Training and certification

Record demand for AgilePM® training and certification

9 March 2017

Record numbers of organisations and individuals are recognising the value of adopting an Agile approach to project management when it comes to staying competitive in an environment of ever faster change.

Latest figures show the number of people undertaking AgilePM®* certification at Foundation level jumped by a third last year from 9,000 in 2015 to over 12,000 in 2016.

At the more advanced Practitioner level there was a 20% increase from 5,000 to over 6,000.

AgilePM was developed jointly by the Agile Business Consortium (a not-for-profit organisation formerly known as the DSDM Consortium) and the examination institute APMG International.


Mary Henson, chief executive of Agile Business Consortium, said:

“Time and again, the principles underpinning AgilePM have proved to be effective in helping organisations of all shapes and sizes implement successful project management programmes.

“The pace of business life is continually speeding up and – in a time of increasing uncertainty – organisations need to embrace change if they are to survive and thrive.

“As acknowledged in the UK government’s recent Industrial Strategy** paper, improving productivity isn’t about making people or businesses work harder; it’s about helping them work smarter. AgilePM helps organisations to do this and to achieve their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.”


AgilePM combines the rigour of a project management framework with the flexibility and empowerment of the Agile philosophy. It breaks projects down into smaller components and provides a structure to prioritise those elements of most value to an organisation, helping deliver earlier benefits and reduce time-to-market. Since it was introduced in late 2010, more than 50,000 people around the world have been trained and certified in its approach.

The eight principles underpinning AgilePM are:

  • Focus on the business need
  • Deliver on time
  • Collaborate
  • Never compromise quality
  • Build incrementally from firm foundations
  • Develop iteratively
  • Communicate continuously and clearly
  • Demonstrate control


Richard Pharro, chief executive of APMG International, said:

“AgilePM is one of the world’s fastest growing project management frameworks because people need to find better ways of working than in the past and have to act and react quickly.

“Organisations no longer have the luxury of waiting a long time for projects to come to fruition. To gain competitive advantage project management has to be flexible and efficient to enable the fast delivery of bringing a product to market.

“AgilePM helps businesses deliver quickly and provides governance and controls to maintain quality, which requires ongoing input from all parts of an organisation. This is not just about attending training and sitting an exam.  Once people fully engage with the Agile approach and really get involved, they find it an enjoyable way of working; and perhaps that’s why they end up putting in more effort.”

* AgilePM® is a registered trade mark of Agile Business Consortium Limited