How to get your PMP before the PMP exam changes on March 26, 2018

How to get your PMP before the PMP exam changes on March 26, 2018

The PMP exam changes on March 26, 2018. The exam will be updated to include the new content from the 6th edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 6th edition). This new content is mostly focused on agile project management (yay – it’s about time!) that the PMBOK 5th edition doesn’t cover.

If you can, you should try to write your PMP exam before March 26, 2018, because most of the study materials out now are based on the previous PMBOK 5th edition.

How can you write and pass the PMP exam before March 26, 2018?

  1. Sign up for a 1-year membership at It will give you access to a legal watermarked PDF of the PMBOK 5th and 6th editions. IIRC, the PMP exam fee for members is reduced by more than the cost of membership, so becoming a PMI member for the first year at least is smart.
  2. If you haven’t submitted your PMP application to write the exam yet, get it done now! Exam spots quickly fill up before a new version of the PMP exam comes out. As you may have heard, you need to be very careful when creating your application to avoid using certain words and phrases that will cause the PMI application reviewer to reject your application. If you are in a rush, I’ve created an online tool called FastPM Wizard that will generate all the tricky parts of the PMP application for you, based on what you tell it about your projects.
  3. Once your PMP application is approved, sign up for an exam slot (ideally one before the PMP exam changes March 26, 2018) and start studying.
  4. Optional: According to many posts on Internet forums, the best preparation course for the exam seems to be Joseph Phillip’s online PMP prep course on (which is often discounted to about $15 and also gives you the required 35 hours of instructor-led PM education).
  5. Optional: The most frequently recommended exam prep books seems to be authored by Rita Mulcahy or Andy Crowe. The books are available on Amazon and other sources.

That’s it. Just get your copy of PMBOK, get your PMP application approved, sign up for an exam slot (ideally one before March 26, 2018), and study for the exam. The prep course and books mentioned above are optional, but you’ll find many posts on the Internet that say they were very helpful.

You can read more about the PMP application process or read our FAQ on what to put in your PMP application.