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Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM)

The Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) course helps you to take your Agile team capability to the next level, building on your learning and experience since you completed CSM.


Currently the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster course is being delivered 'live online'.

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, working with Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning of Scrum WithStyle is proud to be the first organisation to offer this in New Zealand.

Our Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM℠) course is a exercise-based learning experience focused on skills acquisition to help you to take your leadership of Agile capability building to the next level. It builds on your learning and experience since you completed your CSM course. Course completion also represents a critical next step for ScrumMasters who are looking to attain the high bar of Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster® (CSP-SM®). Learn more about reasons to work towards the CSP certification to become a professional scrum master.


The ScrumMaster's path to CSP


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


Advancing as a Scrum Master



Our A-CSM certification training program involves a two day in-person course (or multiple short day live online course) plus several hours worth of preparation work prior to the training 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.

Our 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 are facing at work right now.

The course is delivered by Rowan Bunning, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008. Rowan became a Scrum Master in 2003 whilst in Australia, subsequently working in this capacity with a leading Scrum-based digital consultancy in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. He became 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 experientially 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 through hands-on practice. It also provides many opportunities to learn from the experiences of the ScrumMasters in the room. Rowan puts the techniques into context with real-world examples from his Scrum experience over the last 15+ years. 



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 Iteration 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.


Audience and certification requirements

This Advanced Scrum Master training is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Iteration Managers and Delivery Managers, who understand the basics of Scrum, have over one year of ScrumMaster work experience, and hold a current CSM certification.


Course Content

  1. Being a ScrumMaster
  2. Facilitation
  3. Teaching
  4. Retrospective Facilitation
  5. Backlog Refinement Facilitation
  6. Servant Leadership
  7. Team Dynamics
  8. Impediment Resolution
  9. Coaching
  10. Agile Software Engineering Practices
  11. Scaling
  12. ScrumMaster Vision
  13. My Future


Find out more

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ or 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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