What’s what? 

PMI-ACP is the fastest growing certification in project management which is universally recognized. Organizations that are eminently agile and accommodative to the market dynamics accomplish their projects more successfully when compared with their counterparts. PMI-ACP uses many agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD). 

The PRINCE2 Agile® is the most comprehensive agile project management platform in the world, combining the responsiveness and resilience of agile. This platform is an outcome of exceptional demand from user communities, which provides governance and structure to agile methods and techniques. 


There is a huge demand for proficient project managers in several industries. Beyond academic qualifications, procuring a valid certification would increase your competence and employability. 

PMI-ACP certification demonstrates how well you as a team member distinctly stand out in practicing Agile. It heightens your professional versatility in project management tools and techniques. In PMI-ACP, different Agile flavours are covered and assessed. 

PRINCE2 Agile® certification equates top-notch efficiency. Its procedure is precisely defined, with a convenient set of templates, rules, and roles. All positions of the product development processes are optimized for producing effective results. PRINCE2 Agile® focuses on guiding you to keeping up Agile principles in your organization. 

Certification validity 

PMI-ACP certification is valid for three years. Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks that you spend learning, teaching, or volunteering. By accumulating PDUs over three years you can maintain your certification status. 

PRINCE2 Agile® candidates will remain registered for three calendar years. To maintain your certification status, you can either retake the PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam before the expiry of three years or maintain your certification through CPD points and a digital badge. 



  • 2000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not obligatory to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  • In addition to that, 1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies.
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices.

PRINCE2 Agile® 

It is available as two levels of certifications: Foundation Level and Practitioner Level.

  • PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation This is an introductory course to PRINCE2 and Agile and how both of them can be applied together. There are no prerequisites.
  • PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner only for those who are certified in either PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation. You must have passed one of the following:
    • PRINCE2 Foundation
    • PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
    • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
    • IPMA Levels A, B, C and D® (Certified Projects Director).

Merits and Demerits 


  • Merits – Globally recognized certification and high salary prospects.
  • Demerits – Strict prerequisites.

PRINCE2 Agile®

  • Merits – No prior project management experience is required and commonly used in the public sector.
  • Demerits – Documentation heavy.

Available languages 

PMI-ACP exams are available in English, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. 

PRINCE2 Agile exams are currently available in English, German and Polish. 

How to pick the right one? 

Consider the following factors and choose it yourselves:

  • Your prior experience in project management (if any)
  • Your academic qualifications
  • The industry you desire to work
  • The type of organization you prefer to work
  • Which part of the world you wish to work
  • The amount of time and money you are prepared to spend

Whichever you prefer you wouldn’t be disappointed because a recognized professional qualification will open up opportunities and eventually progress your career.

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