Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

Next-Level Scrum Training

Course Overview

If you're already a Certified ScrumMaster, this hands-on class will teach you advanced applications of Agile and Scrum so you can demonstrate even greater value to your employer. You'll learn how to facilitate better dialogue with stakeholders, respond to challenges confidently, increase engagement, and enhance your implementation skills. A-CSM features two 2-hour sessions across consecutive weeks (a total of 4 hours in class) as well as self-paced eLearning videos, activities, and reading.


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This interactive learning format gets you face-to-face with our elite Certified Scrum Trainers.

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Attend a course delivered by a live instructor from the comfort of your home or office.

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Group Training


Get your whole team A-CSM certified. Our world-class instructors can deliver group training on-site or virtually.



No public courses are currently scheduled, but we can deliver this course onsite at your location. Contact us for a quote.

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This certification course features two 2-hour sessions. These sessions take place once per week for two consecutive weeks.

There are more than 300,000 people who hold the CSM credential, but A-CSM is the next level. After securing your initial ScrumMaster certification (and after a year of working in the field as a ScrumMaster), the A-CSM designation validates your ability to facilitate dialogue, work with teams, and be an effective ScrumMaster. It’s great, too – very interactive.

To earn an Advanced CSM, you first must have an active CSM certification and 12 months of work experience as a ScrumMaster.

Nope. You must have an active CSM certification and 12 months of work experience as a ScrumMaster to qualify for A-CSM.

Individuals who hold the PMP Certification will receive 16 PDUs through the course.

The course includes a workbook, exercises, and homework in the form of self-paced eLearning videos, activities, and reading (about 10 hours’ worth).

No. There is no exam required to earn your Advanced Certified ScrumMaster designation. Just come to class engaged and ready to work.

Your A-CSM certification must be renewed every two years through Scrum Alliance.


  • Demonstrate how the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto are present in Scrum.
  • Outline the historical development of Scrum and Agile.
  • Describe at least two other Lean/Agile development frameworks outside of Scrum and explain their value.
  • Discuss a scenario, based upon your personal experience, where there has been a violation of Agile principles, and demonstrate how it may be rectified and/or addressed by the Scrum Master.
  • Debate at least five personality traits of an excellent Scrum Master.
  • Give at least two examples of inspect and adapt for each of the Scrum events.
  • Evaluate at least three situations when transparency, inspection, and adaptation are not working effectively.
  • Identify at least three indicators for a group engaged in divergent thinking and at least three indicators for a group engaged in convergent thinking.
  • Identify at least three challenges of integrating multiple frames of reference.
  • Describe at least five facilitative listening techniques for effective meetings/events and apply at least two of them.
  • Describe, using at least two concrete examples, when the Scrum Master should not act as the facilitator for the Scrum Team.
  • Plan the contents and an agenda for at least two collaborative meetings and demonstrate the facilitation of these meetings.
  • Outline at least three obstacles to clear communication and debate their impacts on both the sender and receiver.
  • Create at least three working agreements to foster clear communication in a collaborative meeting and describe how the working agreements impacted the interaction.
  • Demonstrate at least one coaching stance in an interaction with one or more individuals and describe how that coaching stance impacted the interaction
  • Apply at least three coaching techniques with team members, Product Owners and/or stakeholders, and describe how the coaching technique impacted each interaction.
  • Explain Scrum and its benefits to a business stakeholder.
  • Apply at least two techniques to foster greater self-organization within teams.
  • Describe how a self-organizing team approaches at least three challenges.
  • Apply a countermeasure to reduce the impact of at least one challenge facing a self-organizing team.
  • Explain the difference between a working group and a team.
  • Identify at least three attributes of effective Agile teams and identify at least two pitfalls of a homogeneous team.
  • Apply at least two methods for improving team performance.
  • Describe at least one multi-stage model for team formation and development.
  • Organize and facilitate the creation of a definition of “Done” with the Product Owner and Development Team.
  • Apply at least two techniques that could be employed to encourage the Scrum Team to improve how they describe “Done.”
  • Describe how a Definition of Done could be formulated for a non-software product (e.g., insurance tariff, hardware, event).
  • Identify at least three development practices that are highly beneficial in a multiple team environment.
  • Explain at least three ways development practices may impact the Development Team’s ability to deliver a potentially releasable Increment each Sprint.
  • Practice facilitating the creation or refinement of the product vision between the Product Owner and the Development Team.
  • Explain at least two techniques for moving from a product vision to a Product Backlog.
  • Organize and facilitate a Product Backlog refinement session with stakeholders and/or team members.
  • Explain at least two techniques that could be used to create Product Backlog items that are “ready” for Sprint Planning.
  • List at least three benefits that arise if a Product Owner participates in the Retrospective
  • Identify at least three typical impediments for a Scrum Team and describe at least one way to address one of them.
  • List at least three techniques to evaluate impediments in depth and describe when they might not be working.
  • Analyze at least one impediment and identify a root cause(s) and/or underlying issue(s).
  • Recognize at least two different scaling frameworks or approaches.
  • Describe at least two reasons why an organization might decide not to scale.
  • Identify at least three techniques for visualizing, managing, or reducing dependencies.
  • Apply at least two techniques to help Scrum Teams be more productive.
  • Evaluate your personal fulfillment of the five Scrum values and identify how you could improve upon at least two of them.
  • Analyze your own fundamental driving factors.
  • Describe at least three characteristics of destructive conflict.
  • Compare at least three different ways to respond to conflict, and reflect on your default pattern(s) for responding to conflict.
  • Express at least three attributes of an effective servant-leader and describe at least two goals they might have.
  • Practice resolving at least one organizational impediment while demonstrating attributes of a Servant-Leader.

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