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About The PMI-ACP® Examination
Agile methodology is a general approach to project management and product development, which has mainly been utilized in software development. However, Project Managers everywhere are finding they can apply Agile principles and practices to virtually any knowledge worker project in a variety of industries and organizations.
In response to the growing relevance of Agile methodology for all Project Managers, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has begun offering the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification exam. This certification may be right for you if:
|Education Level: Secondary Degree (High School or Equivalent) or higher||Secondary Degree (High School or Equivalent) or higher|
|General Project Experience: 2,000 Hours (minimum of 12 Months) working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the past 5 years.*||2,000 Hours (minimum of 12 Months) working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the past 5 years.*|
|Agile Project Experience: 1,500 hours (minimum of 8 months) working on agile project teams or in agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience, and must be earned within the last 3 years.||1,500 hours (minimum of 8 months) working on agile project teams or in agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience, and must be earned within the last 3 years.|
|Training in Agile Practices: 21 contact hours in agile practices||21 contact hours in agile practices|
|Number of Questions: 120 Multiple Choice||120 Multiple Choice|
|Maintenance: 30 PDUs/3 CEUs every 3 years in agile principles and practices.**||30 PDUs/3 CEUs every 3 years in agile principles and practices.**|
* Note: If you currently hold a PMP® or PgMP® credential, PMI has already verified you have met these requirements. PMPs and PgMPs are NOT required to enter these requirements during the application process.
** Note: These hours would count toward fulfilling PMP requirements as well, if the individual holds both certifications.
More information regarding applying for the exam online is available at PMI's website. Practitioners interested in this new certification are strongly encouraged to review the PMI-ACP® Handbook in detail. The PMI-ACP® Handbook is available in PDF format on the PMI-ACP® website. To access it, click the "Certification" menu link on the PMI home page, then click "Which Certification is Right for You?", select "PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)" and finally scroll down the page to the PMI-ACP® Handbook.
PMI also has an online application for this new certification. To access the application, go to the PMI-ACP® website and use the navigation described above. After clicking "PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)", you will find a "Ready to Apply?" blue button graphic near the top of the page, which will then prompt you to the online application.
The examination is comprised of 120 multiple-choice questions, with 20 of those questions considered "pretest questions." Pretest questions will not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions. The allotted time to complete the PMI-ACP® exam is three (3) hours.
The examination is offered globally at PMI-approved computer testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the PMI website. The current fees for the examination are as follows:
|Applicant Status||Examination Fees (US Dollars)|