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Frequently asked questions about 280 Group Courses and AIPMM Certifications

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

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When you purchase a Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and ExamCertified Product Marketing Manager Self-Study Course and Exam or Agile Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam course from the 280 Group, we generate your application for certification and send it to AIPMM. They will send you instructions on how to set up your appointment and identity verifications via email. You may contact them directly at certification@aipmm.com if you have any questions. Be sure to reference your 280 Group order number for faster service.

Where can I take the exam?

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You may take the online exam 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.

How long is the exam?

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The Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam and Certified Product Marketing Manager Self-Study Course and Exam is 120 questions and you are required to have a score of 74% or higher to receive your certification. The CPM and CPMM exams each take about 2 hours to complete. Agile Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam has 60 questions and you must have a score of 74% or higher to pass and receive your certification. The ACPM exam is one hour.

Are there any essay questions on the exams?

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Agile Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam has no essay questions in the exam. The Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam and Certified Product Marketing Manager Self-Study Course and Exam have short essay questions that will require a few paragraphs to answer. The exam is provided in English and it is recommended that non-native speakers review their answers to achieve the best possible points.

Can the 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 share the 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.

Can I take the exam without taking an in-person course or purchasing a Self-Study Course?

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

How do I take the exam?

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For CPM and CPMM, you either sign up for the two-day intensive prep course and exam in-person, or you purchase the self-study course and take the exam online (contact certification@aipmm.com two weeks before your desired exam date.) The Agile Certified Product Manager Exam is offered after the class. You take the exam online for both the in-person and self-study courses.

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 test. For your convenience, the membership automatically is populated in your cart when you purchased a certification prep-course and is also available on AIPMM’s website.

What is the recommended course of study for the Certified Product Manager (CPM) exam?

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Less than three years of Product Management experience:

and one of the following options:

More than three years of Product Management experience. One of the following:

Note: you may wish to take the Optimal Product Management and Product Marketing Training Course in order to brush up on your knowledge and/or recent developments and best practices.

What is the recommended course of study for the Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM) exam?

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Less than three years of Product Marketing Management experience:

and one of the following options:

More than three years of Product Marketing Management experience. One of the following:

Note: you may wish to take the Optimal Product Management and Product Marketing Training Course in order to brush up on your knowledge and/or recent developments and best practices.

What is the recommended course of study for the Agile Certified Product Manager (ACPM) exam?

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How far in advance should I schedule my pre-exam Q&A consultation?

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If you have purchased the optional pre-exam consultation, you should schedule the Q&A session with the 280 Group just after your first email with AIPMM. The Q&A consultation is best held approximately one week prior to taking the exam. When you purchase the Q&A Consultation, the email of who to contact is sent to you directly.

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 schedule the online exam?

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Email certification@aipmm.com at least two weeks prior to your preferred date.

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.

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.

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

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The Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam has ten modules organized into four one day sessions. Most students take two to three hours to complete and review the modules for each day.

The Certified Product Marketing Manager Self-Study Course and Exam has thirteen modules organized into four one day sessions. Most students take two to three hours to complete and review the modules for each day.

The Agile Certified Product Manager Self-Study Course and Exam has nine modules and can be completed by doing three modules at a time over the course of three days. Most students will take two to three hours per day to complete and review the modules.

What is the difference between the 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 self-study materials can be reviewed as many times and you like, include practice exams, give you as much time as you want to study (up to one year) and can include an optional Q&A session (for $99) with one of the 280 Group trainers.

What is the difference between the different 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® (ACPM) 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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  • Advance your Product Management career
  • Get a great new job or promotion
  • Open up new opportunities in growing market
  • Increase your salary dramatically over your entire career
  • Differentiate yourself from others
  • Prove your domain mastery
  • Study at your own pace (CPM, CPMM, ACPM Self-Study Course)
  • 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 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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