What’s New In The 2019 PMP® Exam Content? (Part 2)


The new PMP® exam content are based on the three domains: people, process and business environment. Based on the research of PMI® through the current project management jobs, today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and practice different project approaches.

Accordingly, the PMP® certification will reflect this trend and will take in various approaches across the value delivery of spectrum. About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches, and the other half will be reflective of agile or hybrid approaches. Predictive, agile and hybrid approaches will be found throughout the three listed domains and are not isolated to any particular domain or task. The following figure describes the percentage of each domain on the new PMP® exam.

The new PMP® exam content will have tasks in each domain as in the current exam content. However, there is a new term “enablers” in the new PMP® exam content. Enablers are known as illustrative examples of the work associated with the task to help demonstrate what the task encompasses. Below is an example of the new task structure and affiliation with the enablers.


Let’s have an overview of the new PMP® exam content compared with the current one.

  Current exam content New exam content
Number of Domains 5 3
Number of Tasks 42 35


It is not true that the PMP® exam content is shrinking after the changes. The bible of the PMP® exam content, the PMBOK®, remains the same and the content does not change. Instead, the major change lies in how PMI® assess their candidates in the exam. While the current PMP® exam focuses on project lifecycle stages as domains, new PMP® exam content concentrates on people, process and business environment.

*Source: ©2019 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. PMI PMP Examination Content Outline – June 2019

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