Everything you Need to Know About CSPO® Certification

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Everything you Need to Know About CSPO® Certification

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Certification opens the path to lead your career in the Agile software development. But, knowing which certification is in demand today is worth more than your degree, experience and other skills. 

The Scrum Framework consists of 3 roles viz, the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and the development team. From a business viewpoint, the role of the Product Owner is the most important and challenging role. The role of the Product Owner consists of taking product-related decisions. We will see the roles and responsibilities of the Product Owner (PO) later in this article, first let’s see the definition of the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®)

Product Owner Definition

The Product Owner (PO) is a member of the Agile Team responsible for defining User stories and prioritizing the Product Backlog to streamline the execution of tasks according to the priorities given and is responsible for collaborating with the team members to decide what features will be present in the product release.

The Agile Product Owner role requires to get inputs from the Stakeholders, Clients. They need skills like conflict management, facilitation, out-of-box thinking, and an art to influence the team and Stakeholders. You can get these skills in attending the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) certification.

The Product Owner role sometimes considered as the toughest role in Scrum, but after getting a certification, you will find it relatively easy. Let’s see everything about the CSPO® certification below. 

What is CSPO®?

A Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) is an individual who has been taught about the Scrum terminologies, practices, and principles by a Certified Scrum Trainers® (CST) that will enable an individual to fulfill the role of Scrum Product Owner. 

Roles and responsibilities of the CSPO®

The Certified Product Owner bears the following roles as follows.

  • The PO is mainly responsible for managing the product backlog.
  • The PO carries out the communication between the Stakeholders and the development team. 
  • The PO define the user stories and prioritize each user story.
  • The PO manages the features and priority of the tasks as needed after each sprint or iteration.
  • Accepting or rejecting the tasks outcomes.
  • The Product Owner also keeps the customers or clients informed about the status and getting their feedback.

Accreditation Body

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) certification is offered by the renowned certifying body called Scrum Alliance. Scrum Alliance is a non-profitable membership organization that supports the Scrum implementation in the organizations and effective usage of Scrum.

Who can be CSPO®?

The target audience for CSPO® training is the Project Managers, Developers, Product Owners, Managers-Software development, Architects-Software development, Product Managers, Software developers, Software coders, Software testers, Team Leads or Team Members and those who are interested in learning more about Scrum and leading Agile projects.

Prerequisites of taking the CSPO® certification

  1. No eligibility criteria
  2. Those who are familiar with the basics of Agile can be a part of the CSPO® training
  3. Candidates must take the 2-day CSPO® course in order to earn a certification

Why become CSPO®?

Being a Scrum Product Owner certified (CSPO®), your chances of getting hired by the employers will be more.
Getting a CSPO® certification is easier today as you don’t need to write an exam. You can simply attend the CSPO® training by the Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers. The training lasts for 2 days and once completed, you’ll receive a certificate and a one-year membership from the Scrum Alliance. Also, the CSPO® certification will-

  • Expand your career opportunities 
  • Demonstrate your attainment of core Scrum knowledge
  • Help you to learn the foundation of Scrum 
  • Engage with the Scrum practitioners

How to get a CSPO® Certification?

The process to become a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) certification is as follows.

  • Attend two-day CSPO® course by Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) from the Registered Education Provider (REP) by Scrum Alliance.
  • Log in to your Scrum Alliance account
  • Accept your license agreement
  • Now, you will get CSPO® certification and will be called as Certified Scrum Product Owner. 

Note: There is no exam from the Scrum Alliance to earn the CSPO® certification.

Certification renewal process

The CSPO® certification is valid for 2 years and needs to renew every 2 years. The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) certification process includes the following steps as follows.

  1. Log on to your Scrum Alliance certification account.
  2. Click on ‘certification dashboard’ under settings.
  3. Scroll to the “Actions” window and click the renewal link to pay a renewal fee of $100.

Benefits of getting CSPO® certified

The benefits of getting CSPO® certification are as follows:

  • The CSPO® certified can lead Agile teams,
  • Motivate team members,
  • Can build communication channels between the Stakeholders and teams
  • Increase the functionality of the team
  • Reduce the risks
  • Improve Rate over Investment (ROI)
  • You can earn 14-16 PDUs and SEUs

Salary of the CSPO® certified

The average salary of a CSPO® certified professionals is $101,459 per year. Collated below is the graph showing salary based on locations.

Salary of the CSPO® certified

What next after CSPO® certification?

In the year 2018, Scrum Alliance revised its certification programs by creating the pathways of continuing education in Scrum and Agile. Let’s see the Product Owner role-specific educational journey. 

CSPO® certification levels

  1. The next step is to obtain an Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner® (A-CSPO®) certification after completing Certified Scrum Product Owners® (CSPO®) certification. 
  2. The second step would be to obtain the Certified Scrum Professional – Product Owner® (CSP-PO) certification.  

To grab the Advanced Certified Product Owner (A-CSPO®) certification, you need to have a current Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) certification with the Scrum Alliance, and 1 year of work experience as a Product Owner in the last 5 years.

So, Are you ready to become a CSPO®?

If you have good interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work with the ‘business side’ projects, you are the right individual to get the CSPO® certification. As a Certified Scrum Product Owner, you can create a product vision, prioritize the product backlog, and can delight the customers by delivering their needs. Go ahead and get yourself enrolled from the Registered Education Provider (REP) by Scrum Alliance, and achieve anything with a CSPO® certification! 

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