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Certifying as a PMI-ACP.
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Have Project Managers had success with self (online Agile training classes) or obtained better results from attending in-person classes? I am interested in certifying as a PMI-ACP. I attended a 4 day boot camp for the PMP in the past and did well. I always like the opportunity to ask questions in an instructor led class.

Thank you for your input.

Bill
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I have the certfication. I did not attend to any preparation course. PMI-ACP is a generic certification where you have to know in theory and practice about agile software development methods. I have both. And the basement is to read what is listed inside the "Reference List" document.
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No doubt boot camp is better choice, but at the same time few other factors need to be considered - training adaptability, convenience, cost, participant engagement, etc.
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I am planning for ACP exam as well, i always prefer online training due to flexibility and you can proceed at your own pace , for regular instructor led training it is very hard for me to follow due to busy schedule.
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I am also a fan of online courses so i am allowed to learn on my own speed and when and wherever i want.
But a live class could also be very benefitial.

I would recommend this online course:

Agile Prep Cast:
? http://goo.gl/Ip3F80

you may try it for free here:

Free Agile PrepCast:
? http://goo.gl/zMolor
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Getting PMI-ACP Certified in 5 Steps:

1. Working Experience in Projects (2000 hours - not needed if PMP certified) and Working Experience in Agile Projects (1500 hours); refer to the PMI ACP Handbook: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/P...P_Handbook.ashx

2. Obtain 21 Contact Hours of Agile Education
- therefore you may use the online PMI-ACP Exam prep course which is excellent in quality. If you already a PMP the Agile PrepCast also gives you 37 PMP PDU for my PMP re-certification as a bonus ! Agile Prep Cast: ? http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

3. Fill the online PMI?ACP Certifcation application form and schedule the PMI?ACP Exam; http://www.pmi.org/certification/agile-management-acp.aspx

4. Study for the PMI?ACP Exam; Reference List: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/F...tsAIGLE418.ashx

= Hint: You do not need to study all those books from the reference list; the Agile PrepCast provide you the essence of all of these ? http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

? Recommended Prep Book for ACP-Exam: RMC PMI-ACP Exam Prep Book by Mike Griffiths ? http://goo.gl/KjKHkr
Alternative: The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series) by Andy Crowe ? http://goo.gl/QGZYdH
1000+ PMI-ACP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions ? http://goo.gl/wMykHe

5. Take and pass the PMI?ACP Exam. Good Luck!
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1 reply by Catherine Kolecki-Collins
Sep 16, 2016 10:02 AM
Catherine Kolecki-Collins
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Thanks! Great information succinctly stated.
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And be sure not to focus on software development only - ACP requires much more, also not only agile, but lean thinking.

Go with Markus' infos, very complete!
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@William as stated by Markus the top 5 list is a good list. I would also recommend Mike's book as it covers all of the items at a high level. As Christina stated it does require a different thought process and thinking towards lean.

My study approach was as follows:

Read Mike G's book 5-7 times.
Read Mike Cohn's Books Estimating with Agile(once) and Succeeding with Agile (2 twice) btw, These books stay on bookcase in my office.
Read Lean-Agile Software Development (once)
Took the Practice Exam's from Mike's book until consistently scored 90+ percent

Going into the exam I had 4,000 + hours of agile exp. and I had gone through the CSM training course.

I feel confident in saying that if you are going to take the exam and want that information to be applicable go to a 3-day CSM course. Since most instructors /coaches run the course as a Agile/Scrum environment it will put you in the mindset to take the exam.

As stated above, The exam is about the mindset or "thinking" agile. That is a key to being successful on the exam.

Good Luck!
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Hi Bill,

I second your thoughts. Classroom training is the best. But if it is not available at your location, then you can go for instructor-led online class.

You can check classroom training from Christopher Scordo's co. ( https://goo.gl/8BPtsk ). If they are conducting a class at your location, you can go for it. You can check their schedule here - https://goo.gl/hPi0nS

In case you decide to go for an instructor-led online training then, you can check Simplilearn's course. It is substantially cheaper and currently they are offering 15% discount on Flexi Pass - http://www.pmbypm.com/simplilearn-coupon-code/

If you decide to go for a virtual online class, you can look at the following options:
1. Agile prepcast - This is the best in the segment and currently they are offering 10% discount ( http://www.pmbypm.com/pm-prepcast-discount-coupon-code/ )
2. Joseph Phillips course on Udemy - Joseph Phillips is an indutry renowned author. Lifelong access to his course is currently available for only $15. Even if you decide to invest in some other course, then also you can buy this one - you will get lifelong access to extra study material for only $15 ( http://www.pmbypm.com/top-udemy-courses-project-management/ )

All the best.
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Thank you everyone for your responses and information related to the PMI-ACP certification. I am looking forward to starting the process and achieving the certification but more importantly, learning more about Agile.

Thank you again!

Bill
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1 reply by Praveen Malik
Sep 19, 2016 9:36 PM
Praveen Malik
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Good luck.
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Sep 15, 2016 7:47 AM
Replying to Markus Klein, PMP
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Getting PMI-ACP Certified in 5 Steps:

1. Working Experience in Projects (2000 hours - not needed if PMP certified) and Working Experience in Agile Projects (1500 hours); refer to the PMI ACP Handbook: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/P...P_Handbook.ashx

2. Obtain 21 Contact Hours of Agile Education
- therefore you may use the online PMI-ACP Exam prep course which is excellent in quality. If you already a PMP the Agile PrepCast also gives you 37 PMP PDU for my PMP re-certification as a bonus ! Agile Prep Cast: ? http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

3. Fill the online PMI?ACP Certifcation application form and schedule the PMI?ACP Exam; http://www.pmi.org/certification/agile-management-acp.aspx

4. Study for the PMI?ACP Exam; Reference List: http://www.pmi.org/Certification/~/media/F...tsAIGLE418.ashx

= Hint: You do not need to study all those books from the reference list; the Agile PrepCast provide you the essence of all of these ? http://goo.gl/HAJNC3

? Recommended Prep Book for ACP-Exam: RMC PMI-ACP Exam Prep Book by Mike Griffiths ? http://goo.gl/KjKHkr
Alternative: The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series) by Andy Crowe ? http://goo.gl/QGZYdH
1000+ PMI-ACP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions ? http://goo.gl/wMykHe

5. Take and pass the PMI?ACP Exam. Good Luck!
Thanks! Great information succinctly stated.
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