Number of certified people
I just wondered : how many people are certified by scrum.org? It would be nice to get the figures broken down by certification (PSM I, II, PSPO, etc).
I did an independent survey of the search engine two months ago you might find useful towards answering your question. Please keep in mind it's an imperfect and unofficial survey, so it should be used as a rough approximation and not as a precise count.
Hi Jason, I remember reading your ballpark estimate on here and another forum. I think your post is what made me wonder what the actual figures were.
Do you think there's any chance scrum.org could disclose the official numbers?
Hello Clem and Jason,
We're happy to share the following details with you. These are the totals as of April 30, 2017. We hope this information helps:
Many thanks for sharing this, it is very enlightening.
Would it be possible to get the distribution the 110,000+ certifications? For example, how rare is PSM II compared to PSM I? How popular is PSM compared to PSPO?
Clem, as you can probably tell, Jason's figures were fairly accurate: if we were at 98k by the end of 2016, and 2016 itself brought 33k, then if you were to extrapolate for how far we are into 2017, the official number above of 110k+ is pretty much what you'd get.
You can therefore use the numbers Jason got for each certification to extrapolate where they are likely to be today!
Hi, do we have the distribution per country by chance ? Thanks
Before the redesign of the website, the Certification List provided these numbers. You could for example simply search for PSPO I and get the total number of results there are.
It would be very helpful to reintroduce this option. It's quite nice to know if you're one out of 80'000 or one out of 800 holding a certain certificate. At least show these numbers to certificate holders in the member's section.
Steven, I wasn't aware you used to be able to search without a name at all. However, since March they have updated the page again to remove the method I used to create my original report. It seems like for technical and security reasons, they are moving away from the functionality that allowed easy generation of lists of all certificate holders. I consider that a good thing.
Unfortunately this means that I (and the rest of the community) can no longer efficiently audit certificate counts on our own. I won't be updating those charts for 2017, because it's no longer technically feasible to do so. I would, however, love to see Scrum.org publish this information themselves in the future.
I can't remember if the numbers where shown directly or after doing a blank search, but the numbers were there in some way. So I totally agree with Jason that it does make sense to not reveal the full list of certificate holders because of security reasons, but scrum.org definitely should be transparent regarding the numbers of the various certificate holders.
Yes the search is difficult now, it asks last name as Mandatory
Scrum support team , it would be nice to have a provision to search number of Certificate holders for example
How many acquired PSM I, II, III that will really help.
Dear Scrum.org Support
Are you considering to add back the previous state of transparency regarding actual numbers per distinct certificate? If not, why?
We will be providing all numbers on the certification search page soon. It is currently high on our Backlog. Thank you.
Dear Scrum.org Support,
It would be really worthwhile to add country/city fields to the search facility Certification List page.
Reason: Any potential organization / recruiter etc., looking for Certified Scrum Professionals, could use this page to find out individuals in a specific geography, thereby resulting in certified professionals getting new professional opportunities.
I agree that such an organization or recruiter could anyway search this on LinkedIn or other such platforms, but what better way to search for Scrum Professionals than on Scrum.org website itself.
Adding above feature also better aligns the website with one of the three pillars of empiricism - TRANSPARENCY.
Thank you for the quick reply. I really appreciate your effort to get this done!
There is a fine line between inquiries and Spam so we will take your request into consideration.
Hi all, as promised the page is now live and available for you to see. You can find it here: https://www.scrum.org/professional-scrum-certifications/count and it is also linked of course from the certification search page: https://www.scrum.org/certification-list
Thank you for the patience and more to come.
Thank you Eric. This is very helpful!
Thanks Eric! I apreciate the transparancy, and I'm sure the rest of the community does as well.
I was wondering, would it be possible to get the breakdown by country as well? I would love to see how many people in my country has achieved the different levels of certification.
+1 in asking for a country breakdown. Would like to know how many people also have the PSM3 cert here in Brazil. :)
Yes, country breakdowns would be awesome!
Hi all, we are not able to provide country breakdowns at this time. Not everyone provides their country in their profile (no mandatory field), people purchase across boarders, etc.
Hello SCRUM Support Team,
I did cleared PSM 1 this week, and writing blog on tips and trick on preparation for the same. In that I want include some facts and figures ( like one slide given above in this forum) in my blog. Kindly provide updated slide with updated number or can you provide me link for this presenatation.
Well, any data is better than no data. You could put there as many disclaimers as you would like to :)
Thanks for reaching out, and congratulations on passing your PSM I assessment for certification! We believe we already replied to you via email, but are happy to let you know that the most current data is posted to this page on a monthly basis:
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and enjoy your week!
The "Professional Scrum Certified Count" page has some interesting numbers. But there is one lacking that I personally would like to know: how many people have all 7 Scrum.org Certifications (PSM 1, 2 and 3, PSPO 1 and 2, SPS and PSD)?
I agree with Andre,
would be awesome to have this functionality, even without considering the professionals that don't provided the country.
In terms of value, it can be a great motivation to reach a new level or certification and be part of a more restricted group of professionals.
Sorry if this confidential information, but just to know, how many users are trying to pass PSM 1 and PSPO 1 annually?
@Michelly, that data is quite old. As stated in the post from on August 25, 2017, the data is updated monthly here: https://www.scrum.org/professional-scrum-certifications/count
Out of 4300+ PSM-II certified professionals globally, any rough idea on how many are PSM-II certified from India ?
Yes, I am also interested to know information by country and not only globally
We do not publish certificate holders by country as part of GDPR we do not mandate country. As such, we are unable to provide you with that information.
Thanks for your answer.
Sorry if I wasn't specific enough. It is not about certificate holders with name. It is about how many certified holders are in Spain – Germany – India – UK etc ..... and not only globally. I think GDPR should not be a problem in this case.
Yes, I understand that hence I wrote that we do not mandate they country is provided to us to take the test do to GDPR as it isn't 100% needed.
How are you looking to use this data David and maybe we can help you a different way. You can always reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org with a specific request.
As Eric says I understand we may not have a complete set of data on country of certificate holder. However, we must have enough to provide some value. Even if we had a number associated with 'Did not specify' that would allow us to gather some useful insights into the adoption of scrum across the globe.
It might not be perfect but something is better than nothing, right?