PMI-ACP® Exam Prep. Bootcamp – 3 Days, 21 PDUs

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Agile has become a widely practiced and highly successful way of delivering projects. Agile was created to improve the software development process but has expanded to other industries and domains. Project managers who have a proven ability to lead agile projects—combined with excellent soft skills and a talent for handling complexity—are highly in demand.

The Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) program creates an industry standard for applying agile principles and practices to project management. The PMI-ACP® certification is a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant’s knowledge and experience. The certification exam is a 3-hour, 120 questions evaluation of the student’s knowledge.

Before taking the exam, applicants must document:

  • 1,500 hours on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
  • 2,000 hours of general project experience or a PMP® or PgMP® certification
  • 21 hours of training in agile practices

This in-person or online agile project management course prepares candidates for the PMI-ACP® exam and satisfies the 21-hour training prerequisite.

Agile Certified Practitioner Bootcamp: Overview & Benefits

This 3-day PMI Agile Certified Practitioner training course provides classroom learning and practice tests to prepare candidates for the PMI-ACP® exam. It includes a study plan and guidance on completing the exam application.

Students will learn the agile approach to effectively manage a project, team, and stakeholders. The course also covers the knowledge of agile principles, practices, and tools.

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare students for the PMI-ACP® certification exam
  • Review the domains and tools prescribed by the PMI
  • Share agile practices, experiences, and the value of team input and insight
  • Discuss agile and its use in project management when the scope is fluid
  • Discuss continuous improvement concepts and how agile can be used in quality products

Agile Approaches & Methodologies

This intensive agile project management course covers the agile methods most in demand today.


Scrum is a lightweight, agile project management framework focused on creating value for clients through adaptive solutions to complex problems. Led by a Scrum Master, the Scrum Team takes on the problem through increments called Sprints. After each Sprint, the Scrum Team and its stakeholders analyze the results and adjust for the next Sprint.

While most often used by software development teams, Scrum principles can be applied to agile teams across many industries.


Kanban is a Lean workflow management method focused on balancing demand and capacity. Work items are visualized on Kanban boards (“Kanban” is Japanese for “billboard” or “signboard”). This gives teams a view of progress and process throughout the entire project, helping optimize work delivery and prevent bottlenecks.

The Kanban project management method originated in lean manufacturing. Kanban is now used in knowledge work and software development across many sectors, often in combination with other frameworks such as Scrum.


Lean project management seeks to improve quality, production time and cost by reducing waste. Waste in a project can include overplanning, unproductive meetings, preventable rework, unproductive multitasking and excessive documentation. There is also a focus on involving and empowering employees, leading to greater effectiveness and improved morale.

Lean originated in manufacturing but is now used in processes across all industries.

eXtreme Programming (XP)

Extreme Programming (XP) is an agile software development framework focused on producing higher quality software while adapting to changing customer requirements. XP advocates frequent releases in short development cycles, which provides checkpoints at which new customer requirements can be adopted. XP is the most specific of all agile frameworks regarding software engineering practices.

Test-Driven Development (TDD)

Test-driven development (TDD) is a software development practice in which unit test cases are created before developing the actual code. In some other software development methods, code is developed first and then tested against unit test cases. The TDD approach derives from agile principles and the test-first programming concepts of eXtreme Programming.

According to software engineer Kent Beck, who developed the method, TDD encourages simple designs and inspires confidence.

Who should take this agile project management course?

Attendees of this prep course should be project management and agile professionals interested in gaining knowledge in agile methodologies, tools, techniques, and principles. Students should be passionate about applying this knowledge to pass the rigorous PMI-ACP® examination.

Students who attend this course will benefit from exposure to multiple agile frameworks and methodologies. Soft skills including conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and the value of servant leadership will also be discussed.

Passing the PMI-ACP® exam will designate the candidate as a Certified Agile Practitioner with the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully lead agile projects.

Course Content & Agenda

Day 1

Baseline Exam and Assessment

Agile Principles and Mindset

Soft Skills

Agile Practice Overview




Day 2

eXtreme Programming (XP)

Other Agile Methodologies

Value-Driven Delivery

Planning and Monitoring

Product Quality

Measuring Performance

Practice Test

Day 3

Stakeholders & Communication

Team Performance

Adaptive Planning

Problem Detection and Continuous Improvement

Final Exam

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