Agile Project Management course online (AgilePM)

Gain modern project management skills with a self-paced Agile Project Management course online.

APMG accredited training organisation for Agile PM (Agile Project Management).

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Course Conductor Award Leader Agile Project Management Training Autumn 2018
Course Conductor Award Leader Agile Project Management Training Autumn 2019
What is AgilePM?

AgilePM certification

What is AgilePM?

AgilePM is based on the well-known DSDM Agile Project Framework. The method aims to balance the standards and governance required for good project management, with the flexibility and adaptability provided by agile.

Features of AgilePM

AgilePM has many important features, including:

  • It is a tried-and-tested approach, successfully adopted by a wide range of organisations across multiple industries
  • Addresses the full project lifecycle, offering flexibility while retaining concepts key to effective project delivery and project management
  • Assigns clear roles and responsibilities, advocating collaboration, open communication, and team empowerment
  • Ensures solutions meet project objectives through strict acceptance criteria
  • Incorporates agile tools to support effective solution development
  • It can be easily integrated with existing processes such as PRINCE2 and ISO9001.

Advantages of AgilePM

The primary advantage that AgilePM and DSDM have over other agile methods is that while many other methods were designed for small projects and small teams, DSDM was designed to support larger projects with multiple teams. This allows AgilePM to scale organically.

Not just a method

AgilePM is not just a project management method. It is also a qualification scheme that helps project managers and aspiring project managers learn to effectively manage projects using modern tools, agile approaches, and best-practice management solutions.

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Are AgilePM qualifications popular?

Are AgilePM qualifications popular?

Leading agile framework

Since its introduction in 2010, AgilePM has established itself as the world’s leading agile project management framework. Since then, nearly 200,000 people have become certified in AgilePM worldwide.

30% of all AgilePM exams have been sat in the UK – it’s a great choice especially for those working in the United Kingdom, or EU.

Career development

AgilePM is fast becoming one of the most popular agile qualifications available. Self-paced AgilePM training offers an engaging route for anyone wanting to demonstrate their expertise as an agile project manager or those who want to begin working as an agile project manager.

Why are AgilePM qualifications so popular?

Why are AgilePM qualifications so popular?

There are 6 key factors why AgilePM qualifications are among the most popular agile qualifications.

AgilePM provides governance and agility

Based upon DSDM and the Agile Project Framework, AgilePM blends both corporate governance aspects with key agile concepts and is specifically aimed at project managers.

The authors of the Agile Project Framework were the same people who developed DSDM, one of the founding signatories to the Agile Manifesto.

That is why sometimes AgilePM is also known as AgilePM DSDM.

AgilePM never compromises quality

An underlying principle of AgilePM is that quality must never be compromised. This is achieved by agreeing high-level acceptance criteria throughout the full project lifecycle.

Risk management

In AgilePM the Project Approach Questionnaire is used for understanding project risks. This enables a shared understanding of risks and how to mitigate them.

Goes beyond product development

Whereas common agile methods such as Scrum offer product development approaches, they do not address project management. AgilePM goes beyond Scrum by offering an agile project management approach based upon DSDM and its proven Agile Project Framework.

Clear roles and responsibilities

AgilePM assigns clear roles and responsibilities to people from all areas – business, user, technical and management – so that effective stakeholder collaboration can occur.

Incorporates popular agile practices

AgilePM incorporates popular agile practices such as MoSCoW prioritisation, timeboxing and iterative development to support effective product development.

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What are the AgilePM qualifications?

What are the AgilePM qualifications?

There are 2 AgilePM qualifications: AgilePM Foundation and AgilePM Practitioner.

AgilePM Foundation

The entry-level AgilePM Foundation qualification has no prerequisites and does not require any previous experience. It is a great way to start learning about agile as well as learning project management skills and tools.

AgilePM Foundation exam
  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 50
  • Pass mark: 50% (25/50)
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Closed-book
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Results: Same day.

AgilePM Practitioner

The AgilePM Practitioner qualification helps students learn to tailor the AgilePM approach to suit different contexts and project scenarios.

This qualification does not require previous experience in agile project management, making it a great way for first-time project managers to learn applicable agile skills and tools. To take the Practitioner exam, students must first pass the AgilePM Foundation exam.

AgilePM Practitioner exam

  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 80
  • Pass mark: 50% (40/80)
  • Duration: 150 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Open-book
  • Prerequisites: AgilePM Foundation (2010 or 2014 version), or DSDM Atern Foundation, or DSDM Advanced Practitioner
  • Results: Same day.

How to earn your AgilePM certificate

To earn your Agile Project Management certificate, you can enrol on a self-paced AgilePM online course. Self-paced learning is an ideal way for busy, working professionals who cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule.

Earning your AgilePM qualification through an online self-paced course can be done in a little as 20 hours. If you do choose to study using a self-paced AgilePM online course, you require a computer, audio, internet, and an optional video camera.

Instructor-led courses

If you prefer face-to-face learning with an experienced tutor, then you should choose an instructor-led AgilePM course taught by experienced Agile Project Management trainers.

To check whether there is an instructor-led classroom course in your area, or an online instructor-led course hosted on the internet, please check the dates on the AgilePM Foundation page or AgilePM Practitioner page.

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History of AgilePM

History of AgilePM

Shaping the Agile Manifesto

In 1994, frustrated by costly, rigid, or unreliable software development methods, the not-for-profit DSDM Consortium was formed to help define new, industry-standard management methods.

In 2001, DSDM helped shape the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, also known as The Agile Manifesto.

Agile Project Framework

AgilePM and the DSDM Agile Project Framework were released in 2010. Over 150,000 people around the world have become AgilePM certified, making AgilePM the most popular agile project management certification in the world.

Agile Business Consortium

In 2016 the DSDM Consortium changed its focus from IT-specific frameworks to the wider context of business agility and rebranded as the Agile Business Consortium.

Self-paced learning

Self-paced learning

Self-paced learning has had many different names over the years, including distance learning, computer-based training (CBT), and e-Learning (or elearning). We prefer to use the term ‘self-paced’ because you can stop and start your learning whenever, and wherever you want.

Read the benefits of self-paced learning below to learn more about why self-paced learning is a great way to learn about Agile Project Management and gain your AgilePM qualification.

Self-paced training benefits

Self-paced training benefits

Saves you time
  • If you are a busy professional, you often cannot afford the time to attend fixed-schedule classroom training. So, taking a self-paced AgilePM online course saves you time.
Saves you money
  • If you are a freelancer or contractor, you lose money if you take time off work to attend a fixed-schedule classroom course. With a self-paced AgilePM online course you fit your learning time around your working hours, so this saves you money.
Learn at your own pace
  • You can study whenever and wherever you want. You can use any device (desktop, tablet, or mobile) on any platform (Windows, Mac, IOS, or Android) which has a reliable internet connection. You can choose when and how to study so you study at your own pace.
Support provided
  • As a student on our self-paced Agile Project Management online courses, you have access to an expert trainer. Our trainers aim to answer all questions from students within 1 business day, and often reply within hours.
Best practice design
  • All our Agile Project Management online courses are designed to engage your brain, with the aim to promote longer lasting and deeper understanding of the core concepts. For more details about our best practice design see more about our self-paced online learning below.
Long validity
  • You have access to our self-paced AgilePM online courses for 12 months. You can take your AgilePM online exam any time within this period.
Online exam
  • All self-paced Agile Project Management online courses include the AgilePM exam taken online. No travel to an exam centre is required, so you can gain your AgilePM qualification entirely from home.
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About self-paced training

About self-paced training

Learning technology

These self-paced Agile Project Management online courses have been designed with the latest web technologies, so they work on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. They are fully responsive, and fit any device and screen size – desktop, tablet and mobile. No browser plugins or installation files are required.

Best practice design

Our self-paced Agile Project Management online courses are highly interactive, and exercises have been designed to aid a deeper level of understanding, leading to longer-lasting learning.

Like all our online courses, these self-paced Agile Project Management online courses have been designed using the latest best practices in instructional design, including:


These are short chunks of content taking just a few minutes to complete.


Selective use of gamified elements to promote playful elements into the learning process.

Learning Management System (LMS)

A modern LMS which remembers where you are and allows you easy access to all your learning content.


Lots of quizzes to check your knowledge at the end of each topic.


Selective use of audio to enhance, which avoids ‘overloading’ the student with ‘too much information’.

Accessibility standards

Meeting many of the recommended accessibility standards from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

Many companies develop e-learning cheaply by simply filming a trainer in a classroom. We do not think that’s a good way to help students learn, nor does it engage learners.

We are confident that our interactive elearning will help you gain an understanding of project management so that you can sit your AgilePM exam with confidence.

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AgilePM Foundation online course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Course includes

  • Accredited self-paced AgilePM Foundation online learning
  • Sample AgilePM Foundation exams
  • AgilePM Foundation exam.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Self-paced AgilePM Foundation online training provides students with a basic understanding of the Agile Project Framework derived from DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Methodology).

Course content

The self-paced AgilePM Foundation online course covers the following topics:

  • The underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile
  • The lifecycle of an Agile project, including alternative configurations
  • The products produced during an Agile project and their purpose
  • The techniques used and their benefits and limitations
  • The roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.


  • None.
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AgilePM Practitioner online course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Course includes

  • Accredited self-paced AgilePM Practitioner online learning
  • AgilePM Practitioner sample exams
  • AgilePM Practitioner exam
  • 3-month free membership to the Agile Business Consortium after passing the Practitioner exam.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • AgilePM Practitioner self-paced training provides builds on ideas taught at Foundation level and equips students with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Agile Project Framework to apply and tailor it to any given scenario.

Course content

The self-paced AgilePM Practitioner online course covers the following topics:

  • How to appropriately configure the lifecycle of an Agile project
  • How to produce and evaluate the content of Agile products produced during an Agile project
  • How to test, estimate and measure progress in an Agile project
  • The Agile approach to managing requirements.


  • AgilePM Foundation.
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AgilePM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Knowledge Train accredited for AgilePM training?

Yes. Knowledge Train is an APMG Accredited Training Organisation for AgilePM. Not only that, but we have won awards for the quality of our AgilePM training.

AgilePM verified leader - autumn 2018 AgilePM verified leader - spring 2020

Why choose Knowledge Train over other course providers?

Online self-study courses

Knowledge Train works with project management professionals, e-learning experts and certified AgilePM trainers to deliver world-class online training that promotes faster, longer-lasting learning.

Our interactive, self-study AgilePM online courses are designed to keep you engaged and focused. It is not cheap to create, nor does it use gimmicks.

For more details about how we deliver high quality AgilePM online courses, see the section above about our self-paced training.

You can try our self-paced Agile Project Management online courses here.

Should I take self-paced or instructor-led AgilePM training?

We’ve designed our self-paced training and instructor-led courses to give you the best possible chance to learn about Agile Project Management and pass your AgilePM exams. Simply choose the course format that best suits your needs.

You should take a self-paced AgilePM online course if any of the following apply:

  • You cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You cannot travel to a classroom training venue
  • You prefer to learn at your own pace.

You should take instructor-led AgilePM classroom training if any of the following apply:

  • You can commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You’d like to earn your AgilePM qualification as quickly as possible
  • You prefer face-to-face learning with a trainer
  • You enjoy learning in a social environment with other students.

Should I take a self-paced AgilePM Foundation or Practitioner course?

Self-paced AgilePM Foundation online courses are best suited to:

  • Project managers who want to learn to manage agile projects
  • Anyone who wants to become an agile project manager
  • Senior staff who want to learn how to work effectively with agile project managers.

Self-paced AgilePM Practitioner online courses are best suited to:

  • AgilePM certified students who want to become agile project managers
  • Project managers who want to add an internationally recognised agile certification to their CV
  • Project assistants, administrators, management specialists, risk managers, business analysts and similar roles who want to start a career in agile project management.

Does my AgilePM certification expire?

AgilePM Foundation certification does not expire and is valid for life. AgilePM Practitioner certification expires after 5 years. Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognised as ‘AgilePM Registered Practitioners’.

Maintaining the ‘Registered Practitioner’ status must be done within 3-5 years by passing an AgilePM Re-registration exam which is the same format as the Practitioner exam and lasts for 2.5 hours.

Beyond the 5-year period, you will be required to complete the full Practitioner exam again to be reinstated as an AgilePM Registered Practitioner.

When do I receive my AgilePM certificate?

For students of our self-paced online courses, you choose to take your AgilePM exams when you feel ready to sit the exam(s). All AgilePM exam results and certifications are administered by APMG International via the APMG Candidate Portal.

AgilePM Foundation exam results and certifications will be given within 1 working day of submitting your exam.

AgilePM Practitioner exam results and certification will be given within 3 working days of submitting your exam.

Will I receive a manual on this self-paced course?

Students of our AgilePM self-study courses do not receive a copy of the AgilePM Handbook as the course is self-contained. Information in the handbook relevant to your certification is already included in the e-learning content.

However, if you are planning to take the Agile Project Management (AgilePM) Practitioner exam, then we recommend that you purchase a copy of the AgilePM Handbook which you can do when you purchase the self-paced course.

How can I prepare for the course?

No preparation is required for students of our self-paced AgilePM online courses. We’ve included everything you need in our online learning material – including introductory information.

When can I take my AgilePM exam?

As a student learning using a self-paced AgilePM online course, you can choose to sit your exam(s) whenever you feel ready. The only requirement is that you sit your exam(s) within 12 months of purchase of the self-paced course.

Do I receive any support to help me pass my AgilePM exams?

Your self-paced Agile Project Management online course is designed to help you learn fast and retain information longer, making it an ideal preparation for sitting your exam(s).

The online self-paced training also contains official sample exams that match the style, form, and content of questions you will be asked in your AgilePM exams.

Students also benefit from having access to a dedicated expert trainer who is available to answer your questions via email. Our trainers will try to respond to any queries you may have within 1 working day.

How long do I have to complete my AgilePM course?

As a student of our self-paced Agile Project Management online courses, you will have access to the online materials for 12 months after purchase.

Can my company use your self-paced courses on its LMS?

Yes. For organisations wanting to train lots of staff members, our training is available for hosting on your organisation’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Our self-paced training courses use industry standard SCORM and TinCan API formats that are used by modern Learning Management Systems.

Please call our team on +44 (0)207 148 5985 for more details about hosting our AgilePM online courses on your own LMS.

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