Agile project management certifications (with details)

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Published 28 March 2022

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Agile project management's adaptability in overcoming challenges in project control is one reason why it's used in a wide variety of industries. If you're planning to begin a career in this field or you'd like to improve your project management skills, there are several certification courses that you can take. Certification improves your employability by giving you a competitive edge in the job market. In this article, we discuss some agile project management certification programmes, their entry requirements and prices.

Benefits of agile project management certifications

Many businesses, from software development and engineering to manufacturing and construction, employ agile methodologies in their projects. Becoming certified not only expands your agile project management competencies, but also enhances the qualifications on your CV and shows your commitment to such a role. Many recruiters prefer certified candidates. A certification is an official confirmation of your skills and expertise in managing agile projects.

Related: Project manager skills and how to improve them

List of agile project management certifications

There's a wide range of agile project management certification programmes. Some provide a solid grounding in agile project management while others expand on existing qualifications. Here is a list of a few courses along with some course details, prerequisites and prices as of January 2022. Unless otherwise stated, all prices quoted exclude VAT. All prices are subject to change. They include:

1. PRINCE2 Agile

PRINCE2 Agile is an extension of the PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments) programme. It transforms the framework with agile methodology to improve flexibility, scalability and response efficiency. AXELOS Ltd offers PRINCE2 programmes. There are two courses under the PRINCE2 Agile banner and one combined course.

Related: PRINCE2 qualification: everything you need to know

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation

This programme provides guidance on managing and delivering agile projects. In addition to the PRINCE2 process and principles, it also covers organisation, lean start-up, agile planning, leadership and many other topics. This course is ideal for those who already understand the PRINCE2 method and want to improve their competencies by learning up-to-date agile practices.

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this programme.

Price:

  • Option 1: 12 months of online access to the course from £658.

  • Option 2: Three-day classroom programme from £1,250.

  • Option 3: Three-day virtual programme from £932.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner

This programme provides guidance on how to apply both PRINCE2 and agile methodology in practice. Course materials include agile organisation and planning, leadership, risks and issues and agile behaviour. Prior to attending the course, candidates complete mandatory readings and online learning, which takes between eight and ten hours

Entry requirements: Any one of the following:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation

  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation

  • PMP (Project Management Professional)

  • CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

  • IPMA (International Project Management Association) Level A—Certified Projects Director

  • IPMA Level B—Certified Senior Project Manager

  • IPMA Level C—Certified Project Manager

  • IPMA Level D—Certified Project Management Associate

Price:

  • Option 1: 12 months of online access to the course (which takes approximately 16 hours to complete) from £735.

  • Option 2: Two-day classroom programme from £1,125.

  • Option 3: Two-day virtual programme from £900.

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner

Candidates can also choose to take the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course. This course is a five-day virtual programme. It combines both the Agile Foundation and Agile Practitioner courses.

Entry requirements:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation

  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation

  • PMP

  • CAPM

  • IPMA Level A—Certified Projects Director

  • IPMA Level B—Certified Senior Project Manager

  • IPMA Level C—Certified Project Manager

  • IPMA Level D—Certified Project Management Associate

Price:

  • Option 1: 12 months of online access to the course from £1,313.

  • Option 2: Five-day classroom programme from £2,250.

  • Option 3: Five-day virtual programme from £1,732.

2. AgilePM

Offered by APMG International, Agile Project Management (AgilePM) is similar to the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) Agile Project Framework. AgilePM covers all aspects of DSDM product development, including project lifecycle, quality assurance and KPIs (key performance indicators). There are two certifications under the AgilePM banner:

AgilePM Foundation

This programme is helpful for all candidates, from experienced project managers to those new to the industry. It's a requirement for candidates wanting to register for the AgilePM Practitioner certification. Course materials include agile philosophy and principles and MoSCoW (must-have, should-have, could-have, won't-have) prioritisation and modelling.

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Price: Depends on the course provider:

  • Option 1: Online from £249.

  • Option 2: Classroom from £849.

  • Option 3: Virtual from £849.

AgilePM Practitioner

Designed for those already working in a project environment, this programme provides candidates with a more structured approach to responding quickly to changes. This course is suitable for those who aim to become agile project managers.

Entry requirements: AgilePM Foundation certificate

Price: Depends on the course provider:

  • Option 1: Online from £399.

  • Option 2: Classroom from £499.

  • Option 3: Virtual from £499.

AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner

You can also take the Foundation and Practitioner combined course. This is a five-day programme.

Entry requirements: AgilePM Foundation certificate

Price: From £2,645.

Related: The 6 agile methodology steps for project management

3. PMI-ACP

The Project Management Institute-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification is for those who have practical experience in agile project management. Several institutions offer this three-day course which takes a total of approximately 13 hours.

Entry requirements:

  • a secondary degree or higher

  • 21 hours of training in agile practices

  • at least 1,500 hours' experience in agile project teams during the last three years

  • at least 2,000 hours of general project management experience in the last five years

Price: Starting from £450, excluding the exam fee. The exam itself is only offered by PMI.

Additionally, there's an exam to undertake:

PMI-ACP exam

This three-hour exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. To maintain your PMI-ACP certification, it's important to achieve 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.

Price:

  • Computer-based exam: US$435 for PMI members, US$495 for non-members.

  • Paper-based exam: US$385 for PMI members, US$445 for non-members.

4. SAFe Agilist

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) certification covers lean and agile principles and practices to help teams seamlessly transform extensive agile projects. This programme is suitable for team leaders and managers, systems architects, scrum masters and business analysts. Candidates who complete the course earn 16 PDUs.

Entry requirements: There are no mandatory entry requirements for this course but various institutions recommend that candidates planning to sit the SAFe Agilist certification exam have at least five years of relevant industry experience.

Price:

  • Two-day workshop between £695 and £795, including a one-year Scaled Agile membership.

  • Members who wish to renew their certification can do so for US$295 per year.

5. IAPM Certified Agile Project Manager

The International Association of Project Managers (IAPM) Certified Agile Project Manager certification is for those who want to expand their agile project management knowledge and skills. Exam candidates typically register with IAPM and the credentials are only valid for six months.

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this programme, but previous project management experience is helpful.

Price: CHF 562 (approximately £450).

6. ICP-ACC

Offered by the International Consortium of Agile, the Agile Certified Professional-Agile Certified Coaching (ICP-ACC) certification is for individuals wanting to become an agile coach. The course covers agile principles and methodology and the role and responsibilities of an agile coach. There is no certification exam. Candidates earn this certification after successfully completing the three-day training course.

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Price: Depends on the course provider. Approximately £1,320.

Prerequisite certificates

Some of the aforementioned certification programmes stipulate that candidates hold existing certifications. Here are the prices of those prerequisite certification programmes. Please note that some of the following courses also have prerequisites. They include:

1. PRINCE2 Foundation

  • There are no entry requirements for this course.

  • 12 months online access for £775.

  • Three-day classroom programme from £1,250.

  • Three-day virtual programme from £932.

  • Two-day fast-track virtual programme from £932.

2. PRINCE2 Practitioner

  • Please note: there are entry requirements for this course.

  • 12 months online access for £865.

  • Two-day classroom programme from £1,125.

  • Two-day virtual programme from £900.

3. PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner

  • Please note: there are entry requirements for this course.

  • 12 months online access for £1,545.

  • Five-day classroom programme from £2,250.

4. PMP (Project Management Professional)

  • Please note: there are entry requirements for this course.

  • Price depends on the course provider: between £355 and £699.

  • This excludes the US$405 exam fee payable to PMI.

5. CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

  • Please note: there are entry requirements for this course.

  • Course fee: £355.

  • Exam fee: US$225 for PMI members, US$300 for non-members.

  • This certification is valid for five years, after which the holder re-sits the updated CAPM exam.

6. IPMA (International Project Management Association)

  • Please note: there are entry requirements for these courses.

  • Level A—Certified Projects Director US$1,995 for members or US$2,195 for non-members.

  • Level B—Certified Senior Project Manager US$1,795 for members or US$1,995 for non-members.

  • Level C—Certified Project Manager US$1,495 for members or US$1,695 for non-members.

  • Level D—Certified Project Management Associate US$445 for members or US$595 for non-members.

Please note that none of the companies, institutions or organisations mentioned in this article are affiliated with Indeed.

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