PMI-ACP Exam for Agile Project Management

PMI… Those three letters strike fear into most project teams. I do not fault you for imagining an environment that’s heavy on process, rigid and poorly prepared to adapt to the changes common in software development projects. Times are changing, and PMI is adapting with them.

With the public release of the PMI-ACP (agile certified practitioner) certification we have our first agnostic agile credential. CSM and PSM exams are scrum centric; the PMI-ACP exam draws from XP, FDD, DSDM, Crystal, Lean, Kanban, Scrum and more. This holistic view of agile development makes the PMI-ACP a rising contender to be the premier agile project management credential.

The requirements are not onerous, but you do need to apply and prepare for the exam:

  • 3,500 hours of project experience:
    • 2,000 hours of project work within the last 5 years
    • 1,500 hours of agile project management work within the last 36 months
    • 21 hours of agile-specific training (CSM class or a PMI-ACP prep class)

If you are reassessing your personals goals for the year as we embark on the second half of 2012, take a moment to consider the PMI-ACP exam. Wow your friends with the breadth and depth of your agile development knowledge, and be the first one on your block to earn this valuable credential.

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3 Responses to PMI-ACP Exam for Agile Project Management

  1. pmi-acp exam says:

    I passed the exam about half a year ago. I was one of the first waves.
    It took me about 1 month to prepare for it and I’ve got Proficient in both domains.
    I used Andy Crowe’s book and for preperation.

  2. Mike Cobb says:

    I passed PMI-ACP last week. 50% of the questions was easy, rest of 50% require you to study. I used mike griffiths study guide and use whizlab, agile exam and 360pmo practice exam. I found 360PMO Practice Exam was the closest match to real exam.

  3. I passed the PSM I this year. I had taken the PSM class from Ken Schwaber a couple of years ago, and took the exam right after the class. Even though I had a ton of Scrum experience, I only got 80% on the exam the first time I took it, which is a “fail”. A couple of years later I decided to study and create my own practice exam. After creating it, I took the exam again and got 95%. If anyone is interested you can find some free sample questions on my website or pay to take my full practice exam. If you keep taking mine until you get at least 95% you should be in good shape to take the actual exam. Out of the few hundred people who have taken my exam, I have only heard of one person who has not passed PSM I.

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