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PMP Training Agenda as per exam format 2021

The exam is changing because processes in our jobs as project managers have changed.

Every 3-5 years, PMI® conducts research to understand how the profession has progressed in the industries, the impact of emerging trends, and how the responsibilities of project managers are changing.  The last round of this research was conducted in 2015 and resulted in the current PMP exam content outline.

Subject matter experts from leading organizations around the world are working with PMI to define the PMP of the future. The result of this research was the publication of a new PMP Examination Content Outline in June of 2019, and on 2 January 2021, this new outline will lead to an updated PMP exam.

Is The PMBOK® Guide Changing?

The PMP exam uses the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition as one of the references for the PMP Exam. The PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition is not expected until Q2 of 2021 at the earliest. This means that the PMBOK® Guide is not changing and that PMI will continue to use the Sixth Edition as an exam reference throughout 2021.

PMP Exam Prep Course Outline 2021
Tripcons course and courseware goes above & beyond the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th edition & is updated with the PMP® new exam pattern releasing January 2nd, 2021. 

Agile Content
The PMP exam includes agile content that addresses emerging methodologies. TripCons course material will prepare your students to answer agile related questions effectively.

The success of your project depends on the people involved. A key role of a project manager is to assemble and manage the project team and any additional stakeholders.

  • Topic A: Build A Team

  • Topic B: Define Team Ground Rules

  • Topic C: Negotiate Project Agreements

  • Topic D: Empower Team Members And Stakeholders

  • Topic E: Train Team Members And Stakeholders

  • Topic F: Engage And Support Virtual Teams

  • Topic G: Build Shared Understanding About A Project


Now that you've assembled a high-performing, engaged, and empowered project team, you are ready to get started with the planning of the project. Planning includes all aspects of a project including budget, schedule, scope, quality, project activities, procurement, and closure.

  • Topic A: Determine Appropriate Project Methodology/Methods And Practices

  • Topic B: Plan And Manage Scope

  • Topic C: Plan And Manage Budget And Resources

  • Topic D: Plan And Manage Schedule

  • Topic E: Plan And Manage Quality Of Products And Deliverables

  • Topic F: Integrate Project Planning Activities

  • Topic G: Plan And Manage Procurement

  • Topic H: Establish Project Governance Structure

  • Topic I: Plan And Manage Project/Phase Closure

Now that you have a project plan and have determined the requirements for managing the project from initiation to closure, you are ready to execute the project.

  • Topic A: Assess And Manage Risks

  • Topic B: Execute Project To Deliver Business Value

  • Topic C: Manage Communications

  • Topic D: Engage Stakeholders

  • Topic E: Create Project Artifacts

  • Topic F: Manage Project Changes

  • Topic G: Manage Project Issues

  • Topic H: Ensure Knowledge Transfer For Project Continuity


Now that the project team has been assembled and is doing the work of the project, you need to ensure that the team stays on track. As the project manager, you need to demonstrate the type of leadership that facilitates collaboration among the team and stakeholders, manages conflict, removes obstacles, and supports the team's performance.


  • Topic A: Lead A Team

  • Topic B: Support Team Performance

  • Topic C: Address And Remove Impediments, Obstacles, And Blockers

  • Topic D: Manage Conflict

  • Topic E: Collaborate With Stakeholders

  • Topic F: Mentor Relevant Stakeholders

  • Topic G: Apply Emotional Intelligence To Promote Team

Keeping a handle on the changes in both the internal and external business environments is the project manager's responsibility. Employing a continuous process improvement plan will ensure that the project's success can be consistently repeated within your organization.


  • Topic A: Manage Compliance Requirements

  • Topic B: Evaluate And Deliver Project Benefits And Value

  • Topic C: Evaluate And Address Internal And External Business Environment Changes

  • Topic D: Support Organizational Change

  • Topic E: Employ Continuous Process Improvement

PMP Questions Types 

Project management professionals need more diverse skills and approaches than ever before. The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam will change on 2 January 2021 to meet those needs and will focus on three new domains:

  1. PEOPLE – emphasizing the skills and activities associated with effectively leading a project team

  2. PROCESS – reinforcing the technical aspects of managing a project

  3. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT – highlighting the connection between projects and organization strategy


Content that spans the value delivery spectrum, including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, will be included across the three exam domains. 

The new exam is comprised of:

  • 180 questions (the previous exam was 200) but the same number of questions will be scored

  • 230 minutes to complete the exam

  • One additional break for a total of two 10-minute breaks

  • Questions will be a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot and limited fill-in-the-blank

See the new 2021 format questions below :

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