- Practitioner certification has neither maintenance costs, experience requirements, or sunset clauses. Practitioner certification simply means competence to practice; once issued, it never expires.
- XSCALE Alliance makes no distinction between coaches and trainers. Trainers are competent to coach and coaches also train as a normal part of their role. Only certified Coaches are authorized to contribute to XSCALE training material as moderated by the XSCALE Alliance Stewards’ Council.
- Stewards are thought leaders who collaborate on curation of training and reference collateral and quality control of Coach certifications.
- Stewardship is by invitation and requires no fees, but a Steward must hold at least one Coach certificate in an XSCALE discipline and Practitioner certificates in all of them. Stewards train Coaches only in disciplines where both are suitably qualified and they retain 50% of Coach certification fees.
- XSCALE Alliance has two contributor communities. Practitioners make pull requests to reference material under a "free as speech" license, and Coaches to training material under a "free as beer" one.
- Strategic Partners are organizations that participate in a mutually beneficial service ecosystem based on XSCALE principles. Partner organizations maintain whatever other affiliations suit them.
- A key commercial benefit of becoming a strategic partner in the XSCALE Alliance is a discount on registration fees for staff and clients. XSCALE Alliance also cross-promotes strategic partners in online and offline collateral and events.
- XSCALE Alliance offers a gratis “Fellowship” package to any suitably experienced Agile trainer or coach who brings in a team of 5 or more to train as Practitioners. This is offered to the prospective Coach and Practitioners at the sole discretion of a willing XSCALE Steward who will train them together.
|Practitioner||$300 (included in training fee)||None||Passed Test and signed Manifesto||None||Submit xscale.wiki pull requests to Coaches.||Right to include reference materials in derivative works + pre-published xscale.wiki review + Online Community Access|
|Coach||$5,000 (including training fee)||Reference from Coach||Passed Test and Steward review||None||Submit xscale.wiki and Training collateral pull requests to Stewards||Train Practitioners + pre-publication access & right to use and translate training materials + Online Community Access|
|Steward||None||Reference from Steward + Steward Council Review||Must become a Coach in at least 1 and Practitioner in all 4 certs + pass Steward Council Review||None||Full xscale.wiki editing permissions + Provides LaaS to the Coaching community.||Contributes to and edits training materials moderated by Council LaaS + Authorises Online Community Access|
|Fellowship||Gratis Coach Certification||As per Ecosystem Structure||Per certificate.||None||Per certificate.||Per certificate.|