Certification Guide for Agile Project Management


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The IAPM certification process is based on the latest version of the Agile Project Managers' Guide (IAPM). The Agile Project Managers' Guide (IAPM) content represents the IAPM’s Scrum knowledge baseline. This knowledge baseline was developed in collaboration with international panels of academics and Scrum experts and it is continuously adapted to international standards and findings. The Agile Project Managers' Guide (IAPM) can be viewed free of charge on the IAPM’s website.
For the purposes of the examination admissions process, it is irrelevant whether the candidate obtained the necessary knowledge from the Agile Project Managers' Guide (IAPM) or other sources. The IAPM supports independent learning for the certification examinations. The IAPM’s Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM) and Certified Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) certifications reflect the practical experience of international project managers in agile environments.

The Certification

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Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM) certification is intended for managers who want to obtain confirmation of their agile project management knowledge. Candidates have to demonstrate a knowledge of all Scrum competence elements in the online examination. Previous experience isn’t necessary, but it is advantageous.

Certified Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certified Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) certification is geared to project managers with at least five years of verified agile project management experience, three of those as project manager or in a senior mana-gement role. Candidates for both certifications have to take an online examination and provide proof of practical experience.

The knowledge baseline for these certification levels is the Agile Project Managers' Guide (IAPM), which explains the hard and soft factors of Scrum.


Application and Examination Admittance Procedure

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To register for certification, you have to fill in an online application form. When the form has been filled in and all the necessary information has been provided, the documents are checked by the IAPM for completeness and compliance with admission requirements. If all the requirements are met, the IAPM issues an invoice to you. When your payment is received, you are sent your login data for the online test or examination (either the self test or certification examination).

The Examination

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The IAPM offers two options – an online self test and a certification examination – for Certified Agile Project Manager (IAPM) and Certified Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) certification. They can be taken on any PC, laptop or tablet.

Self Test and Certification Examination
If you are not sure whether you can pass the certification examination without a preparatory course, you can take a selftest on the IAPM website. This provides an initial idea of the types of questions and level of difficulty of the certification examination. Our system assesses whether you have passed the self test and provides you with e-mail feedback on the areas of agile project management where you have knowledge gaps so that you can revise these areas more thoroughly. If you decide that you would like to improve your knowledge in a preparatory course, you can register for a German or English language course with any of the IAPM Training Partners. To pass the certification examination a minimum score of 65% has to be achieved. Examination result notifications are sent out by e-mail.

Failed the certification examination?
If you don’t manage to pass the examination you can repeat it with a different set of questions. In this case, you have to pay the examination fee again. If you also fail this second examination, you have to wait for 12 months before you can have another attempt. If you fail for a third time, you are excluded from any further IAPM certification examinations and are not able to retake the examination again

The IAPM certification

The certification can be taken via a reputable online examination procedure. The costs are based on the gross domestic product of your country of origin.

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