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Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)To produce and deliver products of the highest possible value, you must be able to help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaption to change. If that sounds a lot like the definition of Scrum to you, then you’re already on the right track to becoming a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Becoming a CSM isn’t hard, but successfully leading your team under the principles of Scrum takes commitment, courage, and focus. The requirements to become a CSM give you the ability to do exactly that.


What is a CSM?

Every agile development team needs a ScrumMaster in order to be successful. As a CSM, you will be properly prepared to facilitate your team and increase the chances of your team’s success. A ScrumMaster is not a project manager or a project leader but rather a “servant leader” who’s dedicated to helping the team succeed within the Scrum framework. A CSM has many responsibilities including helping the team work together and protecting the team from distractions that can derail your productivity. There are also a lot of benefits to being a CSM such as expanding your career opportunities and engaging with other Scrum experts.


What are the requirements to become a CSM?

There are three steps you must complete to become a Certified ScrumMaster:

  1. Familiarize yourself with Scrum and complete the pre-requisites for attending a CSM course.
  2. Attend an in-person CSM course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer.
  3. Pass the CSM exam by correctly answering at least 24 of 35 questions.


What do I need to do before taking a CSM course?

Before attending a CSM course, it’s necessary to properly prepare by fully familiarizing yourself with Scrum theory and principles. A CSM course typically begins with a short quiz to validate that you are ready to begin the CSM training process. To pass this quiz, you need to complete the Scrum Foundations eLearning Series, a series of videos that introduces you to Scrum Theory, Scrum Roles, Scrum Events, and Scrum Artifacts. You also should download and read the official Scrum Guide and be familiar with the Agile Manifesto. Completing these prerequisites is essential if you want to succeed in your CSM course.




What is the CSM course?

CSM certification requires an in-person, two-day course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. The course provides an overview of the Scrum framework and prepares you to take on the ScrumMaster role. You will learn about Agile, Scrum Events, Scrum Artifacts, and Scrum Roles through exercises, discussions, and case studies based on real-world experience.

After completing the course, you will be eligible for ScrumMaster certification with the Scrum Alliance pending your CSM exam results. CSM courses also include a two-year membership with the Scrum Alliance where you will have exclusive access to valuable materials and resources.


What is the CSM Exam?

The CSM exam is an online test consisting of 35 multiple-choice questions. You must get at least 24 questions correct in order to pass and earn your certification. When you take the test is up to you, but it must be after you’ve completed your CSM course. The Scrum Alliance allows you to take the test at no cost up to two times. If you do not pass the second time, you will be charged a small fee for each subsequent attempt. You will be able to see which questions you answer incorrectly, but you will not be given the answers. It’s important to research any questions you missed so you can pass the exam on your next attempt.


How long does it take to become a CSM?

The required CSM course lasts 16 hours. However, many people need to spend time studying in addition to the two days spent in training. You’ll most likely want to invest time studying and reviewing the pre-requisite materials to ensure you’re well prepared for the class. After you’ve completed the course, you’ll need to take the CSM exam online. Although the course will give you the tools and knowledge required to pass the exam, you may want to spend additional time reviewing the course materials and your notes before taking the test. Based on course availability, it may take weeks or months before you become certified, so be sure to plan accordingly.


Are you ready to become a Certified ScrumMaster?

If you’re ready to help your team and advanced your career, then it’s time to become a Certified ScrumMaster. Register for your CSM certification course today and start preparing for success.


Have additional questions about the Certified ScrumMaster certification? Read Q&As from a recent CSM course, or leave a comment below.

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