Next week, the London Agile Discussion Group is meeting to discuss certification.
As of today, over 500,000 people have taken one of the entry-level Scrum Alliance courses (CSM, CSPO, CSD). That’s about $500m of training courses to the certified Scrum Alliance trainers (and $17.5m in exam entrance fees to Scrum Alliance). Some people say that they took their CSM “for the training, not just the certification”. Okay, so maybe you paid $1,000 for a 2-day course which just happened to include a certificate at the end of it, instead of a much cheaper price for an uncertified Scrum training course.
So why do so many people pay the $100 fee to renew their certificate every 2 years? And why have over 75,000 people taken the scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) exam which is separate from the training? And what about the 5,000+ CSPs?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t go on these courses, but I think it’s worthwhile establishing what people hope to get from them. What is it that drives people to certification? And why does a quick scan of job postings for Scrum Masters return around 50% of employers stating an application minimum of “CSM or equivalent”?
Some of you are fighting against certification by not renewing your certificates once they run out. Others are writing angry monologues denouncing all certification.
What do you think?
We appreciate that many readers of this site aren’t going to be able to make it to London for next week’s session, but we’d still like to hear your thoughts. Please leave us a comment on the site (or Linkedin or Twitter) and we will take these along with us next week. In return, we promise to write an update on what we learned in a future blog post.