Many of you may have already started your journey on the Path to CSP® (Certified Scrum Practitioner) with the Scrum Alliance. However, for those of you thinking about progressing your career, knowledge and expertise in 2018, you can learn more about the new model designed by Scrum Alliance to take individuals from foundational to advance practice as part of a two-year staged journey.
Scrum Alliance Certifications: What's Your Journey?
The Path to CSP® has been designed to give individuals the choice in an educational track that will improve their core Scrum knowledge, build skill sets, and provide the necessary tools to evolve as an Agile practitioner, from Scrum foundations to advanced practice.
The program has been designed by Scrum Alliance to be a two-year journey where individuals will pick between SA’s already popular courses - Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Developer - as the starting or foundational point of an individual's journey.
Once an individual has completed the foundational learning objectives and achieved initial certification for their chosen track, they can start working towards the newly designed Advanced level certification which represents the middle stage of the pathway to CSP®.
This step requires individuals to have an active certification with Scrum Alliance® (received as part of your foundational step) along with successfully achieving and being validated by a Path to CSP Educator who ensures all the advanced learning objectives are met. Unlike the foundational level, students can achieve this through a classroom course, coaching/mentoring sessions with a CST or a mix of both. Individuals must complete a minimum number of contact hours with their chosen CST before sign-off can be granted.
Following completion of the Advanced level learning objectives and prerequisites, individuals are eligible to take the final step - the CSP certification of their chosen pathway.
After completing their chosen path to CSP®, individuals can continue to work towards elevated certifications with the Scrum Alliance such as CST (Certified Scrum Trainer), CEC (Certified Enterprise Coaches℠), CTC (Certified Team Coach), along with Certified Agile Leadership - you can read more about these certifications on the Scrum Alliance Website.
Take the next step in your Agile journey with A-CSM™
To support individuals in reaching their destination with the Scrum Alliance, we have introduced a new course to our portfolio: A-CSM™ (Advanced Certified ScrumMaster™).
The two-day (16 hours) course has been written by Radtac Chairman and Founder Peter Measey, and will guide you through the seven categories outlined by the Scrum Alliance to meet the course learning objectives.
The A-CSM program is designed to build on your foundational knowledge with enhanced skills for the implementation of Scrum and Agile techniques within your company and teams.
Topics covered in the course content are:
- Lean, Agile and Scrum
- Agile Coaching
- Service to the Organisation
- Service to the Product Owner
- Service to the Development Team
- Agile Facilitation
What about Learning Objectives?
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Facilitate dialogue between the Product Owner, team members, customers, stakeholders, and executives.
- Respond confidently when encountering resistance to change, lack of engagement, low motivation, and unavailability of key people.
- Help your company adopt Scrum and support executives committed to Agile values.
- Remove impediments that prevent long-term, deep adoption of Scrum and Agile practices by all parts of the business.
- Explain the value of Scrum and Agile processes to skeptics.
- Increase developer engagement to encourage greater accountability, commitment, and buy-in.
- Extend the impact of Scrum throughout the organisation.
- Scale Scrum and Agile beyond a single team.
- Leverage your learning to gain recognition and status as the local Agile expert in your company.
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at any existing Certified ScrumMaster® who wishes to develop and enhance their skills. It will help anyone who is on the lifelong journey of incorporating Scrum values and Agile principles into their world of work.
Are there any prerequisites?
You must have an active CSM® certification with Scrum Alliance®.
The course is available on-site at a venue of your choice, or you can choose to attend one of our scheduled courses.
Look out for our A-CSPO™ (Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner™) course coming soon - you’ll see updates in our monthly newsletter and blog.
We hope to also develop an A-CSD™ (Advanced Scrum Developer™) once the learning objectives have been announced by the Scrum Alliance, this is likely to be later in 2018 - we’ll bring you news when we have it.
If you have any questions about Scrum and/or Scrum Alliance certifications leave your comments below or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Footnote: This blog is specifically about Scrum Alliance certifications. If you would like to learn about alternative accreditation pathways and frameworks from Scaled Agile Inc, Scrum.org or many others, please contact a member of our team today.