Scrum Alliance certification
Scrum Alliance was the first organisation to offer Scrum certification. It was established in 2001 by two signatories of the Agile Manifesto – Mike Cohn and Ken Schwaber. Ken authored The Scrum Guide™.
Scrum Alliance offers certifications to 5 Scrum and Agile target groups:
- Scrum Master
- Scrum Product Owner
- Scrum Developer
- Scrum and Agile trainers and coaches
- Those in an Agile leadership role.
Scrum certification from Scrum Alliance requires candidates to obtain Scrum Education Units® (SEUs) and pay a renewal fee every 2 years. The quality of Scrum certification from Scrum Alliance is varied and perceived by employers to be low. That is because some of its agile Scrum certifications do not even require a candidate to pass an exam. You can gain Scrum Alliance certification merely by attending a course.
For this reason, Scrum Alliance certification is seen by many people as a low-quality Scrum certification. The certification is often seen purely to make money for the Scrum Alliance, rather than training people with the skills they need to use Scrum effectively.