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PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Certification Requirements

Before you begin the process of earning your PMI-ACP credential you should read the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Handbook and visit the PMI.org website for additional information.

PMI-ACP Application Procedure

PMI-ACP® Exam Application Process

  • Register to become a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
    • This step is optional.
    • It costs $139 to become a member, but it saves you $60 on exam fees.
    • The standard non-member price to take the exam is $495. The PMI member price for the exam is $435.
  • Take our PMI-ACP Exam Prep Course to satisfy the required 21 contact hours (PDUs) education requirement.
  • Submit your PMI-ACP application through the PMI website & pay the fee.
    • There is no rush to do this step, we will help you with this as part of our PMI-ACP exam prep course and per PMI rules you must complete your 21 hours of training first anyway.
    • PMI® will review your application and respond within 3 to 5 business days.
    • Once your application is approved you will receive an invitation to pay for and schedule the exam.
  • Schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.
    • You have one year to take the exam after your application has been approved.
    • You may take the exam up to three (3) times during the eligibility period.
    • To learn more about the testing centers, please visit Pearson VUE.
  • Take and Pass the PMI-ACP Exam
    • 1 year to take the exam after your application is approved.
    • The PMI-ACP Exam has a total 120 questions (with 100 scored and 20 unscored questions).
    • 3 hour time limit.
    • The questions are broken down into 7 domains: Agile Principles and Mindset (16%), Value-driven Delivery (20%), Stakeholder Engagement (17%), Team Performance (16%), Adaptive Planning (12%), Problem Detection and Resolution (10%), and Continuous Improvement (9%).
    • Moment you pass you are certified for a 3 year cycle, need 30 PDUs to renew after 3 years.

PMI-ACP Certification Eligibility Requirements

General Project Experience

  • 12 months of general project experience
  • These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
  • Active PMP® or PgMP® certification will satisfy this requirement

Agile Project Experience

  • 8 months of agile project experience - working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
  • This requirement is in addition to the 12 months required in "general project experience"
  • These hours must be earned within the last 3 years

Training in Agile Practices

  • 21 contact hours
  • Hours must be earned in agile practices
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