PMP 5th Edition Detail

The New PMP Exam Released for July 31, 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 what we have learned and our recommendations for studying:

CredentialExam UpdatedIf you take your Exam
BEFORE this date
If you take your Exam
ON or AFTER this date
PMP®31 July 2013Use PMBOK® Guide 4th EditionUse PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
CAPM®31 July 2013Use PMBOK® Guide 4th EditionUse PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-SP®31 August 2013Use PMBOK® Guide 4th EditionUse PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PMI-RMP®31 August 2013Use PMBOK® Guide 4th EditionUse PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
PgMP®31 July 2013Use PMBOK® Guide 4th EditionUse 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” the PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition on the PMI Marketplace website.

PMBOK 5th 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?

At the moment all our study materials are based on the PMBOK 4th Edition.

What Study Material should I use for my PMP Exam?

If you are planning to take the exam before July 31, you should go ahead and register with our present packages. In fact, we strongly recommend that you take your exam before the July 31 cut-off date because at this stage the content of the training materials made for PMBOK 4th Edition are more “complete” than the new tutorials that have to be created soon.

When will your Study Materials be updated for the PMBOK 5th Edition?

Our PMBOK 5th edition courses are in development right now and should become available 4-6 weeks before the “cut-off” date. Stay tuned for the exact dates !

What if I purchase your present study materials (based on PMBOK 4th edition) but can’t take the PMP Exam until after the cut-off date? Do I have to re-purchase again?

If you don’t take the exam by July 31, and you have to switch to the 5th edition exam we will upgrade your training package with the 5th edition material at one third of the regular price. This offer is valid for those who register between Jan 1, 2013 and July 31, 2013.

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 EditionPMBOK 5th Edition
Knowledge AreaNb of ProcessesKnowledge AreaNb of Processes
Integration6Integration6
Scope5Scope6
Time Cost6Time Cost7
Cost3Cost4
Quality3Quality3
Human Resources4Human Resources4
Communication5Communication3
Risk6Risk6
Procurement4Procurement4
Stakeholders4
TOTAL42TOTAL47
Knowledge Areas9Knowledge Areas10
Process Groups5Process Groups5
Processes42Processes47















  • 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.
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