Advanced Certified ScrumMaster

"He's a walkin' contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction..." — Kris Kristofferson

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

Individual Study

  1. Read The ScrumMaster Checklist by Michael James
  2. Read The ScrumMaster Role by the LeSS team
  3. Study A-CSM learning objectives, discuss with 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 find a mentor
  2. Pair with the mentor to work through the A-CSM learning objectives
  3. Attend one Scrum Exchange, Scrum Gathering, Scrum Day or similar event
  4. Write a review of the event, and how it affected your journey, or
  5. Write an experience report, describing how you are applying the learning objectives
  6. Attend the following three workshops:
  7. 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.


The following three workshops are required.

In addition, 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.

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 Student 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.

Special thanks to Thoughtbot London who provide the space for the clinics and workshops, and partner with me to operate an alternative, non-monetary economy within the community.

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