If you are using Agile practices in your projects, or your organization is adopting Agile approaches to Project Management, PMI’s PMI-ACPSM certification may be right for you.
By becoming a PMI-ACP you can:
- Demonstrate to employers your level of professionalism in Agile practices of Project Management.
- Increase your professional versatility.
Why an Agile certification?
Many project professionals are seeing a demand for Agile practices in a variety of industries and organizations, and are eager to learn and apply them. Organizations, too, are seeing value in using Agile practices to deliver projects more quickly, with less wasted labor and costs due to misunderstood or ill-defined requirements.
PMI research revealed:
- 68% of the organizations using Agile techniques would find value in an Agile certification.
- 63% of hiring managers would encourage their project managers to pursue an Agile certification.
Who should apply?
Practitioners who are seeking to:
- Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in Agile practices of Project Management
- Increase their professional versatility in both Waterfall and Agile techniques
- Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings
PMI-ACP exam preparation
To earn the PMI-ACP certification, you must meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the PMI-ACP examination, a 120-question, multiple-choice test.
Regardless of your experience and education, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful candidates will typically use multiple study aids including courses, self-study and study groups.
Tips to help you prepare for the exam
- Review the PMI-ACP Handbook.
- Approach your nearest R.E.P and get trained for 21 PDU's which makes you eligible for taking certification.
- Use the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline to guide your study.
- Review the current PMI-ACP reference list
- Enroll in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or accredited Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). You can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.
- Form a study group with colleagues or friends; you can meet in person or virtually
The Agile pilot program
If you want to be one of the first practitioners to earn the new PMI-ACP certification, you’ll need to apply to the Agile certification pilot program. It’s open to any Project Management practitioner who meets the eligibility requirements. You do not need to be a PMI member to participate.
Applications for the pilot will be available on 23 May 2011, as we develop this new certification for release later this year. Find out more about the pilot program, including eligibility requirements .
Although primarily targeted towards project professionals interested in achieving the PMI Agile Certification, this course is not just for Project managers. It is an effective primer for anyone who will be closely involved with teams adopting Agile techniques, including Product & Program Managers, Business Owners, IT managers, or Senior Technicians.
This course will satisfy all the training requirements for the new PMI Agile Certification. After taking this course, students will have the strong foundation needed to begin preparing for the certification exam.
The course will provide a broad survey of Agile PM tools, techniques, skills, and knowledge areas. Topics covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Highly visible communications
- Planning, monitoring, and adapting
- Agile estimation
- Agile system analysis and design
- Product quality techniques
- Soft Skills Negotiation
- Value-based prioritization
- Adaptive risk management
- Agile metrics
- Value Stream Analysis
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