Every five years the Project Management Institute (PMI) performs a study to determine if an update to the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam is needed. Well, there will be PMP changes in 2011. Beginning August 31st 2011, the PMI will update the PMP exam to accentuate the importance of Professionalism and Social Responsibility. Previously, Professional and Social Responsibility have been tested as their own domain. Beginning August 31st 2011, Professional and Social Responsibility will be incorporated into all aspects of project management.

The effect this change has on PMP candidates will be minimal. The exam will continue to be based on the 4th edition of the PMBOK. PMBOK 5th edition will not be released until 2012 and until then, the exam will continue to be based on the 4th edition. The exam format will not be changing and will continue to be computer based two hundred questions with a four hour time limit, and the score to pass the exam will remain the same.

Eligibility requirements to sit for the exam will also not change. Bachelor degree holding candidates will be required to hold 4,500 hours of project management experience and a minimum of three years PM experience in the prior six year period to applying. Non-degree holders will be required to have 7,500 hours of project management experience and a minimum of five years of PM experience within the eight year period prior to application. Thirty five learning credit hours will also continue to be needed by candidates.

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