How to get CSM Certification(SCRUM)

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Getting a CSM certification is very easy. In summary here are the 5 steps to get registered for the training to get your certification. Yes, the in person training is mandatory.

STEP 1: Visit Scrumalliance.org and click Get Certified from the menu. From the drop down select CSM
STEP 2 : On the CSM page, scroll down and click the ‘Search Courses’ button under requirements section.
STEP 3: Select your preferences for training – Date, Langauge, Country, time etc. This will bring different course offerings on the left window next to the map. Select the training organization that you would like to attend.
STEP 4: Click Register now which will then take you to their home page for payment.
STEP 5: Complete payment and book your reservation for training.
STEP 6: On the day of the training, the trainer will provide all other details on how to register in ScrumAlliance for the exam etc.

We will cover what is Certified Scrum Master (that is CSM), What’s the criteria and how to register for the CSM exam and exam Structure and passing score or Criteria. So let’s get started…

Before I explain you how to get the certification, let me tell you what CSM is for those who are not in the Agile project management or Project Management space itself. CSM is the equivalent of PMP for Agile. Kind of… CSM is short for ‘Certified Scrum Master’, a must have certification for managing SCRUM teams.

So if you want to be a Certified SCRUM Master you can get the CSM certification pretty quickly. So it’s a great opportunity for those who want to switch to Agile project management from the traditional waterfall OR if you are new in the project management space then CSM certification is a great way to get started. Even if you are not managing SCRUM team or you are not a project manager / SCRUM Master, I would still recommend getting the certification because the hands-on 2 day training will help you understand the concept better. The 2 day workshop conducted by the trainer will include planning and execution using Agile tools so it’s a great way to learn even if you are team member of SCRUM team.

And it’s really really easy compared to any other exams, like PMP or other PMI exams. I can’t push enough to tell you how easy is to get your CSM certification. You can get your certification over the weekend, yes it’s that simple. Just spend a two-day or three-day in-person training offered by training partners listed in the Scrum Alliance . ORG website and you will have 2 day training and also an online test with 30 questions by the end of 2nd day and you will get your certification online the same day.
I can guarantee you that, if you put the effort in to just attending the in person training you will have your CSM certification.

You don’t have to spend weeks or months, you just have to spend two days of your weekend or three days of your weekdays and that’s it. At the end of that two or three days training you will have your certification. So it’s that simple and I can guarantee you anybody who attend that training they will have the certification I have not heard of anyone failing the exam for in after taking those training because those trainings are very Hands-On and you will understand all the concepts of Agile, SCURM and KANBAN in those 2 days.

How to register for the exam / certification.
Requirements:
The first step toward your CSM is to familiarize yourself with the Scrum framework. I will put the link in the description of this video, this is just optional, but if you are completely new to Agile then the resources on this page will help you understand the framework. 

Then, attend an in-person, two-day  (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®) where you’ll get a comprehensive overview of how to organize and support a Scrum Team. After the course, you’ll need to pass the CSM exam. After you pass the CSM exam and accept the License Agreement, complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile and enjoy the benefits of certification.
Exam Structure

So now let’s talk about the exam structure. There are only 35 questions and five of them are not scoreable. i.e. those 5 questions are put in place for designing the next exams. So out of the total 35 questions only 30 questions will be measured and you have to score 80% to pass. That means you have to get 24 questions right out of the 30 scoring questions. Don’t worry about this 80% high scoring criteria, I am telling you, if you attend the 2 day training you will definitely pass, in case if you don’t pass for some reason then you will have two attempts within 90 calendar days to pass the test at no cost. After two attempts and/or 90 calendar days, you will be charged $25 for each additional attempt.

So the test is broken out into four sections or the questions will be broken out into four sections.
General
Roles
Meetings
Artifacts.

And most of the questions would be around the roles in Agile. For my test I see there were 21 Questions out of 30 that was with respect to roles. So it is important for you to understand the roles of Agile or in general SCRUM. There were 7 questions on my exam that was under General topic, 4 related to meetings and 3 around the agile artifacts.

I’m saying this based on the results that I see on my test results. So I’m assuming that’s the way how the exam is structured. You can see on the screen I got a hundred percent on the general 90% on the roles 75% on them 700%. You don’t have to score specific percentage in one of the section but overall we have to get 80% out of 230 questions alright so I guarantee you that if you take the training you will get certified so don’t wait just spend the weekend and spend that amount to get your certification.

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