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If your New Year’s resolution includes improving your success at work, then this is the perfect time to get your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification … and Solarity is committed to helping!

Solarity staff have completed a full review of the updated version 6 of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® and the consensus is that anyone considering sitting for the PMP® exam should be prepared for some big changes in the updated version.

It’s Not Just a Minor Update

On the surface the change seems fairly insignificant, with:

  • the change from 47 processes to 49 with the addition of 3 and the deletion of 1, 
  • the renaming of 2 Knowledge Areas and 6 processes, and
  • the movement of 1 process to an entirely different Knowledge Area.

The Bigger Impact

PMBOK® v6 introduces a number of new elements that are not present in PMBOK® v5:

  • A new chapter on the ‘role of the project manager’ which we feel could open up a whole new series of situational questions on the exam. (Those that have sat for the exam will tell you that the situational questions are typically the ones people have the most problems getting right.),
  • Considerably more focus on the 33 project documents plus EEF and OPA as inputs and outputs to the individual processes,
  • Each Knowledge Area features four new sections:
    • Key Concepts
    • Trends and Emerging Practices
    • Tailoring Considerations
    • Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments

All of the above changes certainly offer the Project Management Institute (PMI)® the opportunity to increase the complexity of the test considerably. No one will really know just how much the test will change until people begin to sit for the exam. But why wait?

Get Certified Before the Exam Change

Solarity will be offering classes in January and February that will offer you the opportunity to be ready to take the exam while it is still based on PMBOK® v5. Our PMP®/CAPM® Exam Preparation with Coaching course allows you the focus time to learn and review the concepts and terms necessary to pass the PMP® exam. It also includes videos, tips, tricks, exercises and additional materials that are targeted specifically toward passing the exam. We also include a complete PMP® exam simulation at the end of the course to help ensure you are ready to take the exam, or will give you additional insight into the specific areas where you may need to review class materials to improve your chances of success the first time. If that isn’t enough to make you sign up, we also discuss and offer advice on how to prepare your application to help ensure approval to sit for the exam.

These classes will be your last opportunity to receive training to prepare for the PMBOK® v5 exam. To add one more incentive for you to make the commitment toward having the coveted PMP® designation added to your signature block, Solarity is offering a discounted rate for those that have previously taken one of our PMP® Prep classes but have put off taking the actual exam.

Why not make 2018 the year you do something for yourself and your career. Class sizes are limited to ensure the most personalized experience possible, so contact us and make the commitment to getting your PMP®  certification today!

About the Author

Glenn Thomas, PMP®, is a Project Manager and Trainer with Solarity, helping our clients achieve their strategic goals by assessing their current situation, defining their desired future state, and then acting upon an approved plan to help them reach their desired outcomes. Before joining Solarity, Glenn served as the Director of IT Governance for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a member of both the global organization & local chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, and has served on the Board of the PMI Bluegrass Chapter as a past President and VP of Communications. Glenn possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge in Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Governance, and we are excited for him to be a part of our team.

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