The PMP Handbook has been updated. The handbook was last updated April 17, 2012.
Dr. Paul Giammalvo alerted to the change. I still have a PMI communication that I expect to return soon. In the meantime, I’ll share with you what has changed and my initial thoughts.
There have been many heated discussions about the PMP eligibility requirements. My interpretation was not shared by everyone.
I have always understood the phrase “leading and managing project tasks” to mean managing projects. This phrase is open to interpretation, it’s true.
Here’s the solution:
Changing from: “leading and directing project task tasks”
Changing To: “leading the project”
The new language is closer to what I interpret, but who knows? It seems that it is saying clearly now that you must have been project manager for the experience to count.
These screen shots are from before and after the changes:
Prior to April 17, 2012.

After April 17, 2012

What does this mean?
I don’t know.
I hope to have a better understanding of the PMI when it comes back to me.
Dr. Paul also suggested that this might change anything for those who already have their credentials.
I doubt it. It’s not possible to make it retroactive, just as it is with other standards. If a university raises their standards, it doesn’t mean that alumni have to go back and take the additional course. Otherwise, their degree will be null.
What I Do Know
What I do know is that if you keep the same interpretation as I have, you won’t regret it. I recommend that you have the experience of managing project teams and producing a product or outcome before you apply for the PMP exam.
Do you have any other questions? What are your thoughts about this change?