What are the requirements to obtain the certification

What is the PMI-ACP certification?

The market demands more speed and cost reduction every day.
Project management needs to be dynamic. And the business environment needs trained professionals to manage agile projects.

How does Agile Project Management meet these needs? Delivering projects in less time and with more organization.
The PMI-ACP (or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) certification attests to:
the professional’s understanding of the principles of Agile Project Management
your ability to apply Agile techniques and ideas.

PMI ACP Certification Requirements: how to obtain


Secondary education (high school or equivalent) or higher.


12 months of work on projects acquired in the last 5 years*.

Agile Experience

8 months of work on projects – using agile techniques – acquired in the last 3 years.


21 hours of Agile Project Management training

PMI-ACP® Certification Process

We can split the PMI ACP certification requirements in 5 step.

Step 1 – Complete and submit the online application form.
It is necessary to inform your personal data and describe your professional experience.

As soon as the candidate starts filling, the information must be sent within 90 days.

Step 2 – PMI® evaluates the submitted data (within 10 days).
Then the payment is released.

Step 3 – There is an audit process right after payment. The candidate must then submit the requested documents.
The maximum time for submission is 90 days.

Step 4 – Scheduling the PMI-ACP certification exam.
The candidate has up to 1 year after passing Step 1.

Step 5 – After passing the exam, the professional receives the PMI-ACP credential

The PMI-ACP® Certification Exam

The test consists of 120 multiple choice questions. 20 questions are “pretest” only and do not affect your score.

Candidates have up to three hours to complete the test. No break is allowed.
Exam questions are based on the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline.

You must obtain 30 PDUs in agile topics every three years in order to keep your PMI-ACP certification current.

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Conclusion on PMI ACP Certification Requirements

The exam requires great preparation. It is essential to have the support of good instructors, who have great experience.

And yet… Study material needs to be up-to-date and of good quality.

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Now that you know what are the steps to obtain this Certification, you can start to study.

You can do it by yourself or with some external help.