What is PMI-ACP® Certification?

The growth and success of Agile has revealed the need for standardizing practices and for certifying practitioners. The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner or PMI-ACP certification was created to improve the use of Agile for increased project success. It is broader-based than Scrum, covering a number of relevant approaches and domains, including Scrum.

PMI-ACP certification is one the PMI’s fastest-growing credentials and for good reason. Today’s project managers help their organizations be more competitive by expertly applying Agile methods. The PMI-ACP certification helps build that expertise. The rigor needed to obtain the PMI-ACP certification makes it more meaningful than other competing credentials.

As a project management professional, getting the PMI-ACP certification and enhancing your skills and knowledge about Agile will benefit your organization. It also contributes to your professional growth by:

  • Putting you in a better position to understand the business landscape around you.
  • Helping your organization make better decisions about how to incorporate and apply Agile practices.
  • Assisting others make sense of the fundamental changes that Agile introduces.

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Then, take and pass the PMI-ACP certification exam!


PMI-ACP Certification

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Step 1: Learn about PMI-ACP certification exam and apply.

PMI-ACP Certification Application Worksheet
Requirement Details
General Project Experience 2,000 hours working on project teams (current Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification holders will not need to submit hours for this requirement)

These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
Agile Project Experience1,500 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 training. Study domain areas and read recommended resources.

Domain I: Value Driven Delivery
Domain II: Stakeholder Engagement
Domain III: Boosting Team Performance Practices
Domain IV: Adaptive Planning
Domain V: Problem Detection and Resolution
Domain VI: Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)

Step 3: Take a PMI-ACP certification training course and join a study group.

PMI-ACP Certification Prep Class

PMI-ACP Certification Prep Class

The PMI-ACP Certification Preparation training course will thoroughly prepare Agile practitioners to sit for and pass the PMI-ACP exam through instructor-led presentations, class discussions, games, exercises, and practice exams. The course is aligned with the PMI-ACP Exam Content Outline (ECO) and provides everything needed to pass the exam.

The PMI-ACP certification training course also provides:

  • 21 contact hours, enough to apply for the PMI-ACP exam
  • Free 90-day subscription to our Online PMI-ACP Certification Exam simulator with over 400 questions
  • View our course outline to learn more

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation. Quiz yourself using flashcards and study tables, review your notes from class, and take lots and lots of practice exams.

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Step 5: Take the exam and earn your PMI-ACP certification

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-RMP, PMI-ACP (Jordan)

Kris Moran

“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 (United States)

Rod Ames

“The Agile Fundamentals course provided lots of good examples, charts, etc. The exercises were good representations without being busywork.  The instructor was also very knowledgeable, articulate, and humorous, and he created a very positive learning environment!”
—Rod Ames, MnSCU (United States)

Vicky Kasten

“The instructor’s knowledge was fabulous!  He brought valuable real-life Agile experience into the course!”
—Vicky Kasten (United States)

Camille Peterson

“The instructor demonstrated extensive knowledge on the subject of Agile!  It was wonderful to hear his real-life experiences!”
—Camille Peterson, Securian Financial Group (United States)