CompTIA Project+ PK0-003 Certification: What We Know Now

May 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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The newest version of CompTIA’s Project+ certification  has been released as test number PK0-003.  The old version of Project+, PK0-002, will be retired on March 31, 2011.

As per the CompTIA Project+ Web site, CompTIA Project+ is  “an international, vendor-neutral certification that covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure. CompTIA Project+ gives project managers the skills necessary to complete projects on time and within budget, and creates a common project management language among project team members. CompTIA Project+ certification of project managers and team members can help to create a project management culture in large and small organizations.”

Here is the objective breakdown and weighting for PK0-003:

Pre-Project Setup/Initiating – 12%
Project Planning – 29%
Project Execution and Delivery – 23%
Change, Control and Communication – 27%
Project Closure – 9%

To obtain the full Project+ Exam Guide from CompTIA, go to http://www.comptia.org/certifications/testprep/examobjectives.aspx. You will need to input some personal information to download the Exam Guide. Note that you can download objectives for any CompTIA exams that interest you at the same time using this form.

CompTIA candidates can take their tests at Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers worldwide. While CompTIA has made no official announcement on this issue yet, there is a great possibility that the new exam will be released internationally in phases as the exam is translated into other languages.

While there are many books available to prepare you for PK0-002, there are currently no books released for the PK0-003 exam. This makes it a bit challenging for us overachievers to get a head start on studying the new objectives, but I expect CompTIA’s Training Materials link to be updated any day now with new references!

Although it’s not specific to this test, a great subject reference is A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 4th Edition. I did a series of blog posts on the changes from the 3rd Edition to the 4th Edition that should help you get started (the first one starts here: https://transcender.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/obtaining-your-pmp-certification-a-pmp-4th-edition-study-plan-part-i/).

For those considering pursuing other project management certification in the future, the Project+ is a great start in your mastery! I would suggest achieving Project+ certification as a precursor to attempting the CAPM or PMP certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

– Robin

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