Scrum Alliance launches CSM exam requirement

So it’s finally official, the Scrum Alliance has formally added an “exam” requirement to the ScrumMaster Certification process.

The flow works like this:

  • First you must take an accredited two-day ScrumMaster Certification course, like ours.
  • Following successful completion of the course, you must take an online test administered by the Scrum Alliance.

(Edit Sept 25th: in the comments, Michael James points out):

For a period of time (the length of which is yet undetermined, but will be announced in the future), all those who take the test will be given a “passing” grade.

I’m of two minds about this.  I like the idea in that the “certification” part carries more weight if there is an exam.  On the other hand, I hope this doesn’t deter people from learning Scrum from an expert.  There’s already so much misinformation out there, the CSM course is a strong source of knowledge from folks that actually understand and practice Scrum.

What say you?

Victor Szalvay

Victor Szalvay currently leads product development for CollabNet’s ScrumWorks® product suite. In that capacity, he works closely with customers, stakeholders, and the development teams to deliver high business value each release cycle. With more than 150,000 active users worldwide, ScrumWorks is used by more than half of the Fortune 100 and boasts the largest market share of any Agile management tool.

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3 comments on “Scrum Alliance launches CSM exam requirement
  1. MichaelJames says:

    Initially you don’t have to pass the exam, you only need to take the exam.


  2. Mayo Edghill says:

    The addition of the exam moves Scrum to the equivalent of the PMP makes good value add. I am presuming the rationale of adding the exam is a step in a larger strategy? If yes, what is the longer term strategy?


  3. Laszlo says:

    More about this over at the Scrum Alliance website here:

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