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5 things you need to know about the A-CSM course. Part 1

Mastering the Advanced Certified Scrum Master Course: A Comprehensive Guide

Introduction to the Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) Course

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) course is designed to challenge and validate your skills and understanding as a Scrum Master. This course is not merely about attending and passing; it’s about active participation, demonstrating your knowledge, and proving your capability to be an advanced practitioner in the field of Scrum.

Understanding the A-CSM Course

It’s Not Just About Showing Up

Many people mistakenly believe that they can simply show up, pay attention sporadically for two days, and walk away with a new certification. However, the reality is quite different. The A-CSM course is a rigorous validation process, ensuring that only those who truly understand and can effectively practice Scrum are awarded the certification.

Active Participation is Key

To succeed in the A-CSM course, you need to be an active participant. This means engaging with the material, participating in discussions, and demonstrating your understanding of Scrum principles and practices.

Key Actions for Active Participation:

  • Engage in Discussions: Actively participate in class discussions and group activities.
  • Show Your Knowledge: Consistently demonstrate your understanding of Scrum principles.
  • Seek Feedback: Be open to feedback from instructors and peers, and use it to improve your practice.

The Importance of Preparation

Don’t Underestimate the Course

Preparation is crucial for success in the A-CSM course. You can’t expect to pass by merely attending the sessions; you need to come prepared with a solid understanding of Scrum practices.

Preparation Tips:

  • Review Scrum Guide: Ensure you have a thorough understanding of the Scrum Guide.
  • Practical Experience: Reflect on your practical experiences as a Scrum Master and be ready to discuss them.
  • Study in Advance: Review course materials and related resources before attending the course.

Personal Experiences and Lessons Learned

A Journey of Continuous Improvement

As a professional Scrum trainer, I’ve seen many participants underestimate the course. Here are some personal insights and experiences to help you succeed.

My Experience:

  • Initial Challenges: When I first took the A-CSM course, I thought my prior experience was enough. However, I quickly realized the importance of active participation and preparation.
  • Active Learning: Engaging in discussions and group activities not only helped me understand the material better but also allowed me to learn from my peers.
  • Feedback Utilization: Feedback from instructors and peers was invaluable in refining my Scrum practices.

Recommendations for Aspiring Advanced Scrum Masters

Embrace the Learning Process

The A-CSM course is not just about getting a certificate; it’s about becoming a better Scrum Master. Embrace the learning process and focus on continuous improvement.

Key Recommendations:

  • Stay Curious: Always be eager to learn and improve your Scrum practices.
  • Network: Build relationships with fellow participants and learn from their experiences.
  • Reflect: Regularly reflect on your learning and practice to identify areas for improvement.

Final Thoughts

The Advanced Certified Scrum Master course is a challenging yet rewarding journey. It’s not just about showing up and passing a test; it’s about proving your skills and becoming a better Scrum Master. By actively participating, preparing thoroughly, and embracing the learning process, you can successfully navigate this course and advance your career in Scrum.


Mastering the A-CSM course requires dedication, preparation, and active participation. It’s a validation of your skills and a testament to your commitment to continuous improvement in your Scrum practices. Remember, it’s not just about the certificate; it’s about becoming an advanced practitioner who can effectively lead and improve Scrum teams.

By following these guidelines and embracing the learning process, you’ll not only pass the A-CSM course but also enhance your skills and capabilities as a Scrum Master. Good luck on your journey to becoming an Advanced Certified Scrum Master! 🚀

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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