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Does the ACSM course teach me or simply validate my skills?

The Advanced Certified (ACSM) course is designed to both teach you new skills as well as validate your current skills as a .

The course was designed to bridge the gap between the Certified (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) course.

The Scrum Alliance wanted a transition point between the two certifications that validated skills as an Advanced whilst providing the necessary skills, tools and knowledge that would allow a to advance to the next level in their career.

Where the CSM is about teaching you to be a and providing you with all the knowledge and tools you would need to do that, the Advanced Certified course focuses a great deal on conversations and interactions around challenges.

In order to benefit from attending the course and achieving your certification as an Advanced Certified , you would need to have a Certified credential and a minimum of one years’ worth of experience as a in a working environment.

The Advanced Certified course attracts a range of delegates, some with a year or so worth of experience whilst others may have as much as a decade worth of experience in the field.

The simulations, exercises and conversations in the course are designed to extract the most meaningful challenges and address how those challenges can be overcome.

You would need a context to understand those challenges and you would need an active working environment where you can implement and experiment with the subject material that you are learning.

As you progress along the course, you are being assessed to ascertain whether you possess the necessary skills to progress in your career and be designated an Advanced Certified .

That means that you must be actively participating and demonstrating that you have experience in leading conversations, facilitation and to a degree, coaching.

The Advanced Certified (ACSM) course is also designed to help you bridge the gap between and . So, you’ll be learning about coaching and facilitation throughout the course, and you will have an opportunity to practice in the simulations.

So, in summary, the ACSM course both teaches new skills and tools whilst validating your current capabilities as a .

If you are successful in embedding the learning objectives and demonstrating new capabilities, you will be awarded the certification of Advanced Certified by the Scrum Alliance.

If you are interested in the ACSM, visit the Advanced Certified course page. To get a feel for progression, also visit the Certified Scrum Professional course page.

If you like the idea of a mentored and coaching driven approach to learning, please visit our ing Academy page.

If you would like to work on your coaching skills in a capacity, visit our Introduction to Coaching course page.

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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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