Equinox IT has begun to run New Zealand's first Advanced Certified ScrumMaster courses, with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning of Scrum WithStyle. This course fairly new internationally, so we have prepared this page to answer any questions you may have on the course and certification.

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Q. What is Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (Advanced CSM or A-CSM) is a Scrum Alliance two-day course and certification for ScrumMasters and similar roles such as Agile Coaches and Development Managers. It is the next step beyond the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course and certification in the ScrumMaster path to Certified Scrum Professional. While CSM focuses on understanding the Scrum method and practices and the ScrumMaster role, A-CSM focuses on applying the ScrumMaster role in your world of work and providing assistance in the areas that many ScrumMasters may find difficult on real projects. Some examples include facilitation skills, responding to resistance, removing impediments, being a servant leader, and applying the value of Scrum beyond the team. 

The course must be delivered by a Certified Scrum Trainer who has a Scrum Alliance approved course. A number of criteria must be met to achieve the certification, but no on-line test or exam is required to complete this certification.

See our full Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course description for more information.

Q. Where does Advanced Certified ScrumMaster fit within the ScrumMaster development path?

The Scrum Alliance have updated their certification programme to offer a ScrumMaster 'path to Certified Scrum Professional', along with equivalent development paths for Product Owners and Developers.

The 'path to CSP' for ScrumMasters starts with the Certified ScrumMaster course and certification. Holders of CSM with 12 months of ScrumMaster experience are then eligible for the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course and certification. Holders of A-CSM with 24 months of ScrumMaster experience are then eligible for Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM).

Find out more about the ScrumMaster 'path to CSP'.

ScrumMaster development path to Certified Scrum Professional

Q. Who should attend Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Development Managers and Delivery Managers, who understand the basics of Scrum, have over one year of ScrumMaster work experience, and hold a current Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification.

Q. Why should I consider Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

If you are in a ScrumMaster role or similar role such as Agile Coach or Development Manager, and have completed your Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course then you should consider the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course and certification. Your CSM training provided a solid grounding in the Scrum method and practices and the ScrumMaster role. ScrumMasters often face challenges making the ScrumMaster role work on projects with real-world problems. A-CSM provides more focus on applying the ScrumMaster role in your world of work and providing assistance in the areas that many ScrumMasters find difficult including facilitation skills, responding to resistance, removing impediments, being a servant leader, applying the value of Scrum beyond the team.

Benefits of the A-CSM course and certification include:

  • Being more effective in the ScrumMaster role
  • Having an expanded toolkit of structured techniques to address challenges for you, your Development Team, your Product Owner and the wider organisation
  • Advancing your career and differentiating yourself in the job market
  • Progressing on the path to becoming one of a relatively small number of Certified Scrum Professionals - ScrumMaster in the country.

Q. Who instructs the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course?

Rowan Bunning, Certified Scrum TrainerEquinox IT has been working with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning since 2009 delivering Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner training in New Zealand with outstanding results and delighted participants. Rowan is a pioneer of Scrum in Australia and New Zealand and was Australia's first Certified Scrum Professional and Certified Scrum Trainer. He brings extensive experience in training, leading and coaching Scrum and Agile adoptions across Australia, NZ, UK and Ireland.

Rowan has trained over 5,000 people on Certified Scrum courses in Australia and New Zealand making him one of the most experienced Scrum trainers in the Australasian region.

Q. How much work is involved in the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

The Scrum Alliance require 16 'contact hours' for Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM). The A-CSM course that Equinox IT delivers with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning is a two-day in-person classroom course. A reasonable amount of pre-work is required prior to attending the course.

You must attend the full two-day course, and complete all coursework, including all in-class coursework and any pre, during and post coursework to be eligible to receive your certification. There is no test or exam component as part to this certification.

Q. How much pre-course work is required for the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

Several hours of pre-course work is required prior to attending the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course delivered by Equinox IT with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning. The information is provided to participants upon registration on A-CSM and includes reading material as well as videos. It is important that participants complete the pre-course work in full as the course builds on this material and knowledge from the material will be used as input into class exercises. Even if you are familiar with Scrum and the topics in the pre-course work, you are expected to fully prepare for the course with this specific material. 

Q. What pre-requisites are required to attend Advanced Certified ScrumMaster and be awarded the certification?

To meet the pre-requisites for Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM), you must:

  • Hold an 'active' Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) accreditation. Note: that if it has been more than two-years since you completed CSM, and you have not renewed your Scrum Alliance membership, your CSM will be inactive and you will be ineligible for A-CSM. To activate it again please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW. You will be required to pay US$100 to the Scrum Alliance to re-activate your certification for two years.
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the role of ScrumMaster. Note: you can attend the A-CSM course prior to achieving the required ScrumMaster experience, but the Scrum Alliance will not award the certification until you have provided evidence of 12+ months of ScrumMaster experience in your Scrum Alliance profile. Our recommendation is to gain the experience prior to sitting the course to avoid delay in obtaining the certification after the completion of the course.
  • Actively participate in the full two-day course and complete all coursework (including all pre-work and all in-class and other out of class coursework) to the satisfaction of the trainer. Note: there is no test or exam component as part to this certification.

Q. How do I demonstrate my 12+ months of ScrumMaster experience to the Scrum Alliance to be eligible to receive Advanced Certified ScrumMaster?

With your active Certified ScrumMaster certification, you will have Scrum Alliance membership access. You will need to have completed and loaded a minimum of 12 months' work experience in the Scrum Master role onto your Scrum Alliance profile.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.scrumalliance.org and sign in
  2. Select the Edit link on the certification dashboard under their profile picture
  3. Scroll down to the Work Experience section and add descriptions of relevant work experience covering at least 12 months.

Q. Do I need to wait 12+ months after completing my Certified ScrumMaster accreditation if I already have more than 12+ months of ScrumMaster experience prior to CSM?

No, in order to earn A-CSM certification, a student must have 12 months of work experience specific to the role of ScrumMaster within the past five years. However, this experience does not have to be since completing the CSM. For example, Julie may have served as a ScrumMaster for a company for two years before earning her actual CSM certification from the Scrum Alliance; this work experience would still qualify toward the A-CSM requirement.

Q. If my Certified ScrumMaster accreditation is no longer active do I have to sit the CSM course again to meet the pre-requisites for Advanced CSM?

No. If you completed the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course and awarded the certification more than two years ago, and you have not renewed your Scrum Alliance membership, then your CSM certification will have lapsed and will no longer be active. You can activate it again without the need to attend the CSM course again.

To activate a lapsed Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW. You will be required to pay US$100 to the Scrum Alliance to re-activate your certification for two years.

Q. How do I make my lapsed Certified ScrumMaster accreditation active?

To activate a lapsed Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW. You will be required to pay US$100 to the Scrum Alliance to re-activate your certification for two years. 

Q. Once I complete Advanced Certified ScrumMaster what are my next steps to Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster?

To qualify for the Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) you must hold the Certified ScrumMaster and Advanced Certified ScrumMaster accreditations and have at least 24 months of ScrumMaster experience. The CSP-SM involves a combination of class time, coursework, cohort work, assignments and experience and the focus is on applying your Scrum expertise to expand Scrum's impact beyond teams and add value to the broader organisation. Achieving the certification completes your development path to CSP for ScrumMasters.

Q. Does Equinox IT offer the Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster offering?

Yes, Equinox IT together with our Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning now offer the Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster offering in New Zealand.

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