What is the right Scrum training for me?

We created this guideline to help you choose the best Scrum training for you.

We offer different Scrum courses to provide you with the best learning outcomes based on your Scrum experience. This variety of courses makes choosing the best option difficult sometimes. That's why this page aims at helping you choose the best Scrum course for you.

We will compare the Applying Professional Scrum (APS) and the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course, as these are the two Scrum courses we get the most questions about. We will provide guidelines to help you decide whether to attend APS or PSM.

Professional Scrum Foundations™ (APS)

Explore Scrum as part of a (remote) Scrum Team, creating a product through a series of Sprints.

Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM)

Learn to be a Professional Scrum Master from the people at who created and shepherd Scrum.

Read on to learn more about the differences and similarities of these two Professional Scrum courses:

Applying Professional Scrum™ (APS)

In the Applying Professional Scrum™ (APS) course, you will explore Scrum as part of a Scrum Team, creating a product through a series of Sprints while learning all about the Scrum framework, its roles, events, artifacts, rules and values.

The APS Scrum course is right for you if:

  • You would like to create a shared learning experience among your team, so that you can jump-start or improve as a Scrum Team
  • Your team has just started working together and wants an opportunity to learn and bond together
  • You are interested in learning about Scrum. You’ve heard or read about Scrum but have never experienced Scrum first-hand before
  • You are a stakeholder to Scrum Teams and would like to better understand what to expect of them and how to support the team
  • You are a manager to Scrum Teams and would like to understand how you can support them in maximizing customer value
  • You are in HR and would like to understand Scrum better to help find the best candidates for Scrum Teams
  • You would like to reboot your understanding of Scrum, e.g. to understand why your earlier experience wasn’t as much about Scrum as you thought

Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM)

The Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM) course is for those who already know about the Scrum framework and want to gain an in-depth understanding of its principles, process theory, professional Scrum and how to use the elements as a Scrum Master to be a servant leader to the Scrum Team.

The PSM course is right for you if:

  • You attended the APS and have a good understanding of the Scrum framework. You would like to explore the role of the Scrum Master in depth
  • You have hands-on Scrum experience but not as a Scrum Master
  • You have some practical experience as a Scrum Master and you feel there’s more to the role than facilitating Scrum events
  • You are a Scrum Master to a Development Team struggling to regularly deliver a done Increment in every Sprint. You would like to learn how to use servant leadership, empiricism and self-organization to help your Development Team grow and deliver a done Increment regularly
  • You are a Scrum Master who wants to better support their Product Owner in communicating and working towards products of value through better Product Backlog and stakeholder management
  • You are a Scrum Master looking for concepts and ideas to help stakeholders understand and support Scrum

What both courses APS and PSM will offer

What you will get from both Scrum courses:

  • You will get an amazing learning experience – just with different breadth and depth.
  • You will get the official course materials.
  • You will get two attempts to pass the PSM I assessment. That’s right, the APS course will enable you to take the PSM I assessment, too.

We hope you find this helpful in deciding which course to pick. If you are ever in doubt, just reach out. We are always happy to help.