Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I)

Professional Scrum Master I USD $150

Product Name: Professional Scrum Master I

Product Description: The Professional Scrum Master level I (PSM I) assessment is available to anyone who wishes to validate his or her depth of knowledge of the Scrum framework and its application. Those who pass the assessment will receive the industry recognized PSM I Certification to demonstrate their fundamental level of Scrum mastery. People who have passed PSM I, achieving certification, demonstrate a fundamental level of Scrum mastery. PSM I certificate holders prove that they understand Scrum as described in the Scrum Guide and how to apply Scrum in Scrum Teams. PSM I holders have a consistent terminology and approach to Scrum.

Review by Anthony C Mersino on January 20, 2020

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) is the entry-level Scrum Master certification provided by The certification is obtained by passing an 80 question, online assessment. There are no experience requirements and you don’t even have to take a training class if you already understand Scrum according to the Scrum Guide.

Applicable Role: Scrum Master

Prerequisites: Rather than simply requiring people to take training to get the certification, focuses on testing people to make sure that they have the knowledge. That is good news – you don’t have to take training from or anyone else to pass. If you’ve already been practicing Scrum or if you’ve studied the Scrum Guide or other books, you can pass the assessment without taking a course. That is great for people who may have more time than money.

Training is Recommended: Though no training course is required, unless you are very familiar with the Scrum Guide and how to apply it, the assessment will be tough. Those less experienced with Scrum may find it helpful to attend one of the 2-day PSM training courses. All PSM courses are taught by Professional Scrum Trainers (PST) and they use the same standard set of materials for every class. If taken, training courses can range from $1,000 to $1,500 per person.

Experience Requirement:  No experience is required to qualify to take the PSM assessment.

Taking the Assessment: The assessment is pretty straightforward. It is comprised of 80 questions and they must be finished in 60 minutes with a score of 85% or higher. Technically it is an open book assessment but practically speaking you need to master the material in advance to meet the time constraint and still pass. Once you sign up and purchase the assessment, you will receive an email with the key needed to access the assessment.

Cost: The assessment costs $150 and allows you one attempt.

Popularity / Recognition: The PSM is one of the most popular certifications on the market. While there are fewer people holding the PSM designation than the CSM, that is primarily because the CSM has been around since 2001 and the PSM has only been around since 2009. As of 2017, about 182,000 held the PSM I and another 3,000 held the advanced PSM II and PSM III.

Bottom Line: This is a solid certification – among the top 10 most popular and most recognized Agile and Scrum Certifications. I got mine in 2019.  I recommend the PSM training and assessment as a starting point for those new to Agile and Scrum.

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  • Created by Ken Schwaber, one of the co-creators or the Scrum Framework
  • Passing the assessment is fast – you can sign up and take it immediately
  • Affordable – only $150
  • No class training required, simply take the assessment
  • The Open Assessment can be used to determine whether you are ready to take the real thing
  • maintains a directory of all those who hold this certification (see below)


  • Not as popular as the CSM
  • You need a firm understanding of the Scrum Guide and how to apply Scrum to pass the assessment
  • As a Scrum certification, it does not cover other agile approaches like Kanban or XP Profile and Contact Information

Description from was created in 2009 by Ken Schwaber, one of the founders of Scrum, out of extreme dissatisfaction with the state of the art. leads the evolution and maturity of Scrum to improve the profession of software development, up to the level of the enterprise agility of organizations.
Year Founded2009
Thought LeadershipThought leadership at comes from Ken Schwaber and the 200+ Professional Scrum Trainers who develop, steward and teach courses at

Ken Schwaber is the founder of; he was one of the co-creators of the Scrum Framework, one of the 17 authors of the Agile Manifesto and founders of the Agile Alliance, and one of the founders of the Scrum Alliance.
Mailing AddressMiddlesex Turnpike, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
Certificant DirectoryDirectory of Certification Holders

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