The PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition is Now Available!

The new edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition is now published and ready for use by project teams and project manager worldwide.  I just downloaded my free copy provided to member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and plan to spend some time this week reading through it to see what’s changed and what’s new in this version of the standard.  Luckily, the changes are documented in the version history so I will use that guidance to point me to what I need to discover and incorporate into my project management toolkit.

You can check out the new versions of the PMBOK® Guide and other standards on the PMI website.

I remember way back when I took my PMP certification exam on the first edition of this standard.  It was a white manual with blue trim and a whole lot smaller and less complex than the current standard! That was back in the days when there were very few study guides available and pretty much no formal training on preparing for such an exam.  You called your buddies who had taken the test, purchase what guides you could find and then jumped into the abyss and took the test with your fingers crossed that you would pass.  Well, that’s how I remember my studies and preparation time so very long ago.  How about you?

Now, things are very different.  There are so many excellent study guides out there along with training courses to help you start your studies or perhaps help validate your learning just prior to sitting the exam.  You don’t have to stop with PMP certification since there are a host of other certifications and specialties you can pursue such as risk management, scheduling, program management and using agile methods. Oh, brave new world!

Enjoy working your way through this new standard as part of your 2013 professional development activities.  If you are considering sitting for PMP certification in 2013, please be aware that the exams will change as of 31 July 2013.  Up to that point in time, you will be testing on the previous 4th edition version of PMBOK® Guide.  That means you need to plan your training needs and your studies carefully to make sure you study the standard that will be available for testing in either the first or second half of this year.

Be sure to take all of these changes into consideration when applying for or scheduling your certification exam.  For more information, please reference the PMI website.

Learn more about preparing for your PMP exam with Learning Tree’s course:  Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam.

Happy exam planning and here’s to successful results in 2013!

Susan Weese

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