Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

For years, there has been an unmet need for a clear professional development pathway beyond the entry-level Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) course. Now it is available as the “Path to CSP” from the world’s premier Agile professional development body: Scrum Alliance. Equinox IT is proud to be the first organisation to offer this in New Zealand.

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Rowan Bunning - Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

NOTE: course registrations close four days before the course start date as there is a non-trivial amount of pre-work expected for this course.

Our Advanced Certified ScrumMasterTM (A-CSMTM) course is a practice-based learning experience focused on skills acquisition to help you take your Agile leadership to the next level. It builds on your learning and experience since you completed your Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course. It is also a critical next step for ScrumMasters who are looking to attain the high bar of Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster® (CSP-SM®).

Find out more about the ScrumMaster 'path to CSP'.

ScrumMaster path to Certified Scrum Professional

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A-CSM says to your employer and the job market that you have proven that you can work in a ScrumMaster capacity with teams.

Advancing as a Scrum Master

Taking the next step from CSM

From your CSM you already know about the values, principles and practices of Scrum. Now it is time to extend your capability to overcome the challenges that you have been facing in implementing Scrum at work.

Having practised Scrum or a Scrum-like Agile approach for 12 months or more, you know that the ScrumMaster role is a very challenging role to perform in an impactful way. It involves much more than being just a "team facilitator". It requires development of a variety of skills from professional coaching to systems thinking to change and growth leadership whilst serving the Product Owner and broader organisation in addition to one or more development teams. It requires deep understanding of Scrum, Agile and Lean principles as well as the confidence to challenge both yourself and your colleagues to change their thinking and unwind their ingrained habits.

About the A-CSM course

Our A-CSM programme involves a two-day in-person course plus several hours' worth of preparation work prior to the course. It builds on the foundations from CSM, providing the next stage of growth for ScrumMasters who want to help Scrum be adopted more successfully in their organisations.

A-CSM is an invitation to bring your real-world context in for exploration and problem solving with a diverse group of experienced ScrumMasters. As well as coming away with a set of thinking and problem solving tools, you may even come away with fresh perspectives and new options for the challenges that you face at work right now.

The course is delivered by Rowan Bunning, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer, who has been delivering CSM and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training in New Zealand with Equinox IT since 2009, with outstanding results and delighted participants. Rowan became a ScrumMaster in 2003 whilst in Australia, subsequently working in this capacity with a leading Scrum-based digital consultancy in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He bacame the first CSP in Australia in 2006 and the country's first Path to CSP Educator in 2018.

Rowan has designed this A-CSM course from the ground up to be experience-based with rich learning resources for you to discuss and enact. This minimises time spent listening to lectures and allows you to learn through multiple modes including hands-on practice. It also provides many opportunities to learn from the experiences of the accomplished ScrumMasters in the room. Rowan puts the techniques into context with real-world examples from his Scrum experience over the last 15+ years.

Also see our 'Advanced Certified ScrumMaster FAQ' page.


As a holder of the Scrum Alliance Advanced Certified ScrumMaster credential, you can expect to:

  • be more effective in the ScrumMaster role (or roles with overlapping skills such as Agile Coach or Development Manager);
  • have an expanded toolkit of structured techniques to address challenges for you, your Development Team, your Product Owner and the wider organisation;
  • advance your career and differentiate yourself in the job market; and
  • progress on the path to becoming one of a relatively small number of Certified Scrum Professionals in the country.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • Personal Development – identify your drivers, strengths and weaknesses as a ScrumMaster.
  • Teaching Stakeholders – practice explaining Scrum to stakeholders who don’t share your frame of reference… including executives.
  • Violations of Agile principles – better recognise when people are ignoring Agile principles, when Scrum’s self-adjusting empirical control is compromised and what to do about it.
  • Team Dynamics – understand the attributes of effective teams, establish a rich team development model, apply techniques for improving team performance, and avoid team development pitfalls.
  • Conflict Navigation – recognise different types of conflict and ways to respond to it effectively.
  • Facilitation – practice techniques for energising regular Scrum events and other meetings, getting past clashes of perspective to get the most out of groups and arrive at decisions that the group is committed to.
  • Coaching – understand how professional coaching differs from advising, and practice coaching techniques that you can use every day.
  • Servant Leadership – learn about specific characteristics of a Servant-Leader and how to lead capability building from the stance of Servant-Leader.
  • Serving the Product Owner – practice techniques for moving from vision to product backlog and through to refined backlog with shared understanding.
  • Resolving Impediments – practice systems thinking techniques to reveal the dynamics causing impediments and intervene to truly eliminate them.
  • Definition of Done – practice surfacing what is required to deepen your Definition of Done to Potentially Releasable every Sprint.
  • Complimentary frameworks – know when to leverage XP, Kanban and Lean Start-up techniques in ways that compliment Scrum.
  • Engineering Practices – understand the various technical practices and how they improve the team's ability to sustainably deliver potentially releasable increments and enable scaling.
  • Scaling Scrum – understand key differences between scaling frameworks, gain techniques for visualising, reducing and eliminating dependencies and well as for facilitating large-scale meetings.


This course is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Development Managers and Delivery Managers, who understand the basics of Scrum, have over one year of ScrumMaster work experience, and hold a current Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification.

Accreditation & Certification

To achieve the certification, you must meet the prerequisites (as stated below), you must attend the full two-day course, and complete all coursework, including all in-class coursework and any pre, during and post coursework that we provide. You will then be eligible to receive your certification. There is no test or exam component as part of this certification.

Attaining your A-CSM is the second of three substantial accreditation steps toward becoming a Certified Scrum Professional in the ScrumMaster track (CSP-SM).


Those wanting to obtain their Advanced Certified ScrumMaster must have the following prerequisites:

  • Hold an 'active' Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) accreditation. Note, that if it has been more than two-years since you completed CSM, and you have not renewed your Scrum Alliance membership, your CSM will be inactive and you will be ineligible for A-CSM. To activate it again please go to the Scrum Alliance renewing certification page, click RENEW NOW. You will be required to pay US$100 to the Scrum Alliance to re-activate your certification for two years.
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the role of ScrumMaster. Note, you can attend the A-CSM course prior to achieving the required ScrumMaster experience, but the Scrum Alliance will not award the certification until you have provided evidence of 12+ months of ScrumMaster experience in your Scrum Alliance profile. Our recommendation is to gain the experience prior to sitting the course to avoid delay in obtaining the certification after the completion of the course.
  • Actively participate in the full two-day course and complete all coursework (including all pre-work and all in-class and other out of class coursework) to the satisfaction of the trainer. Note, there is no test or exam component as part to this certification.

For more information also see our 'Advanced Certified ScrumMaster FAQ' page.


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