PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

Agile Methodology

PMI Agile Certified PractitionerThe Project Management Institute (PMI)® launched the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Agile Certification in 2011 . This designation was built with the same rigors as the rest of the PMI certification family to provide comparable credibility for professionals who practice Agile methodologies in their organizations and during their projects.


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In order to achieve and maintain the PMI-ACP designation you must:

  • Get PMI to approve your PMI-ACP application (which means meeting all the application requirements)
  • Have 21 Agile PMI PDUs in advance of filling out the application
  • Pass the certification exam
  • Maintain your certification by earning 30 Agile PDUs over every three years

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PMI-ACP Certification Process

Here is the process you must follow and some helpful details to help you successfully gain the PMI-ACP certification:

Certification Resources

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Handbook
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Examination Content Outline
  • Reference Materials List

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Eligibility Requirements

Requirement Description
Educational Background Secondary degree (high school diploma or equivalent)
General Project Management Experience 2,000 hours working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the last 5 years. If you already hold a PMP® credential, you have already fulfilled this requirement.
Agile Project Management Experience 1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or in Agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required for general project management experience. These hours must be earned within the last 2 years.
Agile Project Management Training 21 contact hours earned in Agile project management topics (PMI-ACP PDUs)
PMI-ACP Examination Tests knowledge of Agile fundamentals and the ability to apply that knowledge to basic projects.
PMI-ACP Maintenance Once you pass your exam, you must maintain your PMI-ACP certification by earning 30 Agile PDUs or 3 Agile CEUs every 3 years. These hours can simultaneously count toward your PMI-ACP and PMP if you hold both designations.

PMI-ACP Application Fees

PMI-ACP Exam Administration Type PMI Member PMI Nonmember
Computer-based testing $435 $495
Paper-based testing $385 $445
Reexamination CBT $335 $395
Reexamination PBT $285 $345
CCR Certification renewal $90 $130

What you need to know about the PMI-ACP application and renewal process

  • Once you start the PMI-ACP application process you have 90 days to complete
  • Do the online PMI-ACP application if at all possible. It takes five business days to process as opposed to waiting for the mail to get to the right person
  • You can't schedule your PMI-ACP exam until the application is approved and fees are paid
  • If you are audited (possibly up to 25% of applications are randomly audited), you have 90 days to respond. You are not eligible until the successful completion of the audit
  • You have one year to take the PMI-ACP exam after application approval. You can retake the PMI-ACP exam three times during that year
  • Your PMI-ACP certification cycle starts the day you pass your exam, and your cycle is 3 years. You need 30 PDUs during that cycle
  • You complete the renewal process once you have 30 PDUs and pay the renewal fee
  • PMI-ACP certification suspension happens on the third anniversary of the day you passed your exam and you have yet to renew (1 year period)
  • PMI-ACP certification expiration happens one year after the suspension period begins

PMI-ACP Exam Information

100 Scored Questions

20 Pretest (Unscored) Questions

120 Total PMI-ACP Exam Questions

Alloted PMI-ACP Examination Time
3hrs. - Examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey both are optional

PMI-ACP Exam Content and Blueprint

Agile Principles and Mindset - 16%

Value-driven Delivery - 20%

Stakeholder Engagement - 17%

Team Performance -16%

Adaptive Planning - 12%

Problem Detection and Resolution - 10%

Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People) - 9%

Domain Details

Problem Detection and ResolutionContinuously 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.

Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)Continuously improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of the product, the process, and the team.

Reference List (books and information used as basis for the PMI-ACP exam)

  • Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber ISBN #0977616649
  • Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game - 2nd Edition Alistair Cockburn ISBN #0321482751
  • The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick ISBN #0321502752
  • Coaching Agile Teams Lyssa Adkins ISBN #0321637704
  • Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products - 2nd Edition Jim Highsmith ISBN #0321658396
  • Becoming Agile: an imperfect world Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky ISBN #1933988258
  • Agile Estimating and Planning Mike Cohn ISBN #0131479415
  • The Art of Agile Development James Shore ISBN #0596527675
  • User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development Mike Cohn ISBN #0321205685
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum Ken Schwaber ISBN #073561993X
  • Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott ISBN #0321532899


PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Boot Camp

To stay relevant in the competitive, changing world of project management, it's increasingly important that project management professionals can demonstrate true leadership ability on today's software projects. The Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification clearly illustrates to colleagues, organizations or even potential employers that you're ready and able to lead in this new age of product development, management and delivery.

Prepare for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)R certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on-time business value. This class is a stimulating combination of class interaction, active learning exercises and group collaboration. Each is designed to allow you to learn through practice so that you will be able to apply what you have learned in your work immediately.

Agile Principles and Mindset Explore, embrace, and apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.
Value-Driven Delivery Deliver valuable results by producing high-value increments for review, early and often, based on stakeholder priorities. Have the stakeholders provide feedback on these increments, and use this feedback to prioritize and improve future increments.
Stakeholder Engagement 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.
Team Performance Create 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.
Adaptive Planning Produce and maintain an evolving plan, from initiation to closure, based on goals, values, risks, constraints, stakeholder feedback, and review findings.


PMI and PMI-ACP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Courses related to this certification:
  • Application
  • Experience
  • Training
  • Code of Ethics

PMI Member: $435
PMI Non-Member: $495

Exam Details

120 multiple choice questions (100 scored) over 3 hours proctored at Prometric testing facility

Exam questions based on Agile Practice Guide

Required Education

Secondary degree (high school or equivalent)

Required Experience

2,000 hours / 12 months on project teams in last 5 years


1,500 hours / 8 months working on Agile project teams in last 3 years

Required Training

21 contact hours of PMI approved training on Agile practices

Other Requirement Details

Comply wth PMI Code of Ethics (


30 PDUs/3 years

Must be compliant with PMI Talent Triangle ("