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Taking the PMP Exam - Part 12 - The PMP Examination Specification

No sooner do I mention that the references available on PMI's eReads and Reference section are dated than they publish a notice stating they will be removed and replaced with two references. The first is the ALL IMPORTANT PMP Examination Specification. According to a helpful comment from Oliver Lehmann, a PMP Trainer in Germany, this new book lays out the bones of the PMP Examination much better than I have been doing. This makes sense since it is the blueprint for the new exam. I will dig into it in depth as soon as it is available. But have no fear that what we have covered so far is useless. No, the definition of a project has not changed a bit.

The second is a publication titled Q & A's for the PMBOK Guide. I'm not sure what exactly it covers, but it also sounds interesting.

Both of these references will be available for PMI members on January 4, 2007. For the benefit of those interested, here is the text of the announcement:

**Important news about eReads & Reference content**
The eReads & Reference collection currently still includes study guides for the old Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exams (i.e., study books published before 2005). These study guides are located on the Certification Study Bookshelf of the eReads site. On 4 January 2007 the 4 outdated books listed below will be removed from the collection:

* PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide
by Kim Heldman. Sybex, ©2002, ISBN:0782141064

* PMP: Project Management Professional Workbook
by Claudia Baca and Patti Jansen. Sybex, ©2003, ISBN:0782142400

* Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam, Second Edition
by Michael W. Newell. AMACOM ©2002, ISBN:0814471722

* Project Management Professional (PMP®) Role Delineation Study
Project Management Institute. ©2000, ISBN:188041029X

The Certification Study Bookself will be updated with these two PMI publications relating to current PMP® and CAPM® certification:

* Q & As for the PMBOK® Guide - Third Edition
Project Management Institute. ©2005 ISBN:1930699395

* Project Management Professional (PMP®) Examination Specification Project Management Institute. ©2005 ISBN: 1930699883

Here are links to the two references if you want hard copies:


  • Taking the PMP Exam - Appendix B - Contract Types
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Appendix A -Exam Guides
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 6 - Downloading the PMBOK
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 2 - Joining PMI
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 1 - Getting Started
  • Taking the PMP Exam N*ked - Part 0
  • Taking and Passing the PMP Exam Part 16 How I passed the PMP Exam
  • PMP Certification Exam Experience Requirements Spreadsheet
  • Taking the PMP Exam - Part 14 - The Examination Specification
  • Glen's Book List

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