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Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner: which Scrum training course is for you?

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If you are keen to advance your professional skills with Scrum training, but you are unclear which certification to take, you aren’t alone.

The choice primarily has to do with your career plans and goals. There are two choices available to you: Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO).

The intention of Scrum training is to create efficiencies in organizations, removing barriers and creating value for customers. The traditional role you play in your organization may not determine what certification is best suited to you.

Take a review of these statements to determine which Scrum training course is best for you.

Certified Scrum Master® is for you if:

  • You have some Scrum experience and are seeking a certification to simply validate what you already know and can do.
  • You are seeking an entry into a Scrum team or a Scrum Master role.
  • Your manager or team is looking for you to formalize your knowledge of Scrum to contribute better to the team.
  • You want to understand the value of using the Scrum framework over other approaches.
  • You want to understand the fundamentals of the Scrum framework.
  • You want to understand in-depth how a Scrum team works and the roles within Scrum.
  • You want to discover a new way to remove barriers to innovation in your organization.

Innovel’s CSM® course provides you with the most complete knowledge base of the Scrum framework, the Scrum team and industry-insights into how world-class organizations are using Scrum. It prepares you to adopt Scrum principles immediately following the course and add value to your Scrum team.

Certified Scrum Product Owner® is for you if:

  • You operate closer to the business side of an organization and represent the views of the stakeholders in your team.
  • You already represent the business side of the organization in the Scrum team and are seeking formal training to better understand your role.
  • You see yourself as a guide in realizing business outcomes. You are able to rally support, gain resources, and champion the needs of a team.
  • You understand the pains of hierarchies and traditional processes and are charged with improving the learning curve and pace of innovation.  
  • You are a Certified Scrum Master and you are seeking enhanced education in the Scrum framework and roles.

It is possible both Scrum training certifications will be of interest to you. Both CSM and CSPO may be of value to your career or role within an organization. It is common for individuals to take both a CSM and a CSPO certification (sometimes back to back – in which case offer a discount for our customers taking both so please contact us). However, if you are unsure we recommend the CSM training as the best place to get started.


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Certified Scrum training versus Professional Scrum training

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You have choice when determining what kind of professional training you are going to receive – Certified Scrum or Professional Scrum. Within the Scrum community you also have choice in the style of training and certification you choose to receive, and from whom you choose to receive it.

Scrum is an Agile methodology with increasing value in innovating organizations. And your options for training allow you to choose a variety of roles within the Scrum team, most notably Scrum Master, Product Owner, Team Member (Product Developer). As the Scrum framework increases in popularity, the desire for knowledgeable professionals who understand the intricacies of Scrum, not just the framework but also the roadblocks and challenges, are essential to the organization.

Take Scrum training from a knowledgeable expert, who has experience transitioning organizations from traditional project management mindset to Agile methodology. This is because learning Scrum roles and framework is only half the challenge! Implementing Scrum in the real world requires insights from a Scrum trainer who has been through the real ropes of transition before.

Scrum training options:

There are two organizations that offer Scrum training and within these organizations, professionals are certified to be trainers who deliver Scrum training to you. The organizations are Scrum Alliance, offering Certified Scrum courses, and Scrum.org, offering Professional Scrum courses.

Innovel offers Certified Scrum Product Owner® and Certified Scrum Master® courses through private in-house training options and public courses.

Choosing your Scrum training course:

  • Trainer selection. Do your research and determine the right trainer for you based on references, testimonials and word of mouth. As stated above, you are looking for someone who has bench strength in implementing Scrum in the real world, not just teaching credentials. The Scrum Alliance has a rigorous process for trainers to receive credentials to teach their Certified Scrum courses. These trainers are called Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs). There are only 200 in the world as it is a highly specialized and skilled group of Scrum leaders. Robin Dymond is the lead trainer at Innovel and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with Scrum Alliance Robin has been a CST since 2008, and has lead Agile transitions in the US, EU and Canada. He incorporates stories from these experiences into every training class.
  • Class size. It is very important you ask what size the classes will be that you are considering attending. Scrum framework comprehension is largely achieved by the practice of exercises, teamwork and interaction with the Scrum trainer. This is best achieved when a class size allows for discussion and group work. A class that is too small does not allow sufficient discussion and peer-learning. A class that is too large does not allow sufficient opportunity to ask the trainer questions about your unique situation. Innovel recommends class sizes minimum of 10 students and maximum 30 students. Our training sweet spot is 12-24 students. All classes are optimized for this ideal learning environment.
  • Certification or accreditation. Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) are the designations most widely recognized worldwide. These designations are most sought after by innovating organizations. These are provided by Certified Scrum Trainers® through the Scrum Alliance. Both designations require 2-day in depth training. Certification for CSPO is achieved when the trainer alerts Scrum Alliance that you have fully attended and actively participated in the rigorous 2-day training. Certification for CSM also requires full attendance and participation in the course, as determined by the trainer, but also requires completion of an online exam after the course is finished. The CSM exam and a 2 year membership with the Scrum Alliance are included with the cost of your training course. There are no additional fees.

    Professional Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Product Owner designations are offered via Scrum.org. Designation as a PSM does not require a hands-on training course with a qualified instructor, but rather tests your knowledge based on your experience. PSM training courses are available, however gaining an accreditation is done via exam, typically with an additional fee.

    Both courses are based on the official Scrum Guide. Innovel provides Certified Scrum training via the Scrum Alliance. We believe that Innovel Certified Scrum Master and Innovel Certified Scrum Product Owner training is the preferred choice of training and certification for discerning professionals, seeking both a valuable accreditation and world-class leadership in Scrum.