PMI-ACP® Agile Certification Requirements and Processes

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PMI-ACP® Agile Certification Requirements and Processes

So. you want to get your PMI-ACP®  certification and are wondering what the PMI-ACP®  Certification course requirements and processes are!

You are in the right place and this post will hopefully be beneficial in guiding you with regard to all the optional and mandatory steps required to apply for the certification.

It’s obvious, whenever someone start a process (Certification Education) or anything new, the first question that comes to mind is, where should I start , and what are the requirements. The PMI-ACP® certification has been recently launched by PMI® . Here we have compiled a list of all the PMI-ACP® certification requirements and processes step by step in detail.


PMI-ACP® Certification Requirements and Processes

There are basically seven steps required for PMI-ACP® certification; some are optional while others are mandatory.

Step #1:

User ID:

This is optional. Go to and create a User ID.
This is not mandatory but there are benefits and I will mention a few of them:

  • Free.
  • You will be able to create a profile and your mode of payment, which makes later access easy.
  • You will get up to date information from PMI®.


Step #2:


This is the tricky part and most people get confused. (You can also go to and perform the following steps to get updated information as PMI® may change their rules from time to time. Go to —> select Certification —>select PMI-ACP. The eligibility is listed.


  • · High school.
  • · One year of General Project Management experience with 2,000 hours of work with project teams.
  • · Eight months of Agile Project Management experience with 1,500 hours of work with project teams using agile methodologies.
  • · 21 hours of Agile Project Management Training.


If you think you are eligible, move to step 3.

Step #3:


This is optional and is different than your user id. PMI® has a membership service, which offers some benefits. There are several types of membership and the fee is different for each type. Please do check PMI® Membership and Types, PMI® Membership Fee and PMI® Membership Benefits. Also please visit for updated information on membership, types, and benefits in details and check whether the membership suits your needs or not. We are mentioning a few benefits of membership here:

  • Free access to PMI® library and a free copy of PMBOK
  • Access to Local PMI® chapter, useful for getting PDUs and networking
  • Waiver in PMI®-ACP fee and re-certification fee


Step #4:


Refer to Step #2, mentioning the education and project hours. Now you have to submit an application to PMI® showing proof of your education, the project hours and project management training that you have undergone. Previously, you had to do it online but now PMI® offers a downloadable pdf as well. You have to fill in the required details covering all processes and the hours you spend on each process.

Step #5:


When you submit your application, you will be contacted within a few working days and will be asked to deposit the fee for certification.

Now as was mentioned previously, the fee is different for both members and non-members.

Step #6:

[one_half] A: Application accepted: You will be asked to proceed and schedule your exam at a Prometric center.

B: Audit:

PMI® randomly selects some applicants for an audit process.[/one_half]

Step 6 has two parts as you can see; either your application will be accepted or put a hold for an audit. If you are one of the unlucky ones that are caught in the audit process then you have to show written confirmation from the bodies who authorize the education, experience and project management training.

Step #7:

Schedule exam:

Once you are done with the above steps, the last step is to schedule your exam according to your convenience at However, before you schedule your exam, I would encourage you to read this article to familiarize yourself with the PMI®-ACP Exam Format.



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