ScrumMaster® Certification Program (CSM®)  Scrum-logo 

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Two-day certification class held at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern and in Philadelphia (For Phila. location details, click here).


Philadelphia location

April 24 & 25 (Thursday and Friday)
BUSAD 5593 - 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) (14 PDUs)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $1,295 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and two-year Scrum Alliance membership)  

Call 610-648-3274 to register.

Refund Policy - There will be no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.



Great Valley location

May 15 and 16 (Thursday and Friday)
BUSAD 5593 - 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) (14 PDUs)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $1,295 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and two-year Scrum Alliance membership) 
Early registration discount of $100 if registered by April 29.

Register online or call 610-648-3274.

Refund Policy - There will be no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.


Philadelphia  location

June 12 and 13 (Thursday and Friday)
BUSAD 5593 - 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) (14 PDUs)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $1,295 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and two-year Scrum Alliance membership)
Early registration discount of $100 if registered by May 22.

Register online or call 610-648-3274.

Refund Policy - There will be no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.


Great Valley location

August 4 and 5 (Monday and Tuesday)
BUSAD 5593 - 14 hours (1.4 CEUs) (14 PDUs)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $1,295 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and two-year Scrum Alliance membership)
Early registration discount of $100 if registered by July 9.

Register online or call 610-648-3274.

Refund Policy - There will be no refunds after the Monday preceding the first day of class.


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 Pictured above is a recent Certified ScrumMaster class.

This two-day Penn State Great Valley certification program will allow participants to receive their ScrumMaster® Certification (CSM). As the premier local university for ScrumMaster® Certification, Penn State Great Valley offers students enrolling in this program 1.4-CEUs (Continuing Education Units); additionally, Certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) are eligible to receive 14-PDUs. 

Penn State Great Valley is a ScrumAlliance®, Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). We are committed to providing professional training that adheres to the principles of Scrum Alliance, while maintaining the academic integrity of Penn State University. 

See ScrumAlliance website for specifics regarding the online Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) exam launched October 1, 2009. 

Penn State Great Valley’s Certification Course

Our hands-on program is appropriate for all software team members, including project managers, team leads, development managers, product managers, architects, developers and testers, as well as executives like CIOs and CTOs. It includes multiple simulations, exercises, and role plays.

The Scrum Process

Scrum has emerged as the most successful agile development process for organizations, developers, and executives. Scrum's growing popularity can be attributed to its ability to boost ROI for businesses and bring developers and executives together to align business goals. The Scrum framework helps teams to become extremely productive. It engages developers to produce the major pieces of an application in a fraction of the time consumed by traditional methods and makes defects immediately visible to the team. Scrum improves efficiency and helps organizations get things done.

Program Prerequisite

Participants should come prepared with basic knowledge of the Scrum framework. We recommend that, prior to attending this course, participants read the “Agile Manifesto and Principles" as well as one of the following books:

  • Agile Software Development with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber

 Course Topics

  • Origins of Scrum and Understanding Scrum
  • Basic Scrum Engine, Agile Manifesto
  • Sprints, Sprint Planning Meeting, Sprint Review and Retrospective
  • Scrum Values, Phases, Simulation
  • Burndown Charts and Project Reporting
  • Day in the Life of a ScrumMaster
  • Release Management and Project Reporting
  • Scaling and Global Teams
  • Architecture and Scrum
  • Scrum and CMM, Scrum and XP


For more information, call 610-648-3281.

Complementary Courses/Programs

Agile Estimating and Planning 
Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) 
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements
Overview of Agile and Scrum Methods 


About the Instructor, CST®

Kiran Thakkar, who has over 22 years of experience in global application development and leadership, is a Project Management Professional (certified by the PMI) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (certified by the Scrum Alliance).  Thakkar also holds an MBA and an MS in computer science. While at Siemens Medical Solutions, he was instrumental in forming one of the largest Agile/Scrum implementations in the world. In addition, he was an overall program release manager for a very large-scale, globally distributed, and FDA-compliant Agile initiative (40+ teams, over 500 members), which is still in use and highly effective at Siemens today.

Thakkar has pioneered implementation of the Agile practices and mentored ScrumMasters globally. He was one of the early adopters of enterprise-level, large-scale Agile/Scrum process. 

Linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kiran-thakkar-mba-cst/1/256/626



On-site Programs – Develop a stronger workforce for the future.
Companies and organizations can have this program conducted on site or at another location. Program content can be customized to meet the needs of the company.

Note:  The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforseen circumstances.

Students with disabilities

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Student Services at 610-648-3242 in advance of your participation or visit. Click here for more information.