Scrum Alliance launches CSM exam requirement

September 24, 2009 CollabNet VersionOne

So it’s finally official, the Scrum Alliance has formally added an “exam” requirement to the ScrumMaster Certification process.

The flow works like this:

  • First you must take an accredited two-day ScrumMaster Certification course, like ours.
  • Following successful completion of the course, you must take an online test administered by the Scrum Alliance.

(Edit Sept 25th: in the comments, Michael James points out):

For a period of time (the length of which is yet undetermined, but will be announced in the future), all those who take the test will be given a “passing” grade.

I’m of two minds about this.  I like the idea in that the “certification” part carries more weight if there is an exam.  On the other hand, I hope this doesn’t deter people from learning Scrum from an expert.  There’s already so much misinformation out there, the CSM course is a strong source of knowledge from folks that actually understand and practice Scrum.

What say you?

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