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Upcoming Changes to the PMI-ACP® Exam PMI-ACP® Exam Change: October 15th, 2015

Starting in the summer of 2015, PMI® will be making some changes to the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® examination, which will ultimately culminate in a new exam being released worldwide on October 15th of 2015. To help you through these changes, RMC has created a complimentary report titled A Guide to the PMI-ACP® Exam Change, which you may download for free at any time. This very short document explains things like why the exam is changing, what exactly is changing, and how these changes will affect your preparation for taking the PMI-ACP® exam—whether you plan to take the exam before or after the exam changes have been implemented. This report will also offer a few key dates PMI-ACP® aspirants need to be aware of. So please read through this information carefully, and feel free to share this page with friends, colleagues, or co-workers who may benefit.

With the above in mind, the most important thing to understand is this: if you are planning on taking the exam prior to the Pilot Period ending on October 14th of 2015, the first edition of PMI-ACP® Exam Prep, Premier Edition still covers all the topics you need to understand, and will still be the most comprehensive study resource for the exam through the end of the Pilot Period. The same goes for our 21-hour PMI-ACP® Self-Directed e-Learning Course. That said, if you are planning to take the PMI-ACP® exam on or after October 15th of 2015, RMC will be releasing a new set of study materials for the updated exam—a book, a set of flashcards, and an exam simulation application. In fact, our updated study guide PMI-ACP® Exam Prep, Second Edition is now available for preorder at a 40% discount. Please note preorders are limited to the first 2,000 customers only.

Upcoming Changes to the PMP® Exam PMP® Exam Change: November 2nd, 2015 Extended to January 11th, 2016

In April of 2015, PMI® announced they would use their recently completed Role Delineation Study (a document that provides an updated description of the project manager role) to make slight changes to the PMP® Exam Content Outline. As with the PMI-ACP® exam discussed in the previous section, the changes to the PMP® exam itself will not be extensive. The five domains of practice for the PMP® exam will remain the same, but eight tasks have been added, a couple of tasks have been removed, several more have been modified slightly, and some changes have been made to the knowledge and skills required for the domains. The Project Management Institute (PMI)® has not announced plans to release an updated edition of the PMBOK® Guide, nor will they modify current education, experience or eligibility requirements for the PMP® Certification. Again, to repeat—the upcoming changes to the PMP® exam include the addition of only EIGHT new tasks and some other small updates. To confirm this, you may visit the following link on the PMI® website:

Upcoming PMP Exam Changes: http://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/pmp.aspx

The timeline for changes to the PMP® exam is also very straightforward: the existing exam will be administered through November 1st, and on November 2nd PMI® will switch to the updated exam. With this in mind, RMC has created an updated study guide for the new PMP® exam, which is now shipping at a discount of 30% from List Price. Of the remaining two PMP® exam prep self-study products, there are no changes to Hot Topics flashcards, and the question database for our PM FASTrack® Exam Simulation Software can be updated any time within the software itself. Therefore, if you already own either or both of these two products, you may continue to use them regardless of which version of the exam you are preparing for.

If you already own the current PMP® Exam Prep, Eighth Edition book, and plan to sit for the exam after November 1st, this book may still be used to prepare. Simply download our free Upcoming Changes to the PMP Examination Guide now. And again, for students looking to sit for the PMP® exam on or before November 1st, our existing PMP® Self-Study Products, 35 Contact Hour e-Learning Course, 3-Day Live Online Class and Classroom Training Courses are exactly what you need to pass on your first try.

EXAM EXTENSION: The Project Management Institute recently announced an extension to the already scheduled PMP® exam change. According to the recent announcement, PMI will allow students to take the existing version of the PMP® exam until January 11th of 2016—after which time only the updated version of the exam will be administered. Please note RMC's PMP® Exam Prep, Eighth Edition UPDATED book is suitable for exams taken both before and after this new date, so no changes to exam prep materials are necessary.

Upcoming Changes to the PMI® Continuing Education (PDU) Program PDU Program Change: December of 2015

As many of you have heard, the way PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs) are earned is changing. But exactly how is the process changing, and how does it affect professionals looking to retain their PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP certifications? Starting in December of 2015, PMP certification holders will be required to classify the PDUs they earn into one of three new categories: 1) Technical Project Management, 2) Leadership, and 3) Strategic and Business Management, as follows:

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

In addition to the above, certification holders will be able to earn and claim the balance of their PDUs for any activities they could in the past—taking courses, attending educational activities and events, reading a book, creating new project management knowledge, volunteering, or working as a project practitioner.

Between now and December of 2015, RMC is working to classify each of its educational hours into one or more of these "buckets," so when December finally arrives there will be no interruption in our customer's ability to earn PDUs for any of the PMI designations they may hold. That said, the most important thing to note is that between now and December of 2015, the way students earn and record PDUs will not change. Point being, if you are even a little concerned about these upcoming changes and how they may affect you, you may simply earn them between now and December by participating in any of RMC's Live Online Training Courses or PDU e-Learning Offerings.

UPDATE (12/01/2015): Starting in December of 2015, PMP certification holders will be required to classify the PDUs they earn into one of the three new categories listed above: 1) Technical Project Management, 2) Leadership, and 3) Strategic and Business Management. That said, certification holders will not be required to meet the minimum number of PDUs within each new category until December 1st of 2017.

Upcoming Changes to the CBAP® / CCBA® Exams CBAP® / CCBA® Exam Change: May 6-8, 2016 Extended to September 30th, 2016

In April of 2015 the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) released a preview version of its much anticipated BABOK® Guide Version 3. This new version will look to enhance the tasks and techniques in BABOK® Guide Version 2, which have been used by business analysis professionals for over four years to improve their BA practices and earn Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) certifications. As a second change, IIBA has recognized that organizations and business analysis professionals are looking for more direction about how to structure career paths for BAs, and to address this need IIBA has decided to build on its existing Business Analysis Competency Model and offer different certification levels going forward. All of these new changes—both the BABOK® Guide Version 3 changes and the new structure for certification—will be released in 2016.

Please note RMC will support both Version 2 and Version 3 of the BABOK® Guide during this transition. We have already begun to incorporate the Version 3 enhancements into our skills-based training courses. In fact, our new Managing Small Projects Live Online Course already utilizes IIBA®'s Business Analysis Core Concepts Model (BACCM) as a planning tool! Click here for study tips on the new IIBA® certifications.

RMC will continue to publish more information about these exam changes as IIBA® releases them, so please check back often!

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