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PMI-ACP®: Getting PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® in 5 Steps

 

General Information

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner

If you’re experienced using agile approaches, have good collaboration skills, eagerly embrace complexity and thrive on rapid response times, then your talents are in demand.

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. It will make you shine even brighter to your employers, stakeholders and peers.

The PMI-ACP® is our fastest growing certification, and it’s no wonder. Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts — 75 percent versus 56 percent — as shown in our (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI, 2015.) .

The PMI-ACP® spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) So it will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

Who Should Apply?

If you work on agile teams or if your organization is adopting agile practices, the PMI-ACP® is a good choice for you. Compared with other agile certifications based solely on training and exams, the PMI-ACP® is evidence of your real-world, hands-on experience and skill.

Prerequisites

  • 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP®.
  • 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices.

Here are the stops how to:

Step 1: Learn about PMI-ACP® Certification and apply

  • PMI-ACP® Overview
  • PMI-ACP® FAQ
  •  PMI-ACP® Credential Handbook
    The PMI-ACP Handbook gives you all the details of the PMI-ACP Exam process including exam policies and procedures. The first two sections are a must read for anyone considering PMI-ACP certification. These sections cover the must know basics such as exam eligibility requirements, how to complete the online application, the payment policy, and the PMI-ACP Exam blueprint. Knowing and understanding this information will go a long way to reducing your exam day stress.
  •  PMI-ACP® Exam Content Outline

Step 2: Get started with your PMI-ACP® certification preparation.

Make a plan! Get your prep materials and use our recommended resources:

STEP 2.1: Make a plan

Time
The material covered by the PMI-ACP Exam is extensive, detailed, and spread throughout many sources of reference material. This is not an examination you can “cram” for in a couple of weekends or simply rely upon your experience and pass. Plan to take the exam after spending 10-12 solid weeks of studying for an hour or two just about every day.  Of course you will need to develop a schedule that is flexible enough to fit in with the rest of your responsibilities and commitments.

Study Plan and Schedule
Create a study schedule for 10-12 week period that fits well with the rest of your responsibilities.  Depending on your job and household commitments, you may need to schedule more or less time. Take a practice exam to identify the areas that you need to spend more time focusing on during this 10-12 week period. Make sure your schedule is realistic and set weekly goals to track your progress. Don’t forget you also need to include time in your schedule to take breaks and participate in activities you enjoy.

 

STEP 2.2: Get a good prep book (at least one) and all the other prep materials that may fit your learning preferences and then work with and through them thoroughly:

Study Materials
The PMI-ACP Exam – unlike the Project Management Professional (PMP)®  Exam – does not have a primary publication for examinees to study.  Instead, PMI provides a list of reference materials. You can download this list for free at: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/Files/PDF/Agile/PMI000-GainInsightsAIGLE418.ashx
A second source is the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline. This document covers information about the Agile tools and techniques as well as the Agile knowledge and skills that will be covered in the PMI-ACP Exam. I recommend that you ensure that any PMI-ACP courses or books you purchase cover all the items listed in here. Download it at: http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/certifications/agile-certified-exam-outline.pdf

=> Hint: You do not need to study all those books from the reference list; the Agile PrepCast provide you the essence of all of these ☛ http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

PMI-ACP Exam Prep Book
There are a wide variety of PMI-ACP Exam prep books available, which are also sometimes called “study guides”. They explain the concepts covered in the PMI-ACP Exam and can be a great addition to the reference materials suggested by PMI. Select one that fits with your style of learning and covers a variety of high- and low-yield topics.

Recommended Prep Books for ACP-Exam:

Step 3. Obtain 21 Contact Hours of Agile Education

Self-Study Course
With the great number of material covered by the PMI-ACP Exam another option is to enroll in a self-study course. The latest generation of self-study comes to you in the form of Agile Podcasts / Videocasts.  These can be downloaded to your smartphone, laptop, tablet, computer, or other portable media device. This makes your PMI-ACP Exam training portable, allowing you to listen or view whenever you have some free time.
Self-study Agile Podcasts cover agile frameworks, tools and techniques, knowledge and skills, and methods required for the exam in everyday English. As an added bonus, taking your lessons in this way can count toward the required 21 contact hours of agile specific training.

– Therefore you may use the online PMI-ACP Exam prep course which is excellent in quality. If you already a PMP the Agile PrepCast also gives you 37 PMP PDU for my PMP re-certification as a bonus! Agile Prep Cast: ☛ http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

Step 4: Finalize your preparation: Utilize a professional online Exam simulator. Analyze and enhance your results. Use flashcards and study tables, review your notes from class and take lots of practice exams.

  • Practice, practice, practice – cause practice is the key!

A large number of free PMI-ACP Exam sample questions are available from a variety of resources on the internet. Free questions are a good place to start, but will only go so far for you. You will also want to subscribe to an online PMI-ACP Exam Simulator in order to access the highest quality of sample questions.

Your study plan must include answering as many practice questions as possible and taking several complete 120-question practice exams. This type of preparation will allow you to evaluate your study progress and prepare you for the format of the real thing. You will be nervous on exam day, but being familiar with types and formats of questions will help reduce anxiety and prepare you for success.
In conclusion: preparing to pass the PMI-ACP Exam can be a stressful process, but it does not have to be. Include these seven items in your studies and you will reduce anxiety and exam day stress

Recommended Simulator for ACP-ExamACP Exam Simulator

You may try it for free: FREE ACP Simulator: https://goo.gl/h80Ijd

Step 5. Take and pass the PMI﹣ACP Exam.

Manage your time and confidence during the exam.

Managing your time and confidence during the exam gives you the best chance to succeed. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. We recommend spending no more than 30 seconds on a question during the first round, and marking any for review that take longer to complete.

When you’ve completed your first round, you can then go back and spend more time on the marked questions. Give yourself a minute for these, and then as a final pass, take your best guess or employ some kind of strategy (like putting all answers as B or C) on any that are still blank.

Never leave a question blank. There’s no penalty for guessing, but any blank question is 100 percent wrong.

There are several strategies you can use to manage your confidence. Remember to smile, as it will encourage you to relax, and take short mental breaks with the time you save using your time management strategy. Remember not to get stressed out if there’s one really hard question. It could be one of the pretest questions. Just mark it and move on.

All the best!

We hope that by following these tips and tricks, you will be able to obtain your PMI-ACP® certification. Passing this exam helps you clear a large hurdle and shows your competence and commitment to agile project management methodologies!

In conclusion: preparing to pass the PMI-ACP Exam can be a stressful process, but it does not have to be. Include these seven items in your studies and you will reduce anxiety and exam day stress

Good Luck!

Do you have any other concerns going into your PMI-ACP® exam? If you’ve passed the exam, what other tips have you found useful? Please let us know in the comments.

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By | 2017-09-13T07:30:31+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Categories: 5 Step Guides, ACP, PMI.org|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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