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ACPMPO Certification and Exam FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner™ (ACPMPO) certification and exam

Product FAQ

What is the recommended course of study for the Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner Exam?

What is the difference between the online self-study and in-person courses?

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Both courses thoroughly prepare you for the exam and cover the same material. The in-person course gives you the ability to ask questions directly to the instructor and also includes information on strategies when answering the exam questions. The online self-study materials can be reviewed as many times as you like, include practice exams and give you up to one year to study and take the exam.

How long does the online self-study course take to go through?

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The Agile Excellence for Product Managers and Product Owners Online Self-Study Course and Exam has seven modules organized into several lessons, and it is suggested to watch one module at a time. There are 5-6 hours of material (most students study an additional 8 to 10 hours and then take the exam within a few weeks of starting the course).

Can I share the online self-study course with others?

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No. The course is a single user license and may not be shared with others or distributed. Doing so violates US and International copyright laws and invalidates your certification.

Login and Technical FAQ

How do I log into my online self-study course?

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After your purchase you are sent an email with your login details that include your user name and a link to login to begin your course. You will be asked to create a password. Please pick a secure password that you will remember. As a reminder your user name will be the email address used for your purchase. Login url: https://280group.litmos.com

What is my username?

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Your username is automatically set to the email address used at the time of purchase.

How do I reset my password when I’ve forgotten it?

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You can update your password at the login screen: https://280group.litmos.com by clicking on the text, “I’ve forgotten my username/password.” Choose the option to reset your password, and you will be sent a link to your email address to reset your password. Follow the link to complete your reset. As a reminder after five failed attempts the system will lock you out. Please email support@280group.com to unlock. We provide support from 8am to 5pm PST, M-F.

How do I retrieve my username?

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Your username is automatically set to your email address used at the time of purchase. It will remain that, unless you have changed it in your account settings. You can request your username from the initial login page: https://280group.litmos.com, by clicking on the text, “I’ve forgotten my username/password.” Choose the option to retrieve your username, and you will be sent an email with your username.

What are the system requirements?

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This online course is best viewed on desktop or laptop computers with a fast and reliable internet connection. Materials may be reviewed on tablets or smartphones but there may be small formatting issues with the text. You can use both PC and Macintosh computers. You will need to have internet access to login via your laptop, desktop or tablet. The official minimum system requirements for computers are:

  • A fast and reliable internet connection
  • Web browser:
    • Internet Explorer 8+
    • Firefox 2+
    • Safari on Mac 1.2+
    • Google Chrome
  • Javascript and Cookies enabled
  • While not a requirement, class material is best viewed using a minimum screen resolution of 1024×768

Can I use my smartphone for the online self-study course?

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This online course is primarily designed for viewing on a laptop, desktop, or tablet. You can review the material and listen to the audio with your smartphone. Not all screen content may be shown correctly and you may not have the interactive course features.

Exam FAQ

How do I sign up for the exam once I have completed the course?

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When you purchase the ACPMPO course from 280 Group, we generate your application for certification and send it to AIPMM. They will send your login credentials with your one year AIPMM Membership details. Use the credentials provided to register for your Pre-Qualification Call and exam. The last module in the online course has a link to AIPMM’s scheduling site. Additionally, you may email them directly at certification@aipmm.com to schedule. You may need the following information to register for a time slot with AIPMM:

  • Your AIPMM login name
  • Educational Coursework Completed: ACPMPO Self-Study
  • Date of purchase: It doesn’t have to be exact since 280 Group has already sent them your details.
  • Order number: At the time of writing, this just needs a number. Any number.

Depending on the time of year, pre-exam dates and exam dates are typically scheduled two weeks from the request date.

What course name do I choose when scheduling my exam with AIPMM?

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Please click on Educational Coursework Completed, ACPMPO Self-Study.

How far in advance should I schedule my exam?

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At least two weeks prior to your preferred exam date.

How do I take the exam?

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You take the Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner Exam online.

Where can I take the exam?

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You may take the online exam on your own computer with a fast and reliable internet connection wherever it is convenient for you. It is recommended that you complete the exam in a quiet location where you will not have any interruptions of internet connectivity.

What is the pass rate for the exam?

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Virtually everyone who follows the recommended study program passes the exam.

How long is the exam?

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The Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner Exam has 60 multiple-choice questions and you are required to have a score of 74% or higher to receive your certification. The ACPMPO exam is 45 minutes long.

Are there any essay questions on the exams?

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The Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner Exam has no essay questions in the exam.

Do I have to be an AIPMM member to take the exam?

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Yes. You must be a current AIPMM member ($125 annual fee) in order to take the exam. For your convenience, the membership is automatically included when you purchase your course. It is also available on AIPMM’s website.

Can the online self-study course and exam be transferred to another person at the same company if it hasn’t been used yet?

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No. The course and exam are licensed to a specific user and may not be transferred to anyone else.

Can I take the exam without taking an in-person course or purchasing an online self-study course?

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No. You must choose a training option of either taking the self-study course or the in-person intensive prep course.

Certification FAQ

How well recognized is the certification?

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The AIPMM certifications are very well-recognized and highly regarded around the world. As the only vendor and methodology neutral certifications they show that you truly understand the discipline of Product Management and not just one company’s particular methodology.

How does the AIPMM certification compare with others out there?

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The AIPMM certification is much more rigorous than the other certifications and is not tied to any one vendor’s methodology or way of doing things. As such it is a more valuable credential. The AIPMM test is not easy – it is designed to show that you have truly mastered the concepts of Product Management. In contrast, other certifications tend to be short and easy (multiple choice and true/false only) exams that are taken right after attending the classes. The exams are designed to show that you know how that particular company views how to perform the profession of Product Management.

The most common certification compared to the ACPMPO from AIPMM is CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) . Please go to Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner Online Self-Study Course and Exam for a comparison chart showing why ACPMPO is much better and covers more material.

How many people have earned the certifications?

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Several thousand people worldwide have earned this prestigious credential. AIPMM was formed in 1998, and every day somewhere in the world, at least two Product Managers earn their AIPMM certification.

What is the difference between the certifications that the 280 Group offers?

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  • The Certified Product Manager® (CPM) credential from the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) is a worldwide standard. Earning it shows that you understand both the basic and the high-level strategic functions of Product Management.
  • The Certified Product Marketing Manager® (CPMM) credential from the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) is a worldwide standard. Earning it shows that you understand both the basic and the high-level strategic functions of Product Marketing Management.
  • The Agile Certified Product Manager and Product Owner® (ACPMPO) credential from AIPMM shows that you understand the different types of Agile development methodologies and have a good grasp of how to apply them effectively at both a strategic and tactical level.

What are the benefits of certification for Product Managers?

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  • Learn how to effectively lead your Agile teams
  • Accelerate your career with a great promotion or new job in the rapidly growing Agile development market
  • Differentiate yourself by proving your domain mastery
  • Study at your own pace, and take the test at your convenience from your own computer anywhere in the world

What are the benefits of certification for Product Owners?

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  • Become more effective and efficient with your Agile team
  • Learn the business and Product Management aspects of being a product leader
  • Increase your career opportunities and differentiate yourself in the Agile market
  • Study at your own pace, and take the test at your convenience from your own computer anywhere in the world

What are the benefits of certification for Directors/VPs/Executives?

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  • Increase team skill sets and effectiveness
  • Help your employees grow their careers
  • Increase team satisfaction
  • Ensure planning efforts are geared towards profitability and the voice of the customer

What are the benefits of certification for HR Departments & Professionals?

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  • Provides employees with widely-respected credentials
  • Self-contained offerings that can be delivered in-person worldwide or taken any time anywhere
  • Eliminate the need to develop your own in-house training program
  • Eliminate the cost of bringing a trainer onsite or sending attendees to training (Self-Study Course)


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