Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster

Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) builds on the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course and includes 2 days of in-person training and the equivalent of 3 days of follow-up cohort learning and assignments over a period of 3 - 5 months.

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Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM)NOTE: course registrations close one week prior to commencement of the in-person course to allow time to complete the pre-work required.

Our Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster® (CSP®-SM) offering builds on the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course to tackle the organisational system beyond the Scrum Team. Achieving the CSP-SM accreditation requires a demonstration of ability to work effectively outside of a Scrum Team as well as a broad toolset of techniques and knowledge of when to apply what.

CSP-SM is the final step after Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) in the 'path to CSP'. It is the highest-level accreditation that Scrum Alliance offers for ScrumMasters.

Equinox IT in partnership with Scrum WithStyle and Certified Scrum Trainer® Rowan Bunning are the first to offer the full Path to CSP for ScrumMasters in New Zealand.

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

ScrumMaster path to Certifed Scrum Professional (CSP)

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Advancing as a Scrum Master

About the CSP-SM programme

Completing the Path to CSP is not just about completing a training course, it is about demonstrating that you are skilled in applying advanced techniques effectively – including in a real work context. CSP-SM is about being a ScrumMaster that can work with the broader organisational system that surrounds their Scrum Team(s). One that is highly skilled and resourceful. A ScrumMaster in which employers and colleagues can be fully confident.

Our CSP-SM offering emphasises in-person interaction through a 2-day class plus 3 - 5 months of further interaction in a small cohort group. This differs from other offerings that are 100% virtual with no in-person interaction and potentially requiring calls with North America and Europe during the night in our time-zone.

The accelerated learning techniques employed in the in-person class broaden the ScrumMaster’s toolkit with many powerful and relevant but lesser known techniques such as modelling organisational dynamics, organisational change approaches, and psychological blocks to Agile adoption. The training format is also designed to provide insights and further depth in core ScrumMaster skills such as facilitation and coaching with an emphasis on practical considerations and connection to real-world contexts.

Beyond the 2-day class, participants deepen their learning experience through application of techniques in their workplace and discovering how other ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches have applied such techniques in their context. This takes the form of five assignments that each involve presenting results back to a cohort group on video calls at intervals after the training. Group members are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their learnings from these experiences.

Application of key techniques in a real-world work environment and hearing stories from varied contexts provides a highly relevant learning experience that demonstrates deep and thorough fulfilment of the CSP-SM learning objectives.

Some of the learning objectives require application of techniques in a context that cannot be readily simulated in a classroom environment. As such, the programme requires participants to demonstrate such techniques in their workplace.

How the CSP-SM programme is structured

Think of CSP-SM as at least 5 days worth of personal development including the following:

  • Pre-course orientation group call – approx. 45 mins
  • Pre-training coursework and study – approx. 1 day equivalent
  • In-person training – 2 days
  • Preparation of post-course assignments – approx. 1 day equivalent
  • Presenting your post-course assignments and viewing presentations by members of your cohort group – approx. 1 day equivalent over 5 x 90 minute calls.

A full outline of the post-course assignments in addition to the pre-course work is distributed to participants upon enrolment. Assignment work may be undertaken prior to the in-person training as well as post-training.

Also see our 'Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster FAQ' page.


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

  • Be equipped with additional tools and skills to operate more effectively and confidently – particularly with the broader organisation outside of the Scrum Team
  • Be recognised as one of a small number of Certified Scrum Professionals in the country
  • Advance your career and differentiate yourself further in the job market
  • Unlock the option to continue progressing into Guide level accreditations such as Certified Team Coach.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

Team Launch: practical techniques for the most crucial stage of team development including team chartering with purpose, alignment and context.

Lean Thinking: bringing Lean principles into Scrum in a way that guides decisions about how optimise your Scrum implementation.

Advanced Facilitation: facilitation techniques beyond open discussion and in geographically distributed environments including when to use what technique.

Coaching: psychological concepts and establishing a coaching agreement that creates a designed alliance between coach and coachees for a healthy coaching relationship.

Service to the Product Owner: practical application of techniques to model business goals through to deliverables and shape Product Backlog from a user experience perspective.

Systems Thinking: techniques for mapping a value stream and sharing mental models of organisational dynamics.

Structures for Scaling: debate on the strengths and weakness of different approaches to scaling the Product Owner role and organising the Product Backlog for multiple teams.

Organisational Change: introduction to multiple organisational change models, experiences with changing team culture and sense making to assess exposure to complicated vs complex.

Software Craftsmanship: overview of the craftsmanship movement, development practices at scale and application of acceptance-test driven development techniques.

Scrum Mastery: identification of the learner’s personal edge living the Scrum Values and next steps.


  • Two full days training with a Certified Scrum Trainer® and Path to CSP Educator.
  • A printed course workbook.
  • Full catering during the 2-day in-person training including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Certification as a Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) for a 2 year term for participants who satisfy all coursework requirements to the satisfaction of the trainer including the post-course assignments. Noting the CSP-SM certification can be re-activated at anytime after the initial 2 years by keeping your Scrum Alliance membership current.
  • Ongoing support to have questions answered via the Scrum WithStyle Alumni network after completion of the programme.
  • A letter of course completion that may be submitted to your employer and/or a professional body (PMI, ACS or similar) for PDUs (available on request).

Accreditation & Certification

Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster represents the culmination of the Path to CSP programme and the highest-level accreditation that Scrum Alliance offers for ScrumMasters. Attaining Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster is the third and final step in the Path to CSP in the ScrumMaster track.

Achieving accreditation requires fulfillment of the full set of CSP-SM learning objectives both with the in-person training and the five assignments to be completed after the course including presentations to a cohort group and the trainer via video meeting.


This offering is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Iteration Managers and Delivery Managers with a solid understanding of Scrum and substantial experience working with a Development Team and Product Owner. It is not for people new to Scrum and Agile.


A pre-requisite for enrolling in this learning experience is:

  • A current Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) certification with Scrum Alliance; and
  • Day-to-day involvement with at least one Scrum Team and a mandate to work with the broader organisation that such Scrum Teams interact with.

A pre-requisite for CSP-SM accreditation is:

  • At least 2 years of work experience in a ScrumMaster or closely related role within the last 5 years.

It is not necessary to wait a full 12 months after A-CSM to begin this CSP-SM programme.

Also see our 'Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster FAQ' page.

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