Acumen Certification Exam

The Deltek Professional Acumen Certification validates skills within the Acumen product suite. Successful completion of the Certification exam is required to receive the Professional Certification. A candidate who passes the Deltek Acumen Certification exam has demonstrated proficiency within multiple areas of Deltek Acumen. To receive Deltek Acumen Certification, you must pass the knowledge based exam.

About the Deltek University Acumen Certification

The Deltek University Acumen Certification Program provides an opportunity for Deltek clients, contractors, partners, and employees to enhance their current Acumen system knowledge, and use Deltek tools to grow their skills and remain competitive in the workforce.

The Deltek Acumen Certification exam validates knowledge, skills, and experience within the Acumen product suite. Successful completion of the Certification exam is required to receive the professional certification.

What does the Certification Mean?

A candidate who passes the Deltek Acumen Certification exam has demonstrated proficiency within multiple areas of Deltek Acumen. To receive Deltek Acumen Certification, you must pass the knowledge-based exam.

Types of Certification

  • Certified Acumen Fuse Professional validates knowledge, skills, and experience of Deltek clients, contractors, partners, and employees within the product suite of Acumen Fuse.
  • Certified Acumen Risk Professional validates knowledge, skills, and experience of Deltek clients, contractors, partners, and employees within the product suite of Acumen Risk.
  • Proof of skills and differentiator employers are looking for in the hiring process
Title of Exam Duration Items Title of Certification
Deltek University Acumen Fuse Functional Certification Exam 90 minutes 80 Certified Acumen Fuse Professional
Deltek University Acumen Risk Functional Certification Exam 90 minutes 80 Certified Acumen Risk Professional

Benefits to individuals include:

  • Improved use of current systems
  • Valuable experience and confidence
  • Proof of skills and differentiator employers are looking for in the hiring process

Benefits to employers include:

  • Better return on system investment and employee satisfaction
  • Process improvements and efficiency
  • Ability to identify qualified employment candidates and ensure their users have a certain level of knowledge

Preparing for the Exams

Training is not required to be certified. Passing the exams confirms you have practical application knowledge required to be a Deltek Acumen Certified User.

Requirements

This is an 80 question exam comprised of multiple choice and ‘fill in the blank’ questions to test your knowledge of Acumen. This exam is randomly generated and provided via the Deltek Learning Zone.

Conditions

No written or online reference materials may be used during the exam.

The exams are taken online via the Deltek Learning Zone. Access to the exam is included for all users who have a subscription to use the Deltek Learning Zone. The exam must be completed in a single session of up to 90 minutes, with up to two attempts to successfully pass the exam.

Terms and Conditions

Following the purchase (if applicable) and launch of the exam, you must read and accept the Deltek Certification Program Terms and Conditions.

Maintaining Deltek Acumen Certification

Certification will be valid for the life of the Acumen series you tested on. For example, if you tested on version 8.2, your certification remains valid for any 8.n series versions. Retesting is only necessary when Deltek releases a major new version of Acumen.

Recommended Training or Background

All questions in the exam are tied to learning paths found on the DLZ; this includes all training types, such as Virtual Live Classes (VLC), Recorded Sessions (RS), and Starter Guides (SG). The following learning paths are recommended. Go to the Deltek Learning Zone (Deltek.com/Learn) for more information on the certification program, Acumen courses, and registration instructions.

  • Acumen Fuse Starter Guides
  • Getting Started with Acumen Fuse
  • What’s New in Acumen Fuse
  • Tracing Logic In Acumen Fuse
  • Creating Custom Metrics in Acumen Fuse
  • Generating Reports and Graphics in Acumen Fuse
  • Evaluating Schedule Quality in Acumen Fuse
  • Accelerating and Recovering Schedules in Acumen Fuse
  • Learn Live in Acumen Fuse
  • Acumen Risk Starter Guides
  • Getting Started with Acumen Risk
  • What’s New in Acumen Risk
  • Identifying Risk Events and Mapping in Acumen Risk
  • Mitigating Risk Exposure in Acumen Risk
  • Cost Risk Analysis Outputs and Reports in Acumen Risk
  • Evaluating Schedule Quality in Acumen Risk
  • Learn Live in Acumen Risk

Study Suggestions

You need knowledge in all areas of Acumen Fuse and/or Risk in order to pass the exam. Use your knowledge from work, co-workers, Deltek University’s Acumen Series trainings, and Knowledge Base articles. Here are some suggestions of areas to study that help with taking the exam. While this is not a complete list, use it as a springboard to your studies.

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You need a strong understanding of the main features and functions of Deltek Acumen Fuse.

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You need a strong understanding on the process of loading projects from Open Plan, Primavera P6, or Microsoft Project and then running a wide range of schedule quality metrics on the data.

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You need a strong understanding of the new features and updates in the different release versions of Deltek Acumen Fuse.

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You need a strong understanding of tracing the logic paths, verifying they are correct and following the most logical and optimal path through the network.

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You need a strong understanding of the use, modification, and customization of schedule quality metrics; including the process of modifying existing metrics to better meet company or customer requirements.

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You need a strong understanding of the reporting and graphical capabilities of the Acumen Fuse software; including the process of creating and interpreting graphs and spreadsheets based on the analysis performed.

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You need a strong understanding of the functionality of Fuse through the ‘schedule quality’ lens and the different ways to evaluate schedules.

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You need a strong understanding on the use of Acumen 360 schedule acceleration and recovery features in adjusting lagging project work and determining what needs to happen to be back on track.

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You need a strong understanding of all areas of Acumen Fuse. Courses in this learning path are offered as Virtual Live Classes.

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You need a strong understanding of the main features and functions of Deltek Acumen Risk.

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You need a strong understanding on the process of loading projects from Open Plan, Primavera P6, or Microsoft Project, loading risk registers, entering risk uncertainty, and then running a risk analysis to learn when the project might finish based on known unknowns.

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You need a strong understanding of the new features and updates in the different release versions of Deltek Acumen Risk.

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You need a strong understanding on the factors needed to be entered on a project to better understand the likelihood of finishing on, or close to, a particular date out in the future.

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You need a strong understanding of what the risk exposure chart is telling about the likely end date of the project.

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You need a strong understanding of Cost Risk analysis and the process of generating the best and most pertinent output from the Acumen Risk system.

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You need a strong understanding of the items in the S2//Diagnostics tab, and what might need to change to get a good outcome for the project.

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You need a strong understanding of all areas of Acumen Risk. Courses in this learning path are offered as Virtual Live Classes

Sample Questions

The Deltek Acumen Certification exam contains multiple choice and ‘fill in the blank’ types of question. Below are some examples of the types of questions in the exam, with the answers in bold.

  1. Where would you find the Duration Upper Limit and the Float Upper Limit fields in Acumen?
    1. Metrics tab – Variables
    2. Metrics tab – Project Variables
    3. Fields tab – Standard Fields
    4. S2 // Diagnostics tab
  2. Complete for a correct statement: Acumen Fuse allows schedule data to be…
    1. merged with additional data stored in a Microsoft Excel file
    2. edited and exported back to the original schedule file without the need for a scenario
    3. edited in a snapshot copy of the project
    4. edited regardless of project, snapshot, or scenario status
  3. Merge Hotspots are activities with a high number of _____ links. (Select all that apply)
    1. Successor
    2. Predecessor
    3. Start-to-finish
    4. Finish-to-finish
  4. The Risk Sensitivity chart illustrates which of the following?
    1. The probabilistic critical paths for a risk model
    2. The detailed risks to the project, including risk mitigation plans
    3. The joint Cost and Schedule outcomes of the Risk Model
    4. The merge hotspots and diverge hotspots for the schedule
  5. Select the correct statement regarding this chart and table:
    1. This project is forecasted to finish on schedule, despite its risks.
    2. The Risk Simulation outcomes are all later than the deterministic project finish date in the project schedule.
    3. The project will never finish
    4. The project has a 75% chance of finishing prior to January 28, 2022.
  6. What is not an assignable input in the Acumen project risk register?
    1. Probability of Occurrence
    2. Schedule Impact
    3. Cost Impact
    4. Free Float

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take the exam?

Anyone can take the exam. DLZ subscribers have access as part of the subscription, and non-subscribers can pay a one-off fee to take the exam.


How much does it cost to take the exam if I am not a subscriber?

Non-Subscribers can pay a one-off fee to $295 to take the exam.


Are there any pre-requisites?

There are no specific pre-requisites for taking the exam. However, we do list recommended learning materials in the Study Guide should you wish to prepare beforehand.


Where do I find the study guide?

The study guide is available by searching the DLZ, or inside the certification curriculum.


What is the difference between a Master Exam and a Sub Exam?

A Master Exam is defined as a product exam that covers all aspects of the Deltek product. A sub-exam or topic based exam is a shorter exam with a high percentage of the questions related to a specific topic area, or product module. The remainder of the questions (generally less than 30%) are general knowledge based questions. If someone takes the product sub exams, and passes all of them, that is equivalent to the Master Certification.


If I take all of the “sub exams” for a product, does that equal the Master Certification, or do I need to take that exam as well?

If someone takes the product sub exams, and passes all of them, that is equivalent to the Master Certification.


How many attempts do I get to pass the exam?

Each exam taker is given two attempts initially to pass the exam. If the exam taker does not pass on the first attempt, they can immediately try again. If they fail both attempts, we recommend that the exam taker to take the exam prep class, review the study guide and/or take appropriate DLZ classes during a 30-day waiting period.


How long is the exam? Can I take a break or do I need to complete it in one sitting?

The length of the exams vary by product and exam. Master Exams generally require 120 minutes while Sub Exams will require 60 – 90 minutes. The exam must be completed in one sitting. Therefore, it is recommended that the exam only be launched when the exam taker has sufficient time to complete it. Opening new or checking other tabs on the Internet browser is prohibited. This will discontinue the exam and automatically fail the exam taker. Once the exam taker clicks on “Start”, the timer counts down and they cannot pause or exit the exam. If the exam taker stops or runs out of time, the score will be taken on the portion of the exam that the exam taker has completed.

I tried taking the exam but when I click on Start, I receive the error “You have reached the maximum number of allowed attempts. Contact the instructor to re-take the quiz”. What do I do?

Please send an email to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com.

If I don’t pass the exam first time round, do I have to pay again?

No, each purchase entitles the exam taker to three attempts.

What if I fail the second attempt? When can I be eligible to take the exam again?

Each exam taker is given two attempts initially to pass the exam. If the exam taker does not pass on the first attempt, they can immediately try again. If they fail both attempts, we recommend the exam taker to take the exam prep class, review the study guide and/or take appropriate DLZ classes during a 30-day waiting period. Once the 30-day waiting period is over, the exam taker will be notified via email that they are now eligible to take the 3rd attempt. A new instance of the exam will automatically be added to their transcript inside the Deltek Learning Zone (DLZ).

I did not receive the email for my 3rd attempt and/or it is not yet on my transcript. What do I do?

Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com for your 3rd attempt to be added to your transcript.

How will I know that I passed the certification?

Exam takers who pass, will see that they passed when they get to the end of the exam. They will also receive an email from Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) informing them that their credentials need to be accepted. It is recommended that this email address is whitelisted to avoid emails going to Spam/Junk folder.

Will the badge be emailed to me?

Exam takers will receive an email from Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) immediately after completing the exam. Please check your SPAM/junk mail folder if you did not receive the email. Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com and we’ll be happy to re-send the email.

I know that I passed the Certification Exam but I did not receive any email. What do I do?

Please check your SPAM/junk mail folder if you did not receive the email. Please also check with your IT if the company firewall is blocking or rejecting our emails. It is recommended that the email address Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) is whitelisted to avoid emails going to Spam/Junk folder.

Your email address may have also been misspelled. Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com, confirm your correct email address, and we’ll be happy to re-send the email.

Where can I post/share my badge?

Credentials can be posted on social media sites such as LinkedIn, and shared on your resume and company signature line.

How do I share or post my badge?

From your Dashboard in Acclaim, click on the badge you want to share. Click on the Share button and choose the social media platform you would like to connect to and share the badge. You can connect your Acclaim profile with your profile on LinkedIn, Twitter, Xing, and Facebook. You also have the option to email the badge, add a link to the badge on your Acclaim profile, embed the badge on a website through html, download or print the badge. You have the option to link your profiles while accepting the badge or later by going to Settings, then Applications. Once you click on the Connect button, you will be directed to log in to the selected platform.

Where is my Certificate of Completion?

Your Certification of Completion is associated with the Certification Badge you just earned. To access, simply accept the badge, follow the steps for Sharing your Badge, and select Print. The certificate will download as a PDF file.

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