While the Agile Fundamentals class is not a requirement to pursue any professional-level certifications on ICAgile's various learning tracks, we highly recommend taking the class and receiving the ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) certification as a first step. This ensures a consistent foundation - one that is rooted in an agile mindset - across all students. We have also received feedback from people who have been doing agile that the ICAgile Fundamentals curriculum results in powerful “ah ha” moments around the being of agile.
The only time we require the ICP certification is when students pursue ICAgile Certified Expert (ICE) certifications. If you already have a strong grasp of agile fundamentals and have earned other industry-recognized agile certifications, you can earn the ICP certification through our Equivalent Prior Learning (EPL) program. The EPL program will enable interested students to enter one of the learning tracks by showcasing a commitment to agile learning and an understanding of ICAgile’s learning objectives for agile fundamentals.
Follow these steps to obtain your ICP via the EPL program:
- Complete the online application documenting industry certifications and answering open-ended questions that enable ICAgile to assess your understanding of core agile fundamentals concepts. Please provide thorough and complete answers in paragraph form. Also, please check to confirm that you do not already have the ICP under a different account before applying.
- Pay an administrative and certification fee of $125 USD. This fee covers certification, the e-learning orientation, and the administrative cost of reviewing the application. This is a non-refundable fee, and you should therefore be confident in your understanding of the Agile Fundamentals before submitting your application and payment. If you intend to apply for an ICAgile Certified Expert (ICE) certification, please keep your EPL receipt for $50 off your ICE application fee.
- Complete the e-learning orientation. Upon application approval, you will receive a link for a one-hour e-learning orientation providing a comprehensive overview of ICAgile, the benefits of identifying as a member of the ICAgile community, and other key orientation points normally included in the Fundamentals course.
- Successfully complete another course and receive a certification from any of the learning tracks (e.g. ICP-Agile Coaching or ICP-Agile Facilitation). Because ICAgile created this program as an alternate entry point to its learning paths, continuing learning on one of these paths is required in order to use the EPL process to achieve status as an ICAgile Certified Professional.
Once you have successfully completed these steps, we will grant you the ICP certification. Please allow 5-10 business days for your Dashboard to reflect changes to the status of your application, orientation, etc.