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Guide to the Business Process Management Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK®) Version 4.0

ABPMP International is proud to announce the public release of the Guide to the Business Process Management Common Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK®) Version 4.0 November 11, 2019.

This Guide to the BPM CBOK® provides the fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies required for all BPM practitioners. The primary purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the Knowledge Areas that are generally recognized and accepted as good practice in the BPM profession. The Guide provides a foundational overview of each Knowledge Area and outlines the additional skills and competencies needed for each Knowledge Area. The Guide also provides links and references to other sources of information and practices which are part of the broader BPM Common Body of Knowledge.

Versions 3.0 and the NEW 4.0 are available as a printable PDF downloads* to all ABPMP International members. The Version 3.0 download will be available until December  31, 2019.


Download the CBOK V 4.0



Download the CBOK V 3.0


The BPM CBOK® V 3.0 is also available for purchase.

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*You will be required to sign in to download the PDF. There is an English and Portuguese version.

Basic Principles for the BPM CBOK®

BPM CBOK® Should (Be)

BPM CBOK® Should Not (Be)

  • Use a standardized terminology
  • Ease the communication about BPM
  • Support a common understanding of BPM
  • Reference related disciplines
  • Contain commonly accepted practices
  • Practitioner driven
  • Vendor neutral
  • Guide (non prescriptive)
  • Not a standard setting body
  • Facilitate evaluation of solutions
  • Consistent
  • Sell anything (not vendor driven)
  • Redefine other disciplines
  • Too detailed
  • Miss the audience (practitioner)
  • Incomplete in width
  • ‘How to’ (recipe)
  • Hard to read
  • Have an opinion

The BPM CBOK® V 3.0 is also available for purchase on Amazon.

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