What are my next steps after the ACSM course?

The Scrum Alliance designed the Advanced Certified (A-CSM) course to be the bridge between the Certified (CSM) course and the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) courses.

To attend the Advanced Certified course, you need at least one years’ experience as a in a working scrum environment.

The thinking is that you need the working experience and context of working in a Scrum environment to fully benefit from attending the Advanced Certified course.

It takes time to become great at anything and you need the time in the field actively practicing your craft to become better at being a practitioner.

So, what are you next steps after attending the Advanced Certified course?

Firstly, it would be to take at least a year to implement the new knowledge, insights, tools, and techniques that you learn in the A-CSM course.

We have a recommended reading list that accompanies the Advanced Certified course, and you would benefit a great deal by moving through that reading list and slowly but surely growing your knowledge, skills and the application of tools and techniques in a working environment.

Some people look at the certification pathway as something to move through as quickly as possible to obtain the certifications, but you will benefit a great deal more by moving slowly through the process and applying the knowledge and insights you learn along the way.

I would recommend that you practice as an Advanced Certified for at least a year before signing up for the Certified Scrum Professional course.

At the more advanced levels, we aren’t simply teaching you in the classes. We are actively validating your skills and capabilities while we are teaching.

The Scrum Alliance want to provide the industry with assurance that you have the necessary skills, knowledge and capabilities to be certified as an Advanced Certified or Certified Scrum Professional , so you need to actively demonstrate that capability in the course.

If you don’t have the necessary experience and expertise, you won’t be certified on the more advanced levels and would be invited back to attend once you do have the necessary skills and experience.

So, take your time.

At the more advanced levels, you are straddling the roles of a practitioner as well as an Agile coach.

People will be looking to you to provide context and coach them through some tough iterations.

You need the experience at the coalface to do that well.

You would also need significant practice with the tools, techniques, and skills you develop on the more advanced courses to create environments in which your team can thrive.

The great thing about the advanced courses is that you can bring the challenges you currently face into the classroom and find answers, tools, and resources that you can action right away.

In fact, much of our feedback from the more advanced courses is that people implement what they have learned in the classroom and receive immediate breakthroughs in their working environment.

The more experience you have and the greater the challenges you face in your working environment, the more rewarding and fulfilling you will find the advanced courses on the Scrum Alliance pathways.

My advice is that you invest at least a year of your time after attending the A-CSM course in growing your capabilities, exposing yourself to opportunities where you can embed the knowledge and learn as you grow through the challenges your working environment presents.

Take the time to read the books we recommend and invest as much effort as you can in actively implementing what you have learned on the course within your day to day practice as a Scrum practitioner.

I’d love to see you on the Certified Scrum Professional a year after you have completed the Advanced Certified course.

Visit our Advanced Certified and Certified Scrum Professional course pages for more information on what they have to offer.

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 grow 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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