I have been thinking about continuing education for Scrum Masters.
The objective of a Scrum Master is to create a high performance team, which is in turn part of a high performance organization. So both team and Scrum Master must develop their skills moving forward. Just facilitating the Scrum meetings won’t get you there.
The Scrum Alliance has defined the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) program. This is the journeyman-level Scrum certification (think Apprentice — Journeyman — Master ). This certification is not achieved by passing a test, but rather by demonstrating a commitment to Scrum by doing Scrum and learning about Scrum.
How do you achieve the continuing education needed to achieve journeyman status? My answer is the Scrum Breakfast Club. The Scrum Breakfast Club is an inexpensive, recurring open-space format for solving problems related to Scrum and Scrum Projects (and learning advanced Scrum as you do). You bring your problems and find solutions, with me and with other people who face similar challenges. I also provide an opportunity for one-on-one coaching during this time.
Each Scrum Breakfast Club workshop earns you four Scrum Education Units. (If you are familiar with the PMI, these are like PDUs, and can also be used as PDUs).
From a career point of view, if you take a CSM Certified Scrum Master course, follow it up with a CSPO Certified Scrum Product Owner course 6 months later, and participate regularly in the Breakfast Club, after 2 years, you will have accumulated enough Scrum Education Units to qualify as a Certified Scrum Professional. And you have had plenty of opportunities to address the actual issues in your organization.
Here is a description of the Scrum Breakfast Club. How does this fit into your plans?