Candidates need to be completely familiar with the following:
- The DSDM philosophy and principles
- The DSDM process and lifecycle
- The DSDM roles and responsibilities
- The DSDM products
- The DSDM techniques/practices (such as MoSCoW Prioritization)
Compared with the Foundation exam, you need to know a lot more about the process, the techniques/practices, estimating and prioritizing requirements, facilitation, value management, and testing, among others.
Preparing for the exam
To prepare for the exam, you can take courses (classroom courses or eLearning), or self-study.
The DSDM manuals are the primary references for the exam.
The exam is either paper-based (at the end of classroom courses) or online (at the end of eLearning courses). Online exams can be taken from home or work, from [almost] anywhere in the world, and they are invigilated (with webcam and microphone).
There are 4 questions in the exam, each in multiple parts. It’s an objective examination (but not essay-based). You have 150 minutes to finish the exam, and the passing score is 50%.
It’s an open-book exam (only the official manuals).
You must have the AgilePM® Foundation certificate before taking the Practitioner exam.
Obtaining an exam voucher
To attend the exam, you need to have an exam voucher. To obtain a voucher, you would have one of these situations:
- Classroom courses: Usually, the exam is included in the package, and it will be a paper-based exam at the end of the course.
- eLearning courses: Usually, the exam is included in the package, and you will have a one-year window to book and take your exam online.
- Self-study: You need to buy the voucher separately. You can either buy it directly from APMG, or buy it from one of the accredited training organizations. The second option can be less expensive (about €350).
Written by Nader K. Rad
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