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Is the A-CSM course a steppingstone to the CSP-SM course?

The Advanced Certified (A-CSM) course was designed to act as a bridge between the Certified (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) course.

The Scrum Alliance identified that the gap between the two courses was too great and practicing scrum masters would need a bridging course that empowered them to upskill their knowledge, tools, and resources within a year after completing the Certified course.

A course that helped them evolve into an advanced scrum master and practice as a professional scrum master for at least another year before seeking to certify as a Certified Scrum Professional .

The Certified course is great for preparing new s for the role and providing them with the foundation knowledge, tools, and resources they need to lead as a scrum master in a scrum team.

It doesn’t, however, prepare scrum masters for the more advanced challenges they will face whilst working in a scrum environment.

The Advanced Certified course is designed to build on the foundation knowledge, skills and tools of a scrum master and provide them with the more advanced knowledge, skills, tools, and resources they will need as they advance in their career.

The goal of any training course is to help you become better at your profession and overcome the challenges you face in a working environment.

The ACSM is designed to do exactly that.

It is designed to help you grow as a scrum master and provide you with the foundation knowledge, tools, and models you will need to start practicing coaching and facilitation within your role as a .

Often, a scrum master will coach the team to find the best answers they are capable of and will also work with people outside of the scrum team to help remove impediments to progress. Coaching and facilitation are important skills for a scrum master and the A-CSM will help you develop those skills.

The ACSM also focuses on more advanced elements in providing service to the team as well as the product owner. A combination of tools, techniques, and insights combine to help you grow in your role as a scrum master and provide more effective service in these areas.

The ACSM also explores teamwork and how team dynamics work. You’re going to learn how to harness the power of working in teams and how that can assist you in creating products and services that truly delight customers.

The Certified Scrum Professional course builds on these elements with a greater exploration into each of the sections to develop deep skill in all areas relating to the role.

You would need to have successfully completed the Advanced Certified course and achieved the certification in order to sign up for the Certified Scrum Professional course and you would need at least a years’ worth of experience practicing as an advanced scrum master to certify as a Certified Scrum Professional .

If you would like to upskill as a , visit our Advanced Certified course page.

For an idea of progression in the field, visit our Certified Scrum Professional course page.

If you like the idea of a mentored and coach-driven approach to your skills development, visit our Academy page.

If you would like to start growing your coaching skills, visit our on-demand 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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