The Project Management Association of Canada offers an entry-level certification in agile project management called the “Certified Agile Project Manager.” Those who are awarded this certificate have the right to use the postnomial “Cert.APM” for as long as their certification remains current.
This unique specialty project management certification is aimed at project managers who are looking for additional credentials beyond basic project management credentials such as the PMP designation from PMI. Having specialty certifications such as PMAC's Cert.APM offers project managers a number of benefits:
To apply to write the certification exam, a number of requirements must first be met:
Upon completion of the items listed above, successful candidates will receive email acknowledgement from the PMAC Certification Body Operational Committee Candidates should print out and bring this email with them to the exam centre on the day of the exam. As mentioned above, if the exam is part of a training bundle, then the form will be provided at the end of the class, prior to the start of the exam.
The exam will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions, which applicants will have up to 2 hours to complete. The exam questions will be organized as follows:
Exam papers will be collected by the Exam Proctor for marking by a PMAC Certification Assessor who is independent of the training provider, meaning that if an accredited training course is offered by a PMAC Certification Assessor, that Assessor cannot grade the exams of his/her own students; rather, such exams will be marked by another Assessor selected by the Certification Body Operational Committee. Candidates will receive a letter from the Certification Body Operational Committee notifying them of whether they have passed or failed the exam. Successful candidates who have passed will also receive a formal certificate.
Candidates may now take the exam online at a time of their convenience. However, many people prefer a paper-based, proctored examination format. For these other candidates, please refer to the "Events" main menu tab on the top of this page, for examination dates that have been scheduled to allow for taking of a paper-based exam.
|"I applaud your work and your commitment to bringing sanity to the often insane world of project management. History has shown that PMs who act as 'servant leaders' often succeed where others fail. The Agile principles and practices provide a good framework for encouraging that mindset for the PM and the team members. Keep up the good work!"
Huet Landry, PMP, CSM
|"Personally, I'm glad to finally see a move towards a respectable approach to certification within the agile PM community. Although I'm not enamored of certification in general, the reality is that within our industry there is a demand by employers that their employees earn certifications. Furthermore, there is an assumption that there is something behind the certification program [...] Anyway, I believe that the PMAC agile certification is clearly a step in the right direction for our community. My hope is that this program can evolve into an international effort, not just a Canadian one, but first things first."
Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist/Agile, IBM Rational
|"Best wishes with your certification [...] I commend your effort."
Alistair Cockburn, IT Strategist
PMAC publishes a list of Certified Agile Project Mangers (Cert.APMs).
PMAC has a list of accredited courses from 3rd-party independent training providers that meet our quality standards, each of which satisfies the prerequisite educational component prior to writing this exam.
Please check back here for the latest up-to-date information, or send an email to our Director of Professional Development (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1234 Kingston Road, Suite 125
Canada M1N 1P3
Box 58043, Rosslynn RPO
Canada L1J 8L6
Fax: (416) 986-5777