When will PMBOK Guide 6th Edition be released?


According to the history of PMBOK® Guide, PMI would release an update version of the PMBOK® Guide every 4 to 5 years.

Currently the most current PMBOK® Guide update was on December 2012. PMI has just announced that the PMBOK® Guide 6 will be released at around the following schedule:

  • 1st quarter of 2017 for draft release
  • 3rd quarter of 2017 for the final release

PMI will allow current PMP® aspirants to continue taking the PMP® Exam based on the current version of the PMBOK® Guide for up to half a year. That means the new PMP® Exam update to be based on PMBOK® Guide 6th edition is in the first quarter of 2018. Therefore it is safe to begin your PMP® Exam preparation based on PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition as of now. PMP® Certification Aspirants will only have to study for the PMP® Exam based on PMBOK® Guide 6 if they begin their studies after 2017.

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