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10-week study plan for ACP-300 Agile Development with Jira Software

This certification (along with ACP-400 Atlassian Certified Jira Service Desk Administrator) does not require years of experience as a Jira Administrator which was part of the reason I choose this as my second certification to study towards and achieve.

Unlike ACP-600 Project Administration in Jira Server, the certification prep course guides you need in what you need to study not what information you need to know i.e. it gives you the questions you should be able to answer not the answers themselves.

For that reason, this study plan has 3 phases including product training tutorials, examination preparation videos, and time for studying before sitting the exam.

WeekTask
1Enrol in 'Agile Development with Jira Software', download and read Exam Topics ACP-300 Agile Development with Jira Software. Download the Jira Software product documentation.
2Watch Getting Started with Jira Software
3Watch Getting More from Jira Workflows
4Watch Jira Reporting and Dashboards
5Watch Agile Development with Jira Software Certification Prep Welcome, and topics 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
6Watch Agile Development with Jira Software Certification Prep topics 6, 7, 8, and 9
7Read Agile Development with Jira Software Certification Prep Case Studies, watch topic 10 Case Studies, and complete Course Wrap Up
8Have an hour study session. Review the exam topics PDF and answer all the questions.
9Book your exam. Have an hour study session. Review the exam topics PDF and answer all the questions.
10Have an hour study session if needed. Review the exam topics PDF and answer all the questions.

Do I really need to all of those courses?

No, of course not. Even the highly recommended certification preparation course is not prerequisite for sitting the exam.

This study plan makes use of the training that is available as a suggested approach and also because access to (some) of these are a perk for being a Community Leader and/or working for an Atlassian Solution Partner.

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How did you study for ACP-300?

 

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Jimmy_Seddon Community Leader Oct 15, 2019

@Kat_Warner__TechTime_  This is awesome!  I still haven't done the ACP-300 cert yet so I'm going to use this and I'll let you know how things go!  Thanks for putting this together!

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@Jimmy_Seddon - I'd love to hear your feedback.

Thanks for the advise Kat, I will follow this process. Have you taken the exam yet?

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I passed ACP-300 last year and have my renewal coming up soon. I did not use this guide however I do have someone in my team following it right now.

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Congratulations, this is very encouraging. Can you provide me any tips? Did you find the exam very hard? What material did you use to study?

To be honest if feels like a lifetime ago. I used the certification prep course and relied on my existing experience with Jira and Aglie practices to see me through.

@Kat_Warner__TechTime_tHanks again for putting this recommended study plan together.

Note: Getting Started with Jira Software no longer exists for purchase/use, you may want to update the plan to include Jira Essentials with Agile Mindset ($300) and Learn the Basics with Free Tutorials instead :)

Regards

Nathaniel

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@Nathaniel_Simpson - a few of my articles need updating after the great updates made to Atlassian University in December 2019 and January 2020.

An Update ... I was successful in passing ACP-300 Agile Development with Jira Software after about 6 weeks of intense preparation. A colleague of mine completed it with 3 weeks of prep but I would expect that this is the extreme exception rather than the norm.

I know there is many different ways to complete getting your certification and thought it may help some of you to understand the thought process and methodology I used to prepare (and pass) the ACP-300 exam as there may be some similarities for helping you as you prepare to get certified.

Some Useful study tips

I had successfully completed AC-JSW Atlassian Certified in Jira Project Administration prior to this ACP-300 exam. I would strongly recommend this as a prerequisite before attempting the ACP-300 exam. The preparation material Atlassian provides (Project Administration in Jira Server) is very good and by having ACP-600 it actually allowed me to be able to learn ACP-300 materials much quicker. Check out more info on how to prepare for the ACP-600 in the community article 10-week study plan for ACP-600 Project Administration in Jira Server also prepared by @Kat_Warner__TechTime_.

To help prepare me for the ACP-300 exam I went through the Agile Development with Jira Software Certification Prep course sentence by sentence and used Atlassian product documentation and Atlassian online forums to find information on each of the discussed topics. I also tried to replicate each of the discussed scenarios using a free version of Jira Software Cloud using the built in sample data for Kanban and Scrum Boards.

I completed the three recommended trainings Getting More from Jira Software (This was the best for going through advanced Jira topics), Jira Reporting and Dashboards (This was good for going through a detailed analysis for Agile Reports) and Jira Essentials with Agile Mindset (This course is really an intro to how to use Jira and discusses similar Agile concepts that I had covered in my Scrum Master certifications. I didn't find it so relevant for preparing for the ACP-300 exam. As previously mentioned I would recommend the Project Administration in Jira Server course instead of Jira Essentials if you are tight on the budget and/or time).

Finally to test if I was ready for the exam after all this study I completed the badges ASB-616 Customizing Jira Workflows and ACB-312 Jira Reporting and Dashboards as they provided a good basis to understand what further types of questions might be asked, simulate an online exam environment and to gauge If I was ready to take the ACP-300 exam.

After all this hard work, time and investment was it worth it? Definitely yes! I feel I have a very advanced understanding of Agile development in Jira Software and would STRONGLY recommend becoming an Atlassian Certified Professional to any user who uses Jira Software and Agile methodologies.

All the Best with your Atlassian endevours!

Nathaniel

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