May 25th, 2017 San Diego, CA & Cary, NC – at the recent Scrum Gathering California, the Director of Education at the Scrum Alliance, Lisa Reeder, previewed an update to the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification.  Based on industry trends, member needs and the work of a specially formed Scrum Team of Certified Scrum Trainers, Certified Enterprise Coaches and Scrum Alliance staff, the Scrum Alliance will be making three changes to make it easier to become a CSP.

  1. Create role-specific education paths for ScrumMasters, Product Owners and Team members.
  2. Replace the current program based on gathering Scrum education units (SEU) with a progressive path of education around a specific set of learning objectives.
  3. Reduce the number of years of experience working on a Scrum or Agile from three years to two years.

This new program reduces key challenges that many members have reported while becoming a CSP.  One, a journey of three years to become a CSP was too daunting to complete.  Two, the open ended nature of the SEU program did not provide members enough guidance on what types of educational experiences would be acceptable (or useful) for a CSP.  Three, it was unclear how to collect and report SEU.

During an information session at the Scrum Gathering California, Lisa Reeder and members of the CSP Scrum Team shared the outlines of the new program, responded to questions and accepted feedback from the members.  During this session, Lisa Reeder reported that the target date to begin the new CSP program would be September 30, 2017.

So what does this announcement from the Scrum Alliance mean for you?

  1. If you meet the experience requirements of the current program and have all the necessary SEU, submit your CSP application today.
  2. If you meet the experience requirements of the current program and do NOT have all the necessary SEU, earn those remaining SEU and submit your application before September 30th.  CSP Fast Pass offers learners the opportunity to complete an entire program in four months or less OR you can buy individual courses a la carte to help you earn SEU.  Currently, we offer twelve on-line courses in our store.
  3. If you are close to meeting the experience requirements of the current program (you have two and a half years of experience or more), figure out how many more SEU you need to reach the required 70 SEU and earn them before September 30th.  Again, CSP Fast Pass can be tailored to meet your educational needs either by participating in the entire program or through a la carte courses.
  4. If you want to start CSP Fast Pass, but are concerned that whatever you complete in CSP Fast Pass will not count towards your CSP, relax.  CSP Fast Pass co-founders and instructors, Jason Tanner and Carlton Nettleton, were part of the Scrum Team at the Scrum Alliance that worked on updating the CSP program.  When the new CSP program begins at the Scrum Alliance, every customer in CSP Fast Pass will automatically be transferred to the new program.  All credits earned in this program will be transferred to the new program.