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Project Management Professional (PMP)

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PMI‘s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the most recognized and respected project management certification.

Certification Company

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Target Audience


  • General Project Experience

    • 2,000 hours working on project teams
    • These hours must be within the past 5 years
    • Active PMP or PgMP will satisfy this requirement
  • 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
  • Examination

    • Pass either computer or paper exam

Approximate Price

There are a few different prices based on the how you take the exam:

PMI Members

  • Computer Test: $435
  • Paper Test: $385

PMI Nonmembers

  • 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


Certification Process

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.

PMI Members

  • Computer Test: $335
  • Paper Test: $285

PMI Nonmembers

  • Computer Test: $395
  • Paper Test: $345

Certification Renewal

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

PMI Members


PMI Nonmembers



Recommended Reading

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


Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition by Lyssa Adkins



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



PMI-ACP Handbook