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The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification recognizes that the individual has knowledge of agile principles, practices, tools and techniques that apply across agile methodologies.
- Internal Change Agents
- External Consultants
- Project Managers
General Project Experience
Agile Project Experience
- 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
- This is in addition to the 2,000 hours of “general project experience”
- These hours must be earned within the last 3 years
Training in Agile Practices
- 21 contact hours in agile practices
- Pass either computer or paper exam
There are a few different prices based on the how you take the exam:
- Computer Test: $435
- Paper Test: $385
- Computer Test: $495
- Paper Test: $445
Length of Training Class
No direct training class. Prep classes or other agile training classes are available though and typically recommended.
Includes Certification Test
Step 1: Register with PMI & Login or Print the Application. Optionally join PMI for $139/year (which will save you $60 in exam fees, or $120 if you have to take it twice). Application approval typically takes 3-5 days.
Step 2: Satisfy the requirements.
Step 3: Optionally, take an PMI-ACP prep course.
Step 4: Schedule your exam within 1 year of your application being approved.
Step 5: Take and pass the exam.
What If You Fail?
Retake the exam for the following costs. You can retake the exam up to 3 times within your year of application approval.
- Computer Test: $335
- Paper Test: $285
- Computer Test: $395
- Paper Test: $345
Requires Renewal: Yes, every 3 years from certification date through Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program.
-Earn 30 Professional Development Units (PDUs) per three-year-cycle
The following books are recommended to help prepare you to take the PMI-ACP exam.
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber
Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition) by Alistair Cockburn
The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility by Michele Sliger
Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) by Jim Highsmith
Becoming Agile …in an imperfect world by Greg Smith & Ahmed Sidky
Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
The Art of Agile Development by James Shore
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn
Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber
Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility by Al Shalloway, Guy Beaver & James Trott