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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM multi-session)

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


The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification is a global accreditation established in 2003 by Scrum Alliance. The course is delivered in person and live online with Rowan Bunning from our Australian partner Scrum WithStyle.

The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course is an intensive deep dive into the world’s most popular Agile method: Scrum. CSM is an in-depth learning experience emphasising hands-on participation through interactive seminars, group discussions, team activities, games and role-plays. We use highly immersive adult learning techniques such as visual modelling, simulations, and ‘Training from the Back of the Room’ activities to enable self-directed learning and enhanced retention.

In this course you will experience the Scrum management framework in action allowing for feedback and flexibility.

The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training gives you an understanding of what good Scrum is and how to apply it effectively. The course prepares you for your pathway to become a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).


Becoming a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

After completing the required pre-reading and the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course, you will be ready to continue on your journey by applying to the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) exam, administered by Scrum Alliance.

By completing this training course you may qualify Project Management Professionals (PMPs) for 14 PDUs as approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI).


Learning Objectives

Scrum Alliance define the learning objectives that you have to work to in all Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) offerings.

For this Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course, this includes both learning Scrum Foundations and ScrumMaster specific values, principles and practical framework implementation details.


Who should attend

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.

Course Agenda

  1. Scrum Framework
    • Foundational Concepts
    • Events – iteration 1
    • Artefacts
    • Roles – iteration 1
  2. Scrum Experience
    • Sprint Experience – initiation
    • Sprint Experience – Sprint 1
    • Roles – iteration 2
    • Scrum Game Show
  3. Implementing your Scrum
    • Definition of Done
    • Events – iteration 2
    • Core Scrum Master Competencies
    • Product Backlog Refinement
  4. Continuous Improvement
    • Scrum Experience – Sprint 2
    • Impediment Resolution
    • Preparing for your Certification Test
    • Q&A
    • Next Steps 


Why choose this course

  1. Fourteen years of refinement - your trainer - Rowan Bunning - has delivered almost 500 Scrum Certification courses and has inspected and adapted this course frequently for over the last 14 years.
  2. Recommended again and again - many participants choose us based on word-of-mouth recommendation such as those below in the "What others are saying about this course" section.
  3. Emphasises the impactful Why? - unlike courses that stop at the process "mechanics" and spoon feed you tactical tips, this course focuses on the principles and deep insights. These allow you to navigate your own situationally appropriate tactics relative to your context levering values and principles - something that is necessary for sustainable Agile.
  4. Smaller, more interactive class - some courses will have you compete to have your questions answered amongst 40 or more participants! We keep our class sizes small to provide plenty of opportunity for direct trainer interaction as well as hearing from a diverse group of other learners. Our typical class size is 12 with a maximum of 20.
  5. Stories from 21 years of experience - Rowan brings the principles alive with (often dramatic) Agile adoption stories from the trenches in a wide variety of organisations both down under and in Europe since 2001.
  6. Learn from the region's first Path to CSP Educator - Rowan is the first trainer in Australasia to be approved to teach Advanced CSM courses. This CSM course prepares you to take the Path all the way to Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster (CSP-SM) - the ultimate accreditation for a ScrumMaster - with a consistent learning programme.
  7. Rich mix of learning approaches - we use highly immersive adult learning techniques such as problem-solving discussions, visual modelling and neuroscience-aligned Training from the Back of the Room activities to enable self-directed learning and enhanced retention.
  8. PDF or Workbook you will receive all course material used in PDF format including an export of the online workspace, or a comprehensive workbook with practical tips not found elsewhere and further resourses to assit you post course, including in your CSM Test preparation
  9. Detailed next steps - since we teach the next course after CSM - Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) - we offer detailed information on how you can prepare for taking the next major step in your professional development as a Scrum Master.
  10. Ongoing support - have a question (or three) later on? Graduation from this course gains you access to the Scrum WithStyle Alumni community which has an active discussion forum on Slack where the trainer and many other experienced practitioners respond to your ongoing queries.



  • Sixteen contact hours of training - with an Agile practitioner with 20+ years of experience and Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008
  • CSM Certification - active for two years for participants who pass the post-course Certification Test
  • All course materialPDF export of the entire Miro workspace including all course material and output from group exercises if attending online
  • Personal workbook - containing your notes if attending in person
  • Daily Scrum tips – a compilation of practical tips from 20+ years of coaching on Daily Scrums.
  • Encouraging shared responsibility and self-organisation – a checklist of ingredients to stimulate effective self-organisation.
  • Example checklist for ScrumMasters – practical examples of ways to make a big impact as a Scrum Master.
  • Ongoing support – ask questions any time ongoing in the Scrum WithStyle Alumni workspace on Slack.
  • PDU letter - 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)



Click the "REGISTER" button to complete your registration.

If you are registering for an in-person training course you will be guided through our registration and check-out experience. Prices are in New Zealand dollars and you can use a credit card or choose invoice as method of payment.

If you are registering for a live online training course you will be taken to Eventbrite to continue your registration. Prices will be in Australian dollars and you can use a credit card. If you want to arrange invoicing for the online course, please contact us prior to registering.


What participants are saying

All of these reviews are of our virtual online CSM experience.

Kavita Sippy Certified Scrum Master"Amazing course. It has got so many things to learn from which can be useful for future growth. Must recommend."

- Kavita Sippy, ScrumMaster Certified Scrum Master, Team Lead - Desktop Support and Service Delivery at iiNet



Mark Goss Certified Scrum Master"A really great insight and hands on training into Scrum, what it means and how it applies in the workplace."

- Mark Goss, ScrumMaster



Hari Kotha Certified Scrum Master"Learned many new things in this course and would definitely recommend to others who would want to pursue their career as a Scrum Master."

- Hari Kotha, Intermediate Test Analyst at Kiwiplan



"I want to thank Rowan Bunning CST from Scrum WithStyle and the team at Equinox IT for the Certified ScrumMaster course. As I have never been in an online classroom environment, I was a little sceptical approaching the course but Rowan Bunning CST made it effortless for us. Really excited to complete the certification and looking forward to using the knowledge as I head into my new role. Great stuff guys!!!"

- Pramod Raveendran, Information Technology Service Delivery Manager at OSS Group Ltd


Paul Clarke Certified Scrum Master"Rowan Bunning is an excellent and experienced trainer, with years of real life experience in the development and Scrum processes. This was very apparent in the level of training that our CSM course group received at Scrum WithStyle.

Learning within different non work groups was a real eye opener as it gave me an insight into how other companies develop and work within the Scrum Agile framework. It was very different to how the company I work for has implemented the Agile framework.

Rowan was an expert at getting everyone in our training course engaged and collaborating in the learning process. It was a real facilitation success, and I could see everyone gained a better understanding of the course material."

- Paul Clarke, Senior Software Developer, Indue 



A little well-targeted preparation enables participants to accelerate their learning. See Virtual CSM Preparation page for details on what it expected prior to course commencement.


CSM is a first step towards CSP

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


The ScrumMaster's path to CSP


Your Certified Scrum Trainer - Rowan Bunning

Rowan Bunning, Certified Scrum Trainer, Scrum WithStyle

After beginning his Agile journey with eXtreme Programming in 2001, Rowan Bunning began practising as a Scrum Master in 2003 and was the first in Australia to become a Certified ScrumMaster at the beginning of 2005. He was subsequently mentored by the first Scrum Trainer in Europe.

In his first few years as a Scrum Master Rowan coached a high performing team with an executive as Product Owner, led an organisation-wide Agile adoption and was instrumental in recovering a multi-million pound project in Europe. Such experiences are only the start of the many illuminating stories that Rowan embeds into his CSM training.

Rowan is the first and only educator in Australasia approved to teach all courses through to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) for Scrum Masters. This includes Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional-ScrumMaster (CSP-SM). Starting your journey as a Scrum Master with Rowan means that you have the option to receive a smooth and coherent learning experience all the way through to the highest level offered for Scrum Masters.

This and all other Scrum WithStyle course are available as highly interactive virtual experiences leveraging the best online learning tools to an extreme.

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