PMI Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)®

Course Overview

The Agile Certified Practitioner Certification (ACP) from PMI is designed for professionals who are versatile and who aspire to accelerate their career growth in Agile Methodology. If you have a thorough knowledge of Agile principles of Scrum, Lean, Kanban, XP, DSDM, TDD, ATDD, etc., or simply are a Project Manager with Agile based project experience, PMI-ACP is the course for you. Give your high-endurance capabilities a name by taking this certification. Organizations that use Agile techniques to manage their projects are always a step ahead in successful delivery and client satisfaction. Our exhaustive PMI-ACP training course will equip you with the necessary learning with experience-based training and prep you thoroughly for the certification exam.

Course duration

  • 21 contact hours spread over 3 days (8 hours per day) of classroom based lectures with e-Learning facility.
  • Course includes exam preparation and mock tests.

Who should attend?

  • Project Managers/Associate Project Managers,
  • Project Sponsors,
  • Project Planners,
  • Developers and Programmers,
  • Designers and Testers,
  • Product Owners,
  • Team Leaders/Team Managers,
  • Project Controllers,
  • Scrum Masters,
  • Scrum team members,
  • Quality Assurance Staff.

Course path

The course includes an in-depth study of:

  • Introduction to PMI-ACP;
  • Agile Methodologies, Principles and Processes:
  • Value Based Prioritization& Delivery;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Team Performance and Leadership;
  • Planning, Monitoring & Adapting;
  • Problem Detection and Solving; and
  • Continuous Product, Process& People Improvement;

Pre-requisites for the course and eligibility for exam

  1. A secondary degree, i.e., a high school diploma or an associate’s degree or a global equivalent,
  2. Minimum 16 months (2,000 hours) of non-overlapping experience in working on general project teams within the past 5 years,
  3. Minimum 12 months (1500 hours) of non-overlapping experience in working on Agile based projects within the past 3 years. This experience should be in addition to the general project experience, and
  4. 21 contact hours of training in Agile practices.

*If candidate holds a PMP certification, PMI verifies that s/he has fulfilled the general project experience criterion. Therefore, PMP certificate holders shall be exempt from the general project experience requirement.

**This exception applies only to general project experience. The candidate will still have to fulfill the criterion of Agile based project experience.

Certification

The Agile Certified Professional exam is conducted by Project Management Institute – USA (PMI). The certifications are also given by the PMI.

Exam format

  • The exam is sat online at a CBT testing center or through an online proctor at a place of the candidate’s convenience (home or office).
  • A paper based exam may be applied for under limited circumstances.
  • The exam duration is 3 hours (180 minutes) with no additional reading time.
  • There shall be 120 multiple choice questions out of which 20 questions are pretest questions.
  • The 20 pretest questions are not used to score you in the exam.
  • A printed copy of the result is received after completion of the exam with details of the candidate’s performance in each domain, irrespective of his/her passing or failing the exam.
  • Certificates are usually received within 6 to 8 weeks after passing the exam. A candidate may download a soft copy of the certificate from PMI website within 24 hours of passing the exam.
  • The minimum passing percentage is not disclosed by PMI.

Syllabus

Module 01 - The Process
  • The Process
  • Application Process
  • ACP Qualifications
  • Scheduling Your Exam
  • Rescheduling/Cancelling
  • Fees
  • Chapter 01 Quiz
Module 02 - The Exam
  • The Exam
  • Exam Results
  • The ACP Exam
  • Exam Breakdown
  • Tools and Techniques 50% of Exam Part1
  • Tools and Techniques 50% of Exam Part2
  • Knowledge & Skills 50% of Exam
  • Level 1 (33% of Total Examination Questions)
  • Level 2 (12% of Total Examination Questions)
  • Level 3 (5% of Total Examination Questions)
  • “• Key Readings”
  • “• Domain Breakdown”
  • Chapter 02 Quiz
Module 03a - Agile Principles & Mindset Part 1
  • Agile Principles & Mindset
  • Domain Tasks
  • PMBOK Guide vs. Agile
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Two Types of Agile
  • The Four Types of Life Cycles Part1
  • The Four Types of Life Cycles Part2
  • The Big 3 Life Cycles
  • The Four Types of Life Cycles Continuum
  • Strategies to Implement Agile
  • Agile in Context
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile is Iterative & Incremental
  • Iterative & Incremental Approaches
  • The Effects of WIP & “Best Resourcing”
  • The History of Agile
  • The Beginning of Agile (
  • Agile Development Values…
  • The 12 Principles of Agile Software
  • The Heartbeat of Agility
  • Must, Wants & Needs
  • Scrum Basics Part1
  • Scrum Basics Part2
  • Foundation
  • The Scrum Roles
  • Team Members
  • A Product / Project Vision
  • Product Backlog Part1
  • Product Backlog Part2
  • Product Backlog Part3
  • Scrum
  • The Daily Sprint Schedule
  • Sprint Planning Meeting
  • The Daily Scrum
  • Iteration-Based vs Flow-Based Agile
  • Sprint Review
  • Sprint Retrospective
  • The Basic Team Board or Scrum Board
  • Adding Kanban to Scrum
  • Scrum: Iteration 0
  • Extreme Programming
  • Basics Part1
  • Basics Part2
  • Core Values
  • Principles & Practices
  • Core Practices – Fine Scale Feedback
  • Fine Scale Feedback – Release Planning
  • Fine Scale Feedback – Iteration Planning
  • Test Driven Development
  • XP Core Practices – Continuous Process
  • Core Practices – Shared Understanding
  • Core Practices – Programmer Welfare
  • The Extreme Programming Workflow
  • The Basic Steps Part1
  • The Basic Steps Part2
  • XP vs. Scrum
  • Feature-Driven Development (FDD) Part1
  • Feature-Driven Development (FDD) Part2
  • 1. Develop Overall Model
  • 2. Build Feature List
  • 3. Plan by Feature & 4. Design by Feature
  • 5. Build by Feature
  • Feature-Driven Development (FDD) Terms
  • Scrum vs. FDD
  • Chapter 03A Quiz
Course 03b - Agile Principles & Mindset Part 2
  • Dynamic Systems Development (DSDM)
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method
  • Prerequisites for Using DSDM
  • DSDM – Atern Philosophy
  • The Atern Team Model
  • DSDM Eight Principles
  • 1. Focus on the Business Need
  • 2. Deliver on Time
  • 3. Collaborate
  • 4. Never Compromise Quality
  • 5. Build Incrementally from Firm Foundations
  • 6. Develop Iteratively
  • 7. Communicate Continuously & Clearly
  • 8. Demonstrate Control
  • Crystal Overview
  • Cockburn Differentiated Between…
  • Crystal Methods Focus on…
  • Crystal
  • Common Crystal 7 Properties
  • Frequent Delivery
  • Reflective Improvement
  • Close or Osmotic Communication
  • Personal Safety & Focus
  • Easy Access to Expert Users
  • Automated Tests, Configuration Management Frequent Integration
  • Lean Software Development (LSD)
  • Key Tools & Concepts
  • Seven Wastes (TIMWOOD)
  • Kanban Part1
  • Kanban Part2
  • Kanban Part3
  • Kanban Part4
  • Task/Kanban Board
  • Five Core Principles of Kanban
  • Scrum vs. Kanban
  • Test Your Assumption
  • Scaling Agile
  • SAFe 3.0
  • SAFe Core Values
  • Level I – Portfolio
  • Level II – Program
  • Level III – Team
  • What is Nexus?
  • Nexus Consists of…Part1
  • Nexus Consists of…Part2
  • Nexus Process Flow Part1
  • Nexus Process Flow Part2
  • Nexus Process Flow Part3
  • Each Retrospective Should…
  • Refinement Meetings
  • LeSS
  • LeSS / Scrum Commonalities
  • LeSS / Scrum Differences Part1
  • LeSS / Scrum Differences Part2
  • Disciplined Agile Development Part1
  • Disciplined Agile Development Part2
  • The Backlog Part1
  • The Backlog Part2
  • Lifecycle Versions
  • Roles
  • DAD vs. Scrum
  • Disciplined Agile Development
  • PMOs Part1
  • PMOs Part2
  • Differentiation vs. Integration
  • Organizational Structure Part1
  • Organizational Structure Part2
  • Chapter 03B Quiz
Module 04 - Value-Driven Delivery
  • Value-Driven Delivery
  • Domain Tasks
  • Value-Driven Delivery (cont.)
  • Value-Driven Delivery (cont.)
  • Assessing Value Part1
  • Assessing Value Part2
  • Assessing Value Part3
  • Planning Value
  • Value Stream Mapping Part1
  • Value Stream Mapping Part2
  • Value Stream Mapping Part3
  • Poppendieck’s 7 Lean Wastes Manufacturing to Software
  • Prioritization
  • Prioritization (cont.)
  • Kano Analysis Part1
  • Kano Analysis Part2 (
  • Prioritization (cont.)
  • A Sample Story Map
  • Risk
  • Major Risk Classes
  • Agile Helps Mitigate Risks Part1
  • Agile Helps Mitigate Risks Part2
  • Agile Helps Mitigate Risks Part3
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Expected Monetary Value (EMV)
  • Decision Tree Analysis Part1
  • Decision Tree Analysis Part2
  • EMV
  • Agile Contracting Part1
  • Agile Contracting Part2
  • Agile Contracting Part3
  • Agile Contracting Part4
  • Agile Contracting Part5
  • Agile Contracting Part6
  • Why not Gantt Charts & other software?
  • Little’s Law
  • Demonstrations
  • Cumulative Cost Curve
  • In Alphabetical Order
  • Forecasting – ETC
  • Forecasting – EAC
  • Forecasting – TCPI
  • Burndown Chart Part1
  • Burndown Chart Part2
  • Burn Up Chart
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram
  • Chapter 04 Quiz
Module 05 - Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Domain Tasks Part1
  • Domain Tasks Part2
  • Who is a Stakeholder?
  • Stakeholder Engagement (cont.)
  • Wireframes
  • Personas Part1
  • Personas Part2
  • Persona Example: Frances Miller
  • User Stories Part1
  • User Stories Part2
  • User Story Strengths
  • User Stories The 3 Cs
  • You Must INVEST in Your Stories
  • Given, When, Then
  • Definition of Done (DoD)
  • F2F is Best
  • Information Radiators
  • Information Radiators Examples
  • Agile Modeling
  • The Diagram & The Write Up
  • Active Listening
  • Facilitation Methods
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Speed B. Leas Conflict Model
  • Participatory Decision Models
  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Servant Leader’s Approach to Work
  • Servant Leaders…Part1
  • Servant Leaders…Part2
  • 12 Principles for Leading Agile Projects
  • Chapter 05 Quiz
Module 06 - Boosting Team Performance
  • Boosting Team Performance
  • Domain Tasks Part1
  • Domain Tasks Part2
  • COCOMO
  • Weighting Factors for COCOMO Input Variables
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Theories of Management Style Part1
  • Theories of Management Style Part2
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Ability-Based EI Model
  • Goleman’s Mixed EI Model
  • Empowered Teams
  • High-Performance Teams Part1
  • High-Performance Teams Part2
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • The Daily Scrum
  • One-on-One Coaching & Mentoring
  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Green Zone/Red Zone
  • Other Tools
  • Chapter 06 Quiz
Module 07 - Adaptive Planning
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Domain Tasks Part1
  • Domain Tasks Part2
  • The Basic Agile Project Planning Process
  • Adaptive Planning (cont.)
  • Timeboxing
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Process Tailoring
  • The Agile Pyramid Part1
  • The Agile Pyramid Part2
  • The Agile Test Pyramid
  • Value-Based Analysis
  • Value-Based Decomposition & Prioritization
  • Agile Games Part1
  • Agile Games Part2
  • Wideband Delphi & Planning Poker
  • Estimation Part1
  • Estimation Part2
  • Time & Cost Estimation
  • What Causes Project Delays? Part1
  • What Causes Project Delays? Part2
  • Planning Differences
  • Chapter 07 Quiz
Module 08 - Problem Detection & Resolution
  • Problem Detection & Resolution
  • Domain Tasks
  • Cycle Time
  • Cost vs. Value of Change
  • Escaped Defects
  • Quality Standards
  • Failure Modes & Alternatives Part1
  • Failure Modes & Alternatives Part2
  • Failure Modes & Alternatives Part3
  • In Control/Specification Limits
  • Continuous Integration Part1
  • Continuous Integration Part2
  • Risk-Based Spike
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Traditional Coding Model
  • The TDD Model
  • Red, Green, Refactor
  • TDD
  • Advantages & Disadvantages Part1
  • Advantages & Disadvantages Part2
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development Part1
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development Part2
  • TDD vs. Test 1st
  • Extreme Programming
  • Types of Refactoring Part1
  • Types of Refactoring Part2
  • Types of Refactoring Part3
  • Refactoring
  • Why Refactor?
  • Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving – Gather Data
  • Problem Solving – Generate Insights
  • 5 Whys
  • Problem Solving – Decide What to Do
  • Chapter 08 Quiz
Module 09 - Continuous Improvement
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Domain Tasks
  • Retrospectives Are Key
  • Retrospectives Steps
  • Pre-Mortem
  • Pre-Mortem Process
  • Stacey Complexity Model
  • Course Closure
  • Chapter 09 Quiz

FAQs

Q. Where is the ACP Certification exam conducted?
A. The exams are conducted at the PMI approved Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide. In India, these testing centers are at Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad. In the alternative, a candidate may also sit the exam through online proctoring at a place of his/her convenience.

Q. Under what circumstances can I sit the paper-based exam?
A. PMI allows you to opt for PBT (paper based testing) strictly under the following two circumstances:

  • If you live outside a radius of 240 km from a Pearson VUE testing center; or
  • A Pearson VUE testing center is not available in your country.

However, in either case, it is strongly recommended that you opt for the online proctored testing at a place of your convenience. Please do note that if at least 10 candidates do not apply for it, PMI may cancel a PBT

Q. For how long is the certification valid?
A. The certification is valid for 3 years.

Q. How do I renew / maintain my ACP certification?
A. In order to maintain the ACP Certification, you have to earn 30 PDU’s (Professional Development Units) in Agile related topics by the end of the validity period of 3 years.

Q. What is are PDU’s and how to earn them?
A. A ProfessionalDevelopment Unit (PDU) is a unit of measuring one’s professional development. One hour of ongoing training and development activity undertaken by a candidate earns him/her one PDU. PDU’s can be earned by continuous Agile related self-education like attending seminars, webinars, industry relevant events, online courses, or by creating content for use of other students / professionals. You may check out our Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program for avenues to earn PDU’s at our center.

Q. What happens if I do not achieve 30 PDU’s within 3 years?
A. If you do not achieve and report 30 PDU’s by the end of 3 years of your certification, your certification shall remain suspended for a period of one year from the date of expiry of the certification. Within this suspension period, you must complete the CCR (Continuing Certification Requirement) of 30 PDU’s.

Q. What happens if I do not fulfill CCR even within the suspension period?
A. If you do not fulfill the CCR even during the suspension period, your certification expires and you shall have to reapply for it.

Q. Can I prepare for and sit the exam by self-study without attending the course hours?
A. No. Although self-study is required in addition to the official training, 21 contact hours of training is mandatory to sit the exam.

Q. Is the course fee inclusive of exam fee and cost of study material?
A. No, the course fee is not inclusive of the exam fee. However, the study material and a training kit shall be provided by us.

Q. What is the exam fee?
A. The exam fee charged by PMI is US$ 435 for members of PMI and US$ 495 for non-members.

Q. Is the PMI membership necessary? What are its benefits?
A. No, the PMI membership is not necessary to acquire its certifications. However, subscribing to the membership entails many benefits like discounted prices on exam fee of all PMI accredited courses, free PMBOK Guide download, free opportunities to earn PDU’s, access to PMI’s publications, more than a thousand tools and templates and job opportunities on the PM Job Board. The membership fee of PMI for professionals is US$ 129 per year plus one time application fee of US$ 10. For students, the membership fee is US$ 32 per year.

Q. How do I apply for the exam?
A. The procedure to apply for the exam is the same as that for the PMP certification exam. For details, you may refer to the PMI-Agile Certified Professional Handbook on the following link:
https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/agile-certified-practitioner-handbook.pdf?sc_lang_temp=en.

Q. How many number ofattempts are allowedto pass the certification exam?
A. 3 attempts are allowed to pass the exam within the eligibility period of one year.

Q. What will happen if my eligibility period expires?
A. If your eligibility period lapses, you shall have to re-apply to PMI.