Agile Basics

Agile Project Management Certifications

To help you find a certification that suits you best, here is a list of twelve carefully handpicked Agile project management certifications.

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • PRINCE2 Agile Project Management Certifications
  • Certified Enterprise Coach
  • Certified Disciplined Agilist
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
  • Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) Certification
  • Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) Certification
  • Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) Certification
  • Certified SAFe Agilist (Scaled Agile)
  • Professional Scrum Master Certifications (PSM)
  • Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
  • ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Certified Coaching (ICP-ACC)

For each Agile certification, we will cover:

  • Which project management institute offers it
  • The domains it covers.
  • What are its prerequisites?
  • How much does it cost?

1. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Created by Agilists, the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification formally recognizes an individual’s knowledge and skills in Agile principles and techniques. It deals with various Agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming (XP).

The Agile Certified Practitioner exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 3 hours.

Note: To maintain the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in Agile topics every 3 years.

What is a PDU?

A PDU is a unit established by the Project Management Institute to measure an individual’s professional development.

Offered by

Project Management Institute.

Domains covered.

The Agile Certified Practitioner certification covers, topics like:

  • Agile principles and mindset
  • Value-driven delivery
  • Agile estimating
  • Team performance
  • Continuous improvement

Certification prerequisites

The prerequisites for this certification program are:

  • A secondary degree
  • 21 contact hours of training in Agile practices
  • 12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years

Note: A current PMP certification (Project Management Professional) or PgMP (Program Management Professional) can satisfy this requirement. 8 months of Agile project experience within the last 3 years

Pricing

For members of the Project Management Institute: $435

For non-members: $495

2. PRINCE2 Agile Project Management Certifications

The PRINCE2 Agile Project Management certifications are a combination of the Agile methodology and PRojects IN Controlled Environments 2 (PRINCE2). They are designed to teach professionals how to manage projects when working in an Agile environment.

PRINCE2 Agile offers two levels of certifications:

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation: a foundation-level certification that covers Agile techniques and frameworks.

  • PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner: teaches individuals how to combine project structure, governance, and control with Agile methodology and techniques.
  • The PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification exam consists of 50 objective-type questions with a time limit of 1 hour. The Agilepm Practitioner certification exam is a 50-question open-book exam with a time limit of 150 minutes.
  • PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher)
  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA (International Project Management Association) Levels A, B, C, and D

 Offered by
AXELOS Ltd.

Domains covered.

This certification course is composed of modules like:

  • PRINCE2 Agile overview
  • Themes and processes in an Agile setting
  • Scrum, Kanban, and Lean start-up
  • PRINCE2 Agile case study and activities

Certification prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for the Agile Foundation certification. However, for the Agile pm Practitioner certification, you need to have one of the following certifications:

Pricing

  • For online PRINCE2 Agile Foundation & Practitioner: $1555
  • For blended pack: $1860

3. Certified Enterprise Coach

A Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) is integrally involved with Scrum teams and possesses foundational know-how of Scrum principles and the way they apply to organizations at different levels.

Offered by Scrum Alliance, this course is worth the money for any business leader intending to understand the principles of enterprise transformation and Scrum. It also helps if you’re familiar with organizational transformation, coaching and leadership, and agile methods for enterprise businesses.

4. Certified Disciplined Agilist

A candidate who achieves the Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) certification will succeed in showing his/her bosses and peers that he/she possesses the essential understanding and knowledge of Disciplined Agile techniques. Moreover, it displays a keen enthusiasm to learn and boosts the aptitudes and talents of any software professional.

Whether you are an amateur in the Agile work environment or have become an industry pro, a CDA certification will help your career. Obtaining this certification requires you to attend a recognized course and then pass the examination.

5. Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

The Certified Scrum Master certification is ideal for individuals who want to manage a Scrum team.
This certification teaches you the entire Scrum framework: various project team roles, events, and artifacts. This Agile course can assist you in becoming the perfect individual for managing a Scrum team.

To earn a Certified Scrum Master certification, you need to attend classroom training. At the end of the training, you need to take an open book exam. The exam contains 50 multiple choice questions with a time limit of 1 hour.

Offered by

The Scrum Alliance.

Domains covered.

Certified Scrum Master certification covers topics like:

  • Agile and Scrum framework
  • Scrum team roles
  • Scrum value and events
  • Scrum artifacts

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this Agile certification.

Pricing

$1000–1400.

6. Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) Certification

Disciplined Agile enables you to improve your team’s performance by introducing strategies from leading agile and lean approaches like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe®, and more. This frees you from any single agile framework and opens your options.

Filled with activities, animations, supplemental reading, and more, this 14 PDU course will prepare you to take the DASM exam and start using Disciplined Agile immediately, setting yourself up for career success.

Offered by

Project Management Institute.

What Will You Learn?

Understand the DA mindset and its underlying principles, such as pragmatism, the power of choice, and adapting to context.

Learn about the fundamentals of agile and lean, and how to use both approaches to produce business value.

Explore multiple agile and lean techniques from methods such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and more.
Understand how to put these techniques into action and ensure effective implementation.

Learn how to apply the Disciplined Agile toolkit to discover the best way of working (WoW) for you and your team in your unique situation.

How does it work?

Sign up for our instructor-led training or self-paced course based on your learning preferences.

Complete the course to receive your DASM exam invitation. You will have 30 days to take the exam and the fee is included in the tuition.

After passing the exam, you will receive your certification, as well as a badge that you can share with your network. The certification is valid for one year and can be renewed upon expiry.

7. Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) Certification

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) is a 2-day instructor-led course for experienced agile practitioners that teaches you how to use the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit to optimize how teams work, work with allies within your organization, and solve a variety of advanced problems. This 14 PDU course will prepare you to take the DASSM exam and start using Disciplined Agile immediately within your leadership role.

Offered by

Project Management Institute.

Why Do You Want to Attend This Course?

Take a deep dive into the DA tool kit to develop a comprehensive understanding of the hundreds of practices and strategies it contains and the trade-offs of applying them.

Learn how to apply the DA tool kit to guide your teams in choosing and evolving your best way of working (WoW) in any situation.

Use the DA tool kit to solve complex challenges commonly encountered in both software and operational business teams.

Learn how to lead agile teams through key enterprise activities, such as planning, coordinating, and reporting, and be ready to show your improvements in areas where your organization is struggling.

Understand how to improve value delivery for your customers by empowering others in your organization, nurturing emotional intelligence, and resolving conflicts.

Requirements

Two years of experience working in an agile team, ideally in a leadership role such as a Disciplined Agile scrum master, scrum master, product owner, or architecture owner.

Understanding of the fundamentals of the DA tool kit by having done one or more of the following:

  • Taken the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) course
  • Take The Basics of Disciplined Agile online course.
  • Read section 1, or more, of Choose Your WoW

How does it work?

Sign up for our 2-day training with one of our Disciplined Agile partners.

Complete the course to receive your DASSM exam invitation. You will have 30 days to take the exam and the fee is included in the tuition.

After passing the exam, you will receive your certification, as well as a badge that you can share with your network. The certification is valid for one year and can be renewed upon expiry.

8. Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) Certification

The Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant workshop teaches you how to use value stream management to create a tailored approach for any organization to accelerate the delivery of value to their customers. It provides a combination of Lean, Flow, Theory of Constraints, and Organizational Development theories and practices. The workshop integrates with the Disciplined Agile tool kit to provide those practices that will be most effective for where it is applied, whether it be a new Agile transition or continuing a stagnated SAFe or Spotify one.

With DAVSC training you will:

  • Learn to determine the best place for an organization to start – portfolio management, product management, or development area.
  • Be equipped to tailor an organization’s improvement plan based on their unique needs, while also attending to the culture of the organization to evolve at their proper place.
  • Be able to train an organization to continue to improve on its own.
  • Know how to accelerate value delivery at scale.
  • Be prepared to take the Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) exam and earn valuable, credible certification. Your exam fee is included intuition.

Offered by

Project Management Institute.

Requirements

Three years of agile coaching experience – this is advanced training and certification built to maximize leadership and directing of agile teams to effectively accelerate value delivery at scale.

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) Certification

2–3-day training from a Disciplined Agile partner.

How does it work?

  • Sign up for our 2-day training with one of our Disciplined Agile partners.
  • Complete the course to receive your DASSM exam invitation. You will have 30 days to take the exam and the fee is included in the tuition.
  • After passing the exam, you will receive your certification, as well as a badge that you can share with your network. The certification is valid for one year and can be renewed upon expiry.

9. Certified SAFe Agilist (Scaled Agile)

Certified SAFe (Scaled Agile framework) Agilist is a foundation-level certification that teaches an individual how to implement SAFe to scale Agile development in an organization.

The certification exam is a 45-question closed book exam with a time limit of 90 minutes. Before taking the examination, you’re required to attend a 2-day Leading SAFe training course.

Offered by

Scaled Agile.

Domains covered.

This Agile project management certificate covers domains like:

  • Fundamentals of the Scaled Agile framework
  • Business agility
  • Program increment planning
  • Lean portfolio management

Certification prerequisites

5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
Experience in Scrum framework

Pricing

Starts at $725.

Note: The first exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee, provided you take it within 30 days of course completion. Each retake costs $50.

10. Professional Scrum Master Certifications (PSM)

The Professional Scrum Master offers three levels of certification:

  • Professional Scrum Master I: to validate the knowledge of the Scrum framework and its application.
  • Professional Scrum Master II: learn to use the Scrum framework for real-world application.
  • Professional Scrum Master III: for those who have cleared the PSM I and II assessments and plan to master the Scrum approach.

The certification exam for:

  • PSM I contains 80 questions with a time limit of 60 minutes.
  • PSM II contains 30 questions with a time limit of 90 minutes.
  • PSM III contains 33 questions with a time limit of 120 minutes.

Offered by

Scrum.org

Domains covered.

The Professional Scrum Master certifications cover areas such as:

  • Scrum framework
  • Mentoring teams
  • Continuous improvement and delivery
  • Portfolio planning

Certification prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for these certifications.

Pricing

  • For Professional Scrum Master I assessment: $150
  • For Professional Scrum Master II assessment: $250
  • For Professional Scrum Master III assessment: $350

11. Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM)

The Certified Agile Project Manager certification is for managers who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in Agile project management.

To take the certification exam, you need to register with the International Association of Project Managers. Upon successful payment and registration, you will receive an email with the login credentials to take the exam.

Note: These credentials are valid only for six months.

Offered by
International Association of Project Managers.

Domains covered.

This certification is based on the Agile PM Guide 2.0.

What is the Agile PM Guide 2.0?

It is a comprehensive guide that covers the concepts of each Agile framework (Scrum, Kanban, and Extreme Programming).

Certification prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this Agile project management course.

Previous experience in project management can be super useful.

Pricing

The pricing is calculated according to your nationality:

  • For the US: 650,00 CHF ($689.414)
  • For the UK: 562,00 CHF (£475.85)

12. ICAgile Certified Professional – Agile Certified Coaching (ICP-ACC)

The Agile Certified Coaching certification helps individuals learn the fundamentals of being an Agile coach. It also covers the concepts to help you manage an Agile team easily.

There is no specific certification exam to earn this certification. Upon successful completion of this ICAgile-accredited training class, you will be awarded the certification.

These training courses impart the required knowledge and learnings for this certification. A training course is usually 21 hours of instructional activities across a period of three days.

Offered by

The International Consortium of Agile.

Domains covered.

This Agile certification primarily focuses on:

  • Agile principles and methodology
  • Agile mindset
  • Role of an Agile coach
  • Responsibilities of an Agile coach

Certification prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this certification.

Pricing

The price of the certification depends on the training course provider.

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