Congratulations on Application Accepted! – Now Pay

As acceptance letters start rolling out to prospective PMI-ACP applicants for the new Agile Certification, I was (for some reason) just struck at the apparent bluntness of the acceptance letter. I actually received this letter while at lunch with another Agile coach and turned to him to show him the letter.

“Congratulations! Your PMI-ACP application is complete and been approved… The next step in the process is to submit payment. Before you can schedule your examination, you need to first pay the fee.

Yep. Straight to the point. I shouldn’t complain really, it’s part of the process, correct?

I guess it’s the nature of the beast. I’m looking forward to taking this “test” to show my ultimate Agile skills and complete Agile awesomeness to the world.

20 Replies to “Congratulations on Application Accepted! – Now Pay”

  1. I remember I got a similar email for the PMP, back in the day. “Congratulations! Your application as been accepted to sit for the PMP exam…” Then it basically said pay now and then find a time a place to take the exam. Upon submitting my credit card, the very next screen did not thank me for my payment. Rather, it informed me that I was chosen for a random audit. Though it took me a few months to locate stakeholders and collect signatures, it all worked out and I passed the audit. But I digress.

    So, if I understand your posted letter correctly, you pay $495. If you take (and pass) the exam on/by November 30, PMI will reimburse you $99? I know they said 20% but why didn’t they just say $99? Why make you do the math? Why the extra step? Again, I digress.

    Let me just say one more thing.


    p.s. Will they accept payment in bitcoins?

  2. Well, the alternatives would be to have the applicant pay at the point of application (refund if you don’t meet the criteria for acceptance?) or after the exam (tough to get payment from those who don’t pass). Sure, the language is blunt – they’re a group representing professional project managers, not yoga instructors. Of course, yoga instructors have their own professional organization, credentials, and registry, as well as fees. Not sure how they word requests for money, but I’m going to bet they don’t apologize for it.


  3. I, too, was just selected for an audit. Nevermind that I was audited for my PMP not four years ago. Now, I have to dredge up old supervisors, transcripts, and registration emails for 21 free webinars in order to take the exam. All while the clock ticks and they hold my money hostage. Again. I really hate their process. This will be my last certification with PMI. The PMP is nearly necessary for PMs, but I refuse to send them another dollar more than is necessary to maintain my current certs.

    1. Meghan,
      That’s one thing I really dislike about the PMI audit process. It’s actually TOO automated. They should have something that flags an application. If they do, it’s looking at the wrong things. I had one fellow ask me for help with his application. In his applications, he claimed an even distribution of hours in each of the process groups and he still didn’t get audited. Yes, the hours were completely fabricated. Yes, I did contact PMI about it. Their response? They told me I could be found liable for claiming he lied. My reaction? So, what’s the point of the code of ethics?

      Don’t forget, you do not need to be a member of PMI to maintain the certs. Membership costs too much, for what you get (IMHO). That’s why there are more PMPs than there are PMI members.

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