This is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile.

Do you have what it takes to be a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI)?

Being an Instructor is not about standing in front of a crowd reading through slides.  We look for Instructors who:
  1. Have an in-depth knowledge, and better yet experience, in Disciplined Agile.  Our students prefer when content in a workshop can be related back to their day-to-day environment so our Instructors will often provide their own experience to provide an answer or offer an example. 

  2. Are effective communicators. Effective instructors have the ability to adapt their communication style when their students "don't get it", and patiently go over material as needed.
  3. Are adaptable.  Good instructors are able to determine the needs of the group, and focus more time on the areas where people's knowledge and experience are lacking.
  4. Have an interest in DA and in providing the best experience for students.  If you aren't really interested, why would they be?  If you are not passionate about DA, how can you get buy-in for change?  If you believe in DA and providing participants with the knowledge they need to use it, your participants will commit to using DA back on the job.
  5. Have empathy.  CDAIs should understand the frustration faced by those who want to change and the blockers they face in providing that change.

Attaining your CDAI indicates that you are a trusted expert with proficiency in Disciplined Agile.

How to Become a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI) 

Step #1: Earn your CDAP or CDAC designation (if you have not already done so)

Step #2: Fulfill the Requirements


  • Disciplined Agile Certification is in good standing
  • 5+ years of active agile experience
  • 2+ years of active Disciplined Agile experience
  • References from two agile teams

Nice to haves (but not required):

  • 2+ years of coaching/leadership (as a Team Lead, Product Owner, or Architecture Owner)
  • 1+ year doing or influencing Disciplined transformation at the organizational level
  • Active involvement on Disciplined Agile discussion forum/blog 
  • Published 2 or more papers/articles/blog postings about DA implementation           
  • A degree or diploma in an IT-related field

Step #3: Send in Your Application

  • Contact us to let us know you are interested in becoming a CDAI.  We will review your credentials and provide further instructions.

Step #4: Co-Teach with a DA Fellow

  • The most important aspect of the CDAI process is a review of your current DA knowledge and your trainer skills. The co-teach session will be done face-to-face in a live classroom setting.  

Step #5: Complete the administrative tasks


After You've Become a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI)

Learning Activities

  • It is imperative that CDAIs keep their knowledge up to date.  You must retain your CDAP (or CDAC) designation.  If this is allowed to lapse, your CDAI will also lapse.
  • Attend every CDAI meeting when called, or review recording of it afterwards.
  • Attending/viewing our member webinars
  • Subscribe to the DAD blog
  • Contribute to the DAD discussion forum on LinkedIn
  • Following us on twitter @disc_agile
  • Following us on LinkedIn



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