Agile project management techniques are best applied to projects in which significant change is expected due to the inability to fully define product requirements up front, the use of new or unstable technology, or an unknown approach (such as in R&D projects). While agile approaches are not suited to every project, they can be utilized to benefit a wide range of projects, organizations and industries.
The PMI® Agile Certification is designed to validate a practitioner’s understanding of Agile principles and their ability to apply Agile principles to basic projects. As of June 2017, there are over 16,000 people who hold the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designation.
While other Agile Project Management designations do exist, the PMI-ACP designation is the only one backed by PMI (the Project Management Institute). In addition, while other certifications focus on software development or only require you to attend a course to write the exam, the PMI-ACP covers a broader range of domains and has an eligibility requirement for practical experience with agile.
To be eligible for the PMI-ACP Agile certification, participants must meet the following criteria:
- A secondary diploma (high school or equivalent) or above
- 2,000 hours experience working on project teams within the last 5 years (participants who are already a PMP® automatically meet this requirement)
- An additional 1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or with Agile methodologies within the last 2 years
- 21 contact hours of training in Agile topics (our 3-day Agile Project Management course meets this requirement)
- Passing the PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner exam
If you are interested in obtaining the PMI-ACP designation, or in learning more about Agile project management, including Scrum and the role of Scrum Master, there is no better place to start than by taking our 3-day Agile Project Management Hands On course.
PMI-ACP credential holders since February 2014
The PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) already has the greatest number of PMI credential holders next to the PMP and CAPM designations. With the next, sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide (scheduled to be released in September 2017) the popularity of the PMI-ACP credential is expected to increase. Project managers and team members who understand how and when to apply agile approaches to projects will be in greater demand.
Ready to roll-up your sleeves and learn how to apply agile approaches on your projects? Check out our Agile Project Management Hands On workshop.