Advanced Certified ScrumMaster℠

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM)

What is A-CSM Course About?

For years, there has been an unmet need for a clear professional development pathway beyond the entry-level Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) course. Now it is available as the “Path to CSP” from the world’s premier Agile professional development body: Scrum Alliance. Scrum WithStyle is proud to be the first organisation to offer this in Australia.

Our Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM℠) course is a exercise-based learning experience focused on skills acquisition to help you to take your leadership of Agile capability building to the next level. It builds on your learning and experience since you completed your CSM course. Course completion also represents a critical next step for ScrumMasters who are looking to attain the high bar of Certified Scrum Professional – ScrumMaster® (CSP-SM®). Learn more about reasons to work towards the CSP certification to become a professional scrum master.

The ScrumMaster's Path

A-CSM certification says to your employer and the jobs market that you have proven that you can work in a ScrumMaster capacity with teams.

Watch Path to CSP Educator Rowan Bunning discuss the ScrumMaster role and professional development with Brendon Livingstone.


Our A-CSM certification training program involves a two day in-person course plus several hours worth of preparation work prior to the training course. It builds on the foundations from CSM, providing the next stage of growth for ScrumMasters who want to help Scrum be adopted more successfully in their organisations.

Our A-CSM is an invitation to bring your real-world context in for exploration and problem solving with a diverse group of experienced ScrumMasters. As well as coming away with a set of thinking and problem solving tools, you may even come away with fresh perspectives and new options for the challenges that you are facing at work right now.

The course is delivered by Rowan Bunning, a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer since 2008. Rowan became a Scrum Master in 2003 whilst in Australia, subsequently working in this capacity with a leading Scrum-based digital consultancy in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. He became the first CSP in Australia in 2006 and the country’s first Path to CSP Educator in 2018.

Rowan has designed this A-CSM course from the ground up to be experientially based with rich learning resources for you to discuss and enact. This minimises time spent listening to lectures and allows you to learn through multiple modes including through hands-on practice. It also provides many opportunities to learn from the experiences of the ScrumMasters in the room. Rowan puts the techniques into context with real-world examples from his Scrum experience over the last 15+ years. 


As a holder of the Scrum Alliance Advanced Certified ScrumMaster credential, you can expect to:

  • be more effective in the ScrumMaster role (or roles with overlapping skills such as Agile Coach or Iteration Manager);
  • have an expanded toolkit of structured techniques to address challenges for you, your Development Team, your Product Owner and the wider organisation;
  • advance your career and differentiate yourself in the job market; and
  • progress on the path to becoming one of a relatively small number of Certified Scrum Professionals in the country.

Audience and Certification Requirements

This Advanced Scrum Master training is for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, Iteration Managers and Delivery Managers, who understand the basics of Scrum, have over one year of ScrumMaster work experience, and hold a current CSM certification.

Course Content

  1. Being a ScrumMaster
  2. Agile, Scrum and Lean
  3. Teaching
  4. Facilitation
  5. Team Development
  6. Impediment Resolution Facilitation
  7. Strengthening Done
  8. Service to the Product Owner
  9. Coaching
  10. Development Practices
  11. Organisational Change
  12. Scaling
  13. Scrum Mastery
  14. My Future


Download a printable Advanced Certified ScrumMaster Brochure (PDF).

Further Information

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ, contact us on 1300 1 SCRUM, or send us a message


What does A-CSM certification stand for?

A-CSM stands for “Advanced Certified ScrumMaster”.

A-CSM certification demonstrates to employers that the holder has at least 12 months of experience as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach. Also that they have demonstrated competence with a broad set of stances and techniques required to be effective as a Scrum Master in service of one or more Agile Teams in an environment that may not yet be Agile friendly.

What is Advanced Scrum Master?

Advanced Certified Scrum Master is an accreditation from Scrum Alliance for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches. It is considered more advanced than the entry level CSM certification as it builds on knowledge of Scrum with a specific focus on the stances, skills and practical techniques to be effective as a Scrum Master or Agile Coach in service of Agile Teams.

How much does A-CSM cost?

Scrum WithStyle offers highly interactive virtual A-CSM courses for AUD $1,600 inclusive of taxes. An early bird discount of $250 off is available for anyone who registers more than 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. This includes the certification fee with 2 years active certification and ongoing support from Scrum WithStyle.

Scrum WithStyle’s courses are accessible to any English speaker with Scrum Master or equivalent experience and a good Internet connection. The timing is particularly convenient for participants in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Please [contact us] for more information on group discounts.

How do I get advanced CSM certification?

Simply navigate to the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster page on the Scrum WithStyle website and select a specific course from the top right. From there you can secure a place via online registration.

Your Certified Scrum Trainer

Rowan Bunning CST

Rowan Bunning

Trainer, Coach & Org Design Consultant

An Australian pioneer of Scrum from technical software development background who has spent 10 years as a software developer, Scrum Master and Product Owner before becoming one of Australia’s first Agile Coaches and Scrum Trainers.

Rowan has trained over 5,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia making him one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the Australasian region. 

As a Certified Agile Coach in Australia and Europe since 2007, Rowan has a track record of facilitating accelerated Agile and Scrum adoptions including team building, ScrumMaster mentoring, management consulting and cultural change. 

Rowan has coached organisations ranging from start-ups to global brand-name enterprises across the banking, health insurance, real estate, media, food, building security, data security, collection management, content management and video gaming industries as well as the public sector.

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