Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® is not only PMI’s fastest growing certification, but was also indicated as one of the top 10 IT management certifications.

Millpond (formerly Falcon Training) has been helping people across New Zealand and further afield attain their PMI-ACP certification since 2008.

We provide professional classroom based PMI-ACP Certification Preparation Training and our materials are updated to align to the latest version – 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide and the Agile Practice Guide.

This certification demonstrates the ability to work on or lead an agile team. The syllabus covers Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD). We combine this with practical advice on how to apply agile to your projects.

PMI-ACP is the only Agile Certification that requires a combination of training, experience, and proven understanding through examination.

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PMI-ACP® spans many agile approaches including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) The certification will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

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Millpond Pass Rate

The combination of classroom training, self study and engagement has resulted in excellent first time pass rates for Millpond delegates.

Having trained hundreds of delegates from all walks of life, Millpond have the right tools for the job to help you pass the PMI-ACP certification. The combination of our training methods, facilitators, self study and collaboration have resulted in ongoing success and results speak for themselves.

Exam Preparation Course Details

  • Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Value-Driven Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Team Performance
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Problem Detection & Resolution
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Exam Tips & Tricks

To apply for the PMI-ACP exam, you need to fulfil the following prerequisites:

  • 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  • 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices
    • This exam preparation course contact hours can be applied to this requirement
  • IT Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Developers
  • Test Analysts
  • Change Leaders
  • Members of an Agile team
  • Downloadable Video and Audio Content
  • Exam Tips & Tricks
  • Formulas Guide
  • Glossary
  • Mock Exams
  • 120 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in 3 hours
  • Computer based exam: Available at Pearson Vue testing centres around New Zealand and Australia
  • Online Proctored exam: Take it in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor, learn more here
  • For more information refer to the PMI-ACP handbook
  • To maintain your ACP certification, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years

You would be required to take up the PMI® membership and apply for the respective exam on the website – http://www.pmi.org/

Fees

Exam fees:

  • PMI Member: US $435
  • Non-member: US $495

PMI membership fees:

  • US $129 to join (plus US $10 application fee)
  • US $129 to renew

PMINZ membership fees:

  • US $60 to join
  • US $60 to renew

A Certificate of Completion for professional project management training with a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) of the Project Management Institute, Inc will be issued at the end of the course.

Participants can claim the PDUs (Professional Development Units) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) after completing this course.

What are the eligibility criteria to sit the PMI-ACP® examination?
  1. 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. (A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP); and
  2. 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience; and
  3. 21 contact hours of training in agile practices. This exam preparation course contact hours can be applied to this requirement
What project management hours can I claim?

PMI® has specific conditions around the kind of tasks and time required to meet the eligibility criteria.
For a full definition of leading and directing projects, refer to the PMP®  handbook.
If you have any specific questions about your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Should I become a member of PMI®?

It’s not required but we highly recommend it. There is a great exam fee discount for members. Additionally, you get a free pdf of the latest edition of the PMBOK® Guide, access to the PMI Marketplace, networking opportunities, templates, newsletters and many other benefits. Make sure you join before paying the exam fee.

Millpond also offers a 10% discount on the 5 day PMP® exam preparation course for PMI members. Contact us to make use of this offer!

How do I log the hours in my exam application?

You start by completing your eligibility application on line at the PMI® website. It is a fully editable so you can change things around as you go. It calculates the total amount of hours submitted and lets you know when you can press submit. Visit PMI’s certification page and press ‘Apply Now’.

Alternatively, we offer an offline assess service where we review your application prior to submitting it to PMI. We ensure you have covered all of the pre-qualification criteria to guarantee a smooth review process.

How do PMI check my eligibility application?

PMI® randomly select approximately 20% of applications to be audited. If you have been selected for an audit, you will be notified after your application has been approved and scheduled, and you have paid for the exam. If you get past this stage and are not notified, you will not be audited.

What happens if I am audited?

First step. Let us know. We have a complete information guide which steps you through the audit process.

If you are selected for audit you will be directed to download pdf versions of your application form, showing the eligibility criteria you have entered. These cannot be edited at this point. You then email these documents to the people you indicated would verify your experience on your application form. They must physically sign the documents and return them to you in a sealed envelope so you can post to PMI. Remember: you will need to be able to prove everything you entered on your application.

Should I record more hours than what I need to in my application form?

Only put down the hours you require for the certification, as this will make it much easier to prove if you are audited.

Do I have to renew the PMI-ACP® certification?

Yes, you do. The PMI-ACP credential is only valid for 3 years.

During these 3 years you must gain 30 Professional Development Units (PDU’s).

You can gain PDU’s by working as a project manager, attending local branch meetings, participating in on-going education, speaking at events, reading related material or through other professional development activities.

This is to ensure you stay committed to your professional project management development.

How long before I get results?

You will get your results straight away.

Can I pass the exam without studying?

Highly unlikely. The exam is hard and requires preparation. Your experience alone will not be sufficient to pass the exam. The Millpond exam preparation course is designed around globally recognized standards for Project Managers and covers specific techniques and methodologies you will encounter in the 4-hour closed book exam.

What are the exams based on?

The PMI-ACP® exam is based on the results of a regularly updated role delineation study capturing the tasks required to perform to the industry wide standard in the role of an agile practitioner—that is, professionals who use agile principles, methods, and approaches when working on or leading agile teams. These tasks are covered in the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline.

Do I have to study any course materials before attending the exam preparation course?

No, not before the course begins but definitely during the course period. The course is presented at a fast pace and we assume you are familiar with the basic concepts of project management, especially if you are aiming for the PMI-ACP® certification.

Will I have to study while on the course?

Yes, you will have study and exercises to complete between course days.

The amount will depend on your familiarity with the concepts, how recently you have been in an education setting, what your particular learning style is and your other time commitments.

The work set could take anywhere from 4-8 hours between each session.

What if I need extra tuition?

You will get all the extra tuition you need in preparation to sit the exam. If, by some very small chance you don’t pass, we will work with you, to first figure out why you didn’t pass, and then to address areas requiring extra attention.

Exam Preparation Delivery Options and Schedule

About

The in-class PMI-ACP training offers the richest training environment for knowledge sharing. This is the highest level of facilitator-student and student-student interaction makes for truly engaging learning.

Our classrooms are small and interactive, delegates get an opportunity to emerge themselves in the learning environment and network at the same time.

Over the course of 3 days, our highly skilled PMI-ACP trainers will cover everything you need to prepare for the PMI-ACP exam, including a hard copy of Mike Griffiths PMI-ACP Exam Prep, updated Second Edition, access to downloadable course content, group discussions and mock exams.

Duration

The in-class PMI-ACP Exam preparation course takes place over the span of 3 days of classroom-led training.

The course is usually presented one day a week over 3 weeks to allow time for pre-reading and self study, and also lessen the impact of being away from the office.

Location

Public exam preparation courses available around New Zealand and Australia:

  • New Zealand
    • Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
  • Australia
    • Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
  • Other centers available on request

Corporate and in-house training available anywhere in New Zealand, Australia and the rest of Asia Pacific.

Minimum numbers apply.

Course fee

New Zealand courses:

  • Standard course fee: NZD $ 2,450 + GST
  • Early bird (8% discount): NZD $ 2,254 + GST
  • PMINZ member rates (10% discount): NZD $ 2,205 + GST

Australia courses:

Note: The Course fee does not include the cost of PMI membership or the PMI-ACP exam.

Contact us for corporate rates.

Course Schedule
August 6, 2020
Auckland
August 20, 2020
Wellington
October 2, 2020
Melbourne, Australia
October 2, 2020
Sydney, Australia
October 9, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
October 23, 2020
Christchurch

No training course in your area? Let us know, we’re happy to set something up.

About

Offering the same professional service as our in-class delivery, a virtual classroom is a facilitated, live and online classroom environment suitable for dispersed organisations and remote team members or individuals.

The PMI-ACP Virtual Classroom training is delivered by experienced facilitators to ensure the highest level of quality online certification training.

Over the course of 6 weeks, our highly skilled PMI-ACP trainers will cover everything you need to prepare for the PMP exam, including access to downloadable course content, group discussions and mock exams.

Duration

  • Course duration: 6 weeks
  • Session duration: 3 hours each
  • Time: Weeknights 19:00 – 21:30 (NZ Standard Time)

Location

  • Anywhere with an internet connection.
    • Internet connection: The bandwidth requirements to have a seamless video and audio experience is 2.0 Mbps (up and down). Test your internet speed here: www.speedtest.net
  • You will also need a computer with a video camera and headphones

Course fee

Contact us for group booking and corporate rates.

Course Schedule
October 16, 2020
Virtual Classroom

No training course available? Let us know, we’re happy to set something up.

About

The on-demand PMI-ACP training course is our most flexible option for certification training offering 100% flexibility + 100% support.

This option allows you to manage your training at your own pace alongside a busy life-style, with scheduled mentoring at convenient times ensuring to ultimate targeting learning environment.

Six training sessions of 3 hours each are available to you for a duration of 6 months, with extensions available on request.

Duration

  • Format: 6x 3hr pre-recorded sessions  available on demand.
  • Access is valid for six (6) months to allow you sufficient time to study at your own pace.
  • FREE access to three (3) hours one-on-one coaching with our PMI-ACP Trainers via ZOOM. This can be split into 3 x 1 hour or 6 x 30 minute sessions throughout your training.

Exam training is also available In-Class or in a Virtual Classroom

Location

  • Anywhere with an internet connection.
    • Internet connection: The bandwidth requirements to have a seamless video and audio experience is 2.0 Mbps (up and down). Test your internet speed here: www.speedtest.net
  • You will also need a computer with a video camera and headphones

Course fee

Contact us for group booking and corporate rates.

Course Schedule
September 1, 2020
On-demand

No training course available? Let us know, we’re happy to set something up.

Course Registration

Please contact us directly for offline registrations or group bookings.

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