The Product Owner acts as a liaison between the development team and the wider customer community. It is therefore vital that they are able to clearly purvey the product vision, and stakeholder feedback, to the team – to ensure the successful delivery of high-quality products.
With this in mind, formal training from a formally Certified Scrum Trainer (from the Scrum Alliance) should be considered as essential to ensure that individuals who perform this role are fully equipped to be able to do so effectively.
So whether you’re seeking personal development, looking to progress your Agile and Scrum career further, or simply aiming to validate your existing experience and knowledge with a formal certification then the Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course will tick all of those boxes (…and many more).
The benefits of becoming a Certified Scrum Product Owner
The Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course is a particularly well known and respected certification. Over the course of the 2-days, delegates will deep-dive into the role of the Product Owner – exploring activities including Product Backlog refinement, defining the acceptance criteria for “Done”, stakeholder management and communicating the product vision to the team.
By attending the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course, delegates will not only take tremendous value from 2-days of expert training from a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer – but they will also benefit from:
- Formal recognition of the required knowledge and ability to implement Scrum
- Opportunities for career progression across all industry sectors
- Chance to meet and engage with many other Agile professionals
Delegates will also automatically gain 2-years membership to the Scrum Alliance®, gaining access to online resources, local user groups and social networks.
Scrum Alliance Certified Training
So how do you go about becoming a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)? Well, locating and booking onto a CSPO course is obviously the first step. However, before booking the course, it’s really important to ensure that the training is delivered by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (like agil8’s CEO David Hicks… just saying 😊).
Only Certified Scrum Trainers are able to deliver Scrum Alliance Certified courses (such as the CSPO), and only they can subsequently register delegates with the Scrum Alliance to achieve the actual certification – so it’s vital to double check this before booking.
Although there are no prerequisites for the course, it is an expectation to (at the very least) be familiar with Scrum terms, roles, definitions and artifacts – and so reading the Scrum Guide before attending is a must.
Achieving the Certification
In contrast to the Certified ScrumMaster course, there is currently no exam associated with the Certified Scrum Product Owner course (as of April 2019). Instead, your trainer will register your attendance with the Scrum Alliance following successful completion of the course.
Once registered, you will automatically be granted certification status and will receive a welcome email from the Scrum Alliance to confirm your newly certified status.
Please note that once the certification has been achieved, it will be valid for a 2 year period. To renew the certification following that time, individuals must gain 20 Scrum Education Units and pay a renewal fee of $100. You can read more about the renewal process and Scrum Education Units here.
Agil8’s Certified Scrum Trainers typically train over 1700 Certified ScrumMasters (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owners (CSPO) every year. We offer Certified Scrum Product Owner training in various locations throughout England and Scotland.
To view all of our upcoming course dates and locations, as well as the full course content that is covered over the 2 days simply click here.