Agile: PMI versus APMG

Since the Agile manifesto was established in 2001, the Agile landscape has developed significantly. What started off as a better approach to software development has now been evolved into an approach that is applicable to many non-IT projects in both the corporate world and public sector.

The Agile Certifications “trees” have grown into the “Amazon forest” of Agile Project Management Certifications. Which of the Agile trees is best? It depends, is a typical answer you may get. Let’s look at two major players in the world of Project Management, the Project Management Institute (PMI) and APMG-International, a leading Examination Institute accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certification body.

PMI offers the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification. PMI-ACP® is for experienced agile practitioners with the aim to formally recognise your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. The examination is not written according to any single text or singularly supported by any particular reference. PMI-ACP® is a competency–based certification which assesses the integrated set of knowledge, skills and abilities as gained from both practical and learned experiences.
Reference material for the PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Examination.

APMG offers the AgilePM® certification. The AgilePM® certification aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be agile. Combine flexibility with proven process for successful agile project delivery. APMG’s AgilePM guidance, developed in partnership with DSDM Consortium, offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by agile.
Short video: What is DSDM?

PMI-ACP® versus APMG-AgilePM®
For those who want to certify their Agile knowledge, skills and abilities, PMI’s ACP is a good choice. For those who would like to learn a comprehensive Agile methodology and approach that can be applied also in non-IT project environments, the AgilePM certification is a good choice.

I don’t like these two
Wait, there is more than ACP® and AgilePM®.


Here’s an umbrella of Agile approaches. Let’s see if there is one that suits your needs.


Enjoy Agile


Menno Valkenburg