PMI’s PMP certification: Should you focus on the 3rd Edition or 4th Edition?

April 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Posted in PMI, Vendor news | 1 Comment

PMP is considered the premier project management certification. In late 2004, PMI released its newest version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), 3rd Edition. The 3rd Edition version of the PMP exam was released in 2005.

In December 2008, PMI published the PMBOK 4th Edition. However, the 3rd Edition test is the only test available at the testing centers as of this writing, so we decided to keep you informed about just what is going on.

If you plan to take the PMP prior to July, 2009, you should take the 3rd Edition test and use all the 3rd Edition preparation materials (none of which will help you as much as Transcender’s Cert-PMP3ED practice test). If you plan to take the test from July 2009 onward, however, you should prepare with 4th Edition study materials.

Some of the current study materials out there for the 4th Edition include:

Here at Transcender, we are already preparing for the release of the 4th Edition. One member of our team has gone through the PMP application process and will be taking the exam in July. Once we have seen the live exam, we will develop the content for our 4th Edition practice test.

If you want to take the 3rd Edition, remember that your time is limited. Also, the application process is a bit lengthy, so you may want to get the ball rolling. This white paper has more information on the appliation process:

Look for a post here in the future on the PMP application and registration process.

Happy certifying!

— Robin A.

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  1. Hi Robin,
    It would be great to know when you take th 4th ed exam, how it went. When is Transcender est the avail of the 4th ed exam? Sep Qtr? Can current PMP 3rd ed exam customers purchase an upgrade?

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