Scrum Master Certification Cost

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by StarAgile

November 12, 2019
Category Agile and Scrum


Scrum Master certification cost is a must know information. In the digital era, there is a need for all us to constantly update and move forward in the career ladder. Agile technologists are no exception to it. On the contrary, as a fresher one might want to find the right job. In both of these situations, we look for some training programs that will help us make our dream come true.

Along with attending soft skill training focus on scrum training which is gaining focus in recent years. The benefits of working on a scrum project are enormous. Therefore today we will walk you through the certification training process and cost in detail.

What is a Scrum Master Certification training?

The simplest answer to it is you get to know the scrum framework and apply for an exam for a certificate. However, the in-depth meaning includes a training program that offers participants a detailed understanding of developing agile projects using the Scrum model.

This training program starts with tuning you to obtain an agile mindset and deep dive into the detailed concepts of agile methodology. Yes, you can learn about scrum ceremonies, updating artifacts, planning scrum and executing a release on time. 

Is Scrum Master Certification a classroom training or online training?

Before you know the Scrum Master certification cost, you must know if it a classroom or online training program. The cost varies based on the model of training. It is obvious for various reasons that classroom training will be costlier when compared to online training.  So let us analyze the difference to know how both are effective on their own.

Irrespective of the agile scrum master certification cost everyone who wants to be certified must appear for an exam and the cost of scrum master certification exam is the same for all those who register and apply.

Scrum Alliance offers CSM Training and one must appear for a 16-hour classroom training which is mandatory to take the test. Therefore there is no room for online training.

 CSM Training

Different scrum master certifications fees

In the below table we have listed the scrum certification cost for each for your reference.

1) CSM – Certified Scrum Master is a two-day classroom training. Costs 24999/, No separate training cost, but all-inclusive will range between 25000 INR to 50000 INR depending on the institute cost and renewal cost is 100 USD with 20 SEUs. It is renewed for a period of 2 years.

2) SMC – Scrum Master Certified is a 2-day course covers all scrum concepts and the course cost will be 450 USD Exam fee plus training cost. The renewal is 40 re-certification units to be maintained for 3 years and continue to update the skills to have 40 RCUs.

3) PSM – Professional Scrum Master is a 2-day classroom training which offers 14 SEU and course explanation covers scrum and agile movements in detail. Costs 24999 for training fees and a separate examination fee is 150 USD. There is no certificate renewal.

4) Scrum Master accredited - Scrum institute offers this Scrum Master Accredited certification and it is the cheapest amongst. The examination fee is 69 USD and is validated for life.

5) SAFE SM - Scaled agile offers SAFE Scrum Master certification and 2-day classroom training is mandatory. Lean-agile transformation is the core focus of this course. The cost of the training is between 1,000 and 1,300 USD, including exam fees. And, Certification valid for lifetime.

6) EXIN Agile SM- In EXIN, Scrum practice and agile principles are taught in combination. Training cost varies and it depends on training institute. The cost for the examination is 18892 INR. The annual renewal costs $100.

Scrum Master Certification Cost for training and exam

The above table shows several scrum master certification, but the most looked for is the CSM certification offered by scrum alliance. Scrum master certification provider includes scrum.org, PMI, scaled agile, EXIN, scrum alliance, etc.

Scrum alliance always insists on real learning for the participants and hence one must appear for the test through the training institute. Therefore the CSM Certification fees include the exam fee and training fee. INR 24999 is the minimum price offered for training and examination in India.

One must apply for training and complete 2-day training and only if the training institute raises a request to scrum alliance they will create an account and then the test can be taken. Upon successful completion of the test by giving 37 right answers out of 50 one is eligible for a certificate.

Renewal process

You will have an account created by a scrum alliance when you applied for a test post clearing the training. Use the same account credentials and login to reach the dashboard. Click the action window and take action. Yes, renewal is the action to be taken and you need to make payment after you get prompt and you're done.

Scrum Master Certification - Renewal cost

Scrum Alliance has revised the rates and effective 2019 Feb it is 100 USD. The renewal is valid for 2 years.

Ways to earn SEUs for renewal

Along with renewal, there is something called SEU which is required for renewing the certification. SEU stands for Scrum Education Unit and you need 20 SEU to renew your CSM certification along with 100 USD payment done. How to earn these 20 SEU? This is simple and you must follow the steps given below to have your SEU before renewal

You can get SEU credit from 6 categories offered by scrum alliance namely A, B, C, D, E, F.

CategoryA
B
C
D
E
F
SEUs to be earned45Unlimited15
15
15
15

Each category has a limit and if you choose A or B then you can earn 20 SEUs easily. However, category C to F can provide you only with 15 SEUs maximum and you need to go for another category and earn the remaining 5 SEU. Each category has a different way and you accomplish that and earn SEUs. You can choose one or more categories and earn the SEUs to renew your certification.

Final suggestion

CSM certification cost on the one side we have analyzed so far but I am sure it is worth it when you think of the benefits you will reap after getting . Check the salary offered for certified professionals and feel glad that you have chosen the right course to steer clear your career path.

For more details about Scrum certification from Scrumalliance, reach us at +91 – 80502 05233