What is Scrum framework?
Scrum Framework is made up of Scrum Roles involved in Scrum, Events and rules. Each constituent within the framework serves a specific purpose and is vital to Scrum success and its usage.
Scrum Master Certification is most sought after certification in the IT and even Non IT industry. It not only increase your visibility to prospective employer but also shows your commitment towards adopting Scrum. It opens a gateway to scrum community wherein people share their knowledge and experiences which enhances your learning experience.
PSM also known as Professional Scrum Master TM. Said course is useful for experts who are interested to master the Scrum. Professional Scrum Master exhibits knowledge and understanding of Scrum and their competency to apply it in practical world. The importance of certification is directly tied to the demonstration of knowledge required to achieve it.
Objective of Professional Scrum Master training and certification mentioned below:
- Through understanding of Scrum rules through empirical foundation of scrum
- Act as Scrum Master for Scrum team and Stakeholders
- In-depth understanding of Servant-leadership
- Successfully start using Scrum and increase the value of Scrum
PSM certification involves three levels namely
- PSM I
- PSM II
- PSM III
Who is the Governing body?
CSM Certification body is Scrum Alliance.
Governing body for PSM certification is Scrum.org. In 2002, Ken Schwaber founded Scrum.org oversees the Professional Scrum accreditation series.
How to get certification?
To get CSM certification one needs to attend a 2 day training by the registered education provider and exam needs to be taken online. Passing score of CSM Certification exam is 74%.
As mentioned above PSM certification involves three levels i.e. PSM I, PSM II and PSM III. One need to purchase password from Scrum.org and needs to enrol for the PSM Certification. One is expected to have appropriate years of experience in the implementation of Scrum Framework in real world to appear for PSM 1 directly.
One needs to score atleast 85% to pass PSM certification of all 3 levels.
What are the pre-requisites for training?
For PSM, there are no pre-requisites for attending training. In fact training is not required if one has a complete knowledge of scrum implementation. Since PSM is an advanced course one is expected to have a minimum knowledge of scrum or rather CSM which is basic introductory course on scrum
What is the cost of Certification?
To get Scrum Master (CSM) Certification cost is 24,999/- excluding GST. It includes CSM Certification Study material, Exam Fees, Certification Cost and Lunch Cost.
Cost for PSM varies for all three levels.
PSM I US $ 150
PSM II US $ 250
PSM III US $ 500
Total US $ 900
For CSM Certification fees varies from Institution to Institution that provides training.
What are the exam details?
CSM Certification exam do not have different levels. Single Exam is conducted to get CSM certification. It consists of 50 multiple choice question. Duration for same is 60 minutes. Passing percentage is 74% .
PSM is a rigorous assessment held online. Though the passing percentage is 85%+ to achieve certification for all three level. Number of question varies based on the level one undertakes.
|Level||No of Questions||Duration of Exam||Exam Type||Test Covered|
|PSM I||80||60 minutes||Multiple choice questions, Multiple Answer Questions and True/False Questions||Scrum Framework, Rules and Values.|
|PSM II||30||90 minutes||Multiple choice questions, Multiple Answer Questions and True/False Questions||Situational Questions to evaluate what is going on in a situation and determine best options|
|PSM III||34||120 Minutes||Combination of MCQ and Case Study or Essay type questions||Combination of above two and essay type|
What is the renewal policy?
CSM Certification validity is for 2 year. Scrum Master (CSM) Certification renewal cost is USD $ 100 and has to renew every 2 years
PSM certification has no expiration. It is valid lifelong.
Table with differences between CSM Certification and PSM Certification
|Certified Scrum Master||Professional Scrum Master|
|Governing Body||Scrum Alliance||Scrum.Org|
|Training Requirement||Scrum Master (CSM) certification without training is not possible. Mandatory 2-day training from Registered Education provider||One can take a 2 day Professional Scrum Foundations or Professional Scrum Master course|
|Training Material Availability||Scrum Master Certification Training Material is provided by the Institute where a candidate is undergoing 2 day training||Training Materials are created and maintained by Scrum Co-creator Ken Schwaber, Scrum.Org and the Community of PSTs who teaches the course|
|Cost of Certification||Scrum Master Certification cost is just 24,999/- excluding GST||ALL PSM level will require an investment of US $900|
|Exam Difficulty Level||Scrum Master certification exam is much easier to clear exam||PSM exam is difficult to clear compared to CSM Certification|
|Exam Pass Percentage||Minimum Score to Pass is 74%||Minimum Score to Pass is 85%|
|Exam Pattern||Multiple Choice Question||Level I & Level II are Multiple Choice Question, Multiple Answer Questions and True/False Questions. For Level III combinations of MCQ and Open End Essay or Case Study’|
|Training and Certification Fee||Entire Training and CSM Certification will cost 24,999 excluding Taxes|
Each Level carries different Cost
PSM I - US $ 150
PSM II - US $ 250
PSM III - US $ 500
|Certification Renewal Fee||CSM Certificate valid for 2 Years and option to renew by paying US $100||No Expiry. Life Time Validity|
Which one is best for you?
It is always debatable which course is better PSM or CSM. As mentioned above both CSM and PSM are two different Scrum Certification.
To put it simply, CSM Certification from ScrumAlliance has more demand because of mandatory 2 days training. Scrum Alliance believes that professional will understand concepts like Scrum framework, roles, artifacts and events only by doing not by reading books or watching videos.
Attending classroom is not mandatory for PSM, people who have complete knowledge and implementing Scrum in their projects from quite sometime can go for PSM.
There is no doubt both the Certification have a place in industry and most sought after certifications for the Scrum Master. Considering above points and difference in CSM and PSM, CSM Certification can be considered a notch higher than PSM certification
According to the stats nearly 2500+ professionals getting trained in India on Scrum master (CSM) Certification every month where as PSM number are quite less.
All the companies believe, these practices will be in adopted and applied only when they attend 2 days CSM training from ScrumAlliance.