PMI-ACP Certification Eligibility in 2022

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The Project management Institute or PMI provides the Agile Certified Practitioner or ACP certifications to the people who fulfil all the PMI ACP eligibility criteria. Though this exam is not extremely tough, you need to study hard as 50% of the questions are based on skills and knowledge, while the other 50% is based on agile methods and tools.     

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Introduction

Do you know about agile processes? Do you enjoy complex work? If yes and if you want to work speedily, then PMI ACP certification is for you. Understand PMI ACP requirements It will develop your skills and will make you an asset to your company. 

The demands for PMI ACP are on the rise constantly, especially for the companies which are opting for dynamic methods to enhance their skills and reduce time. You can enhance your versatility after getting the PMI ACP certification as it includes many methods like Lean, Scrum, XP or extreme programming, Kanban and TDD or test-driven development. 

PMI-ACP Certification Eligibility – An Overview

Before appearing for the PMI ACP examination, you should have a clear idea about the PMI ACP prerequisites. Have a look at the table below.

Name 
Education
PMI ACP Certification Prerequisites
Experience in Agile projects
Secondary degree/ High school diploma/Degree of an associate
Candidates have to work in agile projects or with agile teams for eight months or 1500 hours additionally after 12 months in general project experience. All of these should be done in the last three years. 
Agile Practice Training
Secondary degree/ High school diploma/Degree of an associate
Earning 21 contact hours which the applicants have to earn through in Agile process only. You have to learn agile philosophy, agile principles, methodologies and practices. 

Agile practice training hours will be counted based on each hour you are spending on Agile work. There are many courses, Agile workshops as well as educational sessions which you can join to earn the training hours. There is no need to complete the 21 hours in one go. You can have 2-hour sessions or 3-hour sessions, depending on your preferences. However, self-learning and attending a PMI network meeting are not considered for PMI ACP certification eligibility. There are few PMI ACP requirements to be met to apply for the exam, pass and get certified.

Process of PMI ACP Eligibility Exam 

Submitting the Application for PMI ACP Examination

  • After meeting all the PMI ACP prerequisites, you can submit your application following the PMI rules.
  • Once application is reviewed, you will get the response within 3-5 days from PMI.
  • If PMI approves your application, they will ask you to pay for fixing the exam schedule.

Scheduling PMI ACP Examination

  • You should appear for the exam within one year of approval of your application.
  • During this period, you can take the exam maximum of 3 times.

Passing the Exam

  • 120 questions in total consisting of 20 unscored questions and 100 scored questions
  • Candidates get 3 hours for exam completion.
  • Questions will come from 7 domains.

Once you clear the exam with flying colors, you will get the PMI ACP certificate which will be valid for three years. After that, you have to renew it using 30 PDUs. 

PMI ACP Syllabus Breakdown 

  • 16% questions from Agile Principles and Mindset
  • 20% questions from Value-driven Delivery
  • 17% from Stakeholder Engagement
  • 16% from Team Performance
  • 12% Questions from Adaptive Planning
  • 10% Questions from Problem Detection and Resolution
  • 9% questions form Continuous Improvement

Exam Cost

The following table will help you learn the cost of the PMI ACP exam for both members and non-members. 

Type of Exam
Price
Status of Membership
CBT or computer-based testing 
435$
Member
CBT or computer-based testing
495$
Non-member
PBT or Paper-based testing
385$
Member
PBT or Paper-based testing
445$
Non-member
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