Now, you have successfully completed Certified Scrum master classroom training. Two days of classroom training is sufficient to become familiar with Scrum and Agile framework. Further, you are looking to enhance your career as an Agile Leader.

This blog is in the context of the prospects after the Certified Scrum Master. These certifications will help you to enhance your professional growth and learning.

Why further Agile certifications are important after CSM?

Certified Scrum Master is a basic certification to enter into an agile world. Moreover, Small scale and large scale organization are transforming from waterfall to agile methodology.

Your organization must be thinking of Agile implementation. You are well equipped to lead the change as a Scrum Master. There are certain must-have skills such as facilitation, Coaching and communication. As a scrum master, you master these skills by practising on your day to day job.

The faster way of gaining these skills is to go for the next level of training and certifications. The certifications like Agile Team Facilitator and Certified Agile Coach are two good examples. Both certifications are from ICagile and recognized internationally for their rigour and content.

I am a Certified Scrum Master. How can I become a Coach?

Coaching is considered as one of the first steps to improve an employee’s performance within an enterprise. These certifications will boost and validates your coaching skills.

  • Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) – A-CSM is the most prominent certification for Scrum master. This certification benefits in facilitation, coaching, and scrum related skills. Once you attain Certified Scrum Master certification you will face challenges in daily work. A-CSM allows you to learn to overcome stubborn challenges and improve your scrum knowledge simultaneously.
  • ICP-ATF (Agile Team Facilitator)It allows you to facilitate events of the scrum and agile. ICP-ATF also includes running and designing of sprint plan meeting. It is an essential step to becoming an agile coach.
  • ICP-ACC (Agile coaching) The role of an agile coach is to facilitate Scrum and agile implementation. The primary role of an agile coach is to guide the team in agile implementation. You help them adopt agile and groom them to achieve success.

I am a Scrum Master. How can I work in SAFe environment?

Apparently, you are much more experienced after working in Agile and looking to grow further; SAFe gives you that opportunity.

Leading SAFe® Agilist 4.6 helps in agile implementation at a large enterprise level. It helps in the agile transformation of vast teams. SAFe® support Lean-Agile Programs, Lean-Agile Program Portfolio Management, and Scaling Leadership.

If you are working as a Scrum master and aspiring to work in a SAFe environment as a Scrum master. SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) is a good option for you. It validates that you have advanced knowledge of Scrum Master in a Scaled Agile Framework

I am a scrum master having more than three years of experience in projects? Should I go with PMP® or PMI-ACP® Certification?

To Have a project experience add more credibility to resume and boost professional growth.

PMP® certification covers the broader prospect of Project Management. It communicates that you are aware of traditional project management aspects. It gives great market value, enhanced credibility, and higher pay.

PMI-ACP® certificatIon is a “Pragmatic Certification”. It is a project management certification that consists of various Agile approaches. It allows you to carry forward the project in an agile and non-agile way.

CourseClassroom DurationBenefitOnline Availability
A-CSM2 daysHelps in facilitating
Coaching and enhance scrum skills.
Yes
CSPO2 daysAids to Demonstrate and apply core scrum knowledge
Increases the opportunities in the industry adopting agile practices
No
ICP-ATF2 daysAllows you to learn skills of designing and running sprint planning meetings.
Road-map to become an agile coach
Boost Facilitating skills.
Yes
ICP-ACC3 daysIt communicates that you are interested in Professional and team coaching
Helps in learn training, facilitation, consultation in an agile world.
Yes
KMP2 daysCredibility to talk about kanban more than that of putting things on board.
Guides you to mix kanban with various agile approaches
No
PMP® Certification4 daysAllows you to learn Traditional Project Management
Makes you capable to understand the aspects of Project Management
Yes
PMI-ACP®  Certification4 daysIt helps to Learn Agile Principles and Practices which improves performanceYes
SAFe Agilist2 daysAids to Demonstrate agile at large enterprises level.No
SAFe- SASM2 daysScrum master skills in a SAFe FrameworkNo

Special Mention:

Kanban System Design – KMP-1 is a leading certification demanded in various enterprises. The best part about Kanban is that it can be mix with Agile and various other approaches. Kanban is based on a list of items to do. Kanban helps things to move faster in the development pipeline.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which certification after Certified Scrum Master can be done online?

There are five certifications which you can do online after Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

  1. A-CSM – Advanced Certified Scrum Master
  2. ICP-ACC – ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching
  3. ICP-ATF  – ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation
  4. PMI-PMP® Certification- Project Management Programmer
  5. PMI-ACP® Certification.- Agile Certified Practitioner

Which certification will help me to renew my CSM?

You can do any certification of Scrum Alliance after Certified Scrum Master. Like A-CSM, CSPO. The CSM certificate will be renewed.

Which certification to go ICP-ACC or ICP-ATF?

ICP- ATF (Agile Team Facilitator) allows you to learn skills in designing and running sprint planning meetings. It boosts your facilitating skills whereas ICP-ACC (Agile Coaching) communicates that you are interested in Professional and team coaching.

Which is the difference between A-CSM and  SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master(SASM)?

A-CSM entitles you to work under the Scrum framework, whereas SAFe Advanced Scrum master entitles you to work as a Scrum master in a Scaled Agile Framework. If you are aiming to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) A-CSM will take you one step forward.

What is the difference between Scrum and Kanban?

Scrum has a more pre-defined structured framework, whereas Kanban is less. Scrum methodology breaks down the development cycle into sprints which normally lasts for two weeks whereas the Kanban is based on a list of items to do. Kanban doesn’t have an established time frame for when items need to be done.

What is the difference between Project Manager and Scrum master?

A project manager is responsible for the execution of the project using organization resources to meet the business requirement whereas Scrum master is a coach and facilitator. It removes the blockers and helps the team wherever needed. Scrum master motivates the team and prevents them from external distraction.

Can I attend SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) after CSM?

Yes, you are eligible to attend Scaled Agile Advanced scrum master training after Certified Scrum Master.

Which certification is good for my profile?

If you have a hands-on experience to demonstrate projects, you should go with PMP® (Project Management Professional) Certification. If you like making an analysis of business go with  PMI-ACP® Certification, CSPO or PMI-PBA® certification.