Here at Global Knowledge, we have seen a huge uptake in people attending agile training and achieving PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification. The need for agile project management seems to have moved from just software development to many other departments. Students we talk to say their companies are going agile and in fact, we’ve started using it in a couple of departments here.
If you’re considering pursuing PMI-ACP certification, here are a few steps to help you through the process:
Step 1. According to the PMI-ACP Handbook, certification eligibility requires:
- General project experience: 2,000 hours of experience working on project teams
The hours must have been earned within the last five years, and an active PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy the requirement.
- 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 of general project experience required, and they must have been earned within the last three years.
- Training in agile practices: 21 contact hours that must have been earned in agile practices
- Education: secondary degree (high school diploma or equivalent)
Step 2. Find a study course or study materials to help better prepare for the exam. Using one of PMI’s Registered Education Providers (REPs) is a good way to train and earn PDUs at the same time.
Step 3. Complete the application. It’s available online here. A printable version is also available. It takes PMI about five days to tell you if you have been approved. Once you start the PMI-ACP application process, you have 90 days to finish, and you have one year to take the PMI-ACP exam after your application has been approved.
Step 4. Once you’re approved, schedule and pass the exam. You’ll have three hours to complete the 120-question, multiple-choice PMI-ACP exam. If you do not pass, you can retake the exam three times during that year. See the Exam Fees table below for pricing information.
|Exam Type||PMI Member||PMI Nonmember|
|Certification renewal (through CCR program)||$90||$130|
Step 5. Keep earning PDUs. PMI-ACP certification is valid for three years. As outlined in PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program, you need to earn 30 PDUs in agile project management per three-year cycle. The cycle starts the day you pass the exam.