Certified Agile Leadership Essentials (CAL-E) Training

Build a solid foundation of Agile Leadership with the CAL-E certification

  • Practice agile leadership theory alongside like-minded leaders 
  • Immersive, customizable course, designed by leaders in business and team agility 
  • Experiential learning, real-world simulations, case studies, activities, and more
  • 400,000 + Professionals trained
  • 250 + Workshops every month
  • 100 + Countries and counting

Become a skilled Scrum Alliance-certified Agile Leader

Build a solid foundation of Agile Leadership with CAL-E, the first of three foundational certification courses—CAL Essentials (CAL-E), CAL for Teams (CAL-T), and CAL for Organizations (CAL-O)—from Scrum Alliance. This immersive, customizable course, designed by leaders in business and team agility builds strong agile leadership fundamentals.

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  • 8 Hours of Live Instructor-Led Online Sessions

  • 8 PDUs and 8 SEUs

  • Real-World Simulations and Activities

  • Six Months Post-Class Career Guidance

  • Free 2-year Scrum Alliance Membership

  • Gateway to Global Scrum community

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The KnowledgeHut Edge

Experiential Workshops

Scrum activities, team-based exercises, practical case studies: High energy workshops with hands-on learning.

Elite panel of Industry Agilists

Learn from Scrum Alliance-certified Agilists with experience across industries.

Expert Practitioners

Real-world tips and time-tested techniques for your Agile toolbox from expert practitioners.

The Largest Agile Network

2-year free Scrum Alliance membership - your gateway to the largest Scrum and Agile communities.

Continual Learning Support

Webinars, e-books, tutorials, articles, and interview questions - we're right by you in your learning journey!

Exclusive Post-Training Sessions

Six months of post-training mentor guidance to overcome challenges in your Scrum career.

Steps to get CAL-E certified

Strengthen your knowledge and practice of Agile leadership with Certified Agile Leadership certifications. Validate your expertise as an Agile leader with the CAL-E certification and take advantage of networking opportunities with the best in the industry. Not sure where to start with your CAL-E certification? Just follow these simple steps.

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Prerequisites for the CAL-E Agile Leadership Training

No prerequisites are mandated, but basic knowledge of and experience with Agile is advantageous

Who should attend this course?

Agile Team Members


Decision Makers

Change Makers



Any Aspiring Leader

CAL-E Agile Leadership Training Schedules

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What you’ll learn

Agile Leadership

Discover what makes the Agile framework work. You will learn about changing mindsets and developing leadership.


Discover how an agile leader can be aware of their self, their surroundings and of the situation.

Personal Development

You will learn how to cultivate a growth mindset and make a 360 degree leadership assessment.

Leadership Communication

Understand how to coach and engage with your team without resorting to micromanagement.

The Role of Agile Leadership

Understand why new thinking and approaches are needed for an increasingly complex, unpredictable, and volatile world.

Agile Mindset

Learn how to inculcate an Agile mindset and cultivate an Agile culture in the organization.

Leadership Approaches

Learn about structured leadership development, leadership interaction and culture, and situational and social awareness.

Skills you’ll gain


Agile mindset

Growth mindset

Effective communication



Ability to deal with uncertainty

Ability to deal with complexity

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Certified Agile Leadership Essentials (CAL-E) Curriculum

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Learning Objectives

In this module we aim to understand why new thinking and approaches are needed for an increasingly complex, unpredictable, and volatile world.

  • Global Challenges
  • Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous (VUCA)
  • Complexity and Uncertainty
  • Management Trends
  • Organization Transformation
  • Agile Leadership Benefits

Learning Objectives

Agile teaches leaders how to adapt and behave according to a situation and not according to their leadership style.

  • Mindset Shift to support Agile approaches
  • Structured leadership development approach
  • Leadership interaction and culture
  • Situational and social awareness

Learning Objectives

Agile stresses on the importance of both personal and professional growth. Examining feelings, behaviors, and thought helps in proving vulnerability and openness to create a culture of continuous learning.

  • Growth mindset
  • Incorporating feedback
  • Respectful conversations
  • Engaging without micromanaging

Frequently Asked Questions

CAL-E Training

You will have the tools and techniques to expand and scale Scrum and be equipped with skills to:

  • Think, focus and behave like an Agile leader
  • Lead and motivate the workforce of today
  • Create an organizational culture that is able to cope with changing market conditions and adapt
  • Connect to a global workforce and create a culture of transparency, creativity and adaptation
  • Lead your organization through uncertainty
  • Support change and cultivate an agile mind-set
  • Be socially and situationally self- aware
  • Engage your employees without micromanaging

The CAL-E certification helps you:

  • Validate your commitment to continued excellence and Agile  
  • Demonstrate your ability to cope with a volatile and complex business world  
  • Display leadership abilities in times of change  
  • Champion Agile change in your organization  
  • Be among the highest earning C-suite professionals in the industry  
  • Network with other industry leaders and Agile professionals  
  • Advance your agile leadership learning towards the Certified Agile Leadership II (CAL II) Certification.  

This course is best suited for:

  • Senior Executives  
  • Coaches/Consultants  
  • Agile Team Members/Aspiring Agilists  
  • Project/Program Managers  
  • Product Managers  
  • Team Leads  
  • Organizational Decision Makers  
  • Change Leaders

There are no prerequisites for attending this course. Anyone who wishes to become an Agile leader will find this course suitable.

Once you have achieved the CAL-E certification, you can further enhance your Agile leadership skills by pursuing the following credentials:

  • Certified Agile Leadership for Teams
  • Certified Agile Leadership for Organizations
  • Certified Agile Leadership II (CAL II)
  • ICP-ACC Certification from ICAgile  

SEUs and PDUs

You earn 8 SEUs and 8 PDUs by participating in KnowledgeHut’s CAL-E training program.

You will need 30 SEUs to maintain your CAL-E certification. You can calculate the required SEUs with the SEU calculator.

You will earn 8 PDUs by completing our training program for CAL-E certification.

Our blog will help you learn more about how to earn a Scrum Education Unit® (SEU®) from Scrum Alliance®. Get all the information you need to take advantage of SEUs for your professional growth, namely:

  • What are SEUs and why you need them 
  • How to earn SEUs 
  • What types of continuing education opportunities qualify for SEUs  
  • How to calculate the value of an SEU for Scrum Alliance certifications 
  • How to log SEUs for Scrum Alliance certifications 
  • How recent SEUs need to be 
  • How to determine whether a previously accumulated SEU can be used for Scrum Alliance certifications 
  • List of SEU resources put together by Scrum Alliance  
  • Where you can utilize SEUs you have accumulated

For further information about SEUs and PDUs, please reach us at support@knowledgehut.com

CAL-E Certification

The CAL-E certification is offered by Scrum Alliance, a world-renowned body dedicated to helping professionals, leaders and organizations embrace agile by understanding its principles, processes, and values.

You cannot get CAL-E certified without undertaking the course as per Scrum Alliance requirements.

Step 1: Take the CAL-E course from a Global Registered Education Provider of Scrum Alliance. After you successfully complete the course, you will receive a welcome email from Scrum Alliance.

Step 2: Click on the link you received from Scrum Alliance and activate your Scrum Alliance certification account.

Step 3: You will then be requested to accept a license agreement.

Step 4: On accepting the license agreement, you will be able to instantly download your CAL-E certification.

Yes, you will receive a course completion certificate on successfully completing the course.

To obtain the CAL-E certification, you would need to attend 8 hours of training under a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®) and complete all educator-designed components of the approved educational offering. This may include pre- and/or post-course work to complete the learning objectives.

After satisfactorily completing the course, you will need to accept a license agreement from Scrum Alliance. On accepting the license agreement, you can download the CAL-E certificate.

No, your certificate will not mention the course was held online. It will look the same as the in-person certificates.

As a result of the engagement and contributions of those who share their ideas and practical experiences in the workplace, the Scrum framework continues to evolve. Scrum Alliance places an emphasis on the learning journey and requires you to take measures to keep yourself abreast of the latest best practices, tools and techniques in Scrum.

Renewal of your certification validates your Scrum proficiency and demonstrates your interest in the growth and evolution of Scrum.

You would need to renew your CAL-E certification every 2 years. The cost for renewal is $175, which extends the credential for a further period of 2 years from the date of your current expiration.

In order to renew your ScrumMaster certification, you would need to:

  • Login to Scrum Alliance website
  • Go to your dashboard
  • Choose the ‘Renew Certification’ option available under ‘Actions’.

CAL-E certified professionals are also required to earn 10 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) within the past two years, in addition to the $50 renewal fee. You can earn the required SEUs by completing an educational training program.

Visit this link for more details on the renewal process.

CAL-E Workshop Experience

The CAL-E workshop at KnowledgeHut is delivered through PRISM, our immersive learning experience platform, via live and interactive instructor-led training sessions.

Listen, learn, ask questions, and get all your doubts clarified from your instructor, who is an experienced practitioner.

All of KnowledgeHut’s CAL-E certification training is delivered by Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs). The CSTs are:

  • Professionals licensed by Scrum Alliance to teach the official Scrum Alliance curriculum
  • Masters in Scrum who have immense experience in leading, applying, coaching, and teaching it
  • Expert practitioners of Scrum across a wide range of industries

Our dedicated team of CSTs deliver high quality training at par with the standards of excellence set out by Scrum Alliance. Every candidate receives the same standard of training and content, irrespective of the trainer and the location.

Our CAL-E course focuses on engaging interaction — we only use lectures to cover the basic terms and concepts. Most class time is dedicated to fun exercises, lively discussions and team collaboration. We focus on practical solutions to real-world, Scrum Master challenges drawn from decades of experience as product managers, Agile coaches and Product Owners in Agile environments.

Yes, your course material will be provided in advance. You will receive an email with a link to set your password a few days in advance of the scheduled course. Once you log in to PRISM, you will have access to the study plan and all the course material.

The course material comprises of the course schedule or study plan, workbooks and all relevant assignments, assessments, or case studies.

The sessions would be auto recorded on PRISM, subject to permission by Scrum Alliance® and the CST. Based on the permissions, you would have lifetime access to the video recordings of the sessions as well.

No, you will not yet be able to join the training through phone or tab. Please be prepared to join the training on your laptop or desktop.

If you get disconnected during the training, you will have the option to re-join within about half an hour subject to accreditation body guidelines and the instructor’s preference.

Our workshops are currently held online and anyone with a stable internet from anywhere across the world can benefit from this to get CAL-E certified. You can check out the schedules here.

You will receive a registration link from PRISM, our learning experience platform, to your e-mail id. You can set your password, log in to PRISM and start your immersive learning journey.

If you miss a class, you may access recordings of the sessions from PRISM, provided Scrum Alliance and the CST have permitted recordings. At the beginning of every session, there will also be a 10-12-minute recapitulation of the previous class.

This is a live instructor-led training where you will be coached by Certified Scrum Trainers.

We currently use the Zoom platform for video conferencing on PRISM and will soon be adding more integrations with Webex and Microsoft Teams. However, all the sessions and the recordings will be available right from within our learning platform, subject to permission from Scrum Alliance and the CST. 

Yes, there will be other participants who will actively participate in the class remotely. They can attend online training from office, home, or any other suitable place.

In case of any queries, our support team is available to you 24/7 via the Help and Support section on PRISM. You can also reach out to your workshop manager on your workshop group messenger.

Should you have any more questions, please email us on support@knowledgehut.com and we will be happy to get back to you.

What learners are saying

Aristeidis Psyllos agile leader
Although it was a very good course, It would have been much better if this was in a live classroom. I believe that I lost many opportunities to get more out of it on the virtual classroom. I believe that it could be more interactive with more practice exercises, better tools and more valuable feedback from the instructors experience.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in November 2020

Nitin Agarwal Senior Scrum Master
It was a very engaging session. The best part that I loved - There was very good balance between discussions/exercises vs. trainer (Jeroen Molenaar) listening and clarification of doubts. Also both Jeroen Molenaar and Co-Trainer (Rob Paeper) are experts in their domains. Overall it was an awesome experience.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in August 2020

Sreenivas Pendyala Staff Agile Transformer
For the first time I took a leadership training online and I am glad to share that it is turned out to be a very good experience.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in April 2020

Ferdinand Michalik Bratislava
I really liked the Agile trainings led by Suzi Sochova. I learnt a lot about Agile. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next trainings.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in September 2019

Sumit Sethi Senior Engineering Manager
To start, the Process of registering for the event was done by Antony who was very helpful. Getting the event details and ensuring that we reach the right place was Ruchi. And then Michael was just amazing. His style of teaching and the way he made us think was really commendable. I felt connected to the training the whole time. It was a very good experience.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in July 2019

Jison John CEO & MD
An insightful session. The course helped me learn the major reasons why agile is failing in many companies and what were the general agile traps.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in July 2019

Ajay Anand Associate Director
Overall training was well organized and trainer was beyond doubt excellent in delivering the content and connected with the trainees. The post training support is a bit disappointing wherein there is no clarity on the certification from Scrum.

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in July 2019

Gurudatt Dixit Senior Manager
It was indeed a transformative learning! The training was an experience instead of an event. The prework, the courseware, and the followup work ensured a holistic approach! The facilitators Micheal and Audree had their depth of experience and expertise to share with us. It was amazing to see how the human aspects were combined along with the agile principles! There were indeed lot of ah-ha moments in the class!

Attended Certified Agile Leadership Essentials® (CAL-E®) workshop in July 2019

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