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Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM)

Discover how you can earn your ScrumMaster certification

A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project's overall success. CSMs understand Scrum values, practices, and applications and provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. CSMs act as "servant leaders," helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions. Read more about the ScrumMaster role and see an example of a ScrumMaster's checklist.

What are the benefits of a ScrumMaster certification?

By earning a Certified ScrumMaster® certification you:
  • Expand your career opportunities by staying relevant and marketable across all industry sectors adopting Agile practices.
  • Demonstrate to employers and peers your attainment of core Scrum knowledge.
  • Learn the foundation of Scrum and the scope of the Certified ScrumMaster’s role from the best minds in Scrum.
  • Engage with a community of recognized Scrum experts who are committed to continuous improvement.
As a CSM, you will be able to fill the role of ScrumMaster or Scrum team member. Through the certification process, you will gain an understanding of the Scrum framework, including team roles, activities, and artifacts.
 
With your CSM certification, you will also have access to a 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance. Through this membership you can join local user groups, online social networks, gain access to deep discounts on gatherings, and additional member-only resources.  In addition, CSMs can use a specially designed logo to highlight their credentials.

Requirements for ScrumMaster certification

To earn your CSM certificate, you must take a CSM course from a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer
and demonstrate your progress through our online CSM test.

The first step toward your CSM is familiarizing yourself with Scrum. We've compiled a list of resources that can help you see how Scrum transforms the world of work.

Then attend an in-person, two-day (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer. After successfully completing the course, you will need to pass the CSM exam. To get a passing score, you must correctly answer 24 of the 35 questions.  You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon completion of this course.

After you pass the CSM exam, you will be asked to accept the License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile.

What do you do after you receive your CSM certificate?

Becoming Agile is a lifelong journey. Incorporating Scrum principles and practices into your world of work takes diligence, patience, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Further enhance your knowledge and skills by:

Become a CSM today

Are you ready to advance your career with the ScrumMaster certification? Get started by learning more about Scrum and finding a CSM course near you. If you have additional questions, please visit the FAQ page or contact support@scrumalliance.org.

CSM Content Outline and Learning Objectives

CSM Validation Report (Members Only - PDF)



 

 

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