PMI Agile Certified Practitioner – PMI-ACP

by Mirek Burnejko

PMI-ACPThe PMI-ACP certification is the newest product created by Project Management Institute.

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80% of all software development projects.

If you company use agile practices with your IT team, the PMI-ACP can provide an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of agile practices. It is the first certification that represents complete definition of agile.

The exam is not based on a specific agile methodology (Scrum, XP, TDD, etc…), but covers principles, practices, tools and techniques across agile methodologies.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a PMI-ACP Certified

You must pass only one exam PMI-ACP (CA0-002).

To become a PMI-ACP certified you must meet ALL the requirements:

  • General Project Experience
    • 2,000 hours working on project teams
    • These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
  • Agile Project Experience
    • 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 earned in agile practices

To register to the exam you must visit the Certification PMI website and login or register (for free). Choose “Apply for PMI-ACP Certification” and follow the instructions.

PMI can do an audit of your information provided in an application form.

More information about the requirements you can find in this official PMI-ACP handbook.

Format of the Exam

It is a normal computer-based test. You have 3 hours to answer 120 questions. (single and multiple-choice)

During a registration process you need PMI Eligibility ID. You will receive this information after providing your experience information and paying for the exam.

Where You Can Pass the PMI-ACP Exam

You can pass the exam in the nearest Prometric center. Just visit this website and click “Schedule your exam” for PMI-ACP. Next “schedule an appointment” and then follow the instructions.

When you cannot find a Prometric center, you can pass a paper-based test. More in this document.

How Much Does the PMI-ACP Exam Cost

The exam costs $495 or $435 (PMI members).
You will receive information how to pay for the exam after ending with your application process.

How To Renew your PMI-ACP Certification

The certification is valid for three years.
To renew your PMI-ACP certification you must to obtain 30 PDUs (Professional Development Units) per three-year cycle. On the list of activities you can find:

  • Courses offered by PMI’s R.E.P, chapters or communities
  • Continuing education
  • Self-Directed learning
  • Creating new project management knowledge
  • Volunteer services
  • Work as a professional in project management

You will receive detailed information about the renewal process after passing your PMI-ACP certification. If you want to find you more about this topic, use the official website.

Scope of the PMI-ACP Exam

The exam covers:

  • Agile tools and techniques – 50%
  • Agile knowledge and skills – 50%

A full scope of the exam you can find in this official document.

How To Prepare to the Exam

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with PMI-ACP please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: How can I become a PMI member?
A: Just fill out the form and pay a fee. Here you can find more information about membership benefits.

  • a Scrum master

    What if I only have Agile project experience ? Can I be eligible without General project Experience ?