Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)

Professional Scrum Product Owner I USD $200
Scrum Product Owner PSPO

Product Name: Professional Scrum Product Owner I

Product Description: The Professional Scrum Product Owner level I (PSPO I) assessment is available to anyone who wishes to validate their knowledge of the Scrum framework and ability to support value creation and delivery. Those who pass the assessment will receive the industry recognized PSPO I Certification to demonstrate their mastery of the content.

Review by Anthony C Mersino on February 10, 2020

The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO I) is the entry-level Scrum Product Owner 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.

PSPO Assessment Overview: The PSPO assessment covers topics from multiple Focus Areas as defined by the Professional Scrum Competencies. The specific Focus Areas from which questions may be selected during the assessment are listed on the Suggested Reading page. The assessment is exhaustive and rigorous. Many questions ask you to think about or interpret the meaning from the Scrum Guide, apply content from the Product Owner Learning Path, and apply your own experience. Find additional information to help you prepare for the PSPO Assessment and ways to learn about Scrum.

Applicable Role: Product Owner

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 as a Product Owner 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 PSPO training courses. All PSPO training 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 PSPO 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 $200 and allows you one attempt.

Popularity / Recognition: There are significantly fewer people holding the PSPO designation than the corresponding CSPO certification offered by Scrum Alliance. I think that is because the CSPO has been around since 2001 and the PSPO has only been around since 2009.

Bottom Line: This is a solid certification – among the top 10 most popular and most recognized Agile and Scrum Certifications. I got mine in 2015.  I took the PSPO training course and I recommend that as preparation for the assessment. I don’t think those new to Agile and Scrum would be able to pass the assessment without the training.

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  • Created by Ken Schwaber, one of the co-creators of the Scrum Framework
  • Passing the assessment is fast – you can sign up and take it immediately
  • Affordable – only $200
  • No class training required, simply take the assessment
  • The Open Assessment can be used to help you gauge your readiness to take the real thing
  • maintains a directory of all those who hold this certification (see below)


  • Not as popular as the CSPO
  • You need a firm understanding of the Scrum Guide and how to apply Scrum to pass the assessment 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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