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What is a ScrumMaster?

There are different definitions of the ScrumMaster role, but these are a few of basic points that pretty much everyone agrees on.

-ScrumMasters are servant leaders

-ScrumMasters understand agile principles and practices

-ScrumMasters help the teams to continuously improve


What Certifications are Available?

There is not a hard and fast rule when it comes to certifications.  Therefore we will break certifications up into 3 categories:

Yes: This certification directly helps this role.

Maybe: This certification could help this role.

No: This certification is not needed for this role.

Certifications to Consider

A ScrumMaster could benefit from most any knowledge/certification.  To narrow down and focus, this first set of certifications focus specifically on the most important certifications that are directly related to mastering/understanding agile practices to be able to fulfill the ScrumMaster role.


Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) – Yes

Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) – Yes

Scrum Alliance

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) – Yes

Project Management Institute

PMI Agile Certified Coach (PMI-ACP) – Yes

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Practitioner (SP) – Yes

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery White Belt – Yes

Disciplined Agile Delivery Yellow Belt – Yes

The following set of certifications could be beneficial to a ScrumMaster.  They are more focused on a specific area (ex. development).


Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Developer  I (PSD I) – Maybe

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) –  Maybe

Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) – Maybe

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) – Maybe

Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) – Maybe

Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP) – Maybe

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Agilist (SA) – Maybe

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) – Maybe

SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner (PM/PO) – Maybe

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery Green Belt – Maybe

Disciplined Agile Delivery Black Belt – Maybe


You May Be Interested In


What are Good Books for Agile Developers?

Agile Project Management with Scrum
Agile Estimating and Planning
Succeeding With Agile
Coaching Agile Teams
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team