Scrum Master Certification։ Everything You Need to Know
The Scrum method uses short, defined periods of time, called sprints, to get a project done in pieces.
Scrums are led by Scrum masters, who do not wield control over project team members like a traditional manager who has hiring, firing, and salary power. They have to use different methods. “Their only tools are persuasion, insight, teaching, and coaching,” says Timothy Korson, senior partner at QualSys Solutions.
Why get a Scrum Master Certification?
A Scrum Master certification is important for anyone who plans to work in that role, no matter the industry. A certification often becomes a baseline for employers, like a bachelor’s degree. Getting a suitable job is easier with it!
What Scrum Master Certification օptions are there?
There are several Scrum master certifications available and plenty of disagreement about which ones are most important. For entry-level certification, some favor the better known Certified ScrumMaster, or CSM, certification. Others pursue the newer Professional ScrumMaster, or PSM, or the Agile Certified Practitioner, or ACP.
Here is a look at the variety of certifications offered for Scrum master:
- The PSM certification was developed by Ken Schwaber. He was a co-creator of the Scrum framework in the mid-1990s and helped start the Scrum Alliance before leaving in 2009 to start Scrum.org and create the PSM.
The only requirement of the PSM is to pass the test, but it isn’t easy and usually requires preparation classes taught by certified instructors. There are three levels: PSM I, PSM II, and PSM III. The PSM I certification signifies that you have demonstrated a fundamental level of Scrum mastery, according to Scrum.org.
There are more than 340 professional Scrum trainers worldwide who can help you prepare for the test. They use the same courses and materials, which helps maintain consistency. Training classes by Scrum.org also include a free practice test.
- The PSM I test costs $150, and there is no renewal requirement from Scrum.org. However, there are opportunities to advance your knowledge, including:
- The PSM II, which tests your ability to apply the Scrum framework to complex, real-world problems. $250.
The PSM III, which tests your understanding of Scrum and whether you can coach and mentor people or teams adopting Scrum. $500.
Other Scrum.org certifications include:
Professional Scrum Product Owner, which has three levels
- Professional Scrum Developer
- Scaled Professional Scrum
- Professional Agile Leadership
The CSM is the best known of the entry-level certifications. It was developed by the Scrum Alliance in 2002.
Before you take the CSM you must:
- Attend a course led by a Certified Scrum Trainer, or CST, or receive one-on-one coaching from a Certified Agile Coach
Costs of the course, coaching, and tests vary, ranging from about $700 to $1,300. Because of the pandemic, there are many online options and some at a discount. By signing up for a course, you receive course materials and a two-year membership to the Scrum Alliance.
Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, is a leader in an enterprise – or large-scale – agility and offers several certifications, including the SAFe ScrumMaster, or SSM.
The course focuses on the Scrum master’s role within the entire organization, instead of just facilitating a team. Participants will learn how to plan and deliver on the program increment – which has to do with the objectives of Agile teams during their sprint cycle and is a vital part of a SAFe organization.
Agile Certified Practitioner
The Agile Certified Practitioner, or ACP, certification is offered through the Project Management Institute, or PMI, the top association for project managers and best known for its Project Management Professional certification.
The ACP is the organization’s fastest-growing certification because of the rise in Agile project management. The certification covers Agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, test-driven development, and extreme programming.
Which Certification is Right for You?
The type of Scrum master certification for you depends on your role in your organization and team. It might also be contingent on the funds available at your company or personally.
The Business Development Group team is always ready to help you decide which course and which levels are the best for you and your career future in an organization.
Feel free to contact us and get registered for the most suitable course!