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PSM (Professional Scrum Mster ) vs SCM (Certified Scrum Master)??
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I am looking to take a Scrum Master Certification , which one is more recognizable in Canada?? PSM or SCM ??
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You may better refer to indeed.com and search for related job posts.
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Dina,

I recommend you search various job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed to see what employers are looking for in the area you'd like to work.

Generally speaking, the CSM from ScrumAlliance.org has been around longer (since 2002) and is more widely recognized. Ken Schwaber left Scrum Alliance and founded Scrum.org in 2009, and mirrored the certification structure with the PSM and PSPO certifications, but with an emphasis on more rigid assessments. The PSM is growing in popularity but is not yet as widely recognized.

There is a big price difference between the two: the CSM could cost over $1,000 for a 2-day class and exam, while the PSM requires no class and the exam costs $150. That's a big savings, but it's wasted money if the job you want won't recognize the PSM1.

If you can afford it, I would recommend taking the CSM class to get the training, then take the PSM1 exam for another $150 and have both. Remember that these are both considered beginner level certifications. The CSM leads to the ACSM and CSP, while the PSM1 leads to the PSM2 and PSM3.

Again, though, I would search the job listings in the area that interests you. It can vary by region, and no certification will help you if employers aren't looking for it.

Good luck.
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Jun 12, 2019 8:23 AM
DINA MUHAMAD
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Wade,
Thanks for the advice , that sounds like a good plan .
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Jun 12, 2019 8:09 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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Dina,

I recommend you search various job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed to see what employers are looking for in the area you'd like to work.

Generally speaking, the CSM from ScrumAlliance.org has been around longer (since 2002) and is more widely recognized. Ken Schwaber left Scrum Alliance and founded Scrum.org in 2009, and mirrored the certification structure with the PSM and PSPO certifications, but with an emphasis on more rigid assessments. The PSM is growing in popularity but is not yet as widely recognized.

There is a big price difference between the two: the CSM could cost over $1,000 for a 2-day class and exam, while the PSM requires no class and the exam costs $150. That's a big savings, but it's wasted money if the job you want won't recognize the PSM1.

If you can afford it, I would recommend taking the CSM class to get the training, then take the PSM1 exam for another $150 and have both. Remember that these are both considered beginner level certifications. The CSM leads to the ACSM and CSP, while the PSM1 leads to the PSM2 and PSM3.

Again, though, I would search the job listings in the area that interests you. It can vary by region, and no certification will help you if employers aren't looking for it.

Good luck.
Wade,
Thanks for the advice , that sounds like a good plan .
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Dina - definitely do your due diligence. There are various deciding factors when choosing this, or any, certification path. That said, many here to prefer the PSM route - scalability, cost, etc. Search this community for the past discussions on the same topic. The information you find will be helpful.
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Here are a few....
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...-Certification-
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...SM--PSM-or-CSM-
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...tion-is-better-
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussi...-certification-
https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...cation-is-Best-

there is other content such as community members experiences in earning these certs.
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Dina, those links provided by Andrew contain lots of very useful info enough for you to make a decision. Go through them all ! Good Luck !
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Thanks Andrew that definitely helps , i will do both probably .i noticed that CSM is more recognized when i checked the job postings .
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You are welcome.
That is because mostly what people know. And regardless, even as a PSM, one is also a CSM :) Like most say google that..
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Wade is correct. The PSM is not as well known and, if it was, would not carry the same cachet as the CSM.

The advantage of the CSM is that the two days gives you the training and the exam packaged together. You get to do the exam with the material fresh in your mind. (I did my ITIL Foundation that way.)
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PSM is becoming widely known, the number of certified people significantly increased in a very short time.

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