PMP certification is not just an academic certificate but a certificate of project management Professionals therefore it is very necessary that knowledge required in the industry are verified through the PMP exam. In order to make certain that the PMP certificate is conferred to only those individuals who have understanding of current project management practices PMI designs their PMP exam in such a way that only suitable person should be able to qualify the examination.

From time to time organizational surroundings is shifting fast therefore there is shift of abilities required to manage projects in new business surroundings. Marketplace environment can include opponents, federal government policies, resource availability, lessons realized from prior projects (this shapes the organizational processes and systems).

To ensure that recent market and project management practices and skills of certified PM, both are aligned in the same direction PMI conducts RDS (role delineated study) from time to time, mostly in 5-7 years. Based on the feedback PMI exam pattern is changed and from time to time input is used for the updation of PMBoK®.

RDS commissioned in 2009 is responded by the project managers from 98 nations around the world and these people represent virtually all the key industries. Based on this global RDS, it was determined to change the PMP exam pattern. 30-August is the last date of the examination on existing pattern and from 31-August PMP students will be evaluated according to the new exam pattern.

What is not modifying on 31-Aug-11

o Project management body of knowledge Version

o Eligibility criteria for PMP exam

o Any other exam (like Certified associate project manager) pattern of Project management institute

o Number questions and question style. They are still objective type

o Exam report card

What is modifying on 31-Aug-11

o Complexity of questions. Because code of conduct and professional ethics related questions are combined with the knowledge areas & domains therefore questions will be more confusing and complicated than the existing one.

o Approximately 30% of the PMP exam content will change

o Professional and social responsibility content (domain 6) will be verified in each and every other domain rather than as a separate domain

According to new recent PMP exam outline knowledge and skills in project management shall be tested in five performance domains besides a cross cutting knowledge and skills. A brief description of what project management skills an individual is being tested for is given below:

o Cost-benefit analysis
o Business case development
o Project selection criteria
o Stakeholder identification techniques
o Risk identification techniques
o Elements of project charter
o Requirement gathering techniques
o WBS tools and techniques
o Time, budget and cost estimation techniques
o Scope management techniques
o Resource planning process
o Workflow diagramming techniques
o Types and uses of organization charts
o Elements, purpose and techniques of project planning, communication planning, procurement planning, quality management planning, change management planning, risk management planning

o Project monitoring tools and techniques
o Understanding & Delivering elements of statement of work
o Integration of WBS within the project schedule
o Project budgeting tools and techniques
o Quality standard tools
o Continuous improvement processes

Monitoring and Controlling
o Performance measurement and tracking techniques
o Project control limits
o Project performance metrics
o Cost analysis techniques
o Variance and trend analysis techniques
o Project Plan management techniques
o Change management techniques
o Integrated change control processes

o Contract closure requirements
o Basic project accounting principles
o Close-out procedures
o Feedback techniques
o Project review techniques
o Archiving techniques and statues
o Compliance
o Transition planning techniques

o Active Listening
o Brainstorming Techniques
o Conflict resolution techniques
o Cultural sensitivity and diversity
o Data gathering techniques
o Decision making techniques
o Facilitation
o Information Management tools, techniques and methods
o Leadership tools and techniques
o Negotiating
o Oral and written communication techniques, channels and applications
o PMI's Code of Ethics and professional conduct
o Presentation and tools and techniques
o Prioritization/Time Management
o Problem-solving tools and techniques
o Project Management software
o Relationship Management
o Stakeholder Impact analysis
o Targeting communications and intended audiences
o Team Motivation Techniques