The updated standard will be published and available for public sale in both hard and e-book formats during the first week of January 2013.
Major Updates to the Fifth Edition
The content from Section 3 “The Standard for Project Management of a Project” has been moved to Annex A1. The new section 3 addresses project management processes and Process Groups as in previous editions.
A new Knowledge Area has been created called “Project Stakeholder Management” that increases the focus on identifying and engaging stakeholders. This increases the number of Knowledge Areas from nine to ten.
Four planning processes have been added to reinforce the concept that each major Knowledge Area has a planning process focusing on how that area will be planned and executed.
What will be the impact on the PMP Examination?
It is estimated that only a small percentage of examination items/questions require updates that directly address actual changes in the standards. As a regular part of the examination update process, PMI continually develops new questions that replace older questions on a periodic schedule rather than upon the immediate update change of a particular reference.
The PMP® Exam will be updated on the 31st of July 2013
The following table clarifies what editions of the standards to use, when studying for the PMP Exam: