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Prepare for Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on-time business value. Today, more and more organizations and companies are adopting the Agile Approach over the traditional Waterfall Methodology and many more are progressively making this essential transition. It is increasingly important that Project Management professionals demonstrate true leadership in today's software projects. Our Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP)® CertificationTraining will prepare you to lead your next Agile project and help you prepare for the Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification Exam.

  •  3 days of Intense Classroom Sessions with an Experienced Trainer
  •  21 Contact Hours/PDUs with Certificate, satisfying a key prerequisite for the ACP Exam
  •  100% Money Back Guarantee
  •  2 Complete Sets of ACP® Practice Tests – helps you to evaluate your preparation level
  •  Learn through Discussion - in Classroom Training
  •  Tips and Tricks on how to pass the ACP® Exam
  •  Access to High Quality Online self learning Content, post Workshop
  •  Approved Course Material by PMI
  •  Post-workshop support through e-mail, telephone and webinars

We at Course Highlights follow a Practitioners' Approach towards training. We focus on:

  • Providing experienced Faculty to teach and transmit The PMBOK® Guide, content.
  • Making participants oriented to globally accepted Project Management methodology.
  • Helping participants to improve their Project Management Skills.
  • Fostering continuous improvement in project performance.
  • Instilling confidence to manage projects of various complexity and size.
  • Preparing participants for the PMP® examination.
  • Assisting in expediting professional advancement.
  • Increasing the corporate bottom line.
  • Enabling participants to pass the PMP® exam on their first attempt. We have a 96% first-time success rate!
  • Aspiring Professional Project Managers who have a College Degree and a minimum of 3 years working as a Project Manager.
  • Aspiring Professional Project Managers who have a High School Diploma (or equivalent) and a minimum of 5 years working as a Project Manager.
  • Anybody who is interested in Project Management.

Guidelines to help you successfully gain PMI-ACP® Certification:


Requirement Description
Educational Background Secondary School Certification (High School Diploma or Equivalent)
General Project Management Experience 2,000 hours of project team work experience. These hours must have been earned within the last 5 years.
If you already hold a PMPR credential, you have already fulfilled this requirement
Agile Project Management Experience 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 have been 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 the exam, it is required that you earn 30 Agile PDUs, or 3 Agile CEUs every 3 years, in order to maintain your PMI-ACP®® Certification. These contact hours can concurrently count toward your PMI-ACP® and/or PMP if you hold both designations.

PMI-ACP® Application Fees

PMI-ACP® Exam Administration Type PMI Member PMI Nonmember
Computer-based testing $435 $495
Reexamination CBT $335 $395
CCR Certification renewal $90 $130

PMI-ACP® Application and Renewal Process

  • Once the PMI-ACP® application process has been initiated then it must be completed within 90 days.
  • We advise that you complete the online PMI-ACP® application if possible. It is much quicker than other methods and only takes 5 business days to process.
  • Please note, it is not possible to schedule your PMI-ACP® Exam until your application has been approved by the governing body, PMI, and all fees have been paid.
  • If you are audited (possibly up to 25% of applications are randomly audited), you have 90 days to respond. You will not be considered eligible to appear for the exam unless you have successfully completed the audit.
  • You have one year to take the PMI-ACP® exam after application approval. You can retake the PMI-ACP® exam up to three times during the approval year.
  • Your PMI-ACP® Certification cycle starts the day you pass your Exam, and your cycle is 3 years. You need to earn 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 actually passed the exam. You have 1 full year to renew your Certification.
  • Your PMI-ACP® Certification expires one year after the suspension period begins.

PMI-ACP® Exam Pattern Overview

No. of Scored Questions 100
No. of Pre-test (not scored) Questions 20
Total PMI-ACP Exam Questions 120

PMI-ACP® Exam Content Overview

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

PMI-ACP® Exam Blueprint  
Agile tools and techniques 50%
Agile knowledge and skills 50%
Total 100%
Empirical Process
 Introduction to AGILE and PMI
 Prerequisites for the PMI-ACP® Exam
 About the AGILE Exam; Procedure, Format and its Content
 Question Answer Session
 Agile Information Radiator
 Agile Team Space
 Agile Tooling
 Osmotic Communications for collocated teams
 Osmotic Communications for distributed teams
 Agile Daily Stand-ups
Agile Planning, Monitoring and Adopting
 Agile Retrospectives
 Agile Task and Kanban boards
 Agile Time Boxing
 Agile Iteration and Release Planning
 Agile WIP limits
 Agile Burn Down/up Charts
 Agile Cumulative Flow Diagrams
 Agile Process Tailoring
Agile Estimation
 Agile Relative Sizing/story Points
 Agile Wide Band Delphi
 Agile Planning Poker
 Agile Affinity Estimating
 Agile Ideal Time
 Agile Process Tailoring
Agile analysis and design
 Agile Product Road Map
 Agile User Stories and Backlog
 Agile Story Maps
 Agile Progressive Elaboration
 Agile Wire Frames
 Agile Chartering
 Agile Personas
 Agile Modeling
Product Quality
 Agile Frequent Verification and Validation
 Agenda for the Session
 Agile Test First Development
 Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development
 Agile Definition of Done/Complete
 Agile Continuous Integration
Soft skills Negotiation
 Agile Emotional Intelligence
 Agile Collaboration
 Agile Adaptive Leadership
 Agile Negotiation
 Agile Conflict Resolution
 Agile Servant Leadership
Risk management
 Agile Risk-Adjusted Backlog
 Agile Risk Burn Down Graphs
 Agile Risk-based Spike
Value-based prioritization
 Agile Return On Investment (ROI)
 Agile Net Present Value (NPV)
 Agile Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
 Agile Compliance
 Agile Customer-Valued Prioritization
 Agile Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
 Agile relative Prioritization or Ranking
Agile Metrics
 Agile Velocity
 Agile Cycle Time
 Agile Earned Value Management (EVM) for agile projects
 Agile Escaped Defects
Agile value stream analysis
 Agile value Stream Mapping
 Agile Flow Charts
 Agile Spaghetti Diagrams
Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-1)
 Active listening
 Agile Manifesto values and principles
 Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
 Agile Brainstorming techniques
 Building empowered teams
 Coaching and mentoring within teams
 Agile Communications management
 Feedback techniques for product (e.g., prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, evaluations)
 Incremental delivery
 Agile Knowledge sharing
 Agile Leadership tools and techniques
 Agile Problem-solving strategies, tools, and techniques
 Project and quality standards for Agile projects
 Stakeholder management
 Agile Team motivation
 Time, budget, and cost estimation
 Value-based decomposition and prioritization
Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-2)
 Agile frameworks and terminology
 Building high-performance teams
 Agile Business case development
 Collocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams
 Agile Continuous improvement processes
 Elements of a project charter for an Agile project
 Agile Facilitation methods
 Agile Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
 PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
 Process analysis techniques
 Value-based analysis
Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-3)
 Agile contracting methods
 Agile project accounting principles
 Applying new Agile practices
 Compliance (organization)
 Control limits for Agile projects
 Agile Failure modes and alternatives
 Globalization, culture, and team diversity
 Agile Innovation games
 Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
 Regulatory compliance
 Variance and trend analysis
 Variations in Agile methods and approaches
 Vendor management
  •  3 days of Intense Classroom Sessions with an Experienced Trainer
  •  21 Contact Hours/PDUs with Certificate, satisfying a key prerequisite for the ACP® Exam
  •  100% Money Back Guarantee
  •  2 Complete Sets of ACP® Practice Tests – helps you to evaluate your preparation level
  •  Learn through Discussion - in Classroom Training
  •  Tips and Tricks on how to pass the ACP® Exam
  •  Access to High Quality Online self learning Content, post Workshop
  •  Approved Course Material by PMI
  •  Post-workshop support through e-mail, telephone and webinars

What is Agile?

Agile is a philosophy that uses organizational models based on people, collaboration and shared values. The Agile Manifesto outlines the tenets of Agile philosophy. Agile uses rolling wave planning, iterative and incremental delivery, rapid and flexible response to change, and open communication between teams, stakeholders and customers. There are many agile methodologies that adhere to these tenets, such as Scrum, XP, Lean and Test-driven Development (TDD).

Here are definitions for some common terms associated with agile principles and practices:

Term Definition
Agile Manifesto A public declaration of the philosophy and principles of agile software development,created in February 2001 in Snowbird, Utah, USA. Visit the Agile Manifesto to learn more.
Agile Methodologies Frameworks and processes whose practices support the Agile Manifesto principles. Examples include:Scrum,Extreme Programming (XP),Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM Atern), Feature Driven Development(FDD).
Agile Practices Activities that are the application of agile principles.
Agile Principles Fundamental truths and shared values that drive behavior in agile methodologies.
Incremental and Iterative The approach of implementing a work product in successive pieces (increments),while also gradually refining the work product through targeted improvements (iterations).

What are some examples of agile principles and practices?

Agile principles and practices include:

  • Early, measurable return on investment through defined, iterative delivery of product increments.
  • High visibility of project progress allows early identification and esolution or monitoring of problems.
  • Continuous involvement of the customer throughout the product evelopment cycle.
  • Empowerment of the business owner to make decisions needed to meet goals.
  • Adaptation to changing business needs, giving more influence over requirement changes.
  • Reduced product and process waste.

What value do agile principles and practices bring to an organization?

Organizations who use agile principles and practices have documented the value they see from these techniques:

  • Adaptive to changing business needs, giving the organization more influence over adding, changing, or removing requirements.
  • Early and continuous customer feedback improves communication and empowers business owners who can receive and review critical information necessary to make decisions to steer the project throughout the development process.
  • Early measurable return on investment.
  • High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems.
  • Incremental delivery rather than a single complete delivery at the end of the project. Reduces product and process waste.

How is the PMI-ACP® different from the Project Management Professional(PMP)®credential?

The PMI-ACP® certification specifically validates a practitioner’sability to understand and apply agile principles and practices. The PMP®credential recognizes demonstrated competence leading and directing project teams.

Why did PMI develop the PMI-ACP® certification?

Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. PMI market research shows that project management practitioners are embracing agile principles and practices for successfully managing projects. Additionally, the following points show the increasing demand for an agile certification:

  • PMI members,credential holders, and individuals who embrace agile principles and practices are looking to PMI for certification, recognition, and educational opportunities.
  • Many project professionals experienced in traditional techniques are seeing the demand for agile principles and practices in many industries and organizations. These practitioners are eager to add agile principles and practices to their project management skillset.
  • Organizations that use project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in agile principles and practices to deliver projects more quickly, with less waste and cost due to misunderstood or poorly defined requirements.

Do this Scrum Alliance course qualify for the education eligibility requirement of CSM certification?

Yes, Scrum Alliance courses qualify for the education eligibility requirements. Only hours of training in agile practices will meet the certification eligibility requirements. One hour of education equals one contact hour of education eligibility.

What is (PMI-ACP)® certification?

PMI-ACP® is a single certification that provides the brief details of umbrella of all Agile frameworks in one workshop, along with Agile project Management practices, including engineering / technical practices. This helps participants under the expectations from each of the other roles in addition to his/her role. The coverage is comprehensive.

Who can attend (PMI-ACP)®training?

This 3-day training workshop is ideal for all agile aspirants such as PMO Leaders, Project Directors, Project Heads, Project Leads, Project Consultants, Project Analysts, Project Managers, Program Managers, Delivery Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, QA Analysts, Project Stakeholders, Project Coordinators and all other professionals who are involved in projects. The most benefitted are the traditional Project Managers working with agile developers; and Project Managers looking for more successful ways to facilitate a project’s success.

PMI® Agile Certification Practitioner Eligibility Requirements

PMI-ACP® Exam Content Overview

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

Requirement Description
General Project Experience • 2,000 hours working on project teams
• These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
• Active PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement
AgileMethodologies • 1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
• These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours 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

What are the fees?

Once again, please refer to the PMI-ACP® handbook: PMI-ACP® Handbook for details.

The fee for PMI members is $435 and non-member fee is $495. PMI membership cost is $119 per year and there is a $10 joining fee.

What is the certification process?

The process is you complete the application online and upon review and confirmation; you will be able to pay the fees as above. Once the fee is paid your application may optionally be selected for audit. If it is, you follow the instructions to complete the audit and proceed to schedule the examination.

Exam format

  • The examination consists of 120 multiple choice questions and each question has only one correct answer. There are no negative marks.
  • Out of 20 questions, 100 questions are actually counted towards your final score.
  • Upon completing the examination, you will be able to see your result immediately.

How do I prepare for this examination?

You should enroll yourself for Agile training, which in any case is one of the pre-requisites for the examination. The training should provide you with guidance about Agile methodologies and what to study for the examination.

In addition, you should go through the list of suggested references by PMI (see link: If you are not a PMP or not otherwise familiar with the Project Management Body of Knowledge, you may want to read the PMBOK to familiarize yourself with general Project management concepts. You would also need to read the PMI code of ethics document.

You must also get sufficient practice of solving exam questions including few “full-length” examinations under simulated conditions.