PMBOK 5th Edition News

The Only Constant is Change !

In 2013, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® recently released the official dates for when the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and some other of its exams will be updated to the latest standards. Here is our recommendations for studying:

Credential Exam Updated If you take your Exam BEFORE this date If you take your Exam ON or AFTER this date
PMP® 31 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
CAPM® 1 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-SP® 31 August 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-RMP® 31 August 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PgMP® 31 July 2013 Use PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition Use PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge(PMBOK Guide) is a book published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), outlining a set of standard terminology and guidelines for Project Management. The PMBOK Guide was first published by the PMI as a white paper in 1983 in an attempt to document and standardize generally accepted project management information and practices. The first edition was published in 1996 followed by the second edition in 2000. In 2004, the third Edition was published with major changes from the previous editions. The fourth Edition was released on December 31, 2008.

PMBOK 4th Edition

Work on the fifth edition was completed in 2012 and you can now "back order" thePMBOK® Guide 5th Edition on the PMI Marketplace website

PMBOK 4th Edition

Does this mean that I will have and "old" PMP certificate after the "cut-off" date?

No. The current version of the PMBOK Guide has no influence over your PMP status. You can compare this to your high-school diploma. Even if you received your high-school diploma years back and the school curriculum has changed many times since then, your diploma and your status are just as valid today as they were when you finished high school.

What revision of PMBOK Guide is your Study Material based on?

Since July 7, 2013 all our study materials are based on the new PMBOK 5th Edition.

What changes have been made on the PMBOK 5th Edition?

Without going into details, here's a list of the major changes:

  • Addition of a new knowledge area called ‘Stakeholder Management’ (going from 9 to 10 Knowledge areas)
PMBOK 4th Edition   PMBOK 5th Edition
Knowledge Area Nb of Processes   Knowledge Area Nb of Processes
Integration 6   Integration 6
Scope 5   Scope 6
Time Cost 6   Time Cost 7
Cost 3   Cost 4
Quality 3   Quality 3
Human Resources 4   Human Resources 4
Communication 5   Communication 3
Risk 6   Risk 6
Procurement 4   Procurement 4
    Stakeholders 4
Knowledge Areas 9   Knowledge Areas 10
Process Groups 5   Process Groups 5
Processes 42   Processes 47

  • 5 new processes have been added (going from 42 to 47 Processes)
  • Definition of a Project Management Office (PMO) expanded.
  • Project life cycles expanded.
  • Direct and Manage Project Execution’ changed to ‘Direct and Manage Project Work’
  • Addition of ‘Plan Scope Management process’
  • ‘Verify Scope’ changed to ‘Validate Scope’
  • Addition of ‘Plan Schedule Management’
  • Addition of ‘Plan Cost Management’
  • ‘Plan Quality’ changed to ‘Plan Quality Management’
  • ‘Perform Quality Control’ changed to ‘Control Quality’
  • ‘Develop Human Resource Plan’ changed to ‘Plan Human Resource Management’
  • ‘Monitor and Control Risks’ changed to ‘Control Risks’
  • ‘Plan Procurements’ changed to ‘Plan Procurement Management’
  • ‘Administer Procurements’ changed to ‘Control Procurements’
  • Addition of ‘Plan Stakeholder Management’
  • ‘Manage Stakeholder Expectations’ changed to ‘Manage Stakeholder Engagement’
  • Addition of ‘Control Stakeholders Engagement'
  • 'Work performance measurement’ changed to ‘Work performance data’
  • ‘Positive Risks’ changed to ‘opportunity’
  • PMBOK 5th Edition has now 248 pages minus the glossary.
  • For the detailed list of changes go to PMI Media website.