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What is the difference between ICAgile and other certifications?
Melani French
Executive Head: Business Enablement at DVT

What is the difference between ICAgile and other certifications?

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:03

By Melani French, Executive Head: Business Enablement & The DVT Academy

The objective of the international consortium for Agile (ICAgile) training is deepening people’s craft in various Agile disciplines. But how is this different to other seemingly similar training methodologies? We’ve distilled the main differences that set ICAgile apart, making it easier to understand the real benefits of this unique training methodology for your people and your business.


The focus of ICAgile has always been deepening people’s craft and mindset in Agile, through teachings such as coaching and facilitation, in Agile programming, Agile testing, management, leadership, enterprise coaching and so on. Other industry certifications, in contrast, are more focused on specific roles and specific methodologies, rather than the underlying substance of Agile disciplines.

For example, they’ll focus on the Scrum framework, and therefore offer certifications that focus on the Scrum master or the product owner or developer. ICAgile wants to help people learn all the different disciplines and crafts along a journey to get them to really master these paths.


The second area ICAgile differs is really the scope of the certifications. ICAgile offers three levels of certification: professional, expert and master. Professional level certifications are knowledge based, similar to a university certification. Competency level certifications, which start with expert and master certification courses, are a different matter. To achieve expert level certification, you actually have to demonstrate competency in front of a panel of experts.

By contrast, take a common industry certification like Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Master, which focus on a specific role (Scrum Master) and specific methodology (Scrum). In ICAgile we’re not focused on the role of a Scrum Master, per se, but instead we’re focused on the discipline of coaching and facilitation.

So we create a path where first people need to learn about the fundamentals of Agile. It’s a prerequisite to any of our disciplines. Then we have a Coaching and Facilitation path, for example, that contains an Agile Team facilitation and an Agile Coaching certification. At the end of that path there is a competency-based certification called the expert certification. So that same path has three certifications; two that are knowledge based, one that is competency based.

Any aspiring Scrum master or Agile coach, regardless of the methodology that they’ll be coaching on, need to learn about team facilitation, and they need to learn about Agile coaching, and to really be recognised and certified as an expert they need to be able to demonstrate those competencies in front of a panel of peers.


Unlike the very limited palette of certifications offered by general industry curses, ICAgile currently offers eight different career and certification tracks, with more than 21 certifications people can choose from.


The fourth major difference is the accreditation process ICAgile employs. Before an official training provider like DVT can offer ICAgile certifications they have to review the course material with ICAgile and make sure they cover the learning objectives defined within the ICAgile curriculum. These learning objectives were created by a panel of international experts that are thought leaders in these different disciplines. The trainee also goes through an accreditation process to ensure depth of knowledge on the subject. This ensures a world class training course presented by the training provider.

To find out more about The DVT Academy’s ICAgile certification courses and other Agile related training courses, click here.

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