What is PMI-ACP Certification?
The momentum Agile has generated in the last couple of years is pretty impressive. Organizations of all sizes, types, and levels of maturity are exploring how to incorporate Agile practices into how they run their projects and businesses. Everyone has been impacted by the Agile movement.
As a project professional, enhancing your skills and knowledge about Agile puts you in a better position to understand what’s going on in the business landscape around you. It also puts you in a better position to help your organization make better decisions about how to incorporate Agile practices. Even if you’re not expected to lead the Agile charge, the more you know about it, the more of an asset you will be to help others make sense of the fundamental changes that Agile introduces.
Considering the success and popularity of Agile, today’s project managers are wise to earn their PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®). Formalizing your knowledge and experience through certification benefits your organization as well as contributes to your professional growth. Consider that the PMI-ACP is the third most popular PMI certification behind the PMP and CAPM by a considerable margin. And its popularity continues to grow.
Step 1: Learn about PMI-ACP Exam and apply.
- Why PMI-ACP Certification? (Watermark Learning article)
- PMI-ACP Certification Page (PMI-Website)
- PMI-ACP Handbook from PMI
- PMI-ACP Content Outline
- PMI-ACP Requirements (see chart below)
|General Project Experience||2,000 hours working on project teams (Current PMP® or PgMP® holders will not need to submit hours for this requirement)
These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
|Agile Project Experience||1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in “general project experience”
These hours must be earned within the last 3 years
|Training in Agile Practices||21 hours of training in Agile practices|
Step 2: Get started with your PMI-ACP certification preparation. Study domain areas and read recommended resources.
- PMI-ACP Reference List
- FREE Agile Articles & Webinars from Watermark Learning (with free member registration)
- PMI-ACP Domain Table (see below)
|Domain I:||Value Driven Delivery|
|Domain II:||Stakeholder Engagement|
|Domain III:||Boosting Team Performance Practices|
|Domain IV:||Adaptive Planning|
|Domain V:||Probelm Detection and Resolution|
|Domain VI:||Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)|
Step 3: Take a PMI-ACP prep course and join a study group.
PMI-ACP Certification Prep Class
The PMI-ACP Certification Preparation course will thoroughly prepare Agile practitioners to sit for and pass the PMI-ACP exam through instructor-led presentations, class discussions, reinforcement exercises, and practice exams. The Project Management Institute has defined six major domains of practice, three levels of knowledge and skills, and numerous tools and techniques in the Agile arena that are included in the exam. All will be covered in enough depth to ensure thorough understanding at the level required to pass the exam.
The PMI-ACP Prep Course Also Provides:
- 14 out of 21 contact hours required for the PMI-ACP exam.
- The PMI-ACP Exam: How to Pass on your First Try by Andy Crowe, PMI-ACP, CSM, PMP, PgMP.
- Free 90-day subscription to our PMI-ACP online study exam simulator
- In-class exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations
- Class discussions that dissect practice questions to learn how to analyze and answer them
|PMI-ACP Online Study Exam
Register for one of our other Agile training courses:
Need additional Agile training?
- Agile Boot Camp Using Scrum
- Agile Business Analysis
- Agile Planning and Estimating
- Agile/Scrum Crash Course
- Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
- Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Step 4: Take the exam and earn your PMI-ACP credential
Let us know when you've passed! We'd love to hear from you.
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"The PMI-ACP Certification Prep Course was an unforgettable experience. Watermark Learning ensures high quality education in its courses. The knowledge, materials, and resources provided what was needed to pass the exam without over studying!"
—Ahmad Al-Zaro, PMP, CBAP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP
“The course exercises and discussions helped us learn and apply Agile standards to our organization. The instructor was brilliant! He was amazing with delivery, experiences, and going outside of the box!”
—Kris Moran, MnSCU
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—Rod Ames, MnSCU
“The instructor’s knowledge was fabulous! He brought valuable real-life Agile experience into the course!”
“The instructor demonstrated extensive knowledge on the subject of Agile! It was wonderful to hear his real-life experiences!”
—Camille Peterson, Securian Financial Group