The PMI-ACP® credential is the Project Management Institute (PMI) fastest growing credential. “ACP” is short for “Agile Certified Practitioner“ – the credential tests for and demonstrates understanding and experience with agile approaches.
In this third article on the PMI-ACP® credential, we examine how to apply for the exam. Project Management Institute published a comprehensive PMI-ACP® Credential Handbook available on their website, which covers the application process and much more. The intent of this post is to highlight key information in one short article.
It is understandable and healthy to question the value of certifications.
- Are they worth it?
- Are they just money-making schemes for the certification creators?
- Do hiring managers even care if you have a certification?
There is also a wider discussion around certifications in general that include ideas such as:
- Being certified does not equate to experience or suitability to a role
- People can be certified and “book-smart” but terrible at managing people
- A crafts-person does not need credentials, their work shows their value
These are all valid points, and everyone should make up their own mind before deciding whether to pursue a credential.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
This article discusses why you may want to get a PMI-ACP® certification. However, before we get into the specifics of the PMI-ACP® credential, be sure to check out the elephant-in-the-room discussion of the value of credentials, from Mike’s post Credentials: Worthless, Essential or Somewhere In Between. So, assuming you believe a credential is useful for you, why consider the PMI-ACP® credential over the slew of other agile-related credentials available?
A bit of googling and asking around tells you that Mike Griffiths’ book PMI-ACP® Exam Prep is the best study guide for the exam.
In fact, it’s endorsed by no less an expert than “Agile Manifesto” coauthor Alistair Cockburn, who says, “I hope that everyone reads it, not just to pass the PMI-ACP® exam, but to learn agile development safely and effectively.”