This is the governing body for certification in Disciplined Agile.

Being a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP) indicates that you are experienced at agile solution delivery and are on your way to becoming a generalizing specialist. You have the potential to be a “junior coach” under the guidance of a senior coach (someone who is likely an agile leader, such as a Discipline Agile Lead Scrum Master or Certified Disciplined Agile Coach).

How to Become a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP)

Path 1: I did not have my Certified Disciplined Agilest (CDA) on January 1st 2020.

Step 1:

Earn your CDA designation. You will need to do this even if you have already fulfilled the requirements of step 2.

Step 2:

Earn your PMI-ACP

- or -

Gain 2 years of agile team experience, in any role

Step 3:

Submit your application form and pass your reference checks


Path #2: I earned my CDA before 01 January 2020.

Step 1:

Attend a Foundations of Lean class

from a
Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor  

- AND -

pass the certification test

Step 2:

Earn your PMI-ACP

- or - 

Gain 2 years of agile team experience, in any role

Step 3:

Submit your application form and pass your reference checks


Step #1: Fulfill the Requirements

Before you apply for this certification test, you must ensure that you are qualified to apply to become a CDAP.


  • Be a Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) in good standing
  • Pass the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master test (See Step #2)
  • Have earned your PMI-ACP or have 2 or more years of active experience on agile teams, in any role
  • Have references from two separate agile teams (ideally in which the DA toolkit was applied). This is needed for Step #3.

Nice to haves (but not required):

  • Active involvement on the Disciplined Agile discussion on LinkedIn  (you should have at least posted a few comments, a link to a relevant article, or started a discussion thread)
  • Active participation on
  • Publication regarding DA implementation/technique
  • Public presentation focused on application of the DA toolkit
  • Minimum of 14 hours of Certified Disciplined Agile courses -or- an Advanced Disciplined Agile workshop (DA210, DA301)

Step #2: Pass the DALSM Test

The test is 50 multiple-answer questions based solely on material found in the book Choose Your WoW! and in the DALSM workshop. Having said that, you will need to do more than simply regurgitate the content of the book to pass the test. The test is comprehensive. Please see How to Pass the Test. 

You must complete the Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master workshop (or Foundations of Lean workshop if CDA was earned prior to 01 January 2020) before taking the certification test. If you don't pass the test the first time, the retest fee is $150 USD + applicable tax. Please view the curriculum page to determine which version of the DALSM workshop is right for you - 2 day, 3 day or 4 day. For scheduled dates, please click Find Training.

Step #3: Send Us Your References

DA Admin will receive notification you have passed your test.  Within 5 business days you will received a reference application* to fill out and return. When your 2 references are received and reviewed, your membership will be upgraded to Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP). * If you have earned your PMI-ACP, references are not required, you just need to return the application form with your PMI Membership ID and date certification was earned.

If you haven't already done so, please update your membership profile to indicate your agile experience, references, and any other pertinent information.  Your profile information will be validated by us within a few days to determine whether you meet the criteria for Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner.  Good luck!

After You've Earned Your Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP) Designation

Suggested Learning Activities

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with Disciplined Agile by:



  • $50 USD annual renewal fee

  • 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 DA hours) required each year, such as workshops or webinars

Next Steps

    1. complete the Certified Disciplined Agile Coach (CDAC) for Experienced Agile Coaches workshop
    2. pass the certification test
    3. receive your reference application form
    4. send in your application with references
    5. pass your reference checks
    6. pass your Peer interview
    7. receive your designation         
  • Can you claim the following? You:
    1. have an in-depth knowledge, and better yet experience, in Disciplined Agile.
    2. are an effective communicator.
    3. are adaptable.
    4. have an interest in DA and in providing the best experience for students.
    5. have empathy.
    6. are a trusted expert with proficiency in Disciplined Agile. 
    7. We suggest you review the requirements to become a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI).

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