new pmbok guide 5th edition

The PMI published the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition on December 31, 2012, four years after publishing the 4th Edition. This is a major update. 

It has been over three months, and many aspirants have been asking me questions about the new PMBOK Guide, the validity of their certification, the changes to the PMP exam, etc.

The most frequently asked question is whether they should prepare with the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide or take the test when it changes to the 5th edition.

First, please note that exam content will update with the guide on the 31st of July, 2013.

So, if you are planning to take the exam before 31 July, prepare with the 4th edition. However, if you plan to take the exam on July 31st or after this date, you can start your preparation with the 5th edition.

You have over three months until the exam content changes, which is enough time to prepare.

It takes time for publishers to publish updated content when the exam content changes. The most important factor is to include the feedback of exam-takers in the study material, and this does not happen quickly.

The first edition of any book often has typos, errors, and mistakes. Publishers correct these in the following edition. This process takes time. After the 31st of July, it will take a few months for the content to align with the exam pattern and new study resources are always costlier.

Therefore, if you want to become a PMP, I suggest you start your preparation now and attempt the exam before the 31st of July.

Now, let us discuss the changes in the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide.

What’s New in the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition?

The major change in this new edition of the PMBOK Guide is the inclusion of a new knowledge area–Project Stakeholder Management. This knowledge area has four processes.

In the 4th edition, stakeholder management was a part of the Communication Management knowledge area. This change shows PMI’s recognition of stakeholder management.

There were five process groups and 42 processes in the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide; in the 5th edition, the number of groups is the same, but now it has 47 processes.

These five new added processes are:

  • Four planning processes were added to different knowledge areas: plan scope management, plan schedule management, plan cost management, and plan stakeholder management. This is consistent with other project management knowledge areas.
  • Two communication processes have been merged into one; the Distribute Information and Report Performance became Manage Communications.
  • Two new controlling processes were added: Control Communications and Control Stakeholder Management.

Two processes, Identify Stakeholders and Manage Stakeholder Expectations, were moved to the Stakeholder Management knowledge area.

A few processes have new names:

  • Verify Scope was changed to Validate Scope.
  • Administer Procurement was changed to Control Procurement.
  • Direct and Manage Project Execution was changed to Direct and Manage Project Work.

Some changes are for consistency: Project Document Update was changed to Project Document Updates. You can find a few minor changes in Input, Tools & Techniques, and Output.

This is a short description of a few changes in the 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide.

Now, I’ll answer a few questions asked by several PMP aspirants.

FAQ:1

I passed my PMP exam based on the PMBOK 4th Edition. Will my certification be valid when the PMI changes the test questions based on the new guide?

Yes, your certification will be valid even when the 6th edition comes out. 

The PMP credential is not tied with the PMBOK Guide. Once you pass the exam, you are a PMP. The only condition is to maintain the CCR Cycle. To complete it, earn 60 PDUs every three years and report them to PMI. 

As long as you continue to do so, your certification will be valid regardless of the version of the PMBOK Guide.

FAQ:2

I passed my PMP exam based on the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide. When the exam pattern aligns with the PMBOK 5th Edition, do I have to retake the exam, or am I required to take any test to upgrade my certification?

You don’t have to retake the exam or attend a bridging course.

You never have to retake the test as long as you maintain the CCR Cycle. If you fail to complete it, then you will have to attempt the PMP exam again to earn the title. This is the only condition that requires reexamination. 

Summary

PMI updates the PMBOK Guide every four years to keep it current and to align it with the latest industry standards. It is always best for you to keep yourself updated with the latest version of the guide. Every new edition brings changes. If you have knowledge of the earlier book, understanding the changes and implementing them will not cost you much effort.

If you are a PMP certification holder, you can update your knowledge based on the current version of the guide, and if you have yet to take the exam, you can start with the 5th edition of the guide.

I hope you now have a better idea of the changes in the new 5th edition of the PMBOK Guide. If you find anything not mentioned here, I request that you post it in the comments section so others can learn about it.

I suggest you refer to page 463 of the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition (Appendix–X1) to read about the changes to the PMBOK Guide.

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  • Would like to know anyone is appearing for PMP certification in Year 2015? Want to form study group so that exam can be passed this year itself!

  • Hi Fahad, I already subscribe your mail list. But I havent found any link to get your FREE A2Z Guide of PMP Certification Exam. Where can I download it?

    Thank you.

    • Check your welcome email. This email has the link to download the eBook. If you did not receive this email yet, let me know.

  • Dear Sir

    i did the 35 Hours Contact hours before 2008 [it was with PMBOK 3rd Guide]

    My question is do I need to undergo 35 hrs training as per revised PMBOK 5 again or can I use the previous certificate to register myself for exam now?

    Thanks in advance
    Muthu

  • I just wanted to let you know that I cleared my PMP exam on my first attempt. This was yesterday so the questions were based on PMBOK5. For those who are worried, I can tell you that I did not feel the exam contained questions that were much different from what would been asked for a PMBOK 4 exam.

    Just need to work hard do as many exam questions as possible and you will be fine.

    For those who may be interested, I received a MP in Initiation and Executing and a P in the remaining 3 process groups.

    I want to thank you Fahad as some of the content have posted here was very useful to me.

    God Bless.

  • Hi Fahad,

    Have been reading your post and need your advice, I have registered my self with an REP for 35 contact hours for training in June’13 and still undergoing the training. The problem is that I took up an online course it is based on PMBOK 4 and I shall be having 35 contact hours of training certificate based on that within July’13. My question is do I need to undergo 35 hrs training as per PMBOK 5 again and attain the certification based on PMBOK 5 or can I use the last certificate to register myself for exam after 31 July? As far as study is concerned I’ll update my self with PMBOK 5. Please advice.

  • Hey Fahad Usmani,

    I am planning to write my exam during august 2013 and i need to go with PMBOK 5th edition.I just wanted to know whether i can follow Rita mulchay PMP 7 th edition … not sure whether changes in 5th edition will be aligned to it. please throw some light on this perspective.

    Thanks in Advance
    Rinky

    • Wait for Rita’s eight edition, it is going to be launched on 12th July 2013. Seventh edition is not aligned with the fifth edition of the PMBOK Guide.

  • Dear Fahad, I have scheduled my PMP exam on 24th July. Due to work constraints I have not prepared well and Iam pretty skeptical to take up this exam. I would like to post a couple of questions and hoping a reply from you on those. I am very confused and looking forward to your suggestions.

    1) With 45 days left, will 5-6 hours of committed and dedicated study a day suffice in clearing this exam on my first attempt?

    2) If I fail to get through and need to apply for the second time, will my application be treated as a fresh application by PMI in that case (my application being randomly chosen for audit etc)

    2) If I reschedule (postpone) my exam for a couple of months from now on, how difficult would that be to sit for the exam with PMBOK 5? Are there major changes between version 4 and 5 and should I unlearn few concepts in PMBOK 4? Do I still need to attend the 35 hours exam preparation classes?

    I appreciate your time in providing your valuable suggestions on these.

    Thank you

    • Hello Dev, as per my knowledge, answers to your queries are as follows:

      1) If you are able to spend five to six hours per day, then I think 45 days are okay for you to prepare for the the exam.

      2) In case if you fail in first attempt, you can reschedule your exam, your application will not be treated as fresh application as long as you do it within one year from the date of your approval.

      3) Though there are some changes in the latest edition of the PMBOK Guide, honestly I don’t think that there will be any problem for a student to pass the exam with latest edition if he prepared with the fourth edition of the Guide. If you understand the PMBOK 4th edition well, the PMBOK Guide 5th edition will not be difficult for you. You can just review the changes in it.

      And don’t worry about the 35 contact hours, it will be valid forever. You don’t have to earn it again.

      Hope it helps.

      • Dear Fahad, Thanks a lot for your words of encouragement. Your suggestions have really inspired me to go ahead with the 4th edition. Please let me know the knowledge areas where I can fair better ( straight forward questions being asked in the exam ) so that I could focus on them on priority and then go ahead with the other knowledge areas.

        Thank you once again for your kind support in this regard.

      • Is the legal graduate is eligible to do PMP exam, who has two years of part-time legal and compliance project experience only.Kindly advise. Reply to this email, when convenient. Thanks

        • Since you are a graduate, you need at least 4,500 hours of exprience in project management to apply for the exam.

          Two years is approximately equal to 4,000 hours of experience. You need 500 more hour to become eligible for the exam.

    • Hi Dev,

      make sure u learn all formulas on cost – the EV PV CPI SPI stuff. I got atleast 10-12 questions based on those. many Qs are pretty straightforward – formula for BAC,ETC, CPI,SPI …… CPI & SPI – 1 kind of questions.

      also had a numerical question on no. of communication channels.

      procurement – type of contract – buyer-seller questions were also prominent for my exam.

      All the best Dev.

      Regards,
      Aravind

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