Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

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Advanced CSM

If you're looking for a two-day training class to receive the Advanced ScrumMaster certification, you're looking in the wrong place. Please try again here.

This page describes an ongoing program of self-learning, mentorship, community interaction and multiple facilitated workshops over a period of 3-12 months. Participants can join the program at any time, and will work at their own pace.

This Advanced CSM is part of the larger ScrumMaster journey, which includes the CSP-SM. Full details of the program can be seen here: ScrumMaster Academy. It is recommended that applicants for the ACSM read the details of the program in full.

ACSM Program Outline

The participant must be able to prove one year's work experience as a ScrumMaster to achieve the ACSM designation. It is recommended the work experience is gained in parallel with this course of study.

Entry Requirement

  1. Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster designation


Identify someone to mentor you. Ideally this will be someone who is a little further on their ScrumMaster journey than you, but it is equally effective to work with someone who is also undertaking the ACSM in parallel with you. A list of willing mentors can be found here. Your mentor's job is to guide you through the ACSM learning objectives. That's all. He or she is not a personal coach.

Individual Study

  1. Read The ScrumMaster Checklist by Michael James
  2. Read The ScrumMaster Role by the LeSS team
  3. Study ACSM learning objectives, discuss with your mentor, and bring requests for learning to the ScrumMaster clinics. Be confident that each learning objective is met.
  4. Read at least one introductory Scrum book, e.g. The Elements of Scrum by Sims/Johnson, Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts, Scrum: a pocket guide by Gunther Verheyen
  5. Write a book review describing your learnings, and how the book inspired your journey

Interactive Work

  1. Attend at least four ScrumMaster Clinics and/or ScrumMaster Labs
  2. Attend one Scrum Exchange, Scrum Gathering, Scrum Day or similar event
  3. Write a review of the event, and how it affected your journey, or
  4. Write an experience report, describing how you are applying the learning objectives
  5. Attend the following three workshops:
  6. Note: If your CSM certificate was issued by a trainer other than Tobias Mayer you will also need to attend the half-day workshop, The Why of Scrum.

Written work will be reviewed by the CST and/or the student's own mentor. Students are free to publish the work on their blog, the Scrum Alliance website, or elsewhere to receive wider feedback from the community. If preferred a student may make a video or podcast to express the same intent.


The full cost of the ACSM is £1,200. This is paid in instalments

  • £250 upfront to cover ongoing administration costs
  • £300 for each of the three required workshops, paid when you register for the workshop
  • £50 final payment to cover the Scrum Alliance certification cost

Getting Started

  1. Contact Tobias Mayer by email to register
  2. Sign up for the next ScrumMaster Clinic
  3. Print out the Student Worksheet and the Learning Objectives Checklist ...and start working :)


This program is made possible by many members of the London ScrumMaster community who offer their time and experience to facilitate the free clinics, and to mentor those starting out on their journeys.

More Information

To learn more, and find out whether this program is right for you please get in touch with Tobias Mayer to set up a time to talk.

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    Last updated: 13/08/2017