New PMBOK Guide 6th Edition

PMI has informed that the PMBOK Guide 6th edition will be published in Q3 2017, and PMP Exam will change in 2018. Till that date, PMP exam will be conducted from PMBOK 5th edition. After every five years, PMI introduces a new version of the PMBOK Guide. Existing PMBOK Guide 5th edition was published in 2013, and thus PMBOK Guide 6th edition is due during 2018. PMBOK training may be attended accordingly

PMBOK Guide 5th edition is presently being examined and restructured, and PMBOK Guide 6th edition is expected to be released during Q3 2017. Usually, there is a cushion period of six months, before the new PMBOK Guide is introduced for the PMP exam. Thus, PMP exam may be conducted from PMBOK Guide 6th edition during mid 2018.

Major Changes in PMBOK Guide

Agile has been introduced in the PMBOK Guide. All PMBOK knowledge areas will include a section named Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, which will illustrate how these methodologies may be incorporated in projects. An appendix will further explain their details.

Business knowledge has been highlighted, including details of business documents used in project management.

Schedule PMP Exam Change

PMP Exam mainly focuses on the PMBOK Guide. Therefore, the PMP exam may change from PMBOK Guide 5th edition to version 6 during Q1 of 2018, earliest January 2018. However, PMI may permit PMP exam based on PMBOK Guide 5th edition for six months, till June 2018, as per their tradition when a new version of PMBOK is published.

PMP Exam Training

If you desire to appear in the PMP exam before January 1, 2018, then PMBOK Guide 5th edition may be used for the PMP training, and if taking exam after January 1, 2018 then PMBOK Guide 6th edition may be used. However, it may be noted that few weeks post course study may be required for appearing in the PMP exam. Therefore, PMP exam classes may be attended accordingly, and PMP certification exam dates requested appropriately.