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Congrats on earning your PMP credential. Now, whether the ACP is the right next step or not, this is all dependent on your career plans and how this fits into the overall picture (i.e. will it add value to your goals?).
I personally would recommend this as a next step if it does complement your long term goals.
In 2013 I became a PMP
The PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, in addition to bringing the Agile Guide, addressed topics related to agility in all areas of knowledge.
The tailoring concept was reinforced
After reading the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition and having attended a presentation of the "new" triangle of talent, my conviction that knowing different approaches to project development will be fundamental for the practice of the profession of Project Manager
The certification that allows for this vision is the PMI-ACP
In 2021 I was certified.
This certification was designed by Mike Griffiths and his team
He has published a very important book on the topic: "PMI-ACP Exam Prep" which helps us on the exam preparation journey
On this site below, in addition to preparation training for the PMI-ACP certification exam you will find an exam simulator in line with Mike Griffiths' book
From the PMI, I earned PMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP. I spent time and effort on this because two things: 1-my personal estimation about future market demands, in my case "market" is the whole world for the time of initiatives I am involved. 2-my personal consideration about is the path a project/program/portfolio manager need to take into account to perform the role in diverse domains. The key point is what does mean "intelligent step" for you.
The ACP is one of the few methodology/framework/toolkit agnostic certifications out there, and with close to 50K folks certified already, there is "some" recognition of it by recruiters and hiring managers but not as much as the long standing (e.g. CSM, SAFe) methodology-focused ones.
There is also some risk that PMI might drop the ACP at some point as part of a normalization of their credentials based on their focus on Disciplined Agile.
I had the opportunity to see the PMI framework certification (presented at this year's LIM)
It has several levels:
For each of these levels there is a set of certifications in that framework, namely
- PMI Project Management Ready
- PMP, PMI-ACP and PMI-PBA
- PgMP and PfMP
There is a pathway to DA certifications
For example, for the Professional level the certification is DA Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)
Therefore, I consider it unlikely that PMI will end up with PMI-ACP certification
On the other hand, the number of PM-ACP certificates, in addition to being growing, is higher than all people certified in the DA (all certifications)
Ending PMI-ACP certification would therefore be "shooting a bullet in the foot"
I highly doubt PMI will discontinue the PMI-ACP but you never know, they’ve done some changes in the past few years that weren’t expected.
I understood @Kiron´s line of thinking above. Then if you follow this line of thinking forget DA and go for Scrum related certifications and training.
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