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Certified Agile Project Management - Foundation & Practitioner

This five-day accredited course provides participants with a thorough grounding in the DSDM Agile Project Management framework. It is comprised of a Foundation-level introduction to the framework, and an in-depth Practitioner-level examination of how a project manager applies the framework.

Presented by skilled lecturers with extensive experience in the practical application of project management, the course includes examination coaching and practice using sample questions.

This course does not cover the Scrum Framework.

Delegates should be prepared to set aside time to revise for the Foundation and Practitioner exams, in the evenings after the course lecture finishes. This includes studying the course Handbook, and working through sample exam questions.

Target Audience

The Practitioner course is intended for anyone who expects to have a management or leadership role in an Agile project and is specifically built to support anyone who needs to apply the DSDM Project Management framework in a business environment. Delegates are expected to have experience of team leading, project management, or project assurance/support.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Set up an Agile project
  • Identify appropriate people for Agile roles 
  • Define Increments and Timeboxes? to keep a project on track
  • Manage a Solution Development Team
  • Communicate with business stakeholders in a project environment
  • Use Agile techniques, including prioritisation of requirements to ensure on-time project delivery
  • Present the benefits of Agile approaches to senior management
  • Identify risks to delivery of projects managed using the DSDM Agile approach


There are no pre-requisites but the course assumes that delegates will have some knowledge and experience of project management or software development.

In order to sit the Practitioner exam, delegates must have attended at least 80% of the course.

Course Content

Foundation Preparation
• What is Agile? And why use DSDM?
• Philosophy, Principles, and Project Variables?
• Preparing for Success
• Preparing for Agile Project Management
• The DSDM Process?
• The People - DSDM Roles and Responsibilities
• The DSDM Products?
• Key Practices - Prioritisation and Timeboxing?
• Planning and Control Throughout the Lifecycle?
• Other Practices - Iterative Development, Facilitated Workshops, Modeling and Prototyping?

Practitioner Preparation
• Roles and Responsibilities - the project manager's view
• Agile Project Management through the Lifecycle
• The Effective Use of the Products
• Deliver on Time - Combining MoSCoW and Timeboxing
• People, Teams, and Interactions
• Requirements and User Stories
• Estimating - How and When
• Project Planning throughout the Lifecycle
• Quality - Never Compromise Quality
• Risk Management
• Tailoring the Approach

Exams & Certification

Agile Foundation and Practitioner Examinations

All delegates will sit the APMG Agile Foundation examination (a multiple choice paper). Successful candidates will then be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam on the afternoon of the last day. Photo ID is required to take these exams.

The Foundation examination is 40 minutes in duration.

The Practitioner examination will last for up to 2.5 hours.

APMG-International Agile Project Management is a trademark of The APM Group Limited.

We reserve the right to improve the specification and format of our courses for the benefit of our customers without notice to the customer.

Proof of identity

Delegates must bring signed photo ID on any APMG exam (passport, driving license, student card) as they will be asked by the invigilator to produce it prior to the exam. Delegates must also be familiar with the APMG Terms and Conditions of Certification which can be found on the APMG International website. 


While not required, delegates are encouraged to visit the DSDM Consortium's website and start to become familiar with the framework, at www.agilebusiness.org.

Please note that some evening work is required on this course.

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