PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Job Opportunities

Your path to Better Career Opportunities After PMI-ACP

A Project Management Institute (PMI)-Agile Certified Practitioner certification has great importance in the field of project management and it can bring some positive changes to your career.

The PMI-ACP examination provides you with a competitive edge due to three main reasons:

  • Career options
  • Salary
  • Improving job understanding

Jobs that Require PMI-ACP Certification

The different PMI-ACP job opportunities and job titles are as follows:

  • PMP Scrum Master
  • Technical Business Analyst
  • Agile Trainer
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Channel Planner
  • Deputy Project Manager
  • Director – Planning and Project Management
  • Business Analyst
  • Agile Project Manager

Salary of PMI-ACP Professionals

The various PMI-ACP career opportunities translate to better salary prospects as well. Project management is a competitive field and the more skills you have under your belt, the more you can progress.

The salary of a PMI-ACP certified professional is approximately 28% higher than a non-certified professional. PMI-ACP professionals have a high value in the industry, which is the reason for the higher salary.

Salary for non-certified PMs Vs PMI-ACP Candidates

The following salary trend displays that PMI-ACP professionals earn a stable premium salary:

National Salary trend from Indeed.com PMP Scrum Master or PMI ACP Certified

Improving Job Understanding

Experts say that the most important benefit of this examination is that because there is more skill involved that can be applied in lesser time than previously, people who get this certification can actually end up reducing stress from their lives.

Most people who successfully complete the certification say that they now better understand what they need to do and how to execute it compared to the situation before they got certified.

PMI-ACP FAQs

Refer to these questions to know more PMI-ACP careers

 

Some of the companies that have hired PMI-ACP professionals in the past are:

    • Visa
    • American Express
    • Mitchell
    • HP
    • Fusion Alliance
    • Microsoft
    • Disney Parks
    • Dell
    • United States Federal Reserve System

Here are what PMI-ACP professionals earn on an average:

Job Role Average Annual Salary
PMP Scrum Master/PMI-ACP Certified $124,000
Senior Technical Business Analyst $92,000
Agile Trainer $92,000
Agile Project Manager $102,000
    • Currently, there is a shortage of professionals who have a correct understanding of Agile and can implement the process in running projects. So, if professionals already understand Agile as developers or Project Managers, PMI-ACP is the perfect platform to showcase their skills
    • The Agile community is expanding, and the world is beginning to implement Agile methodology very fast and in a major way of executing projects in a dynamic environment.
    • PMI-ACP is one of the few certifications that crosses the boundaries of methodology and does not focus on a single method only, normally Scrum. On the other hand, Agile is an overarching framework, that is a grouping of different methods like Scrum, Lean, XP, Kanban, Chrystal Clear, and so on
    • Typically, companies have a tendency of using more than one or a combination of these methodologies and therefore, the PMI-ACP certification offers a more well-rounded coverage of these skills, tools, and knowledge areas
    • The certification requires you to demonstrate real experience with Agile instead of being related to theory only. You must demonstrate an Agile experience and pass a comprehensive exam evaluated by respective governing body

PMI-Agile®Certification Syllabus

Areas of Study

  • Agile principles and practices
  • Creating high-performance teams who deliver results on a consistent basis
  • Techniques used for actively managing project scope and ensuring delivery of the best products possible
  • Implementing multi iterative development models for projects
  • Delivering high Velocity Stories and Epics
  • New ways of managing project scope, schedule, budget and quality that are easily improved through effective Agile controls
  • Applying powerful metrics across projects to ensure continuous improvement
  • Common pitfalls while adopting Agile practices
  • Agile principles of Scrum, Kanban, XP, and TDD
  • Knowledge and skills required to clear PMI-ACP certification exam

  • To be eligible for the PMI-ACP certification, you must meet certain education and professional requirements:
  • Educational Background:Secondary Degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent).
  • General Project Experience:2,000 hours (12 months) in project teams, which must have been acquired in the last five years.
  • Agile Project Experience:A minimum of 1,500 hours (8 months) in project teams or teams that employed agile methodologies. This experience should have been earned in the last three years and these hours should be in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  • Training in Agile Practices:21 contact hours in Agile practices.

  • Type: Multiple choice
  • No Of Questions: 120
  • Examination duration: 3 Hrs
  • Result: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis

  • The PMI-ACP Certification fees for PMI Members is $435 and for non-members is $495.

  • Job roles that can benefit from PMI-ACP training include, but are not limited to:
  • Project Managers
  • Project Planners
  • Quality Assurance Staff
  • Developers / Programmers
  • Designers
  • Testers
  • Project Controllers
  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters
  • Scrum Team Members
  • Anyone looking to gain knowledge of managing agile projects and understand how Agile is applied and practiced in a project environment

FAQs on PMI-ACP Exam Prep

What is PMI ACP certification?

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® is one of the fastest growing Agile certifications for professionals who want to validate their conceptual and practical understanding of Agile principles and techniques. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification exam is managed, and administered by PMI. It is responsible for the certification process and controls the best practices in it. Through this certification, you will be tested on practical implementation of Agile principles and knowledge on various Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD).

Agile is a breath of fresh air for enterprises who wanted to move away from traditional command and control management styles that spread across industries. By ensuring the workforce moved away from traditional silos to customer-focused multidisciplinary teams, the Agile approach ensured accelerated growth and helped create next-generation Agile practitioners.

Currently, there is huge demand for Agile practitioners with strong foundational skills and companies are looking for professionals who are familiar with multiple Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, TDD, ATDD, Extreme Programming and others. Most of the time certified professionals are preferred over non-certified counterparts, because a certification from renowned governing bodies demonstrates core knowledge in the domain and willingness to learn and invest in oneself.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification is one of the widely recognized Agile certifications for professionals worldwide.

In this PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam prep training, you will learn:

  • Agile principles and practices
  • Creating high-performance teams who deliver results on a consistent basis
  • Techniques used for actively managing project scope and ensuring delivery of the best products possible
  • Implementing multi iterative development models for projects
  • Delivering high Velocity Stories and Epics
  • New ways of managing project scope, schedule, budget and quality that are easily improved through effective Agile controls
  • Applying powerful metrics across projects to ensure continuous improvement
  • About Common pitfalls while adopting Agile practices
  • Agile principles of Scrum, Kanban, XP, and TDD
  • and skills required to clear PMI-ACP certification exam

The PMI-ACP exam requirements are:

  • Educational Background: Secondary Degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent).
  • General Project Experience: 2,000 hours (12 months) in project teams, which must have been acquired in the last five years.
  • Agile Project Experience: A minimum of 1,500 hours (8 months) of agile project experience within the last three years. These hours should be in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  • Training in Agile Practices: 21 contact hours in Agile practices.

Job roles that can benefit from PMI-ACP training include, but are not limited to:

  • Project Managers
  • Project Planners
  • Quality Assurance Staff
  • Developers / Programmers
  • Designers
  • Testers
  • Project Controllers
  • Product Owners
  • Scrum Masters
  • Scrum Team Members
  • Anyone looking to gain knowledge of managing agile projects and understand how Agile is applied and practiced in a project environment

The format for PMI ACP exam is as follows:

  • Exam Type: Multiple Choice Questions
  • Number of Questions: 120
  • Exam Duration: 180 Mins
  • Passing Score: The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis

The PMI member price for the exam is 435 USD. The standard non-member price to take the exam is 495 USD per attempt.

Yes. At Invensis Learning, you can opt to take up this PMI ACP course in live-online delivery mode.

According to people who have attempted PMI-ACP, the exam is not as difficult compared to the PMP® exam. However, to successfully complete the exam you need to have practical experience of implementing Agile principles and extensive knowledge of various Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, TDD, and others.

PMI is responsible for both Project Management Professional and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certifications. While PMP certification validates an individual’s expertise in managing projects and helps their teams bring a project to completion. On the other hand, the PMI-ACP certification recognizes a candidate’s knowledge of agile principles and his/her skill with agile techniques. In simpler terms PMI-ACP focuses on Agile alone, while PMP focuses on project management in general. So, the answer to the question “PMP or PMI-ACP?” depends on the candidate's interest.

You need to complete a total of 120 questions in 3 hours. The passing score is determined through psychometric analysis.

To renew or maintain your PMI-ACP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.

  • Register to become a member of PMI (Optional)
  • Take PMI-ACP exam prep course from PMI REPs such as Invensis Learning
  • Submit your PMI-ACP application through PMI website & pay the fee
  • Schedule your exam
  • Take the exam and pass it with flying colors

PMI-ACP is specifically designed for Project & Program Managers, Scrummasters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches, Scrum Product Owners, Agile Trainers, Sr. Developers, Business and IT Managers with extensive experience in various Agile methodologies such as Scrum, kanban, XP, lean, DSDM, TDD, ATDD, etc.

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