Applying for Your PMI-ACP® Exam
Once you have decided getting the PMI-ACP® credential is of value to you, you’ll need to know how to apply for the exam.
Complete the PMI-ACP Online Application
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, the next step to apply for the PMI-ACP exam is to sign up online. It’s really important to make sure you meet the educational and professional experience components. The process is straightforward and allows you to save and come back to it if you need more time. However, once you start the application process, you cannot cancel it. Your application will remain open for 90 days as you completed the application process.
The system also acts as a portal to view your submitted application, check your eligibility status, and download forms and reports. Once your online application has been completed and processed, PMI will send you an electronic notification requesting payment.
After you receive this notification, you can go back into the system and onto the next step which is agreeing to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. You must agree to the code of ethics and the certification renewal process up front. Like death and taxes, you cannot avoid paying for the exam. The fee is $435 for PMI members and $495 for non-members.
It might seem unfair having to pay for the exam before you select a date to take it. However, it should have a motivating effect on studying and booking your exam. You are now committed (financially) to the exam, so you might as well buckle down and follow through.
Document Your Experience
You will need to document both your general and agile project work experience when you apply for the PMI-ACP exam. This includes time spent working on projects teams regardless of methodology. When you start digging into the documentation, know that the work must be non-overlapping. Also, you cannot use your general project work experience as part of your agile project experience or vice versa. The two sets of experience must be separate and unique. The application contains two separate work sheets where you can both types of work experience.
Fortunately, PMI recognizes that many companies use hybrid agile or only some elements of agile as they progress toward more agility. So, for the purposes of qualifying to take the PMI-ACP® exam, as long as you have been doing some of the agile practices and applying an agile mindset, you can count that experience toward the requirement
Tracking Your Training
In addition to your experience, you will need to document 21 hours of training on agile practices. Topics for training can include agile methodologies, practices and principles.
If your study plan includes taking an PMI-ACP prep eLearning class or exam prep course, that class time applies to your contact hours. RMC’s eLearning class fulfils 27 contact hours and our live virtual course fulfills 21 contact hours. If you cannot find a class that works, contact us. Once submitted, it can take up to 10 days to process the application.
Move Forward with Your Exam
When PMI approves your PMI-ACP application, you can schedule your exam. You have the option to take your test in person at a testing center or online. Consider your options before making a decision. Once you have a date on the books, you can start to prepare for the exam.
Applying for the PMI-ACP® exam is not complicated. The PMI and Pearson Vue websites guide you through the steps and make the process easy to complete. The education and experience requirements take time to think through and assemble, and the PMI-ACP® Credential Handbook has more details if needed.
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.
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