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PMI ACP or CSM?
After doing PMI-ACP is it worth doing Certified Scrum Master? and which one is better?
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Shakir -

A couple things. First, I would recommend searching through the community for similar threads on this very topic. You will find several.

Additionally, it really just depends. What are your goals? Do you foresee your role changing to that of a Scrum Master?

The ACP is more of a generalist Agile certification.
Any Scrum Master certification (CSM, PSM) is specific to the role of Scrum Master.

These are two distinct things. You could certainly go for both as well! Hope that helps. Good Luck!
As @Andrew recommended please search for discussions on the matter due to you will find a lot. I personally was there.
Shakir -

If you already have your ACP, the only value in attaining the CSM would be if you are going filtered out by recruiters or hiring managers for roles you are applying to because you don't have it.

I'd also suggest that if you have your ACP, you would have to have had "some" agile experience, so rather than going for an entry-level certification like the CSM, if you want to stick with Scrum Alliance then go with one of their higher level certs like ACSM or CSP.

Kiron
Hi Kiron,

I like your suggestion to do ACSM. However, I have checked online at scrum alliance website, for ACSM it says that applicant must have to complete the prerequisite of CSM.
Do you know if ACP fulfills the prerequisite for ACSM? I have searched on their website and could not find it.
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2 replies by Kiron Bondale and Wade Harshman
Jan 14, 2020 11:32 AM
Kiron Bondale
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I'd be surprised if it was but it would be worth contacting Scrum Alliance directly to confirm...

As an alternative, you might want to consider Scrum.org's PSM series if you wish to demonstrate Scrum awareness. The PSM II is quite tricky...

Kiron
Jan 14, 2020 11:54 AM
Wade Harshman
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Shakir, Scrum Alliance does not recognize the ACP. They have a roadmap (a curriculum, if you will) to earn the CSP, and that is the real certification that they're focused on. Very loosely speaking, the CSP is their equivalent of the PMP. The CSM and ACSM are milestones on that roadmap to the CSP. You have to earn them because they validate that you've accomplished those minimum requirements along the way to the CSP.

The ACP wasn't designed to consider their CSP requirements, so it can't be substituted.

Back to your original question, the CSM may be worth earning if 1) you want a scrum master position, and 2) hiring managers in your area require it. If you are more focused on a career in project management, then the CSM is probably not worth earning. You'll already have the ACP.
Jan 14, 2020 10:12 AM
Replying to Shakir Khurshid Gill
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Hi Kiron,

I like your suggestion to do ACSM. However, I have checked online at scrum alliance website, for ACSM it says that applicant must have to complete the prerequisite of CSM.
Do you know if ACP fulfills the prerequisite for ACSM? I have searched on their website and could not find it.
I'd be surprised if it was but it would be worth contacting Scrum Alliance directly to confirm...

As an alternative, you might want to consider Scrum.org's PSM series if you wish to demonstrate Scrum awareness. The PSM II is quite tricky...

Kiron
Jan 14, 2020 10:12 AM
Replying to Shakir Khurshid Gill
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Hi Kiron,

I like your suggestion to do ACSM. However, I have checked online at scrum alliance website, for ACSM it says that applicant must have to complete the prerequisite of CSM.
Do you know if ACP fulfills the prerequisite for ACSM? I have searched on their website and could not find it.
Shakir, Scrum Alliance does not recognize the ACP. They have a roadmap (a curriculum, if you will) to earn the CSP, and that is the real certification that they're focused on. Very loosely speaking, the CSP is their equivalent of the PMP. The CSM and ACSM are milestones on that roadmap to the CSP. You have to earn them because they validate that you've accomplished those minimum requirements along the way to the CSP.

The ACP wasn't designed to consider their CSP requirements, so it can't be substituted.

Back to your original question, the CSM may be worth earning if 1) you want a scrum master position, and 2) hiring managers in your area require it. If you are more focused on a career in project management, then the CSM is probably not worth earning. You'll already have the ACP.

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