Scrum - Certification Overview

INTRO – all three major international Scrum organizations have created their own certification program. Differences can be found in the entry criteria of the exam (e.g. you need to have taken class room course) or the number of levels per type of certification. We have broken it down into the primary three roles, one arguable ‘other’ category and the exam programs itself.

ScrumMaster Certification
Product Owner Certification
Developer Certification
Other Certification
Certification Program & Renewel (fees etc)



ScrumMaster

Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM)
Certified Scrum Professional-ScrumMaster (CSP-SM)
Scrum Alliance Scrum Master
Scrum.org Professional ScrumMaster (PSM I)
Professional ScrumMaster (PSM II)
Professional ScrumMaster (PSM III)
Scrum.org ScrumMaster
SCRUMstudy Scrum Master Certified (SMC)
Expert Scrum Master Certified (ESMC)
SCRUMstudy

Sometimes people have very strong opinions on the right – or even best – ScrumMaster certification. Please read a few blogs of ScrumMasters who have experience with more then one institute: Sasha Steskal, Chris Crawley, Sante Vergini



Product Owner

Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO)
Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner (CSP-PO)
Scrum Alliance Product Owner
Scrum.org Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO I)
Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO II)
Scrum.org Product Owner
SCRUMstudy Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC)
Scaled Scrum Product Owner Certified (SSPOC)
SCRUMstudy

Developer

Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
Scrum Alliance Developer
Scrum.org Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) Scrum.org Developer
SCRUMstudy Scrum Developer Certified (SDC) SCRUMstudy

Other certification

Scrum Alliance Certified Team Coach (CTC)
Certified Enterprise Coach Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
Certified Agile Leadership (CAL I)
Certified Agile Leadership (CAL II)
Scrum Alliance Agile Leadership
Scrum.org Professional Scrum with Kanban Certification (PSK)
Professional Agile Leadership (PAL I)
Scrum.org Agile Leadership
SCRUMstudy Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC)
SCRUMstudy Certified Trainer (SCT)
SCRUMstudy Certified Agile Coach (SCAC)
SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC)

SCRUMstudy

Certification Program

Scrum Alliance Initial certification
It is mandatory to complete a CST taught 2-day training before taking the exam. Depending on your country and setup you will be set back a rough 1200-1400 Euros or 1000-1200 US Dollars.

Renewel
It is mandatory to keep learning and remain active once you have earned a certification. You need to pay a renewal fee (100$ for a two-year period) and obtain sufficient Scrum Education Units (SEUs). Check the current requisites.

Scrum.org Initial certification
It is not mandatory to complete a training before taking the exam. You can immediately enroll online and buy an exam, the costs depend on the exam and vary between 150-500 US Dollars.

Renewel
Certifications are for life, so no renewel fee or extra study credits are applicable.

SCRUMstudy Initial certification
It is not mandatory to complete a training before taking the exam. You can immediately enroll online and buy an exam, the costs depend on the exam and vary between 450-600 US Dollars.
Renewel
It is mandatory to keep learning and remain active once you have earned a certification. There is no additional renewel fee applicable but you do have to obtain sufficient Re-certification Units (RCUs). Check the current requisites.