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PSM Scrum Master

This short course is designed to give you a strong understanding of Scrum and empower you with globally recognised credentials to jump-start your career as a certified Scrum Master. 

Learn how the Scrum framework can help you manage teams and deliver value incrementally in a collaborative manner to solve complex problems.

Master this popular agile framework and get certified as a Scrum Master.
PSM™ I Certification, IPM Scrum Certification, 14 PDUs
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What is Scrum Project Management?

Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology according to the 16th State of Agile Report. Research shows that 87% of respondents currently leverage Scrum in their organisation.

Scrum is a way to get work done as a team in small pieces at a time, with continuous experimentation and feedback loops along the way to learn and improve as you go. It helps project managers and teams deliver value incrementally in a collaborative manner.

This course is designed to give you a competitive edge and help you develop your skill set to become a Scrum Master. By completing this training, you will get a comprehensive grasp of Scrum terminologies, practices and principles, which you can immediately apply to your work. In addition, you will learn from a certified Scrum practitioner with real-industry experience.

Earning the Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I) Certification is an unbiased endorsement of your role as a Scrum Master. It demonstrates your capability of successfully managing Scrum projects and inspiring Scrum teams to learn from their experiences, self-manage themselves, and continuously improve.

What will I learn?

This Scrum Master certification training covers the Scrum context within Agile and Lean, the Scrum principles, practices, roles and responsibilities and how to lead a Scrum team to successful project completion.

Browse more information about the course modules and learning objectives.
Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental concepts of Agile and Lean thinking. 
  • Develop the necessary skills and techniques to deliver projects using the Scrum methodology. 
  • Identify the different roles and responsibilities within Scrum. 
  • Lead a Scrum team to successful project completion. 
  • Implement Scrum principles and values effectively in your organisation. 
  • Demonstrate techniques for facilitating group decision making. 
  • Facilitate information and knowledge between the product owner and stakeholders. 
Course Modules

These modules were designed to help you adopt a flexible approach to manage change and generate positive results while growing as a Certified Scrum Master who can successfully accelerate a team to contribute to project success. 


Why Agile Project Management
  • Overview of Predictive PM Approaches 
  • Effective Project Management 
  • Benefits of Agile Project Management 
  • Project Uncertainty & Complexity 
  • Project Resilience 
Lean Principles & Practices
  • Lean Thinking & Principles
  • Lean Project Management
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Servant Leadership
  • Expertise
  • Measurement
Agile Values, Principles and Practices
  • What is Agile
  • Agile Manifesto Values & Principles
  • Common Agile Practices
  • Iterations & Incremental
  • Predictive & Iterative
  • Agile Approaches
  • Value Delivery
  • Benefits & Value
  • The Agile Mindset
  • Being Agile
The Scrum Framework
  • Why Scrum? 
  • Agile in Use 
  • The Scrum Guide 
  • Scrum Origins and Definitions 
  • Scrum Teams 
  • Using the Scrum Framework 
  • Scrum Values 
  • Empiricism 
  • Transparency, Inspection, and Adaption in Scrum 
  • Implementing Scrum 
Scrum Teams
  • Generalising Specialists
  • T-Shaped People
  • Backlog Management
  • Scrum Master’s Role
  • Scrum Master & Team
  • Scrum Master & Product Owner
  • Scrum Master & Organisation
  • Team Sizing
  • Team Communications
Scrum Events
  • Scrum Events & Shu Ha Ri
  • Cadence
  • The Sprint
  • Burnup & Burndown Chart
  • Daily Scrum
  • Sprint Planning, Review, Retrospective
Scrum Artifacts
  • Product Backlog
  • Product Goal
  • Sprint Backlog
  • Sprint Goal
  • Increments
Definition of Done
  • Definition of Done vs. Acceptance Criteria 
  • Definition of Done vs Definition of Ready 
Scrum Leadership
  • Team Dynamics
  • Team Competencies
  • Tuckman’s Model
  • Maxwell’s Curve
  • Organisational Theories
  • Hertzberg – Motivation/Hygiene
  • Maslow – Hierarchy of Needs
  • McGregor – Theory X and Theory Y
  • McClelland – Human Motivation
  • Self-Managing Teams: Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness 
Leadership Styles
  • Management vs Leadership 
  • Leadership Styles, Skills & Qualities 
  • Coach & Mentorship 
Preparing for the Scrum Exam

There are two certification exams students can take after completing this course:


IPM Scrum Certification

This examination and certificate are provided by the Institute of Project Management (IPM). It is included in the course fee and takes place four days after the last day of the course.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will achieve the IPM Scrum Certification.


This examination also acts as a preparation for you to take the Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I) certification exam, which is optional.

Optional: Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I)

PSM I is an industry-recognised certification that demonstrates a fundamental level of Scrum mastery. Completing this exam is optional.


Those who also wish to get this certification need to apply for the exam separately and pay the examination fee directly to ($150 USD per attempt). This exam is not administered by IPM and therefore is not included in the course fee.


Professional Scrum Master™ certifications are globally recognised as evidence of the highest level of knowledge, with more than 671,000 people certified. 

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Benefits of getting a Scrum Certification

Agile project management is taking the world by storm, and getting a credential in the most used agile methodology can significantly expand your career opportunities.

This Scrum certification training allows individuals and organisations to:

  • Improve team management and collaboration
  • Be flexible and allow quick product changes
  • Run productive meetings and improve team communication
  • Implement early feedback processes
  • Test early and effectively with defined metrics
  • Recognise and mitigate risks early


If you would like to learn more becoming a Certified Scrum Master or a member of the Scrum Team, read our article: Scrum – The Ultimate Guide.

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This course is perfect for...

  • Anyone wishing to become a certified Scrum Master
  • Anyone working on projects with changing requirements
  • Professionals working informally in the role of Scrum Master
  • Project managers who wish to add Scrum to their skill set
  • Agile managers seeking to improve their use of Scrum
  • Product Owners wishing to gain a firm foundation in Scrum
  • Anyone involved in product delivery using Scrum
  • Anyone working in projects highly focused on value delivery


Not sure if this course is for you? Schedule a call to speak with an educational adviser.

Why Study with IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Experts
Scrum Master Certification
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Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained 40,000 Professionals and Certified 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Experts

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract the highest calibre of international lecturers – who offer invaluable expertise to our students.

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Scrum Master Certification

Organisations increasingly seek professionals that can implement Scrum values in their business. Update your CV with a Scrum Master certification to stand out among competitors and improve your chances of getting a better salary.  

Get the right skills for contributing to change and show you possess the potential hiring managers are looking for to fulfil the organisation’s strategic goals. 

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Unparalleled Expertise

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty composed by a group of subject matter experts with unparalleled proficiency and knowledge in project, programme and portfolio management.

Lecturers range from Project Directors to former Heads of Project Management Certification Authorities.

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Student Hub & Community

The Institute offers you an immersive and engaging live virtual learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. You can participate in live virtual weekly classes, interactive tutoring sessions as well as group discussions inside virtual breakout rooms.

Access additional resources, playback your classes, connect with a global student community, brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

Fee & Schedules

This course can be provided to your staff at your own premises with a convenient and cost-effective solution. Learn more

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Really well-organised course
I had taken Scrum course in the Institute. It was really well-organised - the admin staff was very helpful, the technical background is easy to set up, good materials and the instructor was great.
Excellent Scrum training content, presenter and preparation for an online examination
We had a small class of students from all kinds of different backgrounds - HR, IT, Sales, Product Owner. I highly recommend the Institute. They offer considerable value add. Had a query and the head of course (was not expecting it) took a short phone call out of hours so that will tell you the customer mantra. Go for it!
I'd highly recommend the Institute of Project Management
I've been working in Tech for 8 years now and the Agile class turned into a huge unlock for me, it was the way our dev teams have been doing business and the environment we work in the entire time. I look forward to getting my next PM credential from you.
Highly recommended
The class was very informative and presented by great speakers throughout.
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Not only was it a unique experience it left us wanting for more, more stories, more lessons
Our instructor was someone with hands on experience, quite a few years behind him, implementing scrums across multiple teams and contexts. Not only was it a unique experience it left us wanting for more, more stories, more lessons, just more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

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What is included in the course fee?

The course fees include the IPM Scrum examination and certification fees, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Support team.


The PSM I certification is optional to the course. The examination fees are paid directly to

What are the delivery formats available for this course?
  • Online. Classes run over two consecutive days online from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Your instructor is a certified Scrum practitioner with real-industry experience. Do not worry about missing an online class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time. 
  • Classroom. Choose classes on campus for in-person learning with industry-expert lecturers. Classes run at the National College of Ireland (Dublin). Please note the scheduling of classroom courses may have been affected by Covid-19. 
Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this course is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others – who completed the course successfully.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through a final written examination, which typically takes place four days after the last day of the course. Upon successful completion of this exam, students will receive the IPM Scrum certification.


The PSM I certification is optional to the course. The examination fees are paid directly to

Is the course suitable to people without former project management knowledge/experience?

The course is suitable for individuals from various industry backgrounds and anyone who directly contributes to projects. A foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes ,and some knowledge of the agile project management approach could be helpful.

What is the IPM Scrum Certification?

IPM Scrum Certification is the Institute’s own unique accreditation that incorporates all the Scrum concepts we believe are the most important for real-life situations.


This certificate is more than just attendance of the course as you need to pass the examination in order to get the certificate. The passing rate is 60%.


Taking an IPM Scrum certification exam also prepares you for the PSM I certification exam. 

What is the examination fee for Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I)?

The examination fee for PSM I is $150 per attempt. For additional information, please visit the official website.

Am I eligible to sit the PSM™ I Examination?

The PSM I assessment is available to anyone who wishes to validate his or her depth of knowledge of the Scrum framework and its application.


However, the assessment is difficult (85% passing score); which is why preparation is required to achieve a passing score. By attending this training, you will get the practice you need to succeed and acquire not only the PSM I certification, but also the IPM Scrum Certification.

How will this course help with my career?

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you go forward in your career by getting a comprehensive grasp of the fundamental concepts behind Scrum values, principles and practices, which you can immediately apply to your work. Specialise and gain the confidence to build your project management career with globally recognised credentials. 

How much time do I need to complete the course?

Classes run over two consecutive days, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Plan to spend some time studying the core material while preparing for the exam. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

Agile vs Scrum: what’s the difference?

Agile is an adaptive approach to project management and it comprises several methodologies and frameworks.


Scrum is one of the most popular agile methodologies used today. It abides by the main agile values and principles, but there are a few Scrum-specific terms and processes you might need to know if you are working in a project environment using this particular methodology.