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PMP Exam 2022-All the Facts You Need to Know

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Here are a few things you should know before you prepare for the PMP exam in 2022 and onwards. 

The PMP Exam is one of the most recognized credentials in the Project Management industry. Today, many companies across various industries use PMP as a requirement for project managers. PMI is helping professionals to excel in their respective professions by offering tremendous resources to explore more opportunities.

To earn a PMP Certification, candidates require a specific skill set and experience. A PMP certification is a mark of excellence that recruiters will get impressed with. PMI (Project Management Institute) develops industry standards and offers world-recognized certifications to qualified project management professionals. In this blog, you will read about the details of the PMP Exam in 2021 and onwards.

PMP Exam 2021 and Onwards 

PMI launched the new PMP exam on January 2, 2021, with major changes to the exam. The PMP exam is based on the Exam Content Outline (ECO). As of the date of writing this blog, PMBOK6  remains as the major reference (PMBOK is not the only reference for the PMP) for the PMP exam even though PMBOK7 has been digitally released by PMI in circa August 2021.

Domains and Tasks of the New PMP Exam

The PMP exam has evolved to meet today’s demands of the profession, organizations, and you. The new domains in the PMP exam are:

  • People
  • Process
  • Business Environment
Domains Previous ECO Exam coverage New ECO Exam coverage
1 Initiating 13% People 42%
2 Planning 4% Process 50%
3 Executing 31% Business Environment 8%
4 Monitoring & Controlling 25%    
5 Closing 7%    
  • The People domain has 14 tasks including managing conflicts, leading the team, empowering team members to engage virtual teams, and mentoring relevant stakeholders.
  • The Process domain has 17 tasks, including executing projects with urgency, managing communications to determine appropriate project methods, and managing project closure.
  • The Business Environment domain has 4 tasks, including evaluating project benefits, addressing external business environment changes to support organizational change. 

PMP Preparation Plan for 2022

If you have plans to take the new PMP exam, here are some tips to keep in mind before you attend your PMP Exam 2022. 

  • Refer PMBOK 6 + Agile Practice Guide
  • Use PMI Authorized PMP prep contents 
  • Have a study plan
  • Attend mock exams to analyze your knowledge
  • Analyze and improve weak spots
  • Set the deadline - schedule the exam and pass it!
  • Join a PMP Certification Training Program
  • Utilize Major References Such As PMBOK 6 And Agile Practice Guide

PMBOK (Project Management Body Of Knowledge) Guide 6th edition and the Agile Practice Guide are the major references used for the PMP exam. PMBOK 6 introduced agile methodologies. 

The Agile Practice Guide is part of the PMBOK6. However, please note that the PMBOK is not the only reference for the PMP exam. There are several other references mentioned for the PMP on the PMI website. An Institute experienced in the delivery of PMP prep courses can really assist regarding the PMP prep materials.   

  • Use PMI Authorized PMP Prep Contents 

Using the PMI Authorized prep content will give you confidence while studying for the PMP Certification exam. You have the assurance that the materials used for the PMP exam preparation are from an authentic source. However, we assess that the PMI authorized prep contents are brief in nature and this should be supplemented with additional materials for in-depth clarity. An Institute experienced in the delivery of PMP prep courses can assist you to avail of the PMP prep materials.

  • Create And Follow A Study Plan

When studying for the PMP Certification, each student will have their own way of preparation. Create a study plan that best suits your way of learning. Ensure that you utilize the reference materials along with PMP training to create a perfect study plan. You can attain training from a highly-skilled, accredited trainer for the PMP Certification Course. It is one of the most robust paths for you to go through to become a PMP-certified professional. While studying for the PMP Certification exam, your trainer can guide you through each step and will help you through the PMP exam preparation. 

  • Attend Mock Exams To Analyse Your Knowledge

The PMP exam asks diverse scenario-based questions, which forces you to apply theoretical knowledge to these situations. Hence, attending mock tests will help you familiarize yourself with the PMP exam format. Mock exams will help you analyze your capability to perform in the three hours fifty minutes long exam efficiently. Use the mock exams as a method to fine-tune your preparation for the test.

  • Analyze And Improve Weak Areas

The best way to prepare for the PMP exam is to analyze and improve your weak areas. This self analyzation will give you a clear idea about your weak areas and what you must improve through the practice mock tests. This will serve as a tool for you to gauge your preparation level and exam readiness.   

  • Set The Deadline - Schedule The Exam And Pass It

It is very important to set the deadline for the PMP exam or else  Parkinson’s law will take place. Parkinson’s  law states that the work expands to the time allotted to it. Unnecessary delay in taking the exam post PMP training might be counter-productive. So set the deadline accordingly from the very beginning itself. The ideal preparation time period is 2 to 3 months from the time you start the training. 

  • Join a PMP Certification Training Program

Enrol yourself in a PMP training program. Make sure that the program is offering you the training based on the latest PMI Examination Content Outline. The trainer should be a PMP in good standing with PMI with relevant industry experience in order to ensure that you get the most pertinent project management knowledge in line with the PMI set requirements. 

Such training will not only enable you to pass the exam, but it will also give you a lot of practical outlooks on how to manage real-world projects. Also, we recommend that you ensure that you get post-training supports from the provider/trainer which is also vital for your exam preparation.

Will The PMP Exam Change In 2022?

As of the date of writing this blog, there are no changes announced by PMI for the year 2022. The current exam is based on the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which began in January 2021. The same shall continue until further official notification by PMI. It is also important to note that PMBOK 7, released in August 2021, does not impact the current exam. It is because the PMP exam follows the ECO and not the PMBOK. Regardless, the PMI-RMP exam updates of 2022 have bought in changes to its domains and a few other key changes. The release of the updated exam of RMP is expected in April 2022.

PMP Exam Dates For 2022

You can take the PMP Exam from home (online proctored) or at a PMI Authorized Testing Center. Exams are happening daily, and when you complete your preparation, you can schedule your exam as per your preference and convenience. However, please note that the exam dates may not be available on short notice. Hence, booking your exam well in advance is recommended to attend the exam on the intended date. 

How To Apply For The PMP Exam in 2022? 

Before you apply for any exam, there are some procedures to be followed. This is especially applicable when you apply for the PMP Exam in 2022. To apply and schedule your PMP exam in 2022 you should:

  • Confirm your eligibility to attend the PMP exam (Eligibility requirements as outlined in www.pmi.org
  • Take a professional training on PMP 
  • Create a pmi.org account to register and begin your application 
  • Enter your information and complete the application form 
  • You will receive confirmation, and PMI may perform an audit 
  • Pay the exam fee within a year of application approval 
  • Carry out your PMP exam preparation plan 
  • Schedule the exam once you are ready 
  • Take the exam from the exam center or online at home with required documents such as photo ID, and pass the exam. 

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Requirements for PMP Certification

To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements and pass the PMP examination, a 180-question, multiple-choice test. The prerequisites are:

  •  A four-year degree
  •  36 months leading projects
  •  35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM Certification

                               — OR —

  •  A high school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)
  •  60 months leading projects
  •  35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM Certification

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Muhamad Thasveer Arafath is an engineer with a post-graduation MBA who possesses 20+ years of industry work experience in Project Management. To name a few of his area expertise, he has worked in various multi-million construction/development projects and programs in the UAE concerning project planning, project controls, project advisory/valuations, as a project lead, etc. 

Muhamad is currently a project management consultant and trainer specializing in Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications. He has now completed training for  65+  batches for various PMI certifications, holding an excellent passing rate among his training participants. 

He holds eight certifications from PMI and is an Award winner from the PMI UAE Chapter in 2019/2020 for being the member with the highest number of PMI certifications in UAE. He is certified from PMI in PfMP, PgMP, PMP, RMP, SP, SP, PBA and CAPM. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Valuers (FIIV).

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