Professional Scrum Master or Agile Scrum Foundation (PSM or ASF) ? Which Scrum Certification is Better? How to Choose?

Professional Scrum Master x Agile Scrum Foundation! This article is for many people who asked me which Scrum certification I recommendProfessional Scrum Master ( or the new Agile Scrum Foundation (Exin)? My answer always starts with:

What are your purposes with this certification?

  • If you want to get a general knowledge about Scrum and Agile, you are starting with those things and want to learn more about it’s principles and process, so choose the easier exam, that is ASF (EXIN).
  • If you want a more deep knowledge about scrum and agile, how to implement it, and a better market recognition, so choose PSM (, which has more tradition and experience on Scrum Community, but be prepared for a more difficult exam. In this case, you already work with Scrum or need to start implementing it. Your mission is learn very well and teach your team.

To facilitate your decision, I created this Comparative Board with some Preparation Materials and Test Simulators to help you on the PSM and ASF Certifications Exams.

I hope you enjoy it:

ASF – Agile Scrum
PSM – Professional Scrum Master
Governed by: EXIN
Year Launched: 2014 2009
Exam Questions: 40 80
Exam Time: 60 minutes 60 minutes
Passing Score: 65% (26 of 40) 85% (68 of 80)
Good Preparation Material: Agile Scrum Foundation Certification Program Professional Scrum Master Certification Program
E-Learning: Agile and Scrum eLearning Course e-Learning Scrum Course for PSM I Test
Exam Simulators: Agile Scrum Foundation Simulated Exams Professional Scrum Master I (PSM) Simulated Exam/Test Review
Buy Exam Voucher: EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation Exam Professional Scrum Master Assessments
Exam Mode: Online Online
Need a Presential Course?: No No
Agile/Scrum experience needed: Beginner Intermediate or Advanced

It is good to say certifications are important to propagate knowledge and generate opportunities, or in other words, to “open doors”. But what really makes you stay on the game is how you use it in your day-by-day work: how you deal with your team, clients and problems, how you organize, develop and specify the products, how you make the company release more value to the market and how commitment and will power do you have for it.

Please, never forget this important part too, ok? 😉

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  3. Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Exam Simulator
  4. How to pass Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) certification test in #6 steps

Success, Hugs and Peace!
Eduardo Rodrigues Sucena
MBA | MCP | PSM | PSPO | Business Analyst

Professional Scrum Master or Agile Scrum Foundation?

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