Certified ScrumMaster

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  • For: Those seeking to sit for the Certified ScrumMaster® exam
  • Cost: $1,195
  • CEUs: 1.4
  • Location: Continuing Education & Conference Center on the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota
  • Meets: Two days, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Scrum is the leading Agile product development framework. It provides a foundation and path to delivering business goals in a collaborative, sane, and enjoyable manner. This intensive two-day course, taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer, will prepare you for the online exam. It includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSMs.

Course Content

In this course, we'll cover pragmatic, time-tested practices for managing product backlogs, long- and short-range planning, project execution, and progress reporting. We'll also examine many facets of Scrum, including the project lifecycle, roles, ceremonies, and artifacts. You will participate in exercises, in-depth discussion, case studies, and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles.

Certified ScrumMaster Course Learning Objectives

  • The basics of what Scrum is and how it fits into an Agile process
  • How the ScrumMaster role differs from a traditional project manager
  • The process for organizing, planning, and executing a Scrum project
  • Strategies for applying the Scrum framework to your job in the real world.

About the Certified ScrumMaster Exam

To sit for the Certified ScrumMaster exam, you need to complete the two-day Certified ScrumMaster course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. The Scrum Alliance does not permit candidates to take the exam independent of the course.

Your instructor will enroll you in the Scrum Alliance at the conclusion of the course, thus assuring your participation in the two days of training. Your course fee includes a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, with access to the online exam.

After completing your CSM course, you’ll receive an email from Scrum Alliance that includes a link to create your login credentials. The first step will be to take the test. Once the test is complete, you will be asked to accept a license agreement and set up your online profile. It may take up to two weeks after course completion to receive your welcome email.

The exam consists of 35 multiple choice and true/false questions. A passing score is 24. The exam will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. You’ll be required to demonstrate your understanding of key Scrum elements, including:

  • General Scrum knowledge
  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum meetings
  • Scrum artifacts.

You will have two attempts within 90 days after you receive your welcome email to pass the test at no cost.  After two attempts or 90 days, you will be charged $25 for each additional attempt.

More information is available on the Scrum Alliance website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scrum?

Scrum is the leading Agile product development framework. It provides a foundation and path to delivering business goals in a collaborative, sane, and enjoyable manner.

Scrum was created with software development in mind, but many other industries apply this framework to their own worlds. In fact, education, marketing, operations, and more are adopting Scrum and enjoying the benefits it brings them.

Can I just study for the Certified ScrumMaster exam and bypass the course?

No. The Scrum Alliance requires exam takers to first complete the two-day ScrumMaster course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Your instructor certifies your attendance and enrolls you as a member of the Alliance, which provides access to the exam.

What is included in the cost of the course?

In addition to two days of expert instruction, students are enrolled in the Scrum Alliance, with access to the online exam. The fee also covers parking, refreshments, and lunch.

What is the format of the exam?

The exam consists of 35 multiple choice and true/false questions. A passing score of 24 is required. The exam will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. You’ll be required to demonstrate your understanding of key Scrum elements, including:

  • General Scrum knowledge
  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum meetings
  • Scrum artifacts

What if I fail the exam?

You will have two attempts within 90 days after you receive your welcome email to pass the test at no cost. After two attempts or 90 days, you will be charged $25 for each additional attempt.

What is the fee to become a member of the Scrum Alliance?

There is no additional fee; it is part of the course registration cost. This also includes access to the online exam.

Does the course instructor need any special qualifications?

Yes. The Scrum Alliance only permits individuals holding the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) credential to serve as the CSM instructor. There are fewer than 160 CST credential holders in the world.

Once the two-day CSM course is completed, how do I go about taking the exam?

After completing your CSM course, you’ll receive an email from Scrum Alliance that includes a link to create your login credentials. The first step will be to take the test. Once the test is complete, you will be asked to accept a license agreement and set up your online profile. It may take up to two weeks after course completion to receive your welcome email.

How soon after my course do I have to complete the CSM test?

After receiving your membership email, you have 90 days to complete the test.

Is an online version of the CSM course available?

No. The Scrum Alliance believes that understanding Scrum requires a greater level of personal interaction than can be delivered in a virtual environment.

Can PMPs earn PDUs (Professional Development Units) by taking the course?

Yes.

Will I receive an actual "certificate"?

Yes. Upon completion of each course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Once you have completed all of the courses required for the certificate program, you will receive a formal certificate from the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education. You can also request that an official notification letter of completion be sent to an identified employer, supervisor, personnel manager, or association.

How do I get a transcript of the courses I've taken?

You can receive an unofficial transcript of the professional development courses you've taken via email or postal mail. Contact the Information Center at 612-624-4000 or via email at cceinfo@umn.edu. You can also stop by 20 Ruttan on the St. Paul campus. For an official University of Minnesota transcript, send a written request with a check for $5 made payable to the University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education Information Center, 20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108.

If I am unemployed, how do I seek funding to take your courses?

If you haven’t already done so, contact a workforce center that provides counseling and financial support for dislocated workers. To enroll in a certificate, visit our Discounted Programs for Dislocated Workers website.

Can these courses be delivered to my organization?

Yes. We can conduct any of our existing certificate programs on site, at your location. More information is available on our Customized Training website.

What type of credit is available?

A variety of professional credits is awarded for successfully completing the entire course.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measurement awarded to participants in a qualifying noncredit continuing education program. One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours. Six contact-hour courses earn 0.6 CEUs.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Continuing professional education credits are frequently needed by accountants, finance professionals, and others. One CPE is awarded for every 50 minutes of instruction. Six contact-hour courses award 7.2 CPEs.

Professional Development Units (PDU)

These are required for certified project managers, business analysts, and others. One PDU is awarded for every hour of instruction. Six-contact hour courses earn six PDUs.

Profession Development Hours (PDH)

These are awarded to engineers, architects, surveyors, and related professionals. One PDH is awarded for every hour of instruction. Six-contact hour courses earn six PDHs.

 

Contact Us

612-624-4000 | cceinfo@umn.edu