The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification allows practitioners to showcase their knowledge of agile principles and techniques. It can dramatically improve how they are perceived by peers, employers, and stakeholders alike. Those who are interested in taking the Agile Certification Exam can read on to find out what to expect and how to get started preparing below.

What Does the PMI-ACP Involve?

The PMI-ACP certification requires passing a 120-question, multiple-choice test and meeting all education and experience requirements. Even those who have substantial education and experience should devote plenty of time to preparing for the exam. Most successful candidates make full use of the available study aids prior to attempting the exam.

Study Aids

Candidates have access to a variety of tools that will help them ensure that they are fully prepared. These include formal study courses, study groups, handbooks, exam content outlines, and more. These study materials are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Arabic to make them more accessible to a wider array of candidates.

The Latest Exam

Each time a new PMI publication is released the PMI-ACP certification is updated to reflect these changes. The latest change was made in March of 2018, so readers should make sure that they use study materials that were published after this date as these will contain the latest terminology. While the previous exam content outline released in September of 2017 is still relevant, candidates should note that the new exam could reference the newer version of the Agile Practice Guide.

Reference Guides

There are a wide variety of reference guides available to help candidates ensure that they are prepared. Since the PMI-ACP does not reference one single text or endorse one specific online course, candidates may want to review several of these available references. In addition to the Agile Practice Guide, candidates might want to review additional resources by authors like Mike Kohen, Lyssa Adkins, Alistair Cockburn, and others.

Get Started Preparing Early

The best tip any candidate looking to be certified can get is to begin his or her preparations early. Readers shouldn’t assume that extensive experience is enough to compensate for a lack of study time.