CSM Certification Process

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Scrum Master course help individuals in acquiring strong knowledge of Scrum and build skills that are in demand. Anyone can become a Certified ScrumMaster, irrespective of the background or industry. If you are among the ones looking to get the CSM® Certification then it’s the right place to choose. To become a certified Scrum Master you have to go through a process of training and exam as defined or instructed by the CSM accreditation body Scrum Alliance.







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    Course Overview

    The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification is ideal for individuals who want to start their Agile journey and to distinguish themselves as a great Scrum Master in the global market. This certification training program by expert trainers gives you an in-depth understanding of Scrum methodologies and their implementations with interactive exercises, lectures, discussions, and simulations. Become the Certified Scrum Master and expand your career opportunities across all industry sectors by highlighting your Agile knowledge and skills.

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    In this article, we will discuss the CSM certification process in detail and the prerequisites for the CSM exam. Also, get to know the most common profiles or designations that apply for CSM certification.

    Let’s look into the detailed steps involved in order to become a certified Scrum Master.

    step 1

    Register for the training from Scrum Alliance Registered Education Providers (REPs)

    step 2

    Attend the mandatory 2-day training program from Certified Scrum Trainers(CSTs)

    step 3

    Scrum Alliance will send you a link to create login credentials

    step 4

    Click on the link and create your own credentials

    step 5

    Take the CSM online test

    step 6

    Score minimum of 24 out of 35 MCQs(68% pass rate)

    step 7

    Pass the CSM test

    step 8

    You will receive a license agreement to your Scrum Alliance account upon clearing the exam

    step 9

    Accept the license agreement, download your CSM certificate and become a member of Scrum Alliance for 2 years

    step 10

    CSM certificate is valid for 2 years, you need to renew your certification every 2 years


    Who can take CSM certification?

    CSM certification can be taken by professionals whose job roles are, but not limited to:

    • Software Engineers
    • Project Team Members
    • Project Lead
    • Product Managers
    • Developers
    • Product Owners
    • Programmers
    • Executives
    • Business Analysts

    CSM® certification course helps you to build a solid base of Scrum knowledge and understand the concepts of Scrum framework. As a certified ScrumMaster, you can help your scrum team perform at their highest levels.

    CSM® certification help to gain a Scrum knowledge and makes you marketable in your field. It also helps you to adopt an Agile mindset and gain in-demand skills to stay ahead of your career. This certification also offers you a lot of organizational benefits along with numerous career opportunities globally.

    There is no set of prerequisites to attend CSM® certification training.

    CSM® certification costs somewhere around SGD 1,300 to 2,100. Take Certified Scrum Master training from Theanthropy, and get up to 95% course fee subsidy.

    You need to pay $100 to renew your certification for two years.

    Key Features

    • Learn Scrum from industry experts
    • Gain practical knowledge of Scrum with real case studies
    • Interactive training with group activities
    • 100% CSM exam pass rate
    • Stay relevant and marketable
    • Gain significant practical Scrum skills
    • 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand Agile principles and how to apply them
    • Understanding the Scrum roles
    • The core Scrum values empirical process controls
    • The artifacts within Scrum, the Definition of Done
    • The four events within Scrum
    • Key Scrum Master core competencies

    Why Become A Certified Scrum Master?

    Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is the most popular and valuable certification for the individual who wants to build their career in an Agile world. Gaining the Scrum Master certification demonstrates your Scrum knowledge and proves that you have an Agile mindset and knowledge of Agile concepts.  Many industry sectors across the globe have adopted Agile development techniques and a growing number of companies are benefiting from an Agile Scrum approach. Many companies hire and pay more to the trained, certified Scrum Masters than non-certified ones. Become a Certified Scrum Master today and expand your career opportunities by standing out from the crowd and take up your Scrum career to the next level.

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    Scrum Roles
    • ScrumMaster roles and responsibilities
    • Product Owner roles and responsibilities
    • Development Team roles and responsibilities
    • Scrum Events and Artifact Transparency
    • Sprint Goal
    • Sprint outcome
    • Activities of the Product Owner and Development Team
    • Writing Sprint Goal
    • Differences between daily Scrum and status meeting
    • Sprint Review activities
    • Sprint Review outcomes
    • Sprint Retrospective approaches
    • Product Backlog characteristics
    • Product Backlog item
    • Sprint Backlog characteristics
    • Sprint Backlog changes
    • Importance of the Definition of “Done” 
    • Creating Definition of “Done”
    • Project Team Members
    • Software Engineers
    • Project Managers
    • Product Managers
    • Development Team members
    • Testers
    • Business Analysts
    • Aspiring ScrumMasters
    • Anyone who wants to learn Scrum and build a career as a ScrumMaster

    There are no eligibility criteria for attending CSM training. However, it is recommended to have basic knowledge and understanding of Scrum.

    • Exam format: Multiple Choice Questions

    • No. of Questions: 50

    • Duration: 60 Mins

    • Pass Score: Answer correctly 37/50 questions


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      Career Path


      Senior ScrumMaster

      Product Owner

      Project Manager

      Agile Coach

      Certification Process



      Attend the 2-Day training program by Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs)


      Upon course completion, you will receive an email from Scrum Alliance to register online


      Login with given username and create your password


      Proceed by clicking “Take CSM test”


      Obtain minimum score to pass the test


      Login to Scrum Alliance and complete online evaluation


      Download the certificate from certification dashboard


      Become a member of the Scrum Alliance for two years

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      CSM Training FAQ's

      What are the prerequisites to attend CSM training?

      There are no prerequisites to attend the CSM training course. However, it is recommended to have basic knowledge and understanding of Scrum.

      Anyone who is interested to work with the Scrum Team and learn more about Scrum can take up this training course. CSM certification is ideal for the below job roles but is not limited to.

      • Software Engineers
      • Project Team Members
      • Product Managers
      • Developers
      • Product Owners
      • Programmers
      • Executives
      • Team Leaders
      • Business Analysts
      • Aspiring ScrumMasters

      Yes, Scrum Alliance is now offering an online CSM course by considering the continuous spread of COVID-19.

      The CSM certification course requires 2-days to complete the training which includes both theoretical and practical sessions.

      Yes, one needs to attend and complete the CSM training course in order to sit for the CSM test.

      You will learn and master the below concepts with CSM training class,

      • Understand Agile principles and how to apply them
      • Understanding the Scrum roles
      • The core Scrum Values empirical process controls
      • The artifacts of Scrum, the Definition of Done
      • The four events of Scrum
      • Key Scrum Master core competencies

      Upon successful completion of our CSM training course, you will become master at

      • Technical familiarity
      • Facilitating meetings
      • Conflict resolution
      • Communicating with the team
      • Servant leadership
      • Handle complex situations

      You will learn and master the below concepts with CSM training class,

      • Understand Agile principles and how to apply them
      • Understanding the Scrum roles
      • The core Scrum Values empirical process controls
      • The artifacts of Scrum, the Definition of Done
      • The four events of Scrum
      • Key Scrum Master core competencies

      CSM Exam

      The CSM certification exam is an online test comprising 50 MCQs to be completed in 1-hour. Candidates should score a minimum of 37 out of 50 to pass the certification exam.

      The pass percentage of the CSM exam is 74% which means one needs to score a minimum of 37 out of 50.

      Yes, attending a 2-day training course from the reputed training institute will help aspiring ScrumMasters to pass the exam in one attempt.

      If you have failed to pass the CSM exam on the first attempt then you can take it again anytime within 90 days from the date of registration without paying any additional fees.

      You were given 2 free attempts to pass the CSM exam. If you fail to pass the exam on both the attempts or didn’t attempt the test before 90 calendar days from the date you receive your initial welcome email, then you need to pay $25 as an exam fee in order to re-take the test.

      CSM Certification

      Certified ScrumMaster(CSM) is an entry-level and widely recognized certificate offered by Scrum Alliance and is specially designed for Scrum professionals. Earning this certification demonstrates the aspiring ScrumMaster knowledge, skills, and commitment to work.

      The first step to earn the certification is to register for the CSM course. Attend the 2-day training course by the CSTs, post-training take the CSM test conducted by Scrum Alliance. Pass the test by scoring a minimum of 37 out of 50 MCQs and upon clearing the test you are eligible to receive your CSM certification.

      CSM certification costs you around $1000-$1400 which includes both the training fee and the exam fee.

      Certified ScrumMaster(CSM) is a designation offered by Scrum Alliance to practitioners who have successfully completed a CSM certification exam.

      Yes, earning CSM certification definitely worth your time and money. There is a great demand for Certified ScrumMasters and almost all companies require a dedicated person who has mastered their Scrum knowledge and skills in order to manage effectively all their Agile projects. As a Certified ScrumMaster, you can definitely boost your career with numerous opportunities and highest-paying jobs.

      Upon successfully clearing the CSM exam, you need to evaluate your certification by logging into the Scrum Alliance. Follow the below steps to receive the CSM certification:

      • Log in to your Scrum Alliance account
      • After passing the exam, you will be requested to accept a license agreement
      • Submit the license agreement to Scrum Alliance for acceptance
      • You will receive Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) designation from Scrum Alliance
      • Download and take a print out of your Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certificate
      • Complete the Scrum Alliance membership profile
      • Enjoy 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance

      CSM certification is valid for 2 years, one needs to pay $100 every 2 years to renew the certification.

      You can renew your CSM certification every two years by submitting 20 SEUs and pay $100.

      Follow the below steps to submit your SEUs to the Scrum Alliance:

      • Log in to your Scrum Alliance account
      • Click on "Hello, [Your Name]" in the top right corner
      • Select "My Dashboard"
      • On the right side of the page, you will find “Scrum Education Units”, click on that and select “Manage SEUs”
      • Click on the “Select an Activity Type” and from the drop-down menu choose the best category for your continuing education
      • Complete all the required information field

      Follow these simple 3 steps to renew your CSM Certificate:

      • Log in to your certification account
      • From the settings menu, click on ‘certification dashboard
      • Scroll to the ‘Actions’ window and “Renew Certification’
      • Confirm your renewal and pay the $100 as renewal fee

      According to PayScale, the average salary of a Certified ScrumMaster is $90K and the salary range varies based on employee skills, experience, company, city, and the industry.

      Here are the most recommended certifications after earning your CSM certification,

      • A-CSM
      • CSPO
      • PMP
      • PMI-ACP
      • SAFe Agilist and many more

      Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification is the most popular and valuable for the individual who wants to build their career in an Agile world. Gaining the Scrum Master certification demonstrates your Scrum knowledge and proves that you have an Agile mindset and knowledge of Agile concepts. Earning the CSM certification helps you to expand your career opportunities and land on your dream job.

      There are many career options and paths to opt for a certified Scrum Master. Here are the top 5 career paths for a certified Scrum Master,

      • Scrum Master
      • Senior Scrum Master
      • Product Owner
      • Project Manager
      • Agile Coach

      PDUs and SEUs

      PDUs (Professional Development Units) are the credits offered by Project Management Institute(PMI) and SEUs (Scrum Education Units) are from Scrum Alliance. Both PDUs and SEUs are the ways of tracking continuing education and helps to maintain or renew the certification from the respective organizations.

      You will receive 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs upon successful completion of the CSM training program.

      The first step is to log in to your PMI account. Once you log in, click on Report PDUs, select the training option and the training provider. Fill the basic training details and submit them. Your PDUs will be claimed upon submission.


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