Guidance On The PMI-ACP® Exam

If you are an experienced project manager who has been familiarized with agile approaches, you should have your knowledge of agile principles be globally recognized with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®. This article will address some core information on the PMI-ACP® as well as the exam content outline.


To apply for the PMI-ACP® exam, you must have 2,000 hours of working on a project team in addition to 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies and 21 contact hours of formal training in agile practices. This certification is worth an investment for those work on agile teams or whose organization is applying agile practices as it stands as evidence of your hands-on experience.

The certification fee varies depending on your PMI® membership status. As a member, you have to pay US$435 while the certification fee for a non-member is US$495.


The exam is comprised of 100 scored questions distributed randomly and 20 unscored ones. The proportion of the questions are as follows:

Domain Percentage of questions
Domain I. Agile Principles and Mindset 16%
Domain II. Value-driven Delivery 20%
Domain III. Stakeholder Engagement 17%
Domain IV. Team Performance  16%
Domain VI. Problem Detection and Resolution 10%
Domain VII. Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People) 9%


Irrespective of your experience and education, it is highly recommended that you put much effort in preparing for the exam. You can maximize your productivity by using various study methods such as courses, self-study and study groups. The PMI-ACP® Exam is now available in 5 languages: English, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

*Source: ©2014 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Examination Content Outline.

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