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PMI-ACP Agile Certification Exam Tips and Resources

PMI-ACP Exam Syllabus

Hi, I am Edward Chung. I passed the PMI-ACP® exam with Proficient in all domains (“Proficient” is the best grade given by PMI indicating the domain knowledge is above the average level).

edward family with 3 kidsOn this website, I try to summarize my PMI-ACP® Certification Exam process. It is hoped that my blog will be able to remove some roadblocks for fellow PMI-ACP® aspirants in the quest of the PMI-ACP® Certification (as ‘correct’ information on PMI-ACP® is difficult to find on the internet). This is my way of contributing to the Agile project management community.

I get PMI-ACP® certified (and PMP®, ITIL® Foundation…) while having to take care of my daily full-time job and my family with 3 kids.  It is doable and I will share my experience and tips below.

Latest PMI-ACP® Exam Update

  • The terminology in the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam will be updated from 26 March 2018 to match the terminology in the newly released PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide. The changes are expected to be minimal (in PMI's terms: the PMI-ACP certification examinations undergo a lexicon update to ensure the exam questions align with the new or updated terminology) as the current PMI-ACP exam content outline (which is actually the exam syllabus) will still be in use after 26 March 2018. That means as a PMI-ACP Aspirant, you will have to i) read the new Agile Practice Guide (190 pages) and be accustomed to the updated terminologies. Therefore, it is highly recommended to get PMI-ACP certified before that day for risk management!


Getting PMI-ACP® Certified in 2017

The requirements to achieve the PMI-ACP® are listed below:

  1. Working Experience in Traditional Projects (2000 hours – waived if PMP® certified) and Working Experience in Agile Projects (1500 hours)
  2. Obtain 21 Contact Hours of Agile Education
  3. Fill the online application form and schedule the exam timeslot
  4. Study for the exam and take mock exams
  5. Write and pass the exam

Please refer to The Whats and Whys of the PMI-ACP® Certification to understand in greater details of the exam requirements, application process and more.

I get certified with around US$800, including all the courses and study materials. Getting PMI-ACP Certification is not too expensive (by studying with an online course), right?

In the sections below, I will include all of my PMI-ACP® Exam prep study resources and exam tips. I will also share my experience at passing the PMI audit smoothly.


Free / Paid Exam Prep Resources

Below are the most useful exam resources I have used. Hope these would help fellow Aspirants to get fully prepared for the PMI-ACP® Exam:

  1. 21 Contact Hours using online exam prep course Agile PrepCast™ – I earned the 21 Contact Hours as well as got the exam prep through this online course which is downloadable!
  2. Recommended exam prep book: PMI-ACP® Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths – every Aspirant should have one in my opinion, simply essential.
  3. The PMI-ACP® Exam Syllabus in Details
  4. [FREE] My PMI﹣ACP Exam Study Notes
  5. 600+ FREE PMI-ACP® Sample Exam Questions
    • note that the PMI-ACP® Exam now consists mostly of situational questions which would describe a situation and ask you to pick the best next course of action. Do be prepared to find two or more feasible choices but only one is the best. Some of the older mock exams may not be able to reflect this change.



Exam Training and Application

There is not an “official” way of getting the required Agile education (21 Contact Hours), it will help you a lot if you would choose an Agile course that ALSO helps you to prepare for and pass the exam – that’s why it is recommended to take an online PMI-ACP® training course by a PMI Registered Education Provider.



My Exam Study Notes

My study notes include not only what are describe in the exam syllabus of the PMI-ACP® Handbook. Since I am coming from the traditional waterfall project management world, several pieces of notes have been dedicated to describing the differences between Agile and water project management and the key concepts PMP® would need to know for the certification exam.

Study Notes on Agile Domain of Practices

Special Study Notes for PMP® / Traditional Project Managers


How to Pass the PMI-ACP® Exam in First Attempt

Like any other exams, it takes dedication, practice and a little bit of luck to pass the PMI-ACP® Exam. The exam is not too easy nor difficult. If you have tried PMP® Exam before, this exam would feel a bit easier.


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Summary: I have received hundreds of comments from Aspirants in the past stating that they cannot find enough quality PMI-ACP® Exam questions that are close to the real exam in terms of difficulty and format for practice. Fortunately, the PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator, published by the same publisher of the widely acclaimed...

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