Agile Business Consortium (DSDM) Certifications

Agile Business Consortium (DSDM) Certifications
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Introduction to Agile Business Consortium Certifications

The Agile Business Consortium is a non-profit professional organization with a mission to lead, promote, and enable business agility worldwide. They produced the DSDM Agile Project Framework Handbook to provide an approach to governance and rigor along with the agility and flexibility that most organizations demand today.

In October 2016, the DSDM Consortium rebranded as the Agile Business Consortium and with this evolution introduced the Agile Project Management (AgilePM®), Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA®), and Agile Program Management (AgilePgM®) certification schemes.

To complement the framework and certifications, they published the AgilePM® HandbookAgilePgM® Handbook, and AgileBA® Handbook. Each describes how to apply DSDM for project management, program management, and business analysis, respectively.

These certifications are administered through a partnership with APMG International. APMG also offers digital badges to those who obtain a certification. Netmind is an approved training provider for each of these certifications:

Agile Business Consortium Certifications

Agile Project Management (AgilePM®)

AgilePM® certification is based on the AgilePM® Handbook and describes a framework for the management and agile delivery of projects, designed to help organizations and teams obtain results quickly and efficiently.

The Agile Project Management certification is for Project Manager who wants to increase the success rate of their projects through stakeholder involvement and demonstration of project control by using a repeatable and well-proven methodology.

AgilePM® Foundation

The AgilePM® Foundation certification validates that any professional working on agile projects understand the agile environments and agile ways of working and can use the Agile Project Management Framework to establish the right foundations for successful agile projects.

Practicing project managers, department directors, and, in general, any professional who is interested in becoming an Agile Project Manager. This is also a requirement for anyone pursuing the AgilePM Practitioner certification (below).

Participants should have experience on projects and basic project management knowledge.

  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Delivery: In-person or online, through APMG International and ProctorU
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 40 minutes to complete the exam
  • Cost: $326.00
  • Pass mark: 50% (25 of 50)
  • Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Polish
  • Closed book
  • See the APMG International website for more APMG AgilePM Foundation exam details. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)

AgilePM® Practitioner

The AgilePM® Practitioner certification builds on the Foundation level certification by providing in-depth practitioner-level knowledge on how a Project Manager applies the framework.

Anyone who has or wishes to have a management or leadership role in an Agile business environment.

Participants should have experience leading a team, worked in project management on agile projects, and must poses AgilePM Foundation certification (above).

  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Delivery: In-person or online, through APMG International and ProctorU
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 40 minutes to complete the exam
  • Cost: $500.00
  • Pass mark: 50% (40 of 80)
  • Languages: English, German, Polish
  • Restricted open book (only the AgilePM Handbook is allowed)
  • See the APMG International website for more APMG AgilePM Practitioner exam details. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)

Agile Program Management (AgilePgM®)

AgilePgM® Foundation

The AgilePgM® certification is based on the AgilePgM® Handbook and supports an agile approach to organizational change management. This certification was developed to help Program Managers establish agile programs that can respond to change, utilize agile methodology and program life cycle for successful delivery, and facilitate productive stakeholder relationships. 

This certification is recommended for Program Managers, PMO Managers, Risk Mangers, Project Managers, Procurement professionals, and Senior business people who have responsibility for programs.

Attendees should have knowledge and experience on managing agile projects and/or agile programs. The AgilePM Foundation and/or Practitioner certification (above) is recommended, but it is not required.

  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Delivery: In-person or online, through APMG International and ProctorU
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 40 minutes to complete the exam
  • Cost: $326.00
  • Pass mark: 50% (25 of 50)
  • Languages: English
  • Closed book
  • See the APMG International website for more APMG AgilePgM Foundation exam details. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA®)

The AgileBA® certification is based on the AgileBA® Handbook and is designed to guide business analysts working in agile environments. This certification will help analysts ensure they have the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to successfully develop this function.

AgileBA® Foundation

The AgileBA® Foundation certification helps to establish the foundations for agile project success by understanding how the Business Analyst role fits into and maximizes their contribution. Candidates wishing to obtain this certification must demonstrate that they have the knowledge to obtain, analyze, and validate requirements in an agile project, as well as its relationship with the strategy and mission of the organization. 

Professionals who are currently working in agile environments or plan to do so in the future, including business analysts, product owners, business representatives, project managers, technical team, or testers, among others.

Participants should have experience on projects and basic business analysis knowledge.

  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Delivery: In-person or online, through APMG International and ProctorU
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 40 minutes to complete the exam
  • Cost: $326.00
  • Pass mark: 50% (25 of 50)
  • Languages: English, Polish
  • Closed book
  • See the APMG International website for more APMG AgileBA Foundation exam details. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)

AgileBA® Practitioner

The AgileBA® Practitioner certification builds on the Foundation level certification by providing in-depth practitioner-level knowledge on how work during the phases of an agile project by applying a complete set of techniques and practices to perform effective business analysis and work collaboratively in agile environments.

Those wishing to obtain the this certification must demonstrate how to facilitate, apply, and test a variety of agile practices on a project.

Business analysts, product owners, business representatives, project managers, or any professional who is interested in becoming an Agile Business Analyst.

Participants should have experience in Business Analysis and must poses the AgileBA  Foundation certification (above).

  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Delivery: In-person or online, through APMG International and ProctorU
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 40 minutes to complete the exam
  • Cost: $500.00
  • Pass mark: 50% (40 of 80)
  • Languages: English
  • Restricted open book (only the AgileBA Handbook is allowed)
  • See the APMG International website for more APMG AgileBA Practitioner exam details. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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