Is Agile training beneficial? And for those who are interested in Agile training, where are the best places to get certified?
There are two angles to approach this from.
If you are an aspiring Scrum master or Agile coach then Agile training is definitely required.
For someone who is a new product manager however (recently landed a product role) then achieving Agile training and certification is beneficial.
Taking a reputable course will teach one the ins and outs of various Agile frameworks, processes, and the details on when and how to apply them.
For experienced product managers however, Agile certification is not needed because one will likely gain the knowledge and experience with some of the key Agile frameworks while on the job.
As we mentioned in The Ultimate Guide to a Product Manager's Job, always continue to learn. So read books on this topic, watch videos, attend conferences, and have discussions with others.
And as you learn more continue to apply what you learn and apply it to your work with your teams.
For those who want to obtain Agile certification here are some of the options that are available.
These include Professional Scrum Master (PMS), Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO), Scaled Professional Scrum (SP), and more.
They have a comprehensive catalog of professional Scrum training that students can enrol in.
To obtain certification students are required to complete one of their courses that they offer throughout the year, or take a course with one of their professional Scrum trainers.
The Scrum Alliance not only offers certification but also provides a community of Scrum practitioners.
They have a number of certifications (9 in total at the time of authoring this guide) including Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum product Owner, and some more advanced ones that they offer for those interested in Scrum training.
To be awarded a certificate students must successfully pass the final exam at the end of the course.
The Scrum Alliance also requires their students to renew their certificate every two years as well.
SAFe is specifically meant for helping larger organizations deal with the challenges that come with practicing Agile at their size and scale.
There are multiple certifications that they offer (13 at the time of this guide) including the Certified SAFe Agile Product Manager, Certified SAFe Scrum Master, Certified SAFe Agilist, and more.
To achieve a certificate students need to enrol and complete one of their courses.
These aren’t the only avenues to earn a certificate. Trainers who are verified by these institutions also provide their own training via other venues throughout the year.
Though the certificate offered at the end of the course is specifically for product management, graduates will have the knowledge to speak to Agile principles and frameworks, their benefits, pros and cons of various frameworks, and more.