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Wondering to choose CSPO or PSPO?

By Sara Patoff Last Updated on Jun 28, 2021
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Both Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) & Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) training paths provide a solid foundation in Scrum i.e. its values, principles & the Scrum product owner role. However, the CSPO training takes a slightly broader view as it looks at Scrum applications beyond a software development context. The PSPO training focuses primarily on software development.

Let’s understand about both the training’s one by one:

Certified Scrum Product Owner Training

CSPO – is an abbreviation which stands for Certified Scrum Product Owner and is a certification offered by the Scrum Alliance, designed specifically for the Product Owner roles. After successfully completing the CSPO training, you will become a Certified Scrum Product Owner. Furthermore, this CSPO certification gives you access to a renewable, 2-year membership with Scrum Alliance. As a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), you can further continue your educational development to become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or Certified Team Coach (CTC) or Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) or Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).  You can read more about certifications on the Scrum Alliance website.

Professional Scrum Product Owner Training

PSPO – is an abbreviation which stands for Professional Scrum Product Owner and is a certification offered by scrum.org, designed specifically for the Product Owner role. Post successfully completing the Professional Scrum Product Owner training, you will receive a password for PSPO-I assessment. Further, upon passing, you can continue your educational development to go on to become a Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) & receive the assessment password at a discounted price. Further, you can then choose to combine both PSPO credentials with the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) track to become Professional Scrum Trainer (PST).

Scrum.org maintains a public list of all PSPO- I & PSPO-II credential holders and the credential does not expire. You can learn more on the Scrum.org website.


Both CSPO and PSPO certifications are equivalent & define highest quality standards. Though there is a difference in the way of procurement of certifications and how to maintain this.

On one hand, certifications issued by Scrum Alliance are obtained by taking an online exam after mandatory attending a two-day training provided by a Certified Scrum Trainer. On the other hand, certifications issued by scrum.org are obtained by taking an online exam without the prerequisite of attending training. Another difference is, the Certifications issued by scrum.org do not expire. To conclude, testing and validating your knowledge and having a decent understanding of the product owner role is mandatory, therefore thorough preparation & study are key. Hence, participating in training to learn & to experience what Scrum is about, is always highly recommended.

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