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)

Step 1:

Attend a Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master class from a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor  

- AND -

pass the certification test to earn your CDA designation.

Step 2:

Earn your PMI-ACP

- or -

Gain 2 years of agile team experience, in any role

Step 3:

Once you have passed the Disciplined Agile Certification test, log onto the your profile and download the CDAP/DALSM application form.

Note* You must be logged in and an active CDA to download the form.


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 #1)
  • 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: Have earned PMI-ACP or agile team experience

  • If you have not done so already, earn the PMI-ACP designation, or gain a minimum 2 years experienced on an agile team, in any role.
  • If you have already completed the PMI-ACP or have 2+ years experience on an agile team, move to step 3.

Step #3: Send Us Your References

Once you have completed step 2, download the CDAP/DALSM application form*, then submit and pass your reference checks. * You must be an active CDA to download the form. 

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

  • Once you gained 2 years of agile team lead experience (Team Lead/Scrum Master, Product Owner, Architect Owner), you are eligible to earn your Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master (DALSM).  Your steps are: 
    1. download the CDAP/DALSM application form, then submit and pass your reference checks.
    2. send in your application with references
    3. pass your reference checks
    4. receive your designation

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