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Scrum certification - which Scrum certifications are there? (Scrum.org)

Would you like to start your professional career with Scrum or put your practical expertise to the test and have it confirmed with certification? But are you not yet sure which Scrum certification is right for you personally? Then you are exactly right here! In this article we would like to introduce you to the most important Scrum certifications from Scrum.org and explain why a certification makes sense and which one is suitable for you. Why are we only talking about Scrum.org here? Because this is the provider we trust and we are preparing ourselves for certification at Scrum.org with our trainings and our online course.

Where can I get a Scrum certification?

So you want to get a Scrum certification? Cool! In addition to the question of the type of certification, the next question, of course, is the organization with which you would like to have your knowledge confirmed. And that's where it actually gets a little complicated. Since 2009 there are two organizations that offer certifications for Scrum: Scrum.org and the Scrum Alliance. Until then, the latter was the only point of contact for certificates in the area of ​​Scrum.

Funnily enough, both organizations were founded by none other than Scrum's forefather Ken Schwaber. Today, however, the two organizations are no longer on good terms with one another. If you would like to find out more about the split and the reasons behind it, please take a look at the “About Us” page of Scrum.org. There Ken Schwaber explains why he decided to split up at the time. In this article we will - as already mentioned - devote ourselves to the certifications at Scrum.org.

Why is Scrum certification useful?

Of course, there are a wide variety of reasons for Scrum certification. In the following section we have summarized the three reasons that we have come across most frequently in our many years of experience as an accredited training institute. Of course, there are also many other points that speak in favor of certification. And we are sure that there is certainly a very special reason for your motivation.

Reason 1: Certificate for the CV

The most obvious and probably the simplest reason is that you want to get the certificate on your resume. Why? The certificate shows your current, potential or future employer that you have a certain competence. We can of course confirm that at this point. Many job advertisements nowadays even require a Scrum certificate. And the need for qualified Scrum experts will only increase in the next few years!

Reason 2: You learn from coaches

As a rule, the certification is accompanied by a training, workshop or online course. For many, training or the respective advanced training in advance is an essential part. Why? Because you learn from experienced and highly qualified trainers, who all have the certification themselves, and who also have important and extensive experience in practice and as trainers or consultants.

Reason 3: Certification as a learning path

For many people, certification is also a kind of path that they follow and the goal of which is the successful completion of the respective exam. Scrum.org also offers specific learning and certification paths that interested parties can use for orientation. Everything is represented there, from specific book recommendations to podcasts, videos and many other things. We have also created a small free learning path for you here!

Certifications at Scrum.org

In the next section we would like to introduce you to the three basic Scrum certifications and their characteristics or levels that you can obtain at Scrum.org. By the way, professional Scrum certifications that you get at Scrum.org belong to you for a lifetime and there are no costs for a necessary renewal. As soon as you have passed the respective exam, the certification is yours and you will be listed on the website with the other graduates - at no additional cost. Speaking of costs: the prices for the various certifications are almost a bargain compared to the Scrum Alliance. But more on that later.

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

A Scrum Master must have a rock-solid understanding of the Scrum framework and the practices and, above all, the values ​​that are anchored in it. The Professional Scrum Master (PSM) exams are a fantastic opportunity to have this understanding confirmed and certified. In the exams, prospective Scrum Masters must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, as well as prove that they can apply it to real situations.

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM1)

The Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM1) exam is available to anyone who wants to validate their in-depth knowledge of the Scrum Framework and its application. Those who pass the exam receive the industry-recognized PSM1 certification to demonstrate their basic level of Scrum mastery. This is the entry level for Scrum Masters.

Details on the PSM1 test

fee: $ 150 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 60 minutes
Number of questions: 80
format: Multiple choice, multiple answer and true / false
Level of difficulty: Intermediate level
language: Only English

Professional Scrum Master II (PSM2)

The Professional Scrum Master II (PSM2) exam is available to anyone wishing to demonstrate their ability to use the Scrum framework to solve advanced, complex problems in the real world. Those who pass this exam will receive the industry-recognized PSM2 certification as evidence of their advanced knowledge and skills related to Scrum and the role of the Scrum Master.

Anyone taking the PSM2 exam should have advanced Scrum skills, in-depth Scrum experience, and a Professional Scrum Master course before taking this exam. However, attending a course is not necessary. The PSM2 assessment is very difficult and consists of multiple choice questions based on your knowledge of Scrum and how you would deal with real situations.

Details on the PSM2 test

fee: $ 250 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 90 minutes
Number of questions: 30
Level of difficulty: Advanced
format: Multiple choice, multiple answer and true / false
language: Only English

Professional Scrum Master III (PSM3)

The Professional Scrum Master III (PSM3) exam is available to all who have successfully passed the PSM1 and PSM2 exams and want to demonstrate a high level of Scrum mastery. Holders of the PSM3 certificate demonstrate that they have a deep understanding of the application of Scrum, Scrum practices and Scrum values ​​and are able to apply Scrum in a variety of complex team and organizational situations. Those who pass the PSM3 exam receive the global, industry-recognized PSM3 certification as a sign of their outstanding mastery of Scrum, proving that they can not only understand and apply Scrum, but also people or teams who implement Scrum as Being able to accompany mentors and coaches.

Everyone who takes the PSM3 exam should have a very high level of Scrum knowledge and extensive Scrum experience before taking this exam. The PSM3 assessment is incredibly difficult and consists of multiple choice questions, case study questions, and essays. Achieving the PSM3 is also the highest proof of knowledge that a Professional Scrum Master can provide.

Details on the PSM3 test

fee: $ 500 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 120 minutes
format: Combination of 30 multiple choice and essay (inserting prepared answers is not allowed)
Level of difficulty: Expert
language: Only English

The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

To be effective, product owners need to have a thorough understanding of the value drivers for their product and a keen sense of how they can use agile practices and Scrum to maximize this value. The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) exams enable individuals to validate and certify their understanding of the role of the product owner.

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of Scrum, the Product Owner role and their ability to apply this knowledge in real situations. The value of certification is closely related to demonstrating the knowledge required to achieve certification.

Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO1)

The Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO1) exam is available to anyone wishing to validate their knowledge of the Scrum framework and their ability to support value creation and delivery. Those who pass the assessment receive the industry-recognized PSPO1 certification to demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Details on the PSPO1 exam

fee: $ 200 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 60 minutes
Number of questions: 80
format: Multiple choice, multiple answer and true / false
Level of difficulty: Intermediate level
language: Only English

Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO1)

The Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO2) exam is available to anyone wishing to validate their advanced knowledge of Professional Scrum Product Ownership, the Scrum Framework, and delivering valuable products. Those who pass the assessment receive the industry-recognized PSPO 2 certification to demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Details on the PSPO2 exam

fee: $ 250 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 60 minutes
Number of questions: 40
format: Multiple choice, multiple answer
Level of difficulty: Advanced
language: Only English

Professional Scrum Product Owner III (PSPO3)

The Professional Scrum Product Owner III (PSPO3) exam is available to anyone who has passed the PSPO1 and PSPO2 exams and wants to demonstrate their ability to use the Scrum Framework to solve complex problems related to product ownership in the real world. Those who pass the assessment will receive the industry-recognized PSPO3 certification as evidence of their advanced knowledge and skills regarding Scrum and the role of the Scrum Product Owner.

Details on the PSPO3 exam

fee: $ 500 USD
Required score: 85%
time limit: 120 minutes
Number of questions: 35
format: Multiple choice and essay (inserting prepared answers is not allowed)
Level of difficulty: Expert
language: Only English

Professional Scrum Developer (PSD)

Professional Scrum Developers (PSD) are members of the Scrum development team and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Scrum and their ability to develop software with Scrum in real situations. The value of certification is closely related to demonstrating the knowledge required to achieve certification.

Professional Scrum Developer I (PSD1)

The Professional Scrum Developer (PSD1) exam is available to anyone who wants to validate their knowledge of creating complex software products with Scrum. Those who pass the assessment receive the industry-recognized PSD certification to demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Details on the PSD1 exam

fee: $ 200 USD per attempt
Required score: 85%
time limit: 60 minutes
Number of questions: 80
format: Multiple choice, multiple answer and true / false
Level of difficulty: Intermediate level
language: Only English

Further certifications at Scrum.org

In addition to these basic certifications for the various roles within the Scrum Framework, Scrum.org offers many other exciting certifications. Including Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS), Professional Agile Leadership (PAL), Professional Agile Leadership - Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM), Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) and Professional Scrum with User Experience (PSU). The possibilities for further training and specialization in the agile area are very diverse and your journey does not have to be over after the learning paths described above.

Our training as preparation for your Scrum certification

The Agile Heroes are a Scrum.org accredited training institute from the heart of Frankfurt. For several years now, we have been preparing inquisitive people for their Scrum certifications. We are officially accredited by Scrum.org to conduct proper Scrum trainings. To do this, we, our documents and our trainers have to meet extensive quality standards in regular audits.

Experience the most successful agile method in the world up close in just two days. You do not need any previous knowledge for the training, we start from scratch and make you a Scrum expert. Our training prepares you in the best possible and practical way to be able to work agile in a project and to complete the two official certifications as Scrum Master and Product Owner.

Summary: Scrum certification at Scrum.org

Scrum.org offers a lot of exciting and helpful certifications and that on fair terms. However, the exams are all very difficult and require a lot of preparation - unless you have been working with Scrum for 20 years, of course. The exams from level 2 onwards are quite tough and can make even the most confident Scrum experts work up a sweat. If you are a real newbie, take a look at our playbook!

If you don't have this amount of experience yet, then we really recommend training. Why? Because here you get the perfect mix of theory, targeted exam preparation and practical experience. Our trainers all have many years of expertise as Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Agile Coaches. This mix has already helped thousands of participants pass the exams with over 90% on their first try.