Scrum Developer Certified (SDC)

Scrum Developer Certified from SCRUMstudy USD $200
Scrum Developer Certified (SDC)

Product Name: Scrum Developer Certified

Product Description: Scrum Developer Certified (SDC) is an entry level certification. The objective of this certification is to ensure that participants understand the basics of Scrum which Scrum team members need to know to effectively contribute to a Scrum project.

Review by Anthony C Mersino on February 12, 2020

My previous success with the SFC and SMC from SCRUMstudy encouraged me to go ahead and take the SDC assessment without any additional training. SCRUMstudy puts the SDC on the roadmap before the SMC so I thought perhaps I already knew what I needed to.

The certification is obtained by passing a 75 question, online-proctored 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 ScrumBok. More about that document in a moment.

Applicable Role: Developer

Prerequisites: Like PMI and, SCRUMstudy does not require a training class to prepare for the certification exam. Just like the other SCRUMstudy certifications, SCRUMstudy provides online training for the SDC and that is included in the exam fee.

Training is Highly Recommended: Though no training course is required unless you are very familiar with the SBOK, you will find the questions on the exam pretty tough.

Experience Requirement: No experience is required to qualify to take the SDC assessment. It could help, but it could also hurt you if you think you don’t need to ingest and regurgitate the exact concepts in the SBOK. So taking the SCRUMstudy courses might actually be best for those new to Agile and Scrum without prior experience and without a deep understanding of the Scrum Guide.

ScrumBok: If you liked the PMBOK, you are going to love the Scrum Body of Knowledge. This is a unique SCRUMstudy creation and I have to say I was not at all prepared for it. Imagine that you took the Scrum Guide and injected it with steroids to try and make it look like the PMBOK.

What is weird about this document is that if you are familiar with the Scrum Guide, there are just enough things renamed to make your head explode. The Product Backlog is the Prioritized Product Backlog, the Sprint Retrospective is the Retrospect Sprint Meeting, and on and on. Never heard of the Scrum Principles before? Well, here they are.

Worse, there are detailed phases and process guides added in here to give the document its 403 page heft. Brevity and guidance out, specificity and top-down direction is in.

Taking the Assessment:

The 75 question assessment is anything but straightforward unless you have memorized the SBOK which I think they expect you to do. (I actually thought it would be easier for people coming from a PMBOK or SAFe background to appreciate the SBOK than those who knew the Scrum Guide.)

The proctor monitors your screen and your webcam via Webex during the timed exam, which is slightly unnerving but all in all it is not a major issue. I think for me it meant that I could not simply buy the assessment and take it right then like I could with the assessments.

The SDC assessment is 75 questions and it must be completed in 2 hours. The questions were very challenging. And the assessment has the usual features like mark questions for review and then it allows you to go back at the end. I did not have the mental horsepower to go back through and check my answers so I went through it once and submitted it. I only spent 35 minutes on the 75 questions.

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Cost: The list price of the SDC certification is $200. Using the discounts that were emailed to me, I was able to take it for $135. I would recommend that you ask for or look for discounts before making any commitments.

Popularity / Recognition: It is hard to determine how many people have the SDC credential. The SCRUMstudy site claims that they have”trained/certified more than 325,000 delegates in delivering successful projects”. A search of the credential (“Scrum Developer Certified (SDC)”) in LinkedIn gets about 3,000 hits which is roughly the same as what the PSD gets and half of what the CSD gets. So I would think that is a good directional number.

Bottom Line:  Like the SFC and the SMC certifications from SCRUMstudy, if you are fan of top-heavy, prescriptive methods and you never heard of the Scrum Guide, this might be the certification for you. That said, the exam should be targeted to the “developer” role and I think there is too much content that doesn’t really apply to team members.

If you already know the Scrum Framework as described in the Scrum Guide then it is going to be tough to learn the vocabulary and additional content of the ScrumBoK.

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  • No class training required, simply take the assessment
  • Online training is provided
  • Online training include practice tests
  • Proctored and can be taken from home
  • Directory to look up certifications


  • Not as popular or recognized as the CSD
  • Some exam content not applicable to the developer role
  • You need a firm understanding of the ScrumBOK
  • There are no published statistics on how many people have it
  • Not consistent with the Scrum Guide

SCRUMstudy Profile and Contact Information

Description from WebsiteSCRUMstudy is the global accreditation body for Scrum and Agile certifications. It has authored the SBOK® Guide as a comprehensive guide to deliver successful projects using Scrum. SCRUMstudy works through its large global partner network of Authorized Training Providers to deliver trainings and certifications. Important certifications provided by SCRUMstudy include Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC), Scrum Developer Certified (SDC), Scrum Master Certified (SMC), Scaled Scrum Master Certified (SSMC), SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC), Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC), Scaled Scrum Product Owner Certified (SSPOC) and Expert Scrum Master Certified (ESMC).
Year Founded2004
Thought LeadershipTridibesh Satpathy is the founder of VMEdu and is the lead author of the SBOK Guide with support from the following coauthors and SMEs:
Abdelnaser Dwaikat, Ahmed Touseefullah Siddiqui, Ajey Grandhem, Anu Ravi, Barbara Siefken, Bobbie Green, Bryan Lee Perez, Buddy Peacock, Charles J. Quansah, Chrys Thorsen, Corey T. Bailey, Deepak R, Deepak Ramaswamy, Dusan Kamenov, Elizabeth Lynne Warren, Frances Mary, Jo Tessler, Frank Quinteros, Gaurav Garg, Gaynell Malone, Girish Kulkarni, Ian Glenister, J. Drew Nations, Jaimie M. Rush, James Pruitt, Jo Pereira, Joe Schofield, Jose Nunez, Karen Lyncook, Lachlan McGurk, Madhuresh Kumar Mishra, Magaline D. Harvey, Meena Elangovan, Mehul Doshi, Melissa Lauro, Melvin Wofford Jr., Michael Rauch, Mike Tomaszewski, Mimi LaRaque, Morris Feigel, Nadra Rafee, Neha Mishra, Nikhil Bhargava, Obi Nwaojigba, Olumide Idowu, Prof. Dr. Akram Hassan, Quincy D. Jordan, R-A Alves, Ravneet Kaur, Richard Mather, Robert Lamb, Ron Villmow, Ruth Kim, Sandra A. Strech, Saurabh Gupta, Sayan Guha, Simon Robertson, Sohini Banerjee, Srinivas Reddy Kandi, Syed Ashraf, Tommie L. Sherrill, Vinay Jagannath, Vince Belanger, Vinod Kumar, Winfried Hackmann, Yogaraj Mudalgi
Mailing AddressVMEdu Inc., 410 N. 44th Street, Suite 240 Phoenix, AZ 85008
Certificant DirectorySCRUMstudy Certification Registry

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