Advanced Certified Scrum Master

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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 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 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 Requirements

  1. Completed CSM workshop with Tobias Mayer
    Note: if you took the CSM with a different trainer you'll need to retake it at the greatly reduced refresher price. See individual CSM workshop prices for details.


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, a partner, 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.


Alternative to mentorship some students prefer a partnership model. In this model students on the ACSM journey pair with one another, and keep each other on track with the learning objectives, offering mutual support and observation if required. It is recommend you meet with your partner formally once a month, and stay connected through text, phone, video on a regular basis.

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, and bring requests for learning to the Scrum Master 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 Scrum Master Clinics or Facilitator Labs
  2. Attend one Scrum Exchange 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 three Scrum Master Journey phase 2 workshops.

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 cost of the ACSM ranges from £600 to £1,290 according to income and/or employer support. This is paid in instalments.

  • £250 upfront to cover ongoing administration costs
  • £100 - £330 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 Facilitator Lab
  3. Print out the Student Worksheet and the Learning Objectives Checklist ...and start working :)
This path is not an easy one, but if you really want to call yourself "advanced" then immerse yourself in the deep pool of learning and community others have prepared for you. Alternatively you could just dip your toes in and call it swimming.


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

Special thanks to 42 Acres who provide space for the workshops and labs, 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