It’s official, I am a Certified Scrum Professional

This morning I took the CSP Exam, to be come a “Certified Scrum Professional”. I usually don’t mind much about certifications, not for myself, not for the people I hire or work with, but that doesn’t seem to be the case of a lot of others.

Off course I already considered myself a Scrum Professional, but it was time to make it official, and this morning I passed! Now the CSP badge appears on my Scrum Alliance Profile.

You must satisfy three eligibility criteria to apply for the CSP credential:

  1. be a current holder of the CSM, CSPO, or CSD credential;
  2. have a minimum of 2000 hours of Scrum-related work in the past two years;
  3. maintain a current Scrum Alliance membership.

When you want to apply, you first need to apply for this on the Scrum Alliance website, you can do this from your dashboard. When your eligibility has been confirmed, you should pay a registration fee of $300 after which you will receive an invitation from the examination institute Castle Worldwide to schedule the location, date, and time for the required CSP exam. Castle Worldwide, does as the name suggest provide examination centers all over the globe, and I took mine in Veenendaal in the Netherlands.

15 Thoughts on “It’s official, I am a Certified Scrum Professional

  1. Hello,

    First of all congratulation for your CSP :-)

    Could you share with us some information about the examination ?

    What Kind of question did you had ?
    Which books were the most useful (to you) to prepare the test ?

    I’ve taken the CSP sample examination (35 questions) and found it quite hard…is the Test that hard ?

    Thanks in advance for your advices :)


  2. nverdo on August 31, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

    Thanks Bruno!

    I’ve read quite a few Agile books and have been working with Scrum since 6 years, and to be frank, I haven’t prepared much, I guess I was quite confident :-)

    I also took the test exam, and there were some strange answers, which I didn’t agree with. I suppose this is the difficulty of multiple choice, I don’t think anything in Scrum is black or white.

    If you are not familiar with the technical practices (XP, TDD) I suggest to get up to speed on that. Also if you are more familiar with the Scrum Master sections, it might be good to focus on the Product Owner aspects as well.

    Perhaps a good preparation is the since it covers most aspects, and the videos also includes questions and answers.

    Good luck!


  3. Hello,

    thanks for your post and it was very useful one.

    I would be appearing for the CSP online test next week and i have gone through the Mike Cohn’s book & also i am into agile practices for last 3 years.

    I am getting bit nerves now after looking at the sample questioner from castle world wide.. wondering whether the questions would also will be in the same line.

    Do you mind providing some insights on this? I have gone through the trainingseries from MJ and he has been helping me to get better in scrum practices.

    I have some ideas on XP practices TDD, ATDD and ii would like to know what else we need to get better to clear the CSP.

    Whats your feeling about the online test? is it easy or tough? Are there any questions related to fixed bid projects & contracts?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Kumar,

      I too was a bit concerned with the test exam results. It seemed I had scored 0 out of 5 and 1 out of 5 for 2 respective sections in the test exam. After examining the questions I was totally not in agreement with the provided answers. Fortunately in the real test I was doing much beter and scored 519 out of 600, where the passing score is 450. It’s still quite weird to do a multiple choice test on agile subjects, since it’s not always black and white. For example some people in the Scrum community think it’s a really bad idea to do release planning, others think it’s an absolute must, so good luck creating a multiple choice question on that.

      Good luck on your exam,


  4. Thanks Niels. Your comment gives me some more confidence to take up the test.

    Btw.. i am working in a product based company and that’s one of the main reason i was asking whether is there any specific questions on fixed bid projects.

    Also if you remember can you please share what kind of questions (product owner related, team related, scrum master role related questions) were in the online test?

    I would be taking up the test next week.


  5. Niels – can you please confirm whether there will be questions on XP practices like TDD, ATDD? I was told by few guys in scrum alliance forum that they have removed the software development related questons. Thanks

    • Hi Kumar,

      Yes there are questions regarding these topics at least when I took the test beginning of August. I’m not sure why these questions would be removed, since I do believe a Scrum Certified Professional will have to be knowledgeable in these areas as well.

      Good luck,


  6. Parimal on November 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm said:

    taking the test Monday 11/19. How much detail do they go into with TDD and refactoring.. do I need to know all the techniques and design patterns and stuff or just know what is refactoring and its value. I am trying to understand whether I need to know the answers as a software programmer or more as a scrum master

    • Hi Parimal,

      Sorry it seems my reply to your comment is too late, so I hope you passed. I recall there were some questions about most common refactorings, but not about specific design patters.

      I hope you passed!


  7. Hi Niels,
    First of all congrats on the certification. Can you recommend 2-3 books to read for the exam ?

  8. Check out for practice questions

  9. It’s official … I also passed the CSP exams on the 29th of April, just a day before Scrum Alliance scrapped the examination for SEU.

    • nverdo on May 5, 2014 at 8:46 am said:

      Congratulations! Yes I learned about the new program recently. I guess this post will be obsolete as of now :-)

      I will update it. Thanks for letting me know!

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