Pharma, Militar Department, Aeronautical & Naval, Health) in Italy and Switzerland.