6 Thing to Know about the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

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The Project Management Institute, or PMI, publishes a book called A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which is often known as the PMBOK, PMBOK Guide, or simply The Guide.

In this article, we’ll share some key tips you should know about the PMBOK if you’re a project manager or thinking of becoming a project manager, if you’re thinking of buying the PMBOK, and/or if you’re thinking of sitting for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or other certifications.

What Is the PMBOK?

The PMBOK includes a set of standard terms and accepted guidelines for people working in project management.

PMI created the PMBOK to be an effective resources to assist in project management in any industry.

How Often is the PMBOK Updated?

The PMBOK Guide was first published in 1996.

Later editions came out in 2004, 2008, and 2013. That 2013 publication got us up to Edition 5.

When Was the Most Recent PMBOK Update?

The most recent edition of the PMBOK Guide is Edition 6, which the PMI published in 2017.

Edition 6 is different than earlier versions in many ways, though one key difference is the inclusion of an Agile Practice Guide.

What About Certifications?

PMI offers a variety of certifications related to program and project management. This includes the Project Management Professional, or PMP, certification, the Program Management Professional, or PgMP, certification, and many more.

Check out the full list of PMP Certifications.


Information about the PMP Test

The PMI offers tests for their various certification programs.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PMI has extended the availability of their current test and will switch to a new version of the test in January, 2021. Here’s how the PMI explains it:

We are taking additional steps to make this time easier for our community.  As a result, we have decided to extend access to the current PMP exam until 31 December 2020, and postpone the launch of the new exam until 2 January 2021.This postponement will provide candidates with additional time and access to training resources to help them prepare and sit for the exam confidently.

To clarify that, the “current version” of the test was written in June, 2015. The new version of the test was written after the creation of PMBOK Edition 6, will be closely aligned with Edition 6, but people will be taking the current version (not the new version) of the test until the end of the 2020 calendar year. The first people to take the new test will do so on January 2, 2021.

Additionally, the PMI is now offering online testing. Read more about online testing for the PMP.

Do Vector Solutions, RedVector, and/or Convergence Training Offer Training Based on the PMBOK?

We offer a large number of online training courses and exam prep materials for project management, the PMP examination, and the ACP examination. Learn more here.

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Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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