In 2019 I wrote a 3-part series on Atlassian training:
Since these articles were publish they have became out of date due to the fantastic improvements to the Atlassian Certification program outlined here. Earning and maintaining Atlassian Certifications also became cheaper and easier as announced here.
Atlassian Certifications are now valid for 24 months! When this end of this time approaches you can keep your Atlassian Certifications active the following ways:
Atlassian Certified in Agile Development with Jira Software (ACP-JSW) can be extended using your active third party Scrum or Agile certification from the following list:
Atlassian Certified in Jira Project Administration (AC-JPA) can be extended in the same way as the other certifications by earning badges or you can earn either Atlassian Certified Jira Administrator (ACP-JA) or Atlassian Certified in Agile Development with Jira Software which will not only extend your AC-JPA, it also removes the need to maintain AC-JPA certification separately as keeping ACP-JA/ACP-JSW active will also keep AC-JPA active!
Atlassian continue to add new badges and extension methods so you do not have to worry about reaching the maximum lifespan of your certifications.
Some badges can extend up to four Atlassian Certifications while others extend only one Atlassian Certification. If you have, or plan on having, more than one Atlassian Certification you need to keep this in mind. Atlassian provides the following advice:
Plan your Badge activities carefully with these considerations:
Earning badges can be done at any time and will extend the suspension and expiry dates of any active Certifications by 24 months. If a Certification is suspended, the badge will only extend the suspension and expiry dates 24 months from the suspension date. Once a Certification has expired, you need to re-sit the Certification Exam to regain this qualification.
If you work for an Atlassian Solution Partner, the term inactive date is used instead of suspension date. Your Atlassian Certifications will no longer count towards your Atlassian Technical Sales Professional Accreditation requirement to have 2 active Atlassian Certifications once they are inactive/suspended or expired.
I wrote the original version of this article in September 2019 as the time to renew my first Certification was approaching.
At that time I had the following three options:
Option 1 was looking good to me at that time.
Over the next couple of months I found myself drifting towards the extremely challenging option 3 to meet larger company goals. I will sit my ACP-100 exam in February and last month I received my Professional Scrum Master certification from Scrum.org.
Kat Warner _TechTime_Community Leader
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