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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Become a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) and gain a detailed understanding of the world's most popular Agile method: Scrum.



Currently the "Certified ScrumMaster" course is presented Live On-Line.


Certified ScrumMaster with Rowan Bunning


Welcome to the most widely recognised Agile training programme. This has been offered in New Zealand by Equinox IT together with Certified Scrum Trainer® Rowan Bunning of Scrum WithStyle for over 11 years!

There are many imitators but this is the original Scrum certification course with accreditation from the most influential professional development body that was founded in 2001 – Scrum Alliance. With the largest network of professional Scrum practitioners in the world, it is the most established certification organisation in the Agile community.

Become a Certified ScrumMaster if you want to understand what good Scrum is and how you can play your part in the Scrum game effectively. Also to prepare you to take your first steps into the challenging but very rewarding role of ScrumMaster.


What is CSM Certification?

The CSM certification is a globally recognised accreditation established in 2003 by Scrum Alliance. It has since become the most popular and recognised Agile training offering worldwide.

After completing the required pre-reading, full attendance at the CSM training course is the second of three steps in gaining the CSM accreditation from the Scrum Alliance. 

The final step to become a Certified Scrum Master is to successfully complete the CSM certification exam. For further information on Scrum framework or CSM exam, see the official CSM resource.

This Scrum Master course may qualify Project Management Professionals (PMPs) for 14 PDUs as approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI).


About The CSM Certification Course

Our Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course is an intensive deep dive into the world’s most popular Agile method: Scrum. It is an immersive learning experience emphasising hands-on participation through a mix of interactive seminars, group discussions, team activities, games and role-plays.

Although CSM is likely to be your first Scrum certification, we use highly immersive adult learning techniques such as visual modelling, simulations, role-plays and ‘Training from the Back of the Room’ activities to enable self-directed learning and enhanced retention.

This course is organised and run using Scrum as a management framework. This allows for feedback and flexibility as well as experiencing Scrum in action throughout the course.


CSM is a first step towards CSP

Completing the CSM is your first step towards achieving Advanced Certified ScrumMasterTM (A-CSMTM) and then Certified Scrum Professional® – ScrumMaster (CSP®-SM).


The ScrumMaster's path to CSP


Learning Objectives and Course Content

Reviewing the learning objectives for the course is an excellent and in-depth way to find out what participants will be learning out during the course. Scrum Alliance define the learning objectives that learners are to work to in all Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) offerings. For CSM course, this includes both – learning Scrum Foundations and ScrumMaster specific values, principles and practical framework implementation details.

  1. Lean, Agile, and Scrum
    • Scrum Theory
    • Scrum Roles
    • Scrum Events and Artifact Transparency
    • Sprint and Sprint Increment
    • Sprint Planning
    • Daily Scrum
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective
    • Product Backlog
    • Sprint Backlog
    • Definition of “Done”
  2. Scrum Master Core Competencies
    • Facilitation
    • Coaching
  3. Service to the Development Team
    • Scrum Master as Servant-Leader
    • Value of Development Practices
  4. Service to the Product Owner
    • Techniques to collaborate with the Product Owner
    • Support Product Owner
  5. Service to the Organisation
    • Impediment Removal
    • Coaching the Organisation


Our CSM is up-to-date with the latest learning objectives that were published by Scrum Alliance in early 2020, see below:


Why Get Scrum Certification With Us?

  1. Practical guidance from first-hand experienceOver a decade implementing Scrum in dozens of organisations means that Rowan’s guidance is grounded in real world challenges and is highly practical. He speaks from first-hand experience, having worked for years in each of the Scrum roles including Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team Member as well as in a wide variety of other technical, leadership and coaching roles.
  2. Insightful and inspiring. As past course participants testify, you can expect to take away many deep insights into the nature of Scrum and its potential to transform your organisation and your work life for the better. Stories of what scrum masters and scrum team members have managed to achieve with Scrum are likely to inspire you to be a game changer yourself.
  3. Authoritative, non-proprietary course materials. Unlike many other training providers who teach proprietary, non peer-reviewed method formulations marketed using the generic umbrella term ‘Agile’, Rowan’s teaching is fully aligned with the authoritative definitions of the most widely used and peer-reviewed Agile frameworks (e.g. Scrum as per the definition endorsed by the Scrum Alliance®) and techniques (e.g. User Stories and Story Point Estimation as per Mike Cohn).
  4. Take away a comprehensive workbook. As a course participant you will receive a comprehensive Scrum Master course workbook including worksheets on key topics, detailed information on the roles in Scrum that is not found elsewhere, recommended reading and further resources to assist you post-course.
  5. Post-course follow-up. Completing the course does not end your Scrum journey. Rowan can provide post scrum training coaching and has done so with a wide range of organisations in industries including banking, federal and state governments, health insurance, superannuation, salary packing, retail, manufacturing, building security, information security and media.


Who Should Attend The Course?

Software developers, testers, business analysts, team leaders, project managers, software architects, development managers, Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and PRINCE2 practitioners who are interested in learning about the Scrum framework and ways it can benefit projects, teams and organisations in general.


Further Information

If you have further questions on how to become certified or any other questions on this Scrum certification, please contact us.


Your Certified Scrum Trainer - Rowan Bunning

Rowan Bunning, Certified Scrum Trainer, Scrum WithStyle

Rowan is an Australian pioneer of Scrum from technical software development background who has spent 10 years as a software developer, Scrum Master and Product Owner before becoming one of Australia’s first Agile Coaches and Scrum Trainers.

Rowan has trained over 5,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia making him one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the Australasian region. 

As a Certified Agile Coach in Australia and Europe since 2007, Rowan has a track record of facilitating accelerated Agile and Scrum adoptions including team building, ScrumMaster mentoring, management consulting and cultural change. 

Rowan has coached organisations ranging from start-ups to global brand-name enterprises across the banking, health insurance, real estate, media, food, building security, data security, collection management, content management and video gaming industries as well as the public sector.

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