PMI-ACP® Training Syllabus

A complete outline of the current PMI-ACI® course syllabus

PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner, commonly called PMI-ACP®, is one of the most popular and fastest-growing project management certifications in the global market. Taking the certification improves your understanding of Agile practices and increase team productivity. Let’s explore what the syllabus of a PMI-ACP® course looks like.

PMI-ACP® Training Syllabus Outline

The PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner course syllabus is primarily outlined by the PMBOK®Guide - Sixth Edition . As per this guide, the course syllabus includes seven domains practices that are necessary to pass the Agile Certified Practitioner exam.

Domain Practice
Domain I Agile Principles and Mindset
Domain II Value-driven Delivery
Domain III Stakeholder Engagement
Domain IV Team Performance
Domain V Adaptive Planning
Domain VI Problem Detection and Resolution
Domain VII Continuous Improvement

A Detailed Look at PMI-ACP® Syllabus

The PMI-ACP® exam requires you to complete 21 hours of ACP education to be eligible for the exam. Taking the PMI-ACP® certificate will help you complete these 21 training hours. The detailed syllabus of the Agile Certified Professional is as given below.

Domain Practice Methodologies Included
I - Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Agile Manifesto and 12 Agile Manifesto Principles
  • Agile Project Management Fundamentals
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Self-organization
II - Value-driven Delivery
  • Value-based prioritization
  • Value Prioritization Scheme
  • Minimal Viable Product
  • Earned Value Management for Agile products
III - Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stakeholder management
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Participatory decision models
  • Active listening
  • Conflict resolution
IV - Team Performance
  • Team formation stages (formation, storming, normation, performing, adjourning)
  • Building empowering teams
  • Tabaka’s model for high-performing teams
  • High-performing vs. low-performing team
V - Adaptive Planning
  • Agile planning stages
  • Agile planning artifacts and meetings
  • Agile planning teams
  • Agile modeling
VI - Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Risk management
  • Problem detection
  • Problem resolution
VII - Continuous Improvement
  • Integration, testing, and experiments
  • Review and retrospective
  • Value stream analysis and mapping

PMI-ACP Course Syllabus FAQs

 

The PMI-ACP® course syllabus allows you to learn various concepts like interpersonal skills, conflict relationship, on-time delivery, risk management, and more.

Each domain listed in the Agile Certified Practitioner syllabus has a different value in the PMI-ACP® exam. The below table shows the details of the domain and the percentage value in the ACP exam.

Domain Practice Value in Exam
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 9%

Apart from the basic training, the PMI-ACP® Course outline also includes Agile Tools and Technologies that learners need to master for the Agile Certified Practitioner exam. These tools include:

    • Agile Analysis and Design
    • Agile Estimation
    • Metrics
    • Communication
    • Process Improvement
    • Product Quality
    • Planning and Monitoring
    • Risk Management
    • Value-based prioritization

PMI-Agile®Certification Syllabus

  • 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

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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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