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Certified Agile Project Management Certified Agile Project Management

Certified Agile Project Management

To succeed in an age of rapid change, organisations must assess, react and adapt faster than ever. An agile mindset, a focus on value, and an iterative approach to planning is the way forward.    

This course covers key Agile principles and frameworks to help you launch your accredited career as an IPMA® Agile Project Manager.

Get the skill set to launch your career as an Agile Project Manager.
IPM Agile Certificate, IPMA-Agile®, 21 PDUs
21 Hours
€ 1,275
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What is Agile Project Management?

Agile is an adaptive approach to project management, focusing on delivering value early and consistently throughout a project. Understanding the different agile frameworks – such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean and others – will help you determine how the characteristics of a project dictate the right agile practices at each stage.

This course is taught by a certified agile practitioner with real-industry expertise. The curriculum is designed to give you a comprehensive grasp of the fundamental concepts behind agile values, principles and practices, which you can immediately apply to your work.

Earning the IPMA Agile® certification at the end of the course is the perfect way to demonstrate your knowledge of and commitment to this rapidly growing approach to project management.

Become a true agile leader who can behave in an agile way and inspire others to adopt an agile mindset in a constantly changing environment.

What will I learn?

This course will equip you with a toolkit and the depth of knowledge on agile practices, tools, and techniques to help you reach quickly and easily to change and effectively combine agile strategies in a tailorable and scalable manner.

Learn more about the course by downloading the brochure below.
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge in the competencies required for agile project leaders.
  • Understand the cultural, power, and structural perspectives of agile environments.
  • Recognise the leadership, teamwork, and personnel implications of agile ways of working.
  • Gain an appreciation of the key agile values, principles, and practices that can be leveraged to promote success.
  • Focus on delivery of business value through adaptive approaches to planning, organising, quality, and impediments.
  • Prepare to pass the IPMA Agile® certification exam.
Course Modules
Agile Framework
  • Why Agile?
  • Origin and Context
  • Benefits of Agile
  • Agile Principles and Practices
Agile Approach to Planning
  • Agile Planning
  • Product Road Map & Story Map
  • Release & Iteration Planning
  • Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
  • What is Scrum?
  • Scrum Pillars/Cycle
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Scrum Team
  • Scrum Ceremonies and Artifacts
Extreme Programming (XP)
  • What is XP?
  • XP Life Cycle
  • XP Goals
  • XP 9 Key Concepts
  • Time-box vs. Flow-based process
  • Kanban Model
  • Core Principles
  • Scrum vs. Kanban
User Stories
  • What is a User Story?
  • User Story Template
  • The 3 C’s (Card, Conversation & Confirmation)
Product Backlog
  • What is a Product Backlog?
  • Backlog Prioritization
  • Value-Based Prioritization (ROI/NPV/IRR)
Agile Estimating
  • Estimation Challenges
  • Why do we Estimate?
  • Accuracy vs. Precision
Testing in Agile
  • Traditional Testing vs. Agile Testing
  • Agile testing flow
  • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD)
Agile Metrics
  • Waterfall vs. Agile Metrics
  • Velocity & Cycle Time
  • Burn Up/Burn Down Charts
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD)
Risk Management
  • What is Risk Management?
  • Traditional Risk Management Process
  • How Agile Addressed Core Risks
Agile Retrospective
  • Retrospective – What is it?
  • 5 Phases of Retrospective
Other Key Agile Practices
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • Adaptative Leadership
  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Effectiveness of Different Modes of Communication
IPMA Agile Exam Eligibility Criteria

There are no prerequisites to apply for IPMA Agile® competence-oriented certification. The exam and certification fees are included in the course.


This certification evaluates your agile project management competence in the areas of Practice, People and Perspective.


The course curriculum and assessment are designed to help you develop and validate these competences in agile project management practices.

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What are the Benefits of IPMA Agile Certification?

The agile project management methodology can be a powerful ally in the challenging task of managing a project effectively. Also, there are no prerequisites to apply for this globally recognised certification.

IPMA Agile Certification allows individuals and organisations to:

  • Deliver value early and consistently with each project
  • React quickly and adapt easily to change
  • Strengthen relationships with stakeholders and customers
  • Manage better the project scope, schedule and budget
  • Improve communication and collaboration


If you would like to learn more about this project management approach and how to become an agile project manager, read our article: Agile Project Management.

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This course is perfect for...

  • Anyone working on projects where requirements change regularly
  • Anyone with a mindset to deliver value as quickly as possible
  • Project managers who wish to add Agile to their skill set
  • Agile teams, Scrum masters, team leaders, solution developers, business analysts and anyone currently working on or supporting agile-based projects regardless of their job title


Not sure if this course is for you? Schedule a call to speak with an educational adviser.

Why IPM?
Reputation & History
Global IPMA® Certification
Become an Agile Leader
Project Management Experts
Student Hub & Community
Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained 40,000 Professionals and Certified 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Global IPMA® Certification

Within the IPMA®, the Institute is the national body representing Ireland in a federation of over 70 countries.

Identify yourself as a competent practitioner and upgrade your status as an internationally accredited professional. Founded in 1965 in Zurich, IPMA® is the world´s first International Project Management Association, now recognised in over 70 countries across 6 continents.

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Become an Agile Leader

Learn how to use a comprehensive agile toolkit to accelerate your ability to take on more complex projects and lead your agile team to success. Learn to think like an agile leader with real-world case studies and exercises designed to help you develop job-ready skills. 

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Project Management Experts

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract the highest calibre of international lecturers – who offer invaluable knowledge to our students.

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Student Hub & Community

Our dedicated Student Support team is here to help you stay relevant and connected to achieve your goals.

Joining the Institute’s community offers you an immersive and engaging learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. Classroom and virtual learners will gain access to the Institute’s hub where they can find additional resources and connect with other participants to brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

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Alumni Reviews

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Peter Nolan

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I undertook a course with the Institute in April 2021 and the support and guidance provided were excellent. The course content and delivery far surpassed my expectations and I would recommend the Institute to anyone wishing to commence or continue their Project Management education.

Eddy Younes

Head of Franchise at PepsiCo
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Great team and support from the staff. The teacher on the course was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed taking my certification here.

Adrienne Fleming

Lecturer in Science at Technological University Dublin
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Wonderful experience on the Diploma in Project Management with the Institute of Project Management.

Barry McBreen

Product Manager at CNP Santander Insurance
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We had a small class from different backgrounds; HR, IT, Sales, Product Owner. I highly recommend them and they offer considerable value add. Had a query and the head of course (was not expecting it) took a short phone call out of hours so that will tell you the customer mantra. Go for it!

William Geach

Executive Assistant of EU Public Policy at Amazon
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I've been working in Tech for 8 years now and the Agile Project Management class turned into a huge unlock for me, it was the way our dev teams have been doing business and the environment we work in the entire time. I look forward to getting my next PM credential from you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

Need further information?
What is included in the course fee?

The course fees include the examination and certification fees, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Support team.

What are the delivery formats available for this course?
  • Online. Classes run online over three consecutive days from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Your instructor is a certified Agile practitioner with real-industry experience. Do not worry about missing an online class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time. 
  • Classroom. Choose classes on campus for in-person learning with industry-expert lecturers. Classes run at the National College of Ireland (Dublin). Please note the scheduling of classroom courses may have been affected by Covid-19. 
Is the course suitable to people without former project management knowledge/experience?

The course is suitable for individuals from various industry backgrounds and anyone who directly contributes to projects. A foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes could be helpful.

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this course is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others – who completed the course successfully.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through a final written examination (Multiple-Choice and Essay style of questions), which typically takes place a week after the last day of the course.


As part of the process to achieve IPMA Agile Level D® certification, candidates will also complete a comprehensive self-assessment of their People, Practice and Perspective competences before sitting the exam.

What credentials will I get from this course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  • IPMA Agile® International Professional Certification
  • IPM Agile Certificate from the Institute of Project Management
  • 21.0 PDUs (Professional Development Units)
How will this course help with my career?

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you develop an agile mindset and get a comprehensive grasp of the fundamental concepts behind agile values, principles and practices, which you can immediately apply to your work. Gain the confidence to build your agile project management career with globally recognised credentials.

How much time do I need to complete the course?

Classes run over three consecutive days, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Plan to spend some time completing the self-assessment studying the core material while preparing for the exam. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

Are the course qualifications recognised internationally?

Yes, the course credentials are recognised in over 70 countries.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

Agile vs Scrum: what’s the difference?

Agile is an adaptive approach to project management and it comprises several methodologies and frameworks.


Scrum is one of the most popular agile methodologies used today. It abides by the main agile values and principles, but there are a few Scrum-specific terms and processes you might need to know if you are working in a project environment using this particular methodology.