The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner(PMI ACP) and Project Management Professional(PMP) are two globally recognized professional certificates for professionals aiming to take their careers to the next level.
In this article, we will explore what is PMP and PMI ACP one after the other. We will then make a comparative study of both the certifications, their cost, exam pattern, exam prerequisites and their benefits. By the end of the article, you will be able to make a clear-cut decision on which is best suited for your career.
PMI-ACP certification offered by the Project Management Institute, USA, is the fastest-growing Agile certificate and includes various agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, and many more. It requires a high level of professional integrity as it combines agile training, fundamentals and tools.
The unconventional and modern methodology, known as Agile Methodology, forms the basis of PMI ACP certification. It is a highly flexible methodology, best suited for industries which require high-quality products in a short duration of time.
Under PMI ACP certification, the certified holder is required to lead and work as a project manager of a small development team. Agile also includes four values and 12 principles to deliver value to customers in uncertain environments.
PMI ACP examination is conducted in an MCQ format with 120 questions. Out of this, 20 are considered as pre-test questions, and the candidate is expected to answer 100 questions within a time span of one hour.
To apply for a PMP certification, the aspirant needs to hold at least a secondary degree(High school or equivalent education level). If the highest education level is a secondary degree, then the following requirements need to be satisfied:
However, if the highest education level is a 4-year degree or above, then:
The cost of the certification varies for PMI members and non-members. Also, the exam can be computer-based or paper-based. Depending on these two criteria, the cost is tabulated below in USD.
|Membership status||Amount in USD|
|Computer based testingMember||435|
For paper based testing, the cost is as follows:
|Membership status||Amount in USD|
|Paper based testingMember||385|
PMP is considered to be the gold standard for any certification course in project management. Recognized globally, it certifies the experience, education, skill and competency required to lead and direct projects.
The PMP certification is based on the Waterfall methodology, which is a traditional method of project development and completion. The projects under this methodology focus on a clearly defined plan with a specified completion date, making it highly predictable.
A PMP examination is a Multiple Choice Question exam where a candidate is expected to answer 175 out of 200 questions. The remaining 25 are pre-test questions. The duration is 4 hours.
To apply for a PMI ACP certification, the following requirements need to be satisfied:
The cost of the certification varies based on various factors like the country of residence, the institution, and whether the candidate opts for classroom training or self-paced. Also, the certification cost is dependent on whether or not the candidate holds a PMI membership. The cost has been given in the table below:
|Prerequisites||2000 hours of general project experience plus 1,500 working hours on agile project teams |
|Training||21 hours of training in agile practices||35 hours of project management education or CAPM certification|
|Exam Pattern||120 MCQ. 100 to be answered. 20 pre-test questions||200 MCQ. 175 to be answered. 25 pre-test questions.|
|Time duration||One hour||4 hours|
|Certification cost (USD)With membership|
435 (computer based)
385 (paper based)
|Certification cost (USD) Without membership|
495 (computer based)
445 (paper based)
|Average salary per annum ||94000||10500|
|Who will benefit?||Managers who wish to adapt the Agile methodology and its principles||Professionals who wish to practice the traditional waterfall approach to project execution|
In the long run, both these certifications enhance professionals' knowledge. Some teams function efficiently when they follow the Waterfall project management process, while some others excel when practising Agile principles.
Every organization adopts one approach or the other. Therefore, one should choose the certification course that is best suited to their career goal and to the organization that employs them. Currently, both certifications are gaining credence among employers in technology space.
Therefore, it is recommended to opt for a certification that leverages your competence level in project management.
StarAgile offers training courses for both PMI ACP and PMP certifications through experts who possess 20+ years of experience in mentoring candidates on technical courses. Our training materials, mock tests and exam strategies not only help you to crack the exam but also shape you into becoming efficient professionals capable of handling complex projects and executing them successfully.
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