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

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Q. What is Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster?

Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) is a Scrum Alliance training programme and certification for ScrumMasters and similar roles such as Agile Coaches and Development Managers. It is the final step in the ScrumMaster 'Path to CSP' after the completion of the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course and certification and the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course and certification.

  • 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
  • CSP-SM focuses on tackling the organisational system beyond the Scrum Team, covering topics such as Lean Thinking, Advanced Facilitation, Systems Thinking, Structures for Scaling and Organisational Change. 

Unlike CSM and A-CSM, CSP-SM is more than a 2-day course. While there is a 2-day course component of the programme that Equinox IT delivers with Rowan Bunning, this is followed by 3-5 months of cohort learning and assignments.

The programme 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 including the completion of in-class and out-of-class work, cohort work and assignments.

See our full Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster course description for more information.

Q. Where does Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster fit within the ScrumMaster development path?

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), the final step in the path and the Scrum Alliance's highest certification for ScrumMasters.

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

ScrumMaster development path to Certified Scrum Professional

Q. Who should attend Certified Scrum Profesional - ScrumMaster?

This offering is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Iteration Managers and Delivery Managers with a solid understanding of Scrum and substantial experience working with a Development Team and Product Owner. It is not for people new to Scrum and Agile.

Participants must hold an active Advanced Certified ScrumMaster accredication and must have 2 or more years of relevant ScrumMaster experience in the last 5 years.

Q. Why should I consider Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster?

To be effective in the ScrumMaster role requires more than the 2-day Certified ScrumMaster status. The full role involves being a reflective observer, teacher, change agent, mentor / trusted advisor, servant-leader, coach, facilitator, manager (of the process) and impediment removal facilitor. This is a lot of skills and a lot of learning. The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course and certification and the Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) are designed to give you these additional skills beyond what you learned on your CSM. 

Benefits

As a holder of the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster credential, you can expect to:

  • Be equipped with additional tools and skills to operate more effectively and confidently – particularly with the broader organisation outside of the Scrum Team
  • Be recognised as one of a small number of Certified Scrum Professionals in the country
  • Advance your career and differentiate yourself further in the job market
  • Unlock the option to continue progressing into Guide level accreditations such as Certified Team Coach.

Q. Who instructs the Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster programme?

Rowan Bunning, Certified Scrum TrainerEquinox IT has been working with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning since 2009 delivering Certified ScrumMaster, Advanced 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 Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster?

Think of CSP-SM as at least 5 days worth of personal development including the following:

  • Pre-course orientation group call – approx. 45 mins
  • Pre-training coursework and study – approx. 1 day equivalent
  • In-person training – 2 days
  • Preparation of post-course assignments – approx. 1 day equivalent
  • Presenting your post-course assignments and viewing presentations by members of your cohort group – approx. 1 day equivalent over 5 x 90 minute calls.

You must attend the full 2-day course, and complete all follow-up cohort work and assignments over a period of 3-5 months to be eligible to receive your certification. There is no exam component as part to this certification.

Q. How long does the CSP-SM programme go for?

After the initial 2 day training there are 5 assignments to complete and present via video calls with your cohort. Based on fortnightly cohort calls, you could complete your CSP-SM within a 3 month period. If cohort calls are delayed or less frequent (due to holidays, other commitments that participants have etc.) then it could be 4+ months.

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

There is approximately 1 day or equivalent of pre-course work and study required prior to attending the Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster delivered by Equinox IT with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning. The information is provided to participants upon registration and includes reading material as well as videos. It is important that participants complete the pre-course work in full as the programme builds on this material.

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

To meet the pre-requisites for Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM), you must:

  • Hold an 'active' Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) accreditation. Note: that if it has been more than two-years since you completed A-CSM, and you have not renewed your Scrum Alliance membership, your A-CSM will be inactive and you will be ineligible for CSP-SM. To activate it again please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW.
  • Have at least two years of work experience in the role of ScrumMaster within the last five years. Note: you can attend the CSP-SM prior to achieving the required ScrumMaster experience, but the Scrum Alliance will not award the certification until you have provided evidence of 24+ months of ScrumMaster experience in your Scrum Alliance profile.
  • Actively participate in the full programme including the two-day course, follow-up cohort work, completion of all coursework and completion of all assignments to the satisfaction of the trainer. Note: there is no test or exam component as part to this certification.

Q. Do I need to wait a full 12 months after my A-CSM in order to do the CSP-SM?

No, for certification, all that is needed is 2+ years of relevant ScrumMaster experience in the last 5 years. You are welcome to take the training prior to completing this however in that case your certification will be on hold until you have documented the required experience on your Scrum Alliance profile.

Q. How do I demonstrate my 24+ months of ScrumMaster experience to the Scrum Alliance to be eligible to receive Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster?

With your active Advanced Certified ScrumMaster certification, you will have Scrum Alliance membership access. You will need to have completed and loaded a minimum of 24 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 24 months.

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

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

To activate a lapsed Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) certification please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW.

Q. Once I complete Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster what's next?

CSP-SM is the highest Scrum Alliance certification for ScrumMasters. However, CSP is required to unlock continued progress towards other Guide level Scrum Alliance accreditations such as Certified Team Coach.

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