Becoming a PMI-RMP® can be challenging. There's no way around it: if you want to pass the PMI-RMP® exam, you must have a study plan and be diligent in your preparation. I'm here to help.

The PMI-RMP exam is based on the PMI-RMP Exam Content Outline which specifies five domains. These domains include 1) Risk Strategy and Planning, 2) Risk Identification, 3) Risk Evaluation, 4) Risk Response, and 5) Monitor and Close Risks. Here are some related tasks and examples for each of these domains. 

Project Risk Management Processes


Learn how to develop a project risk management plan describing how you and your project teams will execute the risk management processes and the integration of other project activities.


Discover how to identify and capture risks in a way that creates value for your projects. Write risk statements in a consistent format. And use a variety of risk identification tools and techniques.


Learn how to quickly assess your individual project risks using simple qualitative methods such as the probability and impact assessment. As a result, you and your project teams will better understand the priorities of your risks and know which risks really matter.


Learn how to use quantitative methods such as the Expected Monetary Value (EMV) to numerically assess your overall project risks. While these methods take more time than the qualitative methods, you will gain a deeper understanding of your risks to aid you in making better project decisions.


Discover ways to engage with your team and other stakeholders to identify risk owners and develop risk response plans for your most significant risks.  


Learn how to monitor the implementation of the agreed-upon risk response plans, tracking identified risks, identifying and analyzing new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout your projects.


Learn how to monitor the implementation of the agreed-upon risk response plans, tracking identified risks, identifying and analyzing new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness throughout your projects.

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PMI-RMP® Resources

Recommended PMI-RMP® Books

At a minimum, I recommend that you obtain a copy of the PMBOK® Guide—7th Edition and the The Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects.  If you are a PMI member, you may download a FREE copy of the PMBOK® Guide—7th Edition

There are two other books that I recommend. However, be aware that none of these books are currently aligned with the 7th Edition of the PMBOK. However, each provides helpful information in preparing for the exam. Equally important, these resources provide helpful tips in the practical application of project risk management.

  • The PMI-RMP Exam Prep Study by Belinda Fremouw (April, 2017)
  • Risk Management Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers by Rita Mulcahy (February, 2019)

PMI-RMP® Short Course

Do you want to take the PMI-RMP exam? Allow me to help you get started with the PMI-RMP Short Course. Learn to develop a risk management plan, identify risks, evaluate risks, develop and implement risk response plans, and monitor risks. 

The Purpose of Project Risk Management

Project management is "the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project objectives" (PMBOK®—6th Edition). So, how does project risk management fit in the world of project management?

Project risk management fits in project management like a hand in glove. Project managers can use it to achieve their project objectives and goals. How?

Good risk management always starts with clear project objectives and goals. That is to say, project managers who manage risks without project objectives as the basis are simply playing games. There is an appearance of risk management but these individuals are simply going through the motions.

Every project has risks—uncertain events or conditions that, if they occur, have a positive or negative effect on one or more of the project objectives. So, the purpose of project risk management is "to increase the probability and/or impact of the opportunities and decrease the probability and/or impact of the threats" (PMBOK®—6th Edition, Page 395).

4 Things You Need to Know About the PMI-RMP®

Every project has risks—events or conditions that, if they occur, have positive or negative effects on a project’s objectives.  And project managers are risk managers, some better than others. If you want to improve your project success through better risk management, consider getting certified as a Project Risk Management Professional. Here are some things you should know about the PMI-RMP®.

1. What is the PMI-RMP®?

The PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® is a designation offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This credential is for project management professionals who wish to demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in project risk management.

2. Why should someone consider becoming a PMI-RMP®?

There are several reasons you might pursue this credential. First, you may simply want to improve your ability to identify, evaluate, respond to, and monitor risks. These skills can translate into greater project success.

Second, if you wish to perform a specialized risk management function for organizations, programs, and projects. The PMI-RMP certification process greatly enhanced my knowledge and skills and prepared me to better serve as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management for a large property and casualty insurance company.

Third, if you desire to complement your Project Management Professional (PMP) credential with another credential, you may choose the PMI-RMP. Think about it—you’ve already studied many of the knowledge areas that you would see on the PMI-RMP exam. Why not take advantage of what you know to gain further distinction and enhance your career?

Fourth, becoming a PMI-RMP may open up new career opportunities.

3. What is the PMI-RMP® exam like?

The certification exam has 170 multiple-choice questions and you have 3.5 hours to complete it. Like all PMI exams, the exam is challenging. It was not as difficult as the PMP exam for me.

4. How should I prepare to take the PMI-RMP® exam?

There are several options for preparation including:

  • On-Demand Courses
  • Classroom Training
  • Bootcamps
  • Study Groups
  • Books
  • Flashcards

I am not a fan of crash courses. Individuals who cram information for the sole purpose of passing the exam often fail to retain and use their newly found knowledge.

Whatever methods you use, I encourage you to develop a study plan where you:

  • Skim the materials before reading
  • Read and study the materials
  • Review the concepts
  • Recite the concepts to others if possible

Follow this plan and read your materials at least twice.

Make your study time a priority. Develop a schedule for each week. What gets scheduled gets done!