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Becoming a PMI R.E.P.

As you may know by now, I left my gig advising a Federal PMO to join LitheSpeed as a Senior Manager. LitheSpeed offers premium Agile software development training, coaching and management consulting services. My relationship with the organization actually started several years ago, when I attended ScrumMaster training to earn my certification. (You can’t be a Certified ScrumMaster through the Scrum Alliance unless you get your training from a Certified Scrum Trainer®.) Well, the world is evolving and so is LitheSpeed.

See, Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs) play a vital role within the Scrum Alliance. They are the only ones licensed to teach Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) courses. Stringent certification requirements are imposed on CSTs to make certain that only those who are qualified to meet the commitment are entrusted to engage in this role on behalf of the Scrum Alliance.

Well, what about those out there who are members of the Project Management Institute? What about those seeking the upcoming PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM certification? If you want to qualify to sit for the PMI-ACP, you will need 21 training hours in an Agile-specific curriculum. To ensure members of the PMI know LitheSpeed offers quality training that will help satisfy that requirement, we applied to and were approved to be a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).

PMI R.E.P.

What does it take to become a PMI R.E.P.? Applicants must complete a 33-page application, which includes a strict quality review of both the trainers and the curriculum. The first class we submitted and got approved was our Certified ScrumMaster course; next will be our Certified Product Owner and PMI-ACP Prep courses. As an R.E.P., LitheSpeed has been approved by PMI to issue Professional Development Units (PDUs) through the PMI website. Our goal is to equip our trainees with tools they can apply on current and future projects, not just help them qualify to take an exam.

I know this post sound a little like a press release.  But, I have to admit, applying to become a PMI R.E.P. is no cakewalk.

If you would be interested in attending one of my upcoming public training sessions or would be interested in me providing a private training session, shoot me an email!

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About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

4 Responses to “Becoming a PMI R.E.P.”

  1. July 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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  2. July 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

    It sounds like you’re enjoying your new job as much as I’m enjoying mine.  Congrats, Dude, I’m happy for both of us!

    So, are you guys working on a PMI-ACP prep course?  If so, any expectation of when it will be available? 

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2011 at 1:38 am

      Dave, are you enjoying a new job or one that you’ve had? Sorry, I’ve been so involved with my new job, I haven’t had too much time for tweeting or blogging. I’m still looking for balance that will allow me to write morere.

      Yes, we are working on the PMI-ACP prep course and I’m leading the effort. I’ll be doing a one-day “delta” workshop in August in addition to a two-day of ScrumMaster workshop. Our 3-day PMI-ACP Prep should be out a few weeks later. I’ll start doing that at least once a month, in addition to coaching. This is not going to be a boot camp. We’re interested in teaching concepts that you can leverage in the real world; not just for passing an exam.

      • July 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

        I started my new job, back in the saddle as a migrant computer worker, last month.  After nearly five years as a Fortune 500 IT department portfolio manager, I had to get back to consulting, where I belong.  And my writing output has declined, as well, which says a lot more about how engaged I was with my last gig than about how much I have to say.

        I’ll watch for the course, but I have no near-term plans to take the PMI-ACP exam, since I’m not managing Agile projects at this point.  To get an idea of what I’m doing, check this out:

        http://blog.practicingitpm.com/2011/06/25/integrating-product-development-and-project-management/

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