Employers seek individuals with the PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) certification to fill a growing need caused by the use of agile as a project management approach. Agile is used on approximately 80% of software development projects, a number that has tripled between 2008 and 2011. This growth has occurred due to agile's ability to decrease products' defects, increase the delivery of business value, and improve team productivity.
With the PMI-ACP® certification, professionals have the ability to incorporate agile principles, practices, tools, and techniques. Professionals with this certification demonstrate their level of professionalism as it is relevant to agile practices of project management.
Since the PMI-ACP® is not an entry-level certification, candidates are required to have a significant amount of prior work experience. Before earning the PMI-ACP® certification, candidates should have at least 2, 000 hours working on project teams within the last five years. Also, candidates should have 1, 500 hours working on agile project teams or employing agile methods. All candidates must have at least 21 contact hours in agile practices training.