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"An effective Scrum Master must have the trust of others and the courage of herself to speak truth to power, as a medieval court jester was wont to do, often to the dismay of other advisors. Speaking truth will not make you popular." — from The Scrum Master Journey

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Advanced CSM

If you're looking for a two-day training class to receive the Advanced Scrum Master 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 4-8 weeks.

This Advanced CSM is part of the larger Scrum Master journey, which includes the CSP-SM. Full details of the program can be seen here: Scrum Master 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 Scrum Master 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 Scrum Master designation


Identify someone to mentor you. Ideally this will be someone who is a little further on their Scrum Master 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 Scrum Master Checklist by Michael James
  2. Read The Scrum Master Role by the LeSS team
  3. Study ACSM learning objectives, discuss with your mentor. Be confident that each learning objective is met.
  4. Read at least one introductory Scrum book.
  5. Write a book review describing your learnings, and how the book inspired your journey.

Interactive Work

  1. Attend 2 (or more) Facilitator labs
  2. Attend 2 (or more) scrum-related meetups
  3. Attend one Scrum Exchange, Scrum Gathering, Scrum Day or similar event.
  4. Attend three Scrum Master Journey phase 2 workshops.
  5. Note: If your CSM certificate was issued by a trainer other than Tobias Mayer you will also need to join the online CSM with Tobias Mayer at the reduced "refresh" rate of £150.

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The full cost of the ACSM is £500-£1,400. This is paid in instalments:

  • £320 registration
  • £60-£360 each workshop
  • Workshop places are priced on a sliding scale according to income.

    Getting Started

    1. Click the blue button to register.
    2. Read the Learning Objectives Checklist, and start working towards meeting the objectives.

    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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  • Image: Musician and dancing fool in Paris, 14th century. (Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images)
    Last updated: 07/03/2022