Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP)

Demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and experience in Scrum

Updated February 2014

Certified Scrum Professionals have demonstrated experience, documented training, and proven knowledge in the art of Scrum. CSPs challenge their Scrum teams to improve the way Scrum and other Agile methods are implemented for every project.

If you are an active CSM, CSPO, or CSD who has reached that next level of experience and expertise in the art of Scrum, elevate your career even further by earning the CSP credential.

What are the benefits of earning a Certified Scrum Professional certification?

In today's competitive job market, the Certified Scrum Professional® certification can set you apart as a more advanced and experienced Scrum practitioner. Going the extra mile to earn your CSP shows you are committed to continuous improvement. The coursework and dedication needed to earn the CSP sharpen your skills and help you become a better practitioner of Scrum. As a CSP, you will gain access to online social networks and a specially designed logo to highlight your credential.

See why your peers are getting the CSP certification. Scrum Alliance member and CSM/CSP Jon Jorgensen gives 9 great reasons for becoming a Certified Scrum Professional® in his article "Why I Decided to Become a CSP."

By earning a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification you:

  • Validate your practical experience and competency in Scrum.
  • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of a deeper knowledge and ability to execute scrum successfully.
  • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
  • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.

Participating in professional development activities can lead to your certification

To apply to become a CSP, you must satisfy three eligibility criteria:

  • Be a current holder of an active CSM, CSPO, or CSD credential.
  • Have a minimum of 36 months of successful Agile/Scrum work experience gained within the past 5 years implementing Scrum inside organizations as team member, product owner, or ScrumMaster.
  • Gather and submit 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) from the past three years. Note that SEUs earned from your CSM (up to 16 SEUs), CSD (up to 24 SEUs), and/or CSPO (up to 16 SEUs) certifications can put you well on your way. See our Ways to earn SEUs page for more details.

How to apply

Go to your dashboard on the Scrum Alliance website. There you can access your CSP application by using a link called "Apply for CSP Certification" (under Actions).

If you are entering the CSP application process for the first time, you will be required to enter prerequisite profile information first. Your work history must show 36 months of Scrum Role experience, and you must include a bio along with your contact information. If you are missing any required information at this stage, you will not be able to proceed. When all required profile items have green check marks, you will be able to proceed to the CSP application.

You will have a link to your CSP application on your dashboard while you are in the application process. On your CSP application, add your Scrum Experience Summary and your SEU information (see "Managing SEUs" below). You must show a total of 70 SEUs and at least 36 months of Scrum Role Experience along with your Scrum Experience Summary in order to submit your application. Once all your required information is filled in, the "Pay $100 Application Fee and Submit" button will appear. This $100 application fee is nonrefundable. Pay the application fee, and this will submit your application.

After the payment is processed, your application will be reviewed. The review process may take up to 3 weeks.

During the review process, the CSP reviewers may contact you to ask for clarification of certain areas of your application. You will be notified of this need via comments on your application itself (still accessible to you on your dashboard) and via email.

If you were already in the application process before February 1, 2014, then you may have a CSP application on your profile that does not include all of your Scrum Role Experience or your bio. In addition, your SEUs will not be online until you add them. You can add the needed components to your profile, then go back into your application through your dashboard to update it and apply your SEUs.

Once you are approved

When your application is approved, you will receive an email from Scrum Alliance with a link to pay the $150 certification fee.

License and certificate

Once your payment is processed, Scrum Alliance staff will add the CSP certification to your account. You will then receive a welcome email with a link to accept the CSP License Agreement.

You will be able to download your CSP certificate from your dashboard. Your new credential is effective for two years from the date your application was approved.

Managing SEUs

You can log and manage the SEUs you earn before you apply for your CSP certification. You will see a "Manage SEUs (for CSP Application") link under Actions on your dashboard profile. As you enter SEUs, they will be listed here. You can enter them by choosing the Category under "Enter an Education Unit" and then by clicking the "Create New" button and completing the required information for each item. You can find helpful information about how to categorize SEUs correctly in Ways to Earn SEUs.

You can also enter additional SEUs from your CSP application itself by selecting the "Add/Adjust SEUs Attached to This Application" link. At this link, you can choose from your SEU list the specific SEUs you want to apply to your CSP application. You must show at least 70 SEUs to be able to submit your application. The total is calculated for you on the application, based on the maximum allowed for each category. You can show as many SEUs as you like.

Once your application is processed, you can continue to use "Manage SEUs" to record SEUs you want to use in the future for certification renewals. These SEUs will be saved in your profile.

Recertification

You must renew your CSP credential every two years. You will receive a reminder email from Scrum Alliance 90 days before your certification expires. Please be aware that, in order to maintain your certification, you will need to obtain 45 SEUs within each two-year period. Renewals automatically include lower-level certifications, such as CSM, CSPO, and CSD. The renewal fee is $250.

What do you do after you receive your CSP certificate?

Incorporating Scrum principles and practices into your world of work takes diligence, patience, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Demonstrate your expertise and strengthen your skills by:
  • Sharing your experience with the Scrum Alliance community by contributing an article to our website
  • Attending Scrum Alliance Gatherings
  • Participating in online LinkedIn groups
  • Continuing your professional development
  • You can let others know about your accomplishments with a CSP certificate, CSP logos, and an active, editable profile on the Scrum Alliance website
If you have additional questions, please visit the FAQ page or contact support@scrumalliance.org.