Relevant certifications for Agile Coaches

Last post 07:16 pm February 12, 2018
by Mike Young
3 replies
02:58 am February 6, 2018


I am currently working as Scrum Master and my future plan is to move into Agile Coaching role. I have CSM and PMI-ACP certifications. I would appreciate if the experienced forum members can advise me on the following:

1) Which of these 2 certifications are important for Agile Coaches?



2) If both are important then which one should be done first?

3) Is it advisable to take classes on the above 2 courses from SME like SPC from SAFe Fellows and Agile Team Facilitator/Agile Coaching from reputable instructors?

4) I came across a training institute which is offering ICAgile ATF/Coaching classes online. I personally think that it's far better to take these classes in person. Do you guys agree?

thanks for your time !

12:02 am February 8, 2018

Hi Mike - The answer depends on where you want to focus?  If you want to coach Kanban or Scrum teams, Scrum Masters and Product Owners, AFT and ACC should be your focus.  Start with ATF first.  Agile Coaching Institute and Lyssa Adkins, in person, would be my first choice over a virtual course.

If you want to coach Release Train Engineers and organizations on how to leverage SAFe, go for the SPC.  There are yearly fees (almost $900), and other requirements to satisfy. 

Most of the coaches I work with get the ATF/ACC and SAFE SA (Scaled Agilist), rather than the SPC, if they are not focused on SAFe.  That is the path I took.

Also consider PSM I, II and III.

All the best,


07:36 am February 8, 2018

If you want to focus on the "coach" side of the "agile coach", you can look at International Coach Federation program.

Actually it was my way because I found myself not comfortable with the "coach" wording. Then I went to a ICF-ACSTH program.

02:16 am February 12, 2018

Thanks for the reply gents.