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PMI-ACP® Credential Overview



The PMI-ACP® recognizes knowledge of agile principles, practices, and tools and techniques across agile methodologies.


Experienced agile practitioners across all industries


> 2,000 hours of project experience within the last 5 years

> 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies within the last 3 years

> 21 contact hours of training in agile practices

Application Process

  1. Verify that you meet the PMI-ACP® eligibility requirements above
  2. Create an account at www.pmi.org
  3. Complete the on-line PMI-ACP® application at pmi.org and submit
  4. In approximately 10 days you will receive an application approval e-mail from PMI; log into www.pmi.org and pay your credential fee ($435 for PMI members and $495 for non-PMI members). Within minutes you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating 1 of 2 things:
    1. Thank you...here is your test code and exam scheduling instructions
    2. Thank you...your application has been selected for audit...here is your audit welcome packet
  5. If you are audited (25% of applications are randomly selected for audit upon payment of exam fees), complete all audit forms and mail them to PMI. In approximately 5 days you will receive an e-mail stating 1 of 3 things:
    1. Thank you...here is your test code and exam scheduling instructions
    2. Thank you...we require further information...here is what we need
    3. Sorry...you have failed to meet the audit requirements...please refer to the PMI-ACP® Handbook for our refund policy procedure
  6. When you have your test code, go to www.prometric.com/PMI to schedule your exam

Exam Information

  • You will have up to one year from the date your application is approved to take your exam
  • If you fail your exam, you are allowed to re-test twice within your one year eligibility period
  • Exams are available at multiple Prometric locations around the world
  • You will need to provide 2 forms of identification upon arriving at the test center
  • All of your belongings, including your cell phone, etc., are placed in a locker and are not accessible during the exam
  • You will have 3 hours to complete 120 multiple-choice questions
  • Of the 120 questions, 20 questions are considered pre-test and are not scored
  • The questions will represent:
    • Agile principles and mindset - 16% of the questions
    • Value-driven delivery - 20% of the questions
    • Stakeholder engagement - 17% of the questions
    • Team performance - 16% of the questions
    • Adaptive planning - 12% of the questions
    • Problem detection and resolution - 10% of the questions
    • Continuous improvement (product, process, people) - 9% of the questions
  • There are no scheduled breaks during your exam and as such, the clock will continue even if you step away from the exam
  • Questions are provided one at a time and can either be answered, answered and marked, or left blank and marked for review
  • Upon submission of the exam, you will be asked to answer a survey prior to receiving your results
  • Upon completion of the survey, you will be notified as to whether you passed or failed the exam
  • The exam center will provide you with a paper copy of your results, including your proficiency level in each of the domains. Proficiency levels are:
    • Proficient
    • Moderately Proficient
    • Below Proficient

How to Prepare

To prepare for the PMI-ACP® exam you may choose to self-study or take an exam preparation course.
Because of the difficulty of the PMI-ACP® exam many candidates choose to attend an exam preparation “boot-camp” style class. It is important to note that the PMI-ACP® exam will test on all of the agile approaches. As such, Scrum Master training, on its own, will not provide sufficient information to pass the PMI-ACP® exam.

Another option is to self-study. There are multiple sources cited for the PMI-ACP® exam.

PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Resources

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