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The Evolution of the PMP Certification Exam

960x0The Project Management Professional (known as PMP, which has been registered) certification exam, though not mandatory, is a crucial tool for prospective project managers to test and showcase their ability to perform their duties as a project manager. Administered by the Project Management Institute (known as PMI, which has been registered), it often affects the ability to secure a career in the field thanks to the merit the certification holds. For 36 years, the PMP exam has been an extensive test of the domains and related tasks of being a project manager that are required for success. However, starting Jan. 2, 2021, this exam will be undergoing one of its most drastic changes in history through a complete reorganization of the exam's structure and ramping up of the exam's difficulty in its entirety.

Changes like this aren't uncommon for the PMP exam; every three to five years, it undergoes a review due to what's called a Role Delineation Study. This study is designed to examine the test under a modern lens to determine whether the exam's contents are still relevant to the project management role's current climate. The necessity of this study means that the exam never stays the same between intervals. READ MORE