PMP® Exam Changes for 2017 - 2018

Upcoming Changes to the PMP® Exam PMP® Exam Change: Q1 2018

In September of 2017, the Project Management Institute (PMI) published the Sixth Edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowlege (PMBOK® Guide). In addition, PMI will update the PMP® exam in the first quarter of 2018. With an expected exam change date of mid-March 2018*, we are actively developing updates to our PMP® exam prep products, classes, and eLearning courses.

Those taking the updated exam (after the change) should only use materials based on the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide. More information on the exam update can be found on PMI's website:

Upcoming PMP® Exam Changes:

Changes to Rita Mulcahy's PMP® Exam Prep training options:

*RMC anticipates the exam will change in mid-March 2018. PMI has not yet clarified beyond "Q1 2018".

RMC Has You Covered

You still have time to take the exam before it changes, so don't wait to get your PMP® certification.

Purchase your materials, subscribe to our PMP® Exam Prep eLearning course, or register for an instructor-led class to get your 35 Contact Hours and take the exam before it changes and know you're safe with us..

If you purchase current PMP® Exam Prep products from us or register for a RMC class and fail to get your PMP® certification before the exam change for any reason, we will support you and offer free or discounted upgrades to the newest edition (subject to the provisions stated below).

PMP® Exam Prep Book

If you purchased an 8th Edition PMP® Exam Prep book directly from RMC, you may purchase the 9th Edition book with a 40% discount, $59.40 plus shipping. To redeem your discount, simply contact customer service at 952-846-4484 with proof of purchase.

Hot Topics Flashcards for the PMP® Exam

If you purchased the 8th Edition PMP® Exam Prep Hot Topics flashcards directly from RMC, you may purchase the 9th Edition flashcards with a 40% discount, $20.40 plus shipping. To redeem your discount, simply contact customer service at 952-846-4484 with proof of purchase.

PM FASTrack® Exam Simulator

If you purchased the PM FASTrack Exam Simulator Version 8 (CD, downloadable, or cloud subscription) and have days remaining on your license or subscription, you may qualify for a free or discounted upgrade.

If you purchased FASTrack, either as a stand-alone or as part of an Exam Prep System, and did not pass the exam before the change, RMC will transfer the remaining days of your software license to the version designed for the new exam free of charge.

*Your upgrade will not be done automatically. Please contact RMC at 952-846-4484 or to request the free upgrade.

Free FASTrack Upgrade Conditions:

We will upgrade your FASTrack subscription to the latest version at no charge if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Subscribe to Version 8 FASTrack for the PMP® Exam
  • Have time remaining on your existing license
  • Are not PMP® certified
  • Have a valid license
  • Purchased directly from RMC or an authorized training provider/distributor

For any upgrade, the time remaining on your current subscription will be transferred to the new version of the software. Translated language (Spanish, Portuguese, French) version upgrades will be subject to availability and timing.

*Version 9 of PM FASTrack for the PMP Exam will only be released in Cloud Subscription format.

Free Upgrade Exceptions

RMC will not offer free upgrades to expired, shared, or invalid licenses. Students who do not qualify for the free upgrade may be able to purchase an upgrade for an additional fee. Please contact customer service at 952-846-4484 or with any questions.

Upgrade Fees for PM FASTrack

If you purchased your FASTrack license from a source other than RMC (or an authorized training provider/distributor), you may upgrade your subscription for $29. The time remaining on each paid upgrade will be transferred to the new version of the software. Please contact customer service at 952-846-4484 or with any questions or to purchase an upgrade.

PMP® Exam Prep eLearning Course

Users with the PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition Updated eLearning course may qualify for a free upgrade to the Ninth Edition. Users must have time remaining on their subscription to qualify for a free upgrade. Only upgrades from the Eight Edition Updated eLearning course will be transferred to Ninth Edition. To receive your free eLearning upgrade, please contact RMC at 952-846-4484 or

PMP® Exam Prep Instructor-Led Classes (classroom or virtual)

Our class guarantee will be valid for all PMP® Exam Prep classes we host. If you fail the PMP® exam, RMC will honor all guaranteed support actions and restrictions stated in our class guarantee, including free class registration and materials for the latest version of the exam if the previous version is no longer available. Subject to availability, we will also offer free enrollment in a special instructor-led virtual class, Decoding the PMBOK® Guide.

*To qualify for our class guarantee, students must take the version of the PMP® exam for which their class was designed.


PMI® Continuing Education (PDU) Program  

PMI certification holders are required to classify the PDUs they earn into one of three new categories:

1) Technical Project Management
2) Leadership
3) Strategic and Business Management

Skill Areas PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA Certification Holders PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP Certification Holders
Technical Project Management 8 4
Leadership 8 4
Business and Strategic Management 8 4
Any of the Three Skill Areas 11 6
Total Minimum Education PDUs 35 18

We do not anticipate any changes to the PMI PDU program with the new PMP® exam change.

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