When you want to start your career or stay on the right path in your career journey, then you need to constantly update your skills. Certifications offered by Scrum alliance will allow you to flourish in your job as it offers certifications at different levels of experience. They provide certification courses based on the role you want to play in the organization.
Certifications which will make you an eligible coach or a trainer and leadership certifications. In this blog, we will explain each certification in detail to let you decide which one will suit you and how to obtain the certification.
1. Certifications based on the role
a)Scrum Master career path
When you want to become a scrum master or even understand how to work in a scrum team, then choose this track which offers the following certifications.
A. Certified Scrum Master - (CSM)
What is it? - It is the foundational course to learn the basics of the agile scrum methodology.
Who can do it? - Certified Scrum Master course is intended for the beginners. It is intended for
- Project Managers
- Project Lead
- Team Leaders
- Product Managers
- Quality Assurance Professionals
- Business Analysts
How to do it? - It is a 2 days course with an online exam containing 50 questions to be completed in 1 hour and to pass one must answer 37 questions correctly.
Benefits - This course helps in applying the best practices of the agile scrum in the day to day work. It also increases your value in the market and enhances your pay scale. Further, it increases the chances of promotion in your organization.
B. Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM)
What is it? - Advanced Certified Scrum Master Certification is for those people who have already obtained the Certified Scrum Master certification and is proficient in implementing agile scrum practices, applications, and values in the project.
Who can do it? - One has successfully completed and passed the CSM course and has 12 months of experience as a Scrum Master.
How to do it? - You need to attend the course from the certified education provider of Scrum alliance, complete the learning objectives mentioned in the course, then accept the A-CSM license agreement and complete the membership profile.
Benefits - Successfully lead the practices, values and agile team in your organization.
C. Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM)
What is it? - This is an advanced certification after basic scrum certification of Certified Scrum Master and Advanced Certified Scrum Master.
Who can do it? - Anyone with active Advanced Certified Scrum Master Certification and having 36 months of experience as a Scrum Master is eligible for Certified Scrum Professional-Scrum Master. Handled a scrum project in the past 5 years and at least have 72 Scrum education units (SEU) in the past 3 years
How to do it? - Once you have the requisite eligibility you can enroll for this course with the Scrum alliance certified educator. Complete the designed objectives of the course and update the membership profile.
Benefits - This certification makes you a master and leads the team of Scrum Masters.
Product Owner career path
A.Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
What is it? - This is the certification to own the stakeholders and customer relationships for the products. This professional will work on the business side of the product such as velocity, Return on Investment and earned value.
Who can do it? - Those who want to deliver a high-value product very quickly and enhance the value of the product.
- Project Managers
- Project Lead
- Team Leaders
- Product Managers
- Quality Assurance Professional
- Business Analysts
How to do it? - One needs to attend the course for 16 hours that is 2 days from Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and fulfill the course objectives and get certified by the Scrum alliance. The certification is valid for the 2 years from the date of issuance.
Benefits - Enhance the value of the product at high velocity and high return on investment. One who attains this certification will lead the product value chain and deliver the products for the engagements. The salary is high because of this niche skilled certification.
B. Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO)
What is it? - This course mentored by the CST brings in the higher values in terms of the products and must be a product owner in the organization.
Who can do it? - One is in charge of the product line after completing the CSPO course and has relevant experience of 12 months as a Scrum Product Owner.
How to do it? - You need to enroll for the course of the certified scrum alliance educator and fulfill the designed objectives of the course.
Benefits - Lead the scrum product owners and demand a higher pay scale in the product owner’s role.
C. Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner (CSP – PO)
What is it? - This is the next inline certification after the A-CSPO.
Who can do it? - Anyone having the A-CSPO and has 36 months' experience as a Product Owner. Must have worked in scrum projects as PO in the past 5 years with a minimum of 72 Scrum education units (SEU) in the past 3 years.
How to do it? - Have active A – CSPO certification, attend the course and fulfill the designed objectives of this course and update the membership profile.
Benefits - Take in charge of the product backlog, product value and lead the team of product owners and demand a higher pay scale
Grow as a developer with scrum certifications
A.Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)
What is it? - Scrum developer certification that discusses details in the technical line.
- Who can do it?
- .Net developer
- Software engineer
- IT Project Manager
- QA Engineers
- Technical Leads
- Testers etc
How to do it? - Two tracks
•Attend CSM course for 2 days, then the CSD technical course for 3 days
•Attend CSD course for 1 day, then the CSD technical course for 3 days and Technical elective for 1 day
Benefits - The skills with this certification are most sought after and demand a higher pay scale. Those who have a flair for development can choose this certification and move up the ladder as an individual contributor.
B. Certified Scrum Professionals (CSP) certifications
CSP -Professional is the same as described in the CSP-Scrum Master and CSP-Product Owner.
2. Certification for becoming a coach or a trainer
A.Certified Team Coach SM (CTC-SM)
What is it? - This certification is used by the organizations to facilitate, mentor and train the team of professionals in the teams.
Who can do it? - Anyone with active CSP-SM/PO certification, with 1000 hours of agile coaching experience, and coaching experience in at least 2 Organizations, as well as actively done some 5 agile scrum events and practical experience of scrum implementation and coaching.
How to do it? - First, submit an application with the specified application fee, they should have met the pre-requisite of the application.
Benefits - To meet the agile coaching experience and to demand higher pay.
B. Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC)
What is it? - This certification is required to guide organizations in the scrum implementations and lead the scrum transformations.
Who can do it? - An active CSP-SM, CSP-PO and CSP, coaching experience in at least 3 organizations and 2000 hour coaching experience over the past 3 years.
How to do it? - Submit the application with a fee and then Scrum alliance will certify you after peer evaluation.
Benefits - To become advanced trainers with coaching, mentoring experience and lead agile scrum transformations.
C. Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
What is it? - This course is needed to become successful trainers in the scrum field.
Who can do it? - Anyone having active certifications such as CSP-SM, CSP-PO, and CSP, scrum implementation experience, partnered with the CST for training, taught to a minimum of 100 candidates by playing the role of a trainer for 2 or 3 days.
How to do it? - Submit application with an application fee, then Trainer approval committee (TAC) will review the application and after approval, the certification panel will call the candidates for the in-person interview. The interview will be rescheduled if failed and if passed will approve your certification.
Benefits - Ability to train the CSP-SM, CSP-PO, and CSP and demand a high pay scale.
3. Agile Leadership certifications
A.Certified Agile Leadership I certification (CAL I)
What is it? - This certification enhances the leadership quality of the individual in whatever role they are playing in handling agile projects.
- Who can do it? -
How to do it? - Complete the set of learning objectives.
Benefits - Ability to transform into an agile leadership journey.
B. Certified Agile Leader II (CAL II)
What is it? - This is an advanced leadership certification.
Who can do it? - Must be CAL I certified
How to do it? - Complete the set of learning objectives
Benefits - To guide leaders in applying, contributing and growing in the agile scrum leadership journey.
We have provided you with the names of the certification and a brief idea about how to do it and who can do it. If you think you want to march forward in your career with scrum alliance certifications, then reach us and we will provide you with detailed guidance and training as well.
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