CSM Certification Link. ? or CSM is now PSM.

Last post 06:16 pm July 16, 2018
by Scrum Support
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01:51 pm July 15, 2018

I want to take up CSM Certiication but now it Scrum.org I do not see the certification link. Is CSM is now PSM.


so we need to take PSM as CSM is not in the Scrum.org assessment list ? please confirm ?

06:16 pm July 16, 2018

Hello Kumaran,

Scrum.org and the Scrum Alliance are the only two globally- and industry-recognized certifying bodies for Scrum. We are separate organizations with different leadership, missions, focus, and approaches. A few of the key differences can be seen in our certifications and courses. 

Differences in the certifications:

  • PSM I (through Scrum.org) requires that a student demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Scrum through a rigorous assessment. PSM I certification is detached from the course. It is not proof of attendance, but is rather proof of Scrum knowledge. The PSM I and the PSM II assessments and corresponding certifications do not require attendance in a Scrum.org class. However, certification is not guaranteed just for taking the online test. Unlike other Scrum certifications that require only class attendance, Scrum.org certification requires a minimum score of 85% on our Professional-Level Assessments. This gives Scrum.org certification greater value in the marketplace, so people know that Scrum.org certificate holders (PSM, PSPO, PSD, SPS) have earned their credentials through deep understanding of the framework. Scrum.org certificates are lifelong, and do not require any additional payments or renewals.
  • CSM (through the Scrum Alliance) requires a student attend a course through the Scrum Alliance and then take an “exam” in which the passing score needed is only 69%. This certification is little more than a certificate of attendance, and requires credential holders to pay renewal fees every two years in order to keep their certifications active.

CSM certifications are not recognized as PSM I certifications, and vice versa. If you would like to earn your PSM I credential, you may purchase an attempt on our website. If you would like us to provide you with links to free online study resources, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Differences in the courses:

  • Scrum.org creates and maintains standardized curriculum, context and depth for all Professional Scrum courses and selects only the most qualified instructors to deliver them. Each instructor may have his or her individual experiences and areas of expertise, but all students learn the same core course content. This improves a student's ability to pass the Professional Scrum assessments and apply Scrum in their workplaces. You can be confident in the quality and value the training will provide. Those who attend a Scrum.org course will also receive a complementary attempt one at the corresponding Professional-Level Assessment for certification, and are eligible to qualify for a free retake.
  • The Scrum Alliance does not have any standardization for its courses or content. The course materials are created by the individual trainers, and are limited by that particular trainer's experience and opinion. Attendance in a Scrum Alliance course is required for earning a CSM, CSPO or CSD certification.

Detailed information regarding the types of courses we offer, their intended audience, and recommended prerequisites can be found on our Courses page. If you'd like to see a list of open public classes in your area, please navigate to our Course Finder page, where you can filter by course type, location, etc.