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Updates to the Program Management Professional (PgMP) Credential Exam

Posted by Rubel Khan on November 26, 2011

The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential will be updated on 1 February 2012, based on updates to the professional role of a PgMP® recently found in PMI’s Role Delineation Study (RDS). The PgMP® RDS is the foundation on which this professional credential is based. Learn more about the PgMP RDS.

What do I need to know about the changes to the PgMP credential and examination?

  • The release date for the new PgMP exam has been changed from 1 January 2012 to 1 February 2012, to accommodate testing needs of PgMP candidates currently in the pipeline. The last day to take the current PgMP examination will be 20 January 2012.
  • As with any credential exam update that results from a RDS, exam reports will not be available to candidates immediately after they take the new exam. Candidates who take the exam after 1 February will receive exam reports by the end of May. This delay is required in order to validate the new exam structure. Once the new exam structure is validated, candidates will again receive their results immediately after completing the exam.
  • To implement the new exam efficiently, candidates will not be able to sit for the PgMP exam between 21 January and 31 January 2012. This period where the exam will be temporarily unavailable ensures Prometric facilities are appropriately administering the new PgMP exam across all testing centers globally on 1 February 2012.

What PgMP resources are available to update training and courseware?

  • If you are preparing training or courseware for people who plan to take the new PgMP examination after 1 February 2012, you can access a complimentary electronic copy of the PgMP Examination Content Outline, formerly titled the PgMP Examination Specification.
  • The current PgMP application will remain available until 31 January 2012. A preview of the new PgMP application has been made available so that candidates can choose which set of Experience Summaries they wish to answer and prepare accordingly. New PgMP applications will start to be processed on 1 February 2012.
  • If you are a candidate, trainer, or if you need to communicate about the PgMP exam update within your organization or community, be prepared by reading our frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • To learn more about the relationship of domains and tasks between the current and new delineation please review the Comparison of New Delineation of Program Management Professional with Current Delineation.

What if I want to take the current version of the PgMP examination?

  • Be sure to submit your completed PgMP application and payment for your examination in time to schedule your examination at a Prometric testing center prior to 20 January 2012.
  • In order to implement the new exam efficiently, candidates will not be able to sit for the PgMP exam between 21 January and 31 January 2012. This period where the exam will be temporarily unavailable ensures Prometric facilities are appropriately administering the new PgMP exam across all testing centers globally on 1 February 2012.

What if I am preparing for the new version of the PgMP examination?

If you have not yet completed your PgMP application…

Be advised that the PgMP application will change 1 February 2012. The current PgMP application requires 8 Experience Summaries for Panel Review. The new PgMP application features 5 new Experience Summaries.

New PgMP applications will start to be processed on 1 February 2012. A preview of the new PgMP Application has been made available so that candidates can choose which set of Experience Summaries they wish to answer and prepare accordingly.

If you have submitted your completed PgMP application, but have not yet paid for your exam…
Please be sure to submit payment for your examination and schedule your examination at a Prometric testing center on or after 1 February 2012.

If you have submitted your PgMP application and examination fees…
Please be sure to schedule your examination at a Prometric testing center on or after 1 February 2012.

Delivery of Exam Results

As we transition to the new examination, PMI must update its examination reporting processes. This means for a period of time examination results will not be available immediately following the examination.

  • All candidates who take the updated examination on or after 1 February 2012 will not receive immediate results at the Prometric testing center.
  • All candidates can expect to receive their examination results by 31 May 2012.
  • Once PMI validates the new examination structure, we will be able to resume providing individuals with immediate results at the Prometric testing center.
  • Each PgMP candidate will receive a communication to notify them when their results are available at PMI.org.

Source: www.pmi.org

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