Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Instructor Program

March 2016


Here are some answers to common questions that you may have about the Certified Disciplined Agile Partner Program and how it relates to you as an Instructor:


Q:  Do I have to be a Certified Partner in order to be a CDAI?

Q:  Who owns the license for the Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor under the new program?

Q:  How long is my Certified Partner status valid?

Q:  As an instructor, what is the process for becoming a Bronze Partner?

Q:  What are the benefits of renewing as Certified Partner in addition to my Certified Instructor status?

Q:  What am I getting for my investment as a Certified Partner?

Q:  What are the current Instructor Fees?




Q:  Do I have to be a Certified Partner in order to be a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI)?

A: No.  While we hope that you choose to be a Partner you may choose to be a CDAI, and not join the partner program.  The annual fee for being a CDAI is indicated per the table below.  We are priced to be competitive with other certification programs, as well as to make it practical for CDAIs who do not wish to pay extra to promote themselves using the partner program.  Independent contractors who want to subcontract their services to teach for Certified Partners may be candidates for this approach.


Q:  Who owns the license for the CDAI under the new program?

A:  The license can be owned by either the Instructor or the Partner, depending on who pays for it.  If the Partner owns the license, then the Instructor is not allowed to teach for other Partners unless those Partners pay for a license on the Instructor’s behalf.


Q:  How long is my Certified Partner status valid?

A:  Your partnership is valid for the duration of your current Instructor agreement.  When it comes up for renewal you will be give the opportunity to renew as an Instructor only, renew your Bronze partnership, or attain a different Partner level.


Q:  As an instructor, what is the process for becoming a Bronze Partner?

A:  We will be sending out an agreement for your new partnership.  Please note that we will need to know if you would like your partnership to be in the name of your company for promotional purposes and listing on the website.  We will also need an electronic version of your logo for the DAC website.  Once we receive this information, we will send the new agreement.


Q:  What are the benefits of renewing as Certified Partner in addition to my Certified Instructor status?

A:  We hope that you will see the value in the benefits as described on the Certified Partner Program page.  You can use the Bronze logo branding to help market your services both as an Instructor but also that fact that your firm has CDAs, and CDAPs.  We are increasingly being asked for references of companies and consultants that are certified to help organizations adopt Disciplined Agile.  Additionally, you receive discounts on your teaching royalties making your courses more profitable.


Q:  What am I getting for my investment as a Certified Partner?

A:  In addition to the benefits outlined in the attached data sheet, there are other advantages of becoming a partner.  We can all benefit from the growing awareness of the value of Disciplined Agile.  The revenue from the partner program funds administration of the Consortium as well as marketing activities.  For example:

  1. Once an Instructor schedules a course, an advertising campaign is set up on LinkedIn, the course is set up on the Consortium schedule of events, Scott and Mark will tweet about the course and where appropriate the course is added to the PMI.org course schedule. 
  2. There may be Disciplined Agile Consortium booths at Agile conferences, paid for by DAC.  The primary purpose of the booth is to promote certification and our partners.  We will prominently display a banner with current partner logos (you must be a partner in good standing two months prior to each conference in order to have your logo on the DAC Partner banner).  Any Certified Instructor or Partner is welcome to spend time at the booth, and we would be happy to have your marketing literature available for distribution.


Instructor Fees (USD)



 Country Annual
 Fee
 Canada $800
 United States, Australia, Europe $800
 Other Countries $400



We are working hard to make the Instructor program more valuable to you.  


If you have any concerns, suggestions or questions, please get in touch at contact@disciplinedagileconsortium.org



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