This document outlines the eligibility criteria, application process and fees, and the examination process for the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification. This is a resource designed towards helping you to earn your PMI-ACP Certification from Project Management Institute (PMI)®. If you are looking for information about the PMP Certification, please refer to our PMP Certification Requirements page.
The Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Credential is targeted towards professionals who are looking to validate and sharpen their Agile project management skills. This certification is an ideal way to demonstrate knowledge in Agile project management methodologies and best practices.
Between 2010 and 2020 an estimated 15.7 million new project management jobs will be added globally... reaching an economic impact of over $18 trillion, across seven project-intensive industries. In the United States, the demand for project management professionals will grow by nearly 700,000 jobs. Strong demand will be reflected in average salaries far higher than non-project-oriented professionals.
|Eligibility Requirement||PMI-ACP Requirement|
|Academic Education||Secondary Degree*|
|General Project Experience||2,000 Hours of Professional Experience on a Project Team|
|Agile Project Experience||1,500 Hours of Professional Experience on a Project Team|
|Training in Agile Practices||21 Contact Hours|
* A secondary degree is defined as a high school diploma, associate's degree, or global equivalent.
Tip: It is incredibly important that you do not falsify any of the information in your application. PMI has a random audit process which requires anyone being audited to present evidence to validate all information submitted with their application. Falsifying application documentation will result banishment from all future attempts to obtain any PMI certification.
To simplify the entire process of PMI-ACP application, you can optionally use the PMTI PMI-ACP Application Exam Prep Tool after you register for one of PMTI’s PMI-ACP Training Classes to help facilitate your application documentation.
You can submit your PMI-ACP application on PMI's certification website, certification.pmi.org. You will need to submit the following information:
|Cost Category||PMI® Member||Non-Member|
|PMI® Membership Fee||$139||N/A|
|PMI-ACP Exam Fee||$435||$495|
|PMI-ACP Re-Examination Fee||$335||$395|
In order to maintain the integrity of the PMI-ACP certification and enhance the credibility of PMI-ACP credential holders, PMI routinely conducts random audits of a certain percentage the PMI-ACP exam applications. Although PMI does not publish what percentage gets audited, our 14 years of experience shows about one in four or five of the applications get audited.
Generally, you will not know you are audited until your application has been accepted and you have been authorized to pay. Once you complete the payment, you will be informed if you have been selected as an audit candidate within a few minutes via email or the online application portal. If you receive an email with an approval code or receive an approval code within your PMI application portal then you have not been audited and can schedule your PMI-ACP exam at your convenience.
While the auditing process may appear intimidating just from the phrase, it is not as long as you follow the steps outlined by PMI. As part of our application prep tool assistance process we provide several tips that will simplify this process and will make it easy for you to navigate.
Once PMI informs you of your audit, you will be able to download the audit package. This audit package will contain instructions for providing verifications for the various items submitted with your PMI-ACP application. PMI will require you to provide proof of:
Although PMI’s official line is that it will take then 5-7 days to approve the application, we have seen that applications verifications sent overnight get approved within only a couple of days.
It generally takes PMI® 24 hours to review your application and respond. Once your application is approved you will receive an invitation to pay for and schedule the exam. You will schedule your exam with Prometric at prometric.com. You will have one year to take the exam after your application has been approved and may take the exam up to three (3) times during the eligibility period.
Once you have been approved to take the PMI-ACP certification exam, you will need to schedule, take, and pass the test at a Prometric test center near you. You can find a complete list of testing locations on the Prometric website. You will need the testing code PMI has provided you to successfully schedule your exam. This code should be included in your application acceptance email as well as in your PMI.org account, if you do not receive your Prometric testing code contact PMI directly.
The PMI-ACP Exam is taken at your nearest Prometric test center. The exam is only administered in English; however, there are 14 languages (listed below) supported via language aids. Keep in mind that these language aids are for the test only and not the pre-exam tutorial session.
There are currently no language aids provided for the PMI-ACP exam. This exam is only offered in English.
The exam is 120 questions with a 3 hour time limit. 100 questions are scored while 20 questions are pretest questions. Pretest questions are questions that are used by PMI to test the validity of future exam questions. The table below breaks down the question pool by chapter in the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline.
|Domain Number||Chapter Title||Percentage of Questions|
|Domain I||Agile Principles and Mindset||16%|
|Domain II||Value-driven Delivery||20%|
|Domain III||Stakeholder Engagement||17%|
|Domain IV||Team Performance||16%|
|Domain V||Adaptive Planning||12%|
|Domain VI||Problem Detection and Resolution||10%|
|Domain VII||Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)||9%|
One of the advantages of the computer based exam is that you will receive your score immediately!
If your test results show that you received a passing score, congratulations! You are now a PMI-ACP! You may use the PMI-ACP credential immediately for the next 3 years! After this period you must re-take the PMI-ACP certification exam to maintain your PMI-ACP certification.
The PMI-ACP certification exam is a difficult exam and non-passing scores are no need for alarm. If you have failed an attempt it is extremely important not to get discouraged. You have 3 attempts during your eligibility period to pass the PMI-ACP certification exam. Here are some simple next steps you can take to get ready for your next attempt.
If you are a PMTI student, simply let PMTI know and we will assist you with preparations to retake the test. With the PMTI guarantee backed by our dedicated instructors, our detailed retake study plan, and our online learning tools, you can feel confident you will be ready before your next test. After following your customized study plan, you simply need to schedule your 2nd PMI-ACP exam attempt through Prometrics.
If you are not a PMTI student, you should take your detailed score report and note the areas where you scored below proficient. Re-read the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline, paying particular attention to areas you noted. When you feel you are ready, you can re-schedule your exam with Prometric.
The fee to retake the test is $335 for PMI® members and $395 for non-members. With the PMTI guarantee we will reimburse for this fee if you do not pass the exam. Please visit the PMTI guarantee for details.