PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) Exam Study Material [Updated]

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PMI-ACP Certification Exam Courses and Sample Questions

Updated for PMI-ACP Exam in 2017: I wrote this blog post in Oct 2013 when I was preparing for the PMI-ACP exam. As I was going through process, I was collecting and documenting the list of study resources that I was using or came across during the course of my preparation. I passed PMI-ACP exam on Oct 28, 2013, about 2 weeks ahead of schedule. I shared my PMI-ACP lessons learned after the exam. The PMI-ACP exam changed in 2015. I have updated this page to reflect the changes and updated all the links. Hope you find this page useful.

Here are study resources that I used for my PMI-ACP and found useful.

Training Courses to earn Educational Credits (PDUs)

Study Guides

Free Study Guides

Useful Resources

Reference Material (12 core books) - v2 (UPDATED)

Direct link to the full list: 12 core PMI-ACP books

Sample Questions and Exams (Paid)

Sample Questions and Exams (Free)

Official PMI Documents

Useful Blogs

Useful Forums

PMI-ACP Exam Lessons Learned Posts

Other Resources

If you are aware of other good study resources, or have any tips to share, please post them as comments below.

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Harwinder Singh Avatar

Thanks for the suggestion, Ramesh. I have put the prices for Agile Prepcast and the main prep guides. Generally, the book prices on Amazon vary a lot, and it's better to refer to the current prices on Amazon.

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Hello ScrumDan,

Thank you for your comments and for your wonderful study guide for PMI-ACP.

I'm posting a hyperlink to your site so that people can easily click through:

Best regards.

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HI Harwinder: I have updated the study guide to reflect PMI's recent content changes. More information can be found on my LinkedIn blog

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Hi Harwinder,

I see that the Reference Materials (Core Books) has changed now as mentioned in the PMI website ( )

Here is the list of revised reference materials (Core Books):

1) Agile Estimating and Planning
Author: Mike Cohn
Publisher: Pearson Education/Addison Wesley

2) Professional Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products
Author: Jim Highsmith
Publisher: Pearson Education/Addison Wesley

3) Professional Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
Author: Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf

4) Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game
Author: Alistair Cockburn
Publisher: Pearson Education

5) Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
Author: Lyssa Adkins
Publisher: Pearson Education/Addison Wesley

6) Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme
Author: Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher: Wiley

7) Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals
Author: Dan Rawsthorne with Doug Shimp
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing

8) Kanban In Action
Author: Marcus Hammarberg, Joakim Sunden
Publisher: Manning Publications

9) Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business
Author: David J. Anderson
Publisher: Blue Hole Press

10) Lean-Agile Software Development
Author: Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott
Publisher: Pearson Education

11) The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility
Author: Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick
Publisher: Pearson Education

12) User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
Author: Mike Cohn
Publisher: Pearson Education

Kindly update the same in this blog.


Harwinder Singh Avatar

It took a long time coming, but I've finally updated this page thoroughly for PMI-ACP Exam 2015. The PMI's official reference list now contains 12 core books. All have been updated. My apologies for the delay.

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Thanks Harwinder.

No issues for the delay and Yes this page has been very helpful for me. Keep up the good work that you have been doing since last 7 years or so :)


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Hi Joaquim,

Yes, as I mentioned in the previous comment on Feb 14, 2016, this page is 100% updated for the current PMI-ACP exam. If you find any issue or if you come across other useful information during the course of your preparation, do let me know so that I can keep the information updated and relevant.

Good luck!

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Hello Chandra,

I used to have all those gadgets before the last refresh (July 2017). But then I purposely went for a minimalistic look and optimized the site for page loading speed. Anything that hampered the loading speed was taken off.

I’ll keep your comment in mind and reconsider the decisions made.

Thanks for bringing this up.

Nischita Avatar

Hi Harwinder, Thanks a ton for your valuable insight into the PMI-ACP. I’m looking to do that and heard of PMTraining offering 21h of course material online to complete the eligibility criteria to qualify for the certification. Do you have any info on PMTraining and it’s course offered for PMI-ACP preparation? I’m deciding between that and AgilePrepCast. Also is Mike Griffith’s book a must after all those hours of video trainings?
Any help would be deeply appreciated!


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Hello Nischita,

I’m not familiar with that training. No matter what training you take, I think Mike Griffith’s book is a must have since he helped develop the real PMI-ACP program and was also the chair of the team that developed the Agile Practice Guide.

Good luck!