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Agile Project Management™ FAQs

Agile Project Management™ FAQs

What is APMG-International’s Agile Project Management™ scheme?

The Agile Project Management™ scheme aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be agile.

Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern, the new certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Project Management™ Projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile Project Management™.

The course will:

  • Explain how to lay the foundations for successful Agile Project Management™ projects
  • Explain how an Agile Project Management™ project is managed
  • Clarify the different management styles needed for successful Agile Project Management™ projects (compared to “traditional” projects)
  • Provide integration with PRINCE2®.

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Are there any pre-requisites for the Agile Project Management™ examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination. Candidates must achieve a pass at foundation level before completing the practitioner examination.


What are the main publications for Agile Project Management™ and where can I purchase them?

Agile Project Management™ has one main manual supporting the qualification scheme, published by The DSDM Consortium, called “Agile Project Management™ Handbook”. Please visit APMG Business Books at:

FGI include this handbook as part of the course fee unless requested otherwise.


Which languages are Agile Project Management™ examinations available in?

Both foundation and practitioner exams are currently available in English only. Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.


Which languages is the Agile Project Management™ handbook available in?

The Agile Project Management™ Handbook is currently available in English only. Translations will be progressed subject to market demand.


How long will it take to learn the Agile Project Management™ material?

FGI provide the combined combined foundation and practitioner course, delivered over 4 days.


What is the structure of the Agile Project Management™ examinations?

Summaries of the structure of the Agile Project Management™ foundation and practitioner examinations are below:


  • Multiple choice examination
  • 60 questions
  • 1 hour duration
  • Closed book
  • Takes place on the afternoon of day 3 of the course


  • Objective-testing examination
  • 4 questions with 60 marks available
  • 2 hours duration
  • Open-book (restricted to official handbook only)
  • Takes place omn the afternoon of day 4 of the course


How long are the Agile Project Management™ qualifications valid for?

The qualifications are not valid for a defined period and will not expire.


When can I expect the results of my Agile Project Management™ Examinations?

Agile Project Management™ foundation examinations can be marked on location with provisional results provided immediately after marking. Practitioner answer sheets are marked at APMG-International offices and results released soon after.


When will I receive my certificate?

A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.


What are the pass marks for the Agile Project Management™ examinations?

Pass marks for the Agile Project Management™ examinations are as follows:

Foundation: You will need to score 30/60 to pass the foundation exam.

Practitioner: You will need to score 30/60 to pass the practitioner exam.


How can I advertise myself as Agile Project Management™ qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the Agile Project Management™ practitioner examination can put “Agile Project Management™ Practitioner” on their business cards.



What is the relationship, if any, with the DSDM Atern scheme?

Agile Project Management™ is based on DSDM Atern, which has always been the only Agile Project Management™ method to fully-address the concept of an Agile Project Management™ project, and provides detailed guidance on how to manage and deliver Agile Project Management™ projects.

Agile Project Management™ focuses on the elements of Atern that are specific to the Agile Project Management™; it is important to note that Atern also provides detailed guidance on delivery techniques and solution development, which are outside of the Agile Project Management™ Handbook.

Although Agile Project Management™ can be viewed as a subset of DSDM Atern, there are some extra features in Agile Project Management™ that are not currently available in Atern. These include ‘Top Tips’ for Agile Project Management™ Managers at the conclusion of most chapters. These ‘Top Tips’ have been collected from the in-depth practical experience of professional individuals who have managed and delivered Agile Project Management™ projects for many years. These are practitioners who work across a wide range of backgrounds, from small, simple projects to large, complex projects, including regulated environments where they need to work in conjunction with other methods and approaches such as PRINCE2®, ITIL®, CMMI, ISO, etc. Access to this experience through these ‘Top Tips’ has proved to be invaluable and will help the Agile Project Management™ to avoid pitfalls and prepare for success.