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What Are The Main Differences Between CSM & PSM Certification?

Agile and scrum are the two dynamic tools ruling the software industry nowadays, most of the IT-based organizations and companies are looking to hire candidates who are familiar with all agile and scrum stuffs, framework, and applications. A latest article published by Forbes Magazine says that IT professionals with certifications are earning an average of $17,000 more per year than the median IT certification salary. From an employee perspective, certifications let you demonstrate additional qualifications on your resume in addition to getting hired faster. The demand for certified agile scrum professionals is more, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) are the two most important certifications for the scrum master to enhance his career further better. Before getting into all about these certifications, let me take you to the world of Scrum,  What is Scrum and it’s framework Scrum can be defined as the iterative framework or work management system which helps to meet the most objectives in an appropriate manner. Scrum has a wider scope and not only limited to the workshops or seminars, it is a full-time profession. Scrum masters are those who create scrum frameworks for the organizations, CSM and PSM are the two certifications for scrum master. Many people ask about the these. Let’s get into the origin of these two. It was the time during the 90s when the engineers in the companies were failing to deliver the right results, the companies then felt of finding a new way through which they can decrease the production as well as increase the productivity, Ken and Jeff are the two software engineers came up with this iterative framework and later in 2002 they found scrum alliance and set up Certified scrum master (CSM) and Professional scrum master (PSM). Now let’s get into briefly about the certifications and how they will help to boost up your career. Let’s us not forget the below quote. CSM Vs PSM Certification Both the CSM Certification and PSM certifications focus on software development which has got their own importance and wider scope and each is different from the other. Got confused don’t worry let me explain in detail about these, which one is the better? Which will add more value to your career, which one should you go for? Let us see in detail. How to get certified? As far as CSM is concerned, CSM is just like any other diploma or degree program where you have to be enrolled in the institution and have to attend the classes and all the assignments. In the end, you have to pass the CSM test, and you have only two attempts at taking the test. On the other hand, PSM is entirely different from CSM. There is no need to attend any classes for this program neither any test for the PSM 1 and PSM 2 both. What is the passing grade? For CSM, you have to secure at least 69% marks or 24 out of 35 to get through the Certified Scrum Master program which is very low as compared to PSM. In PSM, the passing criteria are quite tough. You would get 80 questions and have to complete it in only 60 minutes. You have to be accurate in the answers because only those attendees with the final marks of 85%+ will pass the test and will get the Professional Scrum Master certificate. What is the exam format?   The exam format of CSM is quite simple. The test paper of CSM is only based on multiple choice of question and they also allow you enough time to fill it twice. On the other hand, there are two levels in the Professional Scrum Master Certification program. One is PSM 1 which is also based on the multiple choice questions and the other one is PSM 2 which is also not only based on MCQ’s but you also have to write an essay in it.  How difficult is the exam: This is the question that almost every student asks. The Certified Scrum Master program test is relatively easier than the PSM 1 and PSM 2. The reason behind is the weekly classes and the tests that you have attended on these classes prepares you for the final exam. However, PSM doesn’t have any scheduled classes systems, that is why students find hard to pass the exams. Moreover, the PSM 2 is much harder to pass as compared to the PSM 1, that is why people always leave the PSM program after taking PSM 1 certificate. How much does it cost?   There is no standard fee of CSM. The CSM is attached to the course, and many different institutions offer this certificate program. However, the general fee of CSM starts from the US$400 to US$2,500 based on the tuition fee. Since there is only one body that offers Professional Scrum Master Program that is why they have a standard fee of PSM. The PSM 1 only US$100 and the PSM 2 cost only US$500. Moreover, the students of PSM also given one free attempt for the PSM 1 exam for the assessment.  What is the Renewal Duration? You have to renew your CSM credential after every two years. The first two years from you get the degree, the fee of the credential would be added in the tuition fee.  Later on, you have to renew it by paying only $100 every two years. This fee is subjected to change on the authority of the institute from where you get your CSM degree. On the other hand, there is no need to renew your PSM credentials. Once you got this, this is yours for all of your life, and no one can take it from you. How consistent is the both program’s content? Because many institutes are providing CSM program that is why the program content varies from institutes to institutes and trainer to trainer.  Whereas PSM has only one body, and all the teachers of that body follow only one content. However, the interpretation of the trainers may vary.   What is the reliability of the Program content? Because the program content in the CSM varies from trainer to trainer, that is why it is hard to keep the reliability of the program content at its top. Every Scrum trainer creates its own program content and also its interpretation. That is why it is impossible to maintain the monotonous or the quality of the program content.  Whereas only one body provide Professional Scrum Master program and their trainers follow only one content, that is why the reliability of the PSM program is at its highest, and there is no comparison between CSM and PSM contents. Last Words: Both of the programs are highly compatible, and both have their own importance. CSM may look back in the race but its originality and the history of this program makes it equal to PSM. However, aspects like no renew, content reliability and the tuition fee of PSM makes it a better choice to take if you want to be a Professional Scrum Master with the certificate. Go ahead, reach your destination. All the best.  
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What Are The Main Differences Between CSM & PSM Certification?

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  • by Richard Paul
  • 18th Apr, 2017
  • Last updated on 21st Jan, 2019
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What Are The Main Differences Between CSM & PSM Certification?

Agile and scrum are the two dynamic tools ruling the software industry nowadays, most of the IT-based organizations and companies are looking to hire candidates who are familiar with all agile and scrum stuffs, framework, and applications.

A latest article published by Forbes Magazine says that IT professionals with certifications are earning an average of $17,000 more per year than the median IT certification salary. From an employee perspective, certifications let you demonstrate additional qualifications on your resume in addition to getting hired faster.

The demand for certified agile scrum professionals is more, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) are the two most important certifications for the scrum master to enhance his career further better.

Before getting into all about these certifications, let me take you to the world of Scrum, 

What is Scrum and it’s framework

Scrum Framework

  • Scrum can be defined as the iterative framework or work management system which helps to meet the most objectives in an appropriate manner. Scrum has a wider scope and not only limited to the workshops or seminars, it is a full-time profession.
  • Scrum masters are those who create scrum frameworks for the organizations, CSM and PSM are the two certifications for scrum master. Many people ask about the these. Let’s get into the origin of these two.
  • It was the time during the 90s when the engineers in the companies were failing to deliver the right results, the companies then felt of finding a new way through which they can decrease the production as well as increase the productivity, Ken and Jeff are the two software engineers came up with this iterative framework and later in 2002 they found scrum alliance and set up Certified scrum master (CSM) and Professional scrum master (PSM).

Now let’s get into briefly about the certifications and how they will help to boost up your career. Let’s us not forget the below quote.


CSM Best quotes

CSM Vs PSM Certification

CSM VS PSM

Both the CSM Certification and PSM certifications focus on software development which has got their own importance and wider scope and each is different from the other. Got confused don’t worry let me explain in detail about these, which one is the better? Which will add more value to your career, which one should you go for? Let us see in detail.

How to get certified?


How to get certified


As far as CSM is concerned, CSM is just like any other diploma or degree program where you have to be enrolled in the institution and have to attend the classes and all the assignments. In the end, you have to pass the CSM test, and you have only two attempts at taking the test.

On the other hand, PSM is entirely different from CSM. There is no need to attend any classes for this program neither any test for the PSM 1 and PSM 2 both.


What is the passing grade?

What is CSM & PSM Passing grade

For CSM, you have to secure at least 69% marks or 24 out of 35 to get through the Certified Scrum Master program which is very low as compared to PSM.
In PSM, the passing criteria are quite tough. You would get 80 questions and have to complete it in only 60 minutes. You have to be accurate in the answers because only those attendees with the final marks of 85%+ will pass the test and will get the Professional Scrum Master certificate.

What is the exam format?

CSM & PSM exam format 

The exam format of CSM is quite simple. The test paper of CSM is only based on multiple choice of question and they also allow you enough time to fill it twice. On the other hand, there are two levels in the Professional Scrum Master Certification program. One is PSM 1 which is also based on the multiple choice questions and the other one is PSM 2 which is also not only based on MCQ’s but you also have to write an essay in it.

 How difficult is the exam:

How Difficlut is the exam


This is the question that almost every student asks. The Certified Scrum Master program test is relatively easier than the PSM 1 and PSM 2. The reason behind is the weekly classes and the tests that you have attended on these classes prepares you for the final exam. However, PSM doesn’t have any scheduled classes systems, that is why students find hard to pass the exams. Moreover, the PSM 2 is much harder to pass as compared to the PSM 1, that is why people always leave the PSM program after taking PSM 1 certificate.

How much does it cost?
 

CSM & PSM Exam Certification Cost

There is no standard fee of CSM. The CSM is attached to the course, and many different institutions offer this certificate program. However, the general fee of CSM starts from the US$400 to US$2,500 based on the tuition fee.

Since there is only one body that offers Professional Scrum Master Program that is why they have a standard fee of PSM. The PSM 1 only US$100 and the PSM 2 cost only US$500. Moreover, the students of PSM also given one free attempt for the PSM 1 exam for the assessment.

 What is the Renewal Duration?

  • You have to renew your CSM credential after every two years. The first two years from you get the degree, the fee of the credential would be added in the tuition fee. 
  • Later on, you have to renew it by paying only $100 every two years. This fee is subjected to change on the authority of the institute from where you get your CSM degree.
  • On the other hand, there is no need to renew your PSM credentials. Once you got this, this is yours for all of your life, and no one can take it from you.

How consistent is the both program’s content?

Because many institutes are providing CSM program that is why the program content varies from institutes to institutes and trainer to trainer. 

Whereas PSM has only one body, and all the teachers of that body follow only one content. However, the interpretation of the trainers may vary.
 
What is the reliability of the Program content?

  • Because the program content in the CSM varies from trainer to trainer, that is why it is hard to keep the reliability of the program content at its top.
  • Every Scrum trainer creates its own program content and also its interpretation. That is why it is impossible to maintain the monotonous or the quality of the program content. 
  • Whereas only one body provide Professional Scrum Master program and their trainers follow only one content, that is why the reliability of the PSM program is at its highest, and there is no comparison between CSM and PSM contents.

Last Words:

Both of the programs are highly compatible, and both have their own importance. CSM may look back in the race but its originality and the history of this program makes it equal to PSM. However, aspects like no renew, content reliability and the tuition fee of PSM makes it a better choice to take if you want to be a Professional Scrum Master with the certificate.

Go ahead, reach your destination. All the best.
 

Richard

Richard Paul

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Richard Paul is seasoned professional of the project management domain. He during his tenure has to his credit many successful projects. In his leisure time, he writes and educates his audience on the latest in project management. He can be contacted for coursework assistance by following him on social media channels.

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4 comments

Subramanian Kaushik 16 Feb 2018

Nice post !! Thanks for sharing the differences....

kritesh anand 05 Mar 2018

Thanks for sharing scrum professional work which will helps you to make csm certification easily.

Nivedita Telang 08 Jun 2018

Hi, It was a very good article for CSM / PSM. I got good information related to PSM certification. Although I have one question here that where can I get PSM material or how can I avail this course.

KnowledgeHut Editor 24 Dec 2018

Hi Nivedita, Thanks for your feedback on the article. You can checkout our course here: https://www.knowledgehut.com/agile-management/psm-certification-training. And for PSM materials and other queries please get in touch with us.

VK 25 Aug 2018

Thanks for the blog, keep this updated.

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As the Product Owner needs to work with the customers’ to understand their needs and conveying that to the development team to bring it to reality. If they could not able to communicate effectively, it may affect the organization value. 2.Commitment The Product Owner should be committed to the project target, product vision, team, and the business. They have to attend all the meetings and work with all the team members. So, it is very important for them to collaborate with everyone. Furthermore, the Product Owner must be accountable for the process and be committed to the success of the project 3. Vision The Product Owner should be able to clearly communicate the product vision between the backlog items and the large project goals. They check whether the product vision is aligned with the company’s vision and needs. 4.Curious about what they work Concerning that “bad product owner” is so often the excuse for bad product. I coach towards product leadership and team ownership. My worst case is product owner telling the team exactly what to build, and team not taking ownership of the outcome. That’s what “bad” looks like. https://t.co/Um4rgvJ7yk — Jeff Patton (@jeffpatton) April 4, 2018 The Product Owner (PO) need to be curious always to ask ‘Why’ from the client (about his/her requirements) and ‘How(to the development team). But before asking the questions to the team, they should understand the rules and able to create a clear vision of the final product. Responsibilities of the Product Owner: Product Owner has to attend the daily sprint planning meetings. Product Owner prioritizes the product features, so the development team can clearly understand them. Product Owner decides the deadlines for the project. Product Owner determines the release date and contents. Product Owner manages and creates the product backlog for implementation, which is nothing but the prioritized backlog of user stories. Product Owner defines user stories to the development team. Spending some time to prioritize the user stories with a few team members. The Product Owner and Scrum Master Relation     This question is highly debatable in an Agile world. Many say that there needs to be a clear contrast between these the Scrum Master and Product Owner and therefore needs two individuals to manage these two roles. The Product Owner should have an overall vision of the client’s requirements. Due to this reason, the Scrum Master needs the Product Owner. Whereas the project team requires the Scrum Master to work maintaining the velocity and capacity of the team. Choosing the best The Product Owner has to get involved in grabbing the project details. But, along with that, the Product Owners expect an experienced Scrum Master should work and guide his/her team members to work efficiently yielding good results. The Scrum Master and the Product Owner have mostly overlapping roles and responsibilities and skills as well. Every one of them requires an alternate level of communication and mindset.  
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4 Tips To Become A Better Scrum Product Owner

A Scrum Product Owner is a person whose role in the project is to coordinate between the customer and the development team in the company. He/she needs to ensure that all the requirements mentioned by the stakeholder are implemented in the final product. An efficient Scrum Product Owner may or may not be proficient in the business aspects of the project but, he/she will be an expert in the various techniques of Agile methodology. There are various methods by which you can become efficient in Scrum Product Owner. They are: 1) Be available to the team A Scrum Product Owner needs to be available to his/her team as and when required. Since the Product Owner is the person who knows the requirements of the stakeholder inside out, they need to be available to the development team in order to clear their queries about the product. You also need to tread cautiously in certain cases. At times, the team becomes entirely dependent on the Scrum Product Owner. This can be dangerous as the team becomes incapable of carrying out even minute tasks in the absence of the Product Owner. Hence, ensure that you are available to your team within reason and do not spoon-feed them at all times. Ensure that you keep your team motivated and encourage them to take up new tasks. 2) Vision for the Product By being prepared, you have won half the battle. A Scrum Product Owner needs to have a clear vision on the various aspects of the product. They play a pivotal role in building the structure of the product. This includes preparing the various modules of the product, understanding the region where the product will be used, requirements of the customer. If these requirements are planned in the beginning of the project, it could save a lot of time in the later stage and ensure that the project takes the required form towards the final stages of the project. Any Product Owner worth his salt will know the entire project inside out. Apart from the requirements of customers, this also includes the business side of things such as the knowledge about the market for the product. This will ensure that they are in a position to give an informed feedback about any query about the product that the development team might have. 3) Augment Business value One of the main roles of a Scrum Product Owner is to define the value for a particular product. The definition should signify what value it gives to the stakeholders and other parties involved. Once the value of the product is defined, the Product Owner needs to identify the features of the product that will give the maximum value. This task becomes easier if the product owner has a thorough knowledge of the market and the needs of a customer. After assessing all these factors involved, the Scrum Product Owner should be able to convert the value of each feature into a monetary value. This practice has many advantages such as – the team will be able to understand how their contribution to the project is going to have an impact on the business, the top brass of the organisation will be contented knowing that the teams are giving more importance to tasks that provide maximum value to their business and the stakeholders will also be supportive of the decisions taken by the Product Owner as they are aware of values and constraints involved. 4) Tolerant Individual A good Scrum Product Owner understands the various processes involved in product development. They understand that the entire process cannot be completed in a day’s time and each process can be completed in the duration it is assigned. They also work together with the teams in order to make major changes to the product. One of the most important characteristics of the Scrum Product Owner is that they keep their cool when they encounter a problem they knew they could have avoided altogether. This is primarily because they are prepared to tackle that issue. He/she also holds sprint sessions as per the schedule in order to track progress and to maintain a good communication with the team. If you feel the need of a formal CSPO training in order to improve your skills as a Scrum Product Owner, join a certified Scrum product owner certification online or a certified Scrum product owner training classroom course of your liking. A CSPO certification could also lead to better opportunities at reputed organizations.
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4 Tips To Become A Better Scrum Product Owner

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