If you are planning to apply for PMI-ACP® Certification exam, there is a lot you need to know. PMI-ACP® exam is based on the following important aspects:
- There are 11 books recommended by PMI® known as “Reference Materials”. You can check the list of books on their website, which includes books of agile expert authors like Mike Griffiths and Mike Cohn. Though they are the recommended books, it’s not mandatory for you to go and read all those books. You can refer to other books as well.
- Once you are an ACP Certified, your certification will be valid for 3 years.
- Every 3 years you need to renew this certification. To renew this certification you need 30 PDUs, i.e. Professional Development Units. It is worth mentioning that to appear for PMI-ACP exam you need to earn 21 PDUs, which you get after submitting your 21 contact hours training.
- One hour of training is equivalent to 1 PDU. For example, if you go and attend a webinar organized by PMI®, you need to go back to your log in account and submit this 1 hour of training to get one PDU.
There are various ways, in which the PDUs can be earned:
- Working on an agile project
- Attending training: If you attend training program on agile for 10 hours you straight away get 10 PDUs.
- Attending webinars: If you attend a webinar on agile for 10 hours, you can get up to 10 PDUs.
- Volunteer Relationship Management System in PMI®: If you are a volunteer in PMI®, you can earn your PDUs. There are certain key areas where you can volunteer. You just need to go and register on the PMI® website. Once you are registered, based on your interest, they keep sending you the volunteer opportunities that are available. Every time you volunteer, you get different sets of PDUs. It could vary from opportunity to opportunity. From one of the opportunities you can earn 2, 3 or up to 5 PDUs. You can start with registering yourself on vrms.pmi.org
Mainly these two sets are covered in the PMI-ACP exam:
1. Agile Tools and Techniques
This part is covered with questions testing your knowledge on using agile tools and techniques. For example, how to use a Burn-Down chart, how to use Burn-Up charts, how to calculate velocity, how to do estimation, etc.
2. Agile Knowledge and Skills
Agile knowledge and skills are divided into 3 levels:
- Level 1 (18 Knowledge/Skills)
It talks about how to coach and mentor your team in becoming agile.
- Level 2 (12 Knowledge/Skills)
This level talks about the techniques where your teams know about agile, but you can improvise them. How you can adapt them to new techniques.
- Level 3 (13 Knowledge/Skills)
This level talks about how you get into feedback, resolve your conflicts, conflict management, risk mitigation, etc.
The table below shows the percentage-wise distribution of questions from each of these sets and levels that are likely to be covered in the exam.
Tool and Techniques
There are 10 important tools and techniques that Agile Certification mainly focuses on.
- Planning, Monitoring and Adapting
- Agile Estimation
- Agile Analysis and Design
- Product Quality
- Soft Skills Negotiation
- Value-Based Prioritization
- Risk Management
- Value Stream Analysis
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