I passed my exam through APMG and am entitled to my free membership; I do not seem to have access yet, can you help?
I have just got my free Qualifying membership following sitting my Agile exam. Does this allow access to the sample papers?
Yes, we have a selection of handbooks and pocketbooks available to purchase via our webshop.
You can purchase physical copies of our books, as well as digital versions. We are now also offering book bundles, with discounted prices when buying multiple books together. All book bundles include a free coaster and business agility kit.
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Training & Exams FAQs
Do Agile Business Consortium exams taken via APMG have an expiry date? If they do, how long do they last for?
To become an AgilePM Trainer you will first need to take the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course and exam and receive a pass mark of 80%+
For more information on how to register for AgilePM please see our products site.
If you have passed AgilePM Practitioner with 80%, your next step is to find a sponsor.
All AgilePM trainers must be "sponsored" by one of our Accredited Delivery Partners (ADPs) (or an APMG Accredited Training Organisation (ATOs)). Details of our AgilePM ADPs can be found here.
A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ADP to us at [email protected] (or the equivalent relevant APMG-International office if you choose one of their ATOs).
We are currently reviewing our structure and process with regards to the existing accredited partner network. Thus at present, we are not taking on any new accredited partner organisations until this review is complete. We expect to have some updated information on our website soon. Please do however feel free to register your interest by contacting us.
In the meantime, please consider getting accredited with our Partner APMG, who we work very closely with. Find out more about their process here: APMG Accreditation.
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What is the process for existing ABC Scrum trainers to transition to the new version of Scrum and the new Product owner course?
For trainers already certified by Agile Business Consortium to train ABC Scrum Master, recertifying in the new version will require passing the revised ABC Scrum Master exam with a mark of 86% (43/50). Trainers can also extend their certification to train the new ABC Scrum Product Owner course by passing the ABC Product Owner exam with a mark of 86% (43/50). Note that trainers certified by Agile Business Consortium MUST use the vanilla course materials created by us unless such course materials have been accredited by APMG for use by a specific APMG ATO.
For trainers new to training ABC Scrum Product they MUST certify in Scrum Master and extend that to cover Product Owner if they wish to train that too. As well as passing the exams with a mark of 86% there is a requirement for the trainer to have practical experience with the application of Scrum or a similar Agile approach such as DSDM (AgilePM) for which they must provide a written account and attend an assessment interview with two ABC certified examiners.
Trainers intending to provide training services exclusively for APMG ATOs (for clarity that means training organisations accredited by APMG rather than by ABC) also have the option of certifying through APMG who follow essentially the same process.
Continuing Professional Development FAQs
CPD is a way to advance your career or plan a career change. This policy is designed to benefit you, employers and your clients, by helping you to identify, plan and reflect on your learning more effectively.
Planning a person’s CPD to suit business needs is a more efficient use of time and money. Many organisations book the same training course and recommend the same books year after year, when they could benefit from more diverse skills and knowledge.
Different professions have different names for CPD, so you may already be planning and recording what we call “CPD”, even if you call it something else. For example, some employers include a list of training needs as part of performance reviews, which you could use as your CPD Plan. Employers might not list non-formal learning, such as independent reading, which you can add to your own plan.
If you already track learning on your own system, you can send a copy of that when requested.
If you don’t have a plan or record through your employer or a regulator, you can take the following steps to create your own.
- Think about your current situation. What’s going well? What would you like to change? Are you interested in a promotion, or changing jobs? Are you looking at moving to another country? It might take time to explore your options and choose appropriate actions.
- Decide what you think is achievable in the next 12 months.
- Make a list of knowledge and skills that you need to achieve those things. We recognise any learning activities that are relevant to your role, so there’s no need to find activities related to agile every year.
- Is your list achievable within the next 12 months? If not, you can still make a note of it on your plan as a long-term goal.
- Look at how you can gain the knowledge and skills you have chosen. The quality of any learning activity is more important than counting the number of hours you’ve spent learning.
- If you were issued with a certificate for a conference or training course, it is useful to add to your record, but not mandatory. As long as you give enough detail for a CPD reviewer to be able to find the provider and details of the activity, that is enough to meet your requirement.
- Note what you learned from each activity, even if the activity didn’t meet expectations. For example, if you disagreed with a book, it would still count as CPD, if you could explain why it didn’t cover your training need and what you want to do next.
- Record all your decisions in a format that suits you, or download our template:
You can download some examples of what a basic CPD plan and record looks like here:
It’s good practice to take a few minutes to reflect on a learning activity to help reinforce what you’ve learned, particularly if you belong to organisations or professional bodies that track CPD.
This resource would usually be referred to as “informal” or “unstructured” learning by organisations that track professional development, so the following reflective questions have been chosen to help convert it into “formal” or “structured” learning.
- What are my first impressions of this (book/ article/ video/ recording)? Are they mostly positive or negative? What comes to mind when I consider what was said?
- What are the key points that I found interesting? Why?
- Were there any points that I disagreed with? Why?
- Will this change how I do my work in future? If yes, in what way?
- Has this learning activity raised more questions that I need to research? If yes, how?
Our members come from a range of industries with different CPD requirements, so we chose to let members stay in line with their professional background. We also believe that hours don’t prove something meets your training needs.
Imagine that you have a choice between 2 training courses. Your professional body has insisted that you need 15 hours of CPD. You know that you need to study A, B and C and the courses offer the following:
You know that you need to study Subjects A, B & C, but you only have time to do one course. Course 1 meets your needs, but doesn’t meet your professional body’s requirements. Which one is more useful to you? We think it’s more important for you to choose the right CPD for you, than count hours for a professional body.