If you would like to get your PMP® Certification this year (2017), we suggest you to take action NOW as a kind of risk management:
Across the globe, thousands of PMP® Certification Aspirants begin their exam prep journey in the hope of getting PMP® Certified (in their first attempt, hopefully!!!). This year is certainly no exception. However, 2017 is also very different.
The current edition of the PMBOK® guide and the PMP® exam are very familiar and PMP® certification aspirants can find study resources/materials readily available. As the PMBOK® guide is not changing until the 3rd quarter of the year and the PMP® Exam will be based on the current PMBOK® guide 5th edition until 1st quarter of 2018. This means, there is still time to study and prepare for your PMP® Exam based on the existing PMP® exam.
1) of the PMP® Exam could change and the in 2018.
2) The PMP® Exam may get tougher as there are quite a few complaints that the quality of PMP® holders is decreasing over the previous years, as getting PMP® Certified is becoming easier
3) Publishers of the PMP® online courses and PMP® Exam Prep books to release the updated versions of their PMP® resources with the introduction of the new PMP® Exam (this happened in 2016 when PMI updated the PMP® Exam Content Outline and the new PMP® Exam was forced to defer)
4) Some PMP® study resources/materials highly recommended earlier, may not live up to expectations of the new PMP® Exam as the depth of their understanding of the new PMP® Exam may not be the same as before (owing to change of the authors/editors, etc.)
5) Major PMP® Exam prep books will take time to get published — if you would like to get PMP® certified in the first quarter of 2018, you may not be able to find a book for your exam study and you would be forced to delay getting PMP® certified for 3 months or more
6) The PMP® Exam results for the first few weeks after the introduction of the new PMP® Exam may not be released immediately after the submission of the exam paper answers, as PMI needs to adjust the passing marks.
For the new PMP® Exam version, all the PMP® Exam prep books, mock exams and online training course will see a price increase for sure (maybe over 15% or more), it is not known if the PMP® Exam fee will also see a hike — if you begin now, you can lock in the current price level without worrying about requiring to spend more for the same PMP® title
Talking about the push factors:
Lots of tried and tested exam preparation materials (based on PMBOK® Guide 5) are around now, with many available for FREE. It really takes time to build up such a wealth of resource for the new PMP® Exam version
According to many PMP® aspirants, it usually takes around 2 to 3 months to complete the PMP® Exam preparation. If you begin now, you will almost certainly get PMP® certified in 2017
Don’t worry and take action NOW, if you are qualified for the experience requirements, why not get the required right away? (As a bonus, the 35 contact hours are VALID FOREVER — meaning that you will not be required to take another project management course even if the PMP® Exam has changed). Your very first step of PMP® Journey is to take a PMP® online/onsite course
The conclusion is: if you don’t get PMP® certified in 2017, it is highly likely that you cannot get PMP® Certified in the first or even second quarter of 2018 — your career plan may be adversely affected.
According to the experiences of many PMP® Certification Aspirants, the average duration of PMP® study is around 2 months (between 1 – 3 months for most of us). Our suggestion to PMP® Certification Aspirants in 2017 is:
I would consider the time to be quite enough. If given the chance for my own PMP®, I would rather begin to prepare for my exam at the beginning of the year rather than have to wait several months. You know the psychological burden.
However, if you are quite uncertain about your time (I have personally known someone who took over 2 years to complete their PMP® Certification owing to sudden surge in workload from their daily jobs and personal emergencies), you may better have to wait for the new PMP® Exam which is based on the PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition.
If it is already October 2017, then it is more prudent to wait; otherwise the money spent on PMP® Exam prep courses or exam prep books would be wasted when the new Exam becomes effective.
If you are taking your exam before January 1, 2018, you should continue to study from and prepare for your examination using the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide along with the examination content outline PMI makes available. If you are taking your exam after January 1, 2018, the PMP® Exam will be changed and you should plan to study from and prepare for your examination using the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide.
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