Scrum Master certification

scrum master certification
scrum master certification

During the lockdown, many of you may have wondered whether it’s time to pursue a Scrum Master certification. This article aims to provide guidance on this matter.

Scrum Master Certification Does Not Guarantee a Job

Let me be upfront: if you’re considering a drastic career change, getting a Scrum Master certification alone will not secure you a Scrum Master job.

Media coverage and word-of-mouth have prompted many individuals to consider becoming Scrum Masters.

As a former hairdresser, I’m planning to get my Scrum Master certification. Will that guarantee me a job opportunity?

The answer is a clear NO! Recruiters take into account not only your certification but also your experience in the IT sector (or closely related fields).

I worked as a developer for 3 years in an agile team. I’m passionate about agility and planning to get my Scrum Master certification. Will I be employable?

The answer is YES! Motivation, experience, and your performance during the interview will play a significant role in securing such a position. In this scenario, a certification can be an advantage when you lack experience in Scrum.

Which Scrum Master Certification?

Let’s explore the available certifications in the market.

PSM 1 Certification

The PSM 1 certification is the most popular. You don’t need formal training to register for this certification.

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However, it’s crucial to be well-prepared to pass the PSM1 certification. You can choose to attend training offered by an authorized organization, with a cost of around €1,400.

The PSM 1 certification costs $150 and can be directly obtained from scrum.org. Some training programs include this certification in their package.

The certification involves an 80-question quiz to be completed in 60 minutes, requiring a minimum of 85% correct answers. The exam is conducted in English.

Scrum Master CSM Certification

The CSM certification is less common in French-speaking countries. Unlike PSM1, it’s mandatory to undergo training with an instructor approved by the Scrum Alliance (the certification authority).

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However, its impact is not significantly greater than the previous certifications. The cost varies depending on the training organization, typically around €1,400.

The certification involves a 50-question quiz to be completed in 60 minutes, requiring a minimum of 74% correct answers. The exam is conducted in English.

Scrum Master iCSM Certification

The iCSM certification is also less prevalent in French-speaking countries. Similar to PSM1, no formal training is required to attempt this certification.

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However, adequate preparation is essential to pass the iCSM certification. Training programs by authorized organizations are available for approximately €1,400.

The iCSM certification costs €100 and can be directly obtained from the scrum-league.org website.

The certification consists of a quiz with 50 questions to be completed in 50 minutes, requiring a minimum of 85% correct answers. The exam is conducted in French.

Other Certifications?

SAFe offers a Scrum Master certification, although it can be challenging to find training organizations that provide it.

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About Judicaël Paquet 368 Articles
Judicaël Paquet (agile coach and senior devops) My Engagements in France and Switzerland: - Crafting Agile Transformation Strategies - Tailored Agile Training Programs - Raising Awareness and Coaching for Managers - Assessing Agile Maturity and Situational Analysis - Agile Coaching for Teams, Organizations, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile Coaches Areas of Expertise: Scrum, Kanban, Management 3.0, Scalability, Lean Startup, Agile Methodology.

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