Agile Certified Practitioner

Agile Certified Practitioner from the Project Management Institute USD $495
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP 150

Product Name: Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Product Description: From the people who brought you the PMP, the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. Show your peers, employers, and stakeholders that your agile knowledge runs deep. Created by agilists for agilists, the PMI-ACP is our fastest growing certification, and it’s no wonder. Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts—75 percent versus 56 percent—as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. The PMI-ACP spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) So it will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

Reviewed by Anthony Mersino on February 28, 2020

The PMI-ACP was the first foray into Agile certifications by the Project Management Institute. Launched in 2012, it has grown quickly though there are significantly less of the PMI-ACP holders than the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI. As of early 2020, there were over 32,000 people holding the PMI-ACP credential.

The PMI-ACP is notable in that it covers all of Agile, rather than being only focused on Scrum. So you will be expected to know Kanban, eXtreme Programming, and Lean Software Development in addition to Scrum.

I highly recommend the use of an online assessment tool to make sure you are prepared to pass, without over-investing. The online practice exams were helpful for getting a sense of the breadth of the test and the length of time it would take to complete the exam. I took 3 full tests of 120 questions as well as several shorter practice exams.

Applicable Role: Any

Prerequisites: In order to qualify to sit for the PMI-ACP exam, participants must meet education and experience requirements. The education requirement is simple – you must have 21 contact hours of formal educational training in Agile practices. For experience, applicants must have 1,500 hours of experience on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. That experience needs to be within the last 3 years. Applicants also need 2,000 hours of project experience within the last 5 years.

Preparation: Preparing for the PMI-ACP exam requires a significant investment. The online application itself requires quite a bit of time as you document your agile and project experience.

Though not required, most people find it helpful to take a training course aligned to the PMI-ACP exam content. Even with proper agile training, passing the exam is no cake walk. Depending on your experience with agile and your ability to think like PMI’s evil test creators, you’ll probably have to do some self-study. If you have agile experience it may or may not help you. PMI expects you to know the PMI answer and not necessarily what you would do in real life.

Taking the Assessment:  There is a pretty significant exam of 120 questions and it is not open book. You are given 3 hours to complete the exam. The exam allows you to mark answers to return to them.

When I took the exam in 2012, I went to a test facility. PMI has since moved to online proctored exams.

Cost: The exam costs $435 for PMI members and $495 for others. If you fail the test on the first try, you can re-apply for $100 off the price, which provides a significant incentive to make sure you pass on the first attempt.

Popularity / Recognition: While PMI is a recognized brand, the PMI-ACP is not very popular. The Scrum community has mostly ignored it and the people that tend to be most familiar are people familiar with PMI. However, over 32,000 people now hold the PMI-ACP so it is more popular than most agile and scrum certifications.

Bottom Line: I think the PMI-ACP is a good and rigorous certification that reflects well on the certification holder. Due to the rigor of the exam a key benefit is what the certification gains from the process rather than say employer or recruiter recognition. We gave it a 4 out of 5 overall which puts it in the top 20 certifications.

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  • Broader scope than just Scrum.
  • Requires documented experience using agile.
  • PMI is a recognized brand and authority.


  • Not as popular as some of the Scrum certifications.
  • Significant investment in time to prepare for the exam.

Project Management Institute Profile and Contact Information

Description from WebsiteProject Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession.

Through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research, we work to prepare more than three million professionals around the world for the Project Economy: the coming economy in which work, and individuals, are organized around projects.
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Year Founded1969
Thought LeadershipThought leadership for the PMI-ACP was originally based on a set of 12 books by separate authors. The PMI Agile Practice Guide, authored by PMI and the Agile Alliance, has also been added as a reference for the PMI-ACP exam and certification.

The authors of the books required for the exam are:
Lyssa Adkins
David J. Anderson
Guy Beaver
Alistair Cockburn
Mike Cohn
Esther Derby
Marcus Hammarberg
Jim Highsmith
Diana Larsen
Dan Rawsthorne
Alan Shalloway
Doug Shimp
Joakim Sunden
James R. Trott
Robert K. Wysocki
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Mailing AddressProject Management Institute, 14 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA
Certificant DirectoryProject Management Institute Certification Registry


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