PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
PMI-ACP® is a globally recognized certificate that indicates competency in agile project management and the ability to lead projects with an agile mindset. View this course in PMI Course CatalogueCourse Description
Passing PMI-ACP® exam requires good preparation and resources. Our PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam Prep course will shorten your learning curve and boost your confidence to get certified. It will prepare you for the PMI-ACP® exam and equip you with study material and resources to help you prepare with less time.
As observed from numerous surveys worldwide, the IT industry over the last decade has radically evolved in the way software is developed and provisioned to meet the changing requirements of the environment. Agile methodologies are continuously gaining popularity over the traditional project management practices. Organizations are naturally trying to accelerate their business by being flexible and responsive to change. So whether it’s a company building a software product for internal or external markets, or are trying to sell IT services, we are seeing a trend of adoption of Agile practices. Such is the power of the iterative and incremental style of progress, Agile practices are also finding relevance in many other non-IT domains. Hence knowledge of this subject has become much in demand these days.
Certifications boost the career of the exam takers, as it, in most cases, indicates knowledge, interest, proficiency and pursuit of excellence in the particular subject. One of the premier institutes of Project Management – PMI® has outlined the requirements of the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification exam that was formally launched in 2011.
This course helps in providing all the information and guidance required to prepare for the PMI-ACP® examination. The course augments a certification aspirant’s professional experience and skills with the knowledge of tools, techniques and practices that are required for the examination. Beyond certification seekers, the content in this course are for all Agile practitioners on whom organizations rely to deliver projects effectively and efficiently for their customers.Course Objectives Course Objectives
This course is designed to enable you to pass the PMI-ACP exam and spend less time in preparation. By taking this course, you should expect the following:
- You will construct a good understanding of the PMI-ACP exam knowledge in a relatively short time and with the least possible stress
- You will recognize the important areas you need to focus on while preparing for the PMI-ACP exam
- You will be challenged with tough questions to assess your knowledge and thinking approach so that you become familiar with the type of questions you will be facing in the PMI-ACP exam
- You will acquire the right tools and material to prepare for the PMI-ACP exam
- Apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.
- Identify agile practices to deliver valuable results by producing high-value increments for review, early and often, based on stakeholder priorities.
- Obtain the stakeholders feedback on these increments, and use this feedback to prioritize and improve future increments.
- Engage current and future interested parties by building a trusting environment that aligns their needs and expectations and balances their requests with an understanding of the cost/effort involved.
- Promote participation and collaboration throughout the project life cycle and provide the tools for effective and informed decision making.
- Plan to enable an environment of trust, learning, collaboration, and conflict resolution that promotes team self-organization, enhances relationships among team members, and cultivates a culture of high performance.
- Produce and maintain an evolving plan, from initiation to closure, based on goals, values, risks, constraints, stakeholder feedback, and review findings.
- Identify problems, impediments, and risks; prioritize and resolve in a timely manner; monitor and communicate the problem resolution status; and implement process improvements to prevent them from occurring again.
- Improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of the product, the process, and the team.
- Project managers,
- project coordinators,
- project analysts,
- project leaders, and
- anyone seeking to achieve the PMI-ACP®
- What is agile?
- Why use agile?
- Approaches to agile
- Defining value
- Minimizing waste and risk
- Prioritizing value delivery
- Understanding stakeholder needs
- Ensuring stakeholder involvement
- Managing stakeholder expectations
- Team formation
- Team empowerment
- Collaboration and commitment
- Levels of planning
- Sizing and estimation
- Identifying and documenting risk and issues
- Resolving issues and adapting the plan
- Improving products
- Improving processes
- Improving people
- Improving the organization
- Personal section – for your name (as you would like to be printed on the certificate), communicable address, email address, contact numbers.
- Educational qualification – that meets the eligibility criteria.
- Professional experience – detailing general project and agile experience (in nonoverlapping hours) that meets the eligibility criteria. You would need to mention the name and contact details of a supervisor or a colleague of yours who can bear testimony to your working experience.
- Education course – demonstrating attendance of 21 hours of formal Agile training, through one or more means as listed in the course handbook.
Upon completion of this course, participants will learn how to:
PMI-ACP Training Classroom Schedule
The Agile Mindset
Problem Detection and Resolution
Getting Ready for Your Exam
The PMI-ACP® examIf you are planning to apply for the PMI-ACP®, the first thing you should do is read the PMI-ACP®
Handbook from the PMI® site. The link is: http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/agile-certified-practitioner-handbook.pdf
You will see a lot of details in there, but here are some of the highlights.
The below figure shows the different stages on the way to become PMI-ACP® certified.
PMI® membership is not mandatory for PMI-ACP® certification seekers. However, it is recommended considering membership as it comes with several benefits like a discount on the PMI-ACP® exam fee and access to a lot of learning resources for professional development. It also helps you to earn Professional development units (PDU’s) that are required to maintain your certification. Presently, the annual PMI® membership comes to about 129$, plus a 10$ membership fee. Check pmi.org to see if you can avail other forms of membership at discounted rates.
EligibilityThe next step is to determine the eligibility criteria set by PMI®. There are 4 aspects, all of which you would
need to satisfy.
ApplicationOnce the eligibility is determined, your next formal step in the pursuit of the PMI-ACP® certification is to submit a formal application form, preferably through the online portal pmi.org.
The PMI-ACP® application form consists of 4 sections:
Payment of exam fees
Once the application form is reviewed one needs to make the payment. The preferred mode to opt for is the Computer based testing (CBT) at a registered local Prometric test center. The exam fees are $435 for a PMI-member and a $495 for a non-member (you are getting a 60$ discount for PMI® membership here).
Some applications might be picked up for a random audit to verify the correctness and genuineness of the information filled on the application form. In almost all cases, the audited applicant is asked to submit supporting documentation to PMI® to meet the conditions on the audit. If all documents are in order and furnished timely, the outcome of the audit is a success and the applicant is approved to proceed for the exam. If not picked up for audit, the applicant receives an approval email from PMI® right away.
Booking the PMI-ACP® ExamBased on the approval email from PMI®, application can book for the computerized exam at the relevant Prometric test center. It is generally recommended that the applicant should book the exam once he is almost fully prepared and a week or two in advance. Rescheduling and cancellation of exam booking is possible, but might come with a cost.
For other forms of test taking (like paper-based testing) and other special accommodations, please refer to the PMI-ACP® course handbook.
Taking the PMI-ACP® Exam
The final step is taking the examination at the scheduled date. The test center asks for the exam appointment letter (that also has the proof of payment) and valid identification of the test taker. The exam is a closed-book format. All forms of materials like books, bags, calculators, food materials, or cellphones etc. are prohibited from the exam room. Smaller articles like a car key or a wallet could be stashed away in a locker if the facility is provided at the test center. Be mentally prepared for an ‘airport-like’ frisking. The Test center administrator will provide the test taker with erasable / laminated sheets of scratch paper and marker pens for use during the exam which needs to be returned after the exam. The whole test taking session will be monitored by a video camera. There are no scheduled breaks during the exam, but the test taker is allowed to take unscheduled breaks with permission from the Test center administrator.
From our experience, we observed that the test was rendered on a secure software running on a Windows® PC with a mouse and a keyboard. The test is complete when the test taker chooses to end the exam or the 3 hour time limit expires. Once the exam is finished (and the optional survey form is filled), the results are available on the screen immediately. The Test center administrator will also give you a printed copy of your score sheet that you can take home with you. You may leave the exam room and the premises of the Prometric test center immediately after that (don’t forget to pick up your belongings).
If the outcome of the exam is a fail, the applicant can opt for retaking the exam up to three times in a calendar year. Each reattempt comes with a separate examination fee.
There are two universal unknowns with the PMI-ACP® exam.
- No one knows what the passing score is. Test takers simply get to know whether they passed or failed. But it is sometimes rumored that the passing score is somewhere around 70%.
- No one gets to know their absolute score of the exam they just undertook.
Apart from the pass / fail notification on the score sheet printed out by the Test Center Administrator, the test taker will see their attained proficiency levels in each of the domains that were tested during the examination. The proficiency levels are: Proficient, Moderately Proficient and Below Proficient.
After Passing PMI-ACP® Exam
If the applicant passed, they can call themselves PMI-ACP® certified from then and there. You would expect to receive a congratulatory letter and a certification package with the formal certificate from PMI®. The soft copy of the certificate will also be available for download from the PMI® site. The name of the certified professional is also entered into an online certification registry: https://certification.pmi.org/ registry.aspx
Maintaining the PMI-ACP® Credential
The PMI-ACP® certification is valid for 3 years. To renew your certification, you will need to follow the requisites of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program, details of which are available at: https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/ccr-certification-requirements-handbook.pdf
To be eligible for a renewal, you will have to earn 30 PDU’s (professional development units) in Agile topics during the last 3 years and pay a renewal fee. No other form of exams are required anymore. If you do not choose to renew, then your certification is temporarily suspended for a year before it expires.
Format of the PMI-ACP® Exam
The duration of the PMI-ACP® exam is 3-hours. Before the exam there is a tutorial and at the end there is a survey, both of which are optional and usually take 5-10 minutes to complete.
There are 120 multiple-choice questions. Out of 120 questions, 20 are unscored (pretest) questions which do not affect the score and are used by PMI® to test validity of future questions. These 20 questions are spread randomly throughout the exam and the test taker will not be aware of the same.
The rest 100 questions carry 1 mark each. For each question, only 1 out of 4 choices are correct. There is no negative marking, so never leave any question unanswered. Each question is presented sequentially on the screen one at a time, with an option to go to the previous or next question. If you are unsure of the response for a particular question, you can ‘mark’ it and proceed to the next question. Marked questions can be reviewed after the last question is attempted. Each screen also has a button to pull-up an on-screen calculator, irrespective of whether the question is a numerical one or not.
Every exam taker in the world is almost guaranteed to be presented with a random and unique set of questions. The set of questions are statically allocated to you at the beginning of the exam. This means that correctness or incorrectness of an answer to a question does not determine the difficulty level of the next question.
Syllabus of the PMI-ACP® exam
The whole syllabus of the exam is divided into 7 domains, which is also how this course is aligned.
|Domain||Domain Name||Percentage of Items on Test|
|Domain I.||Agile Principles and Mindset||16%|
|Domain II.||Value-driven Delivery||20%|
|Domain III.||Stakeholder Engagement||17%|
|Domain IV.||Team Performance||16%|
|Domain V.||Adaptive Planning||12%|
|Domain VI.||Problem Detection and Resolution||10%|
|Domain VII.||Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)||9%|
Note that the percentage column is just for indicative purpose showing the distribution of emphasis on each domain. In reality the questions on the exam might cover topics that need knowledge from multiple domains at the same time. Under each domain a set of tasks are listed and described in the PMI-ACP® course outline.
Apart from the 7 domains, all certification seekers will be tested (with a few questions) and have to adhere to PMI®’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This is available at: http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/governance/code-of-ethics-and-professional-conduct.pdf?la=en
For more information about the PMI-ACP® certification check the PMI-ACP page https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/agile-acp/exam-prep
PMI, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.