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PMI Switches to Pearson VUE for Certification Exams

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) is switching to Pearson VUE for all certification exams. The CAPM certification exam is already conducted by Pearson VUE, now the others are following. This provides increased access and convenience around the US and especially to US military service members stationed around the world.

Consider, for example, that Prometric has only five test centers in the DC area while Pearson VUE literally has dozens. Pearson VUE also has 450 test centers on US military bases in the US and worldwide while Prometric had zero. Those are big changes.

The move to Pearson VUE affects all PMI certifications. By certification:

  • CAPM. Since 2017.
  • PMI-ACP. Scheduling began on March 1, 2019, and the first test dates are April 1, 2019.
  • PMP. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.
  • PgMP. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.
  • PfMP. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.
  • PMI-PBA. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.
  • PMI-SP. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.
  • PMI-RMP. Scheduling begins April 1, 2019, and the first test dates are July 1, 2019. In the interim, tests may be scheduled and taken at Prometric through June 30, 2019.

Does this mean changes to the test content? No, the PMP Content Outline is unchanged since June 2015, reflecting the changes that were then documented in the current PMBOK Guide, 6th edition, which was released in September 2017. If past practice continues, test content will get a mid-course correction following the next delineation survey, which is probably a year or so away.

Does this mean test scheduling will change? Yes. If you want to take the test now through June 30, 2019, you’ll continue with the traditional Prometric route. For test dates on and after July 1, 2019, you will go to Pearson VUE. PMI has not released any specifics for scheduling and taking a test at Pearson VUE, so check back for updates.

Will test taking change? Maybe. Pearson VUE has their own way to conduct check-in, taking tests, etc. The current PMP Handbook allowed that the test center had the choice of supplying paper and pencils for scratchwork and the student had the choice of a physical calculator or an on-screen calculator. Whether this changes or not is unclear since the PMP Handbook has not been updated and current January 25, 2019, version says absolutely nothing about Pearson VUE. Again, check back for updates.

What about the other PMI certifications? Likely the same overall as with the PMP certification detailed here.

Quick conclusion is that this is a good move, will have logistical implications, and will make taking the test more directly accessible to everyone, especially US servicemembers and contractors working at US military bases around the world. The biggest question mark at the moment centers on the lack up updated PMP Handbook spelling out the changes, new requirements, now options, new procedures, etc. Whether PMI is keeping details a secret for some proprietary reason or is simply not ready remains to be seen. They do have a history of poor rollout of changes. So, we wait and watch. Please check back for updates.
 

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