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FAQ: How Does The Disciplined Agile (DA) Certification Program Work?

This FAQ page addresses common questions around how the Disciplined Agile certification program works?  It answers the following questions:

  1. Who is Disciplined Agile certification for?
  2. What is the philosophy behind the program?
  3. Why should you get certified in Disciplined Agile?
  4. Why should your organization be interested in Disciplined Agile certification?
  5. How do I get certified?
  6. I already have agile experience, where do I start? 


Q: Who is Disciplined Agile certification for?

Disciplined Agile Certification is for agile professionals working in enterprise-class settings such as banks, insurance companies, retailers, and government agencies.  You’re not working in ideal situations – you have legacy cultures, legacy systems, and legacy processes to overcome – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make things better.  You take pride in your work and you want to create environments where you can be effective, and you can do that by adopting Disciplined Agile strategies.  The Disciplined Agile Certification program is a principled approach based on the Shu-Ha-Ri philosophy of learning. 

Q: What is the philosophy behind the program?

We believe that there is both value in, and limits to certification. Any certification should clearly reflect the effort you had to invest to "earn" it.  Sadly, there are many agile certifications that do not reflect this approach - One can become a "certified master" after staying awake in a two day workshop or a "professional" for passing an online test.  With us if you take a course or pass an online test and you're recognized as a beginner (Shu - Disciplined Agilist or Certified Disciplined Agilist).  Show that you have some experience and you're recognized as an intermediate (Ha - Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner or Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master).  Prove that you have deep experience and are actively helping others to become better and you could become recognized as an expert mentor (Ri - Certified Disciplined Agile Coach).  If you have experience and are willing to share your passion, you could become a trusted Instructor (Ri - Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor).

Q: Why should you get certified in Disciplined Agile?

Certification in Disciplined Agile enables you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. It helps practitioners increase knowledge, employability and career options. Certification in Disciplined Agile tells the market place you understand how to deliver an agile solution from end-to-end with experience in enterprise-class development. 

Q: Why should your organization be interested in Disciplined Agile certification?

A: Certification in Disciplined Agile means something to clients and employers because it needs to be earned. For organizations it is meaningful, forms the basis of measurable skills assessment, and is trustworthy. 

Q: How do I get certified?

A: You need to first choose a certification level to apply for and then submit an application.  If you have completed one of the accredited courses or have registered and viewed at least one of the webinars, you can apply to be a Disciplined Agilist. For more information on the certification program refer click here for a detailed description.

Q: I already have agile experience.  Can I skip the Certified Disciplined Agilist level and go directly to a more advanced certification such as the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM)?

A: Yes.  One of the aspects of the redesigned certification program is we give you credit for past experience and other certifications so that you do not have to start from the beginning.  The DALSM certification content is composed of various modules so that you can take the course that helps fill in the gaps in your knowledge to prepare for the certification test.

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