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Scrum Alliance: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

Take the most respected agile certification course from a Registered Education Provider with experienced Certified Scrum Trainers (CST)

Take the most respected agile certification course from a Registered Education Provider

The Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) Certification is the first, most trusted, and most respected certification in the agile community.

  • For experienced practitioners, our CSM will validate your experience and help you hone techniques that will improve your skill set.
  • For beginners, our CSM will provide you exposure to the mindset and principles of agility and expedite your agile journey.

After the session, you will be registered with the Scrum Alliance® to take the certifying exam. We pay for the exam, which you can take from any computer or smart-phone with Internet access. After passing, you become a Certified Scrum Master®. More importantly, you will be better positioned to grow agile in your organization and advance your career.

Don't waste your money or get scammed, choose a reputable, approved, training provider

Scrum Alliance® CSM Sessions can only be delivered by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Becoming a CST is difficult and there are less than 300 CSTs world-wide, so many companies rent CSTs to deliver. We have in-house CST capability so our trainers have been vetted further and are motivated to deliver excellence.

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Path to Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) Provider. This means that in addition to the CSM we are authorized to deliver the Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (A-CSM), which is the course you will likely want after taking the CSM you are reviewing now.

Grow-Lean is an approved Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REPs), meaning that we can list and deliver continuing education classes that earn you Scrum Education Units® (SEUs).

Certified Scrum Master Sessions

List of Currently Scheduled Public Certified Scrum Master Sessions


Register Discount Class Date Location Regular & Early-Bird Fees
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 4/4 - Sun 4/5 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $1,145 until 4/1
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 4/16 - Fri 4/17 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $1,045 until 4/3
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 4/18 - Sun 4/19 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $1,095 until 4/3
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 4/25 - Sun 4/26 Live Online* $1,295 until 4/25
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 4/25 - Sun 4/26 Live Online* $1,295 until 4/25
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 4/27 - Tue 4/28 Live Online* $1,295 until 4/27
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 5/2 - Sun 5/3 Live Online* $1,295 until 5/2
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 5/9 - Sun 5/10 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/3
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 5/11 - Tue 5/12 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/5
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 5/16 - Sun 5/17 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/10
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 5/16 - Sun 5/17 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/10
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 5/18 - Tue 5/19 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/12
REGISTER REQUEST Wed 5/20 - Thu 5/21 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/15
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 5/30 - Sun 5/31 Live Online* $1,295 ,  $995 until 4/24
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 6/6 - Sun 6/7 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/1
REGISTER REQUEST Tue 6/9 - Wed 6/10 Plymouth Meeting, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/4
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 6/13 - Sun 6/14 King of Prussia , PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/8
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 6/20 - Sun 6/21 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/15
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 6/22 - Tue 6/23 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/17
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 6/27 - Sun 6/28 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 5/22
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 7/11 - Sun 7/12 Plymouth Meeting, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 6/5
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 7/13 - Tue 7/14 Plymouth Meeting, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 6/7
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 7/25 - Sun 7/26 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 6/19
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 7/27 - Tue 7/28 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 6/21
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 8/1 - Sun 8/2 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 6/26
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 8/6 - Fri 8/7 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 7/1
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 8/8 - Sun 8/9 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 7/3
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 8/20 - Fri 8/21 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 7/15
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 8/22 - Sun 8/23 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 7/17
REGISTER REQUEST Tue 9/8 - Wed 9/9 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/3
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 9/12 - Sun 9/13 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/7
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 9/19 - Sun 9/20 Plymouth Meeting, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/14
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 9/21 - Tue 9/22 Plymouth Meeting, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/16
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 10/1 - Fri 10/2 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/26
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 10/3 - Sun 10/4 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 8/28
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 10/12 - Tue 10/13 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 9/6
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 10/17 - Sun 10/18 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 9/11
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 10/19 - Tue 10/20 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 9/13
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 10/24 - Sun 10/25 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 9/18
REGISTER REQUEST Mon 10/26 - Tue 10/27 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 9/20
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 11/7 - Sun 11/8 Sterling, VA $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/2
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 11/12 - Fri 11/13 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/7
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 11/14 - Sun 11/15 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/9
REGISTER REQUEST Thu 11/19 - Fri 11/20 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/14
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 11/21 - Sun 11/22 King of Prussia, PA $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/16
REGISTER REQUEST Tue 12/1 - Wed 12/2 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/26
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 12/5 - Sun 12/6 Edison, NJ $1,295 ,  $995 until 10/30

Contact Us About Training

Contact via Online Interface

If you want to contact us about a discount for a training session, please use the online interface to do so.
Find the session you want on the class list, then click "Request" (early-bird does need to be requested).
Choose the appropriate discount then click it (Note that not all discounts are available for all sessions.).
Provide the requested information then click "Submit".

After your request is submitted you will receive an automated confirmation via email (this is not a discount code). No later than 24 hours later you will receive an email with a response to your request. If you are approved you will have a click-able link that will automatically apply your discount.

Contact us Via Phone

  • Call +1.609.975.9294
  • 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET, weekdays
  • Use online request for discounts.
  • For other information call directly.

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Public Training Discounts

You may be able to save money if you register early, are an alumni, are attending with a group, or if you are collecting unemployment

There are number of discounts available for you. Alumni (those that have attended prior Grow - Lean training) can get the best prices. Other discounts are available for those registering early, groups (three or more registrants), hardship, etc.

You can request a discount directly from the class list.

Register early to save money. The best rates applying when you register five or more weeks prior to a session.
  • Early-bird can be combined with an alumni discount, but does not combine with any other discount.
  • You do not have to request an early-bird, but, if you are alumni please request that discount (it will be combined).
  • Early-bird discounts expire, so use them while they are available.
Alumni Discount
Prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training Certified Training can get a discounted price that can be combined with the early-bird.
  • Available to prior attendees of Grow-Lean Certified Training.
  • Cannot be combined with discounts other than early-bird.
  • Can be combined with early-bird, so it benefits you to register in advance.
Coming with three or more people to one session, then request a group discount.
  • Grow-Lean will evaluate the request based on the number of attendees. More attendees results in larger discounts.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • Request and use early as based on room sizes, these discounts are not always available.
Working for a company that won't pay for training, request a self-pay discount, worth up to $200 off, of regular rate.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • For use by those that work for an employer that does not reimburse for training.
  • Early-bird rate is usually lower, so check that first.
If you are collecting unemployment benefits, and have a state unemployment document, then request a hardship discount.
  • Not combinable with any other discount.
  • Submit a copy of state unemployment compensation document.
  • Register early as supplies are limited and discount is based off of current price which goes up.

Click a tab below to find out more about discounts

There are number of discounts set aside for each session for Grow-Lean Training alumni, those registering early, groups of three or more, for the unemployed, and in a limited number of cases, for those paying on their own.

Act now as there are specific number of discounted seats per each session.

We will respond to your request in 24 hours.

  1. For early-bird click "Register" for other discounts, click "Request".
    • Find your session of interest on the class list.
    • If you want to register at the regular or early-bird rate, click the "REGISTER" button for the class you are interested in and then on the next page click "CLICK TO REGISTER NOW".
    • If you want a discount, other than early-bird, click the "REQUEST" button for the class you are interested in.
  2. Choose the appropriate discount.
    • Review the discounts for the session.
    • Click the link for the appropriate discount (or find another class).
  3. Provide the data required for the request then click the "Submit" button.

Please use the online interface for requesting a discount as described in the "Request a Discount" tab prior to contacting us so we have your required information.

After entering your request you may email us at Training@Grow-Lean.Com or call us +1.609.975.9294 so that we can assist you with your request.

Testimonials for Live Online, Virtual Training

It will be likely at least a few weeks before we return to in person training events. Until recently, the most popular agile courses, such as Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner and Leading SAFe, could only be delivered in person.

We have delivered many non-certified events virtually so we were prepared when we were allowed to deliver certification events online. To help you make a decision about our training easier we are posting reviews for our virtual events as they come in.

Very interactive session. A lot discussion among participants and real life examples discussed, which helped in learning this framework faster

Certified ScrumMaster
Sudhir Bedi

Liked the mixed of review and activities, and the team activity was interesting, fun, and informative.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Laura Richardson

Instructor interaction with students and students interacting with each other and doing group activities makes it a great learning session

Certified ScrumMaster
Sailaja Uppalapati

The thoroughness of the content. The instructor’s energy level. The amount of content in two days seemed perfect for preparation to take the exam. The information provided before and after the class. The practice exams were extremely helpful, particularly the one on Kahoot - fun and memorable.

Certified ScrumMaster
Caryn Nelson

Depth of material and instructor taught it well

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Eric Thompson

The comfort of attending at home was great. I was able to address things at home without disturbing anyone and the entire class had plenty of opportunities to collaborate. If anyone missed a part, David made sure to set up time after class to catch them up.

Certified ScrumMaster
Lynne Mack

In depth knowledge of the trainer and his method of providing a relatable experience.

Certified ScrumMaster
Siddhi Patel

Time Management was tremendous being it a virtual session really appreciate all your efforts and focus to cover the agenda proposed.

Certified ScrumMaster
Varun Prakash Jeya Prakash

Personal attention, break out sessions, after hour question and answer sessions.

Certified ScrumMaster
Sreeram Chandrasekaran

Having attended the first virtual CSM certification training session last weekend, I feel David and Alex did an excellent job and not only presented the material in an easy and fun way to learn but exemplified the Scrum values by continually adapting to any technical challenges. All of the material covered during the training, plus David's advice to read the Scrum Guide several times and take the practice exam, totally prepared me for the exam, which I passed with flying colors this week! One of the things I also got a lot of value from was how David engaged all students to share real world experiences. This helped to solidify the concepts and get us beginners to think more along the lines of the Scrum framework, i.e. Scrum teams, their roles, events, rules and artifacts. The training was excellent and worth every penny!

Certified ScrumMaster
Ralph Ingerto

Well organized, interactive, reality based (Down-to-earth), useful content provided towards exam prep. David actually embodies the Agile/Scrum framework and truly believes in its fundamental values/principles - and this comes across in his delivery of the material.

Certified ScrumMaster
Femi B

I really appreciated David's teaching method/format for the virtual classroom and it worked for me. I'm a full time teleworker so while I was looking forward to the in-person training, the virtual classroom was not much of a stretch. I still got to meet different people and our breakout sessions into smaller groups let me get to know them a little bit better too. I must admit that it felt like there was definitely a lot more that we could have covered but then preparing for a virtual classroom on the eleventh hour was not something that David expected. He made it work though. In my opinion, he covered what was really important and that is, what the Scrum framework is all about, how to apply it to your own work and give you the foundations to be prepared for the exam. I didn't expect to know everything after leaving his class and that's okay. It gave me enough to be able to apply some things at work with what I learned in class. Oh, one more thing, the fact that the CEO of the Scrum Alliance checked-in to see how class was going shows the care and commitment of this company.

Certified ScrumMaster
AnnMay Wentzel

David Bulkin has a wealth of knowledge. The session, being that it was the first online session, was fantastic. Personally, I though it was a seamless transition to a format that had never existed previously. The education I recieved from the session empowered me and even though it was online, the session was invaluable.

Certified ScrumMaster
Michael Sorg Jr

Initially, I was a bit nervous about a virtual course. However, I loved how informative and interactive the session was. I am completely new to the tech industry, but I felt SUPER comfortable during the session. David, Alex, and other participants really made the session run smoothly! I also loved that we were able to take breaks every hour.

Certified ScrumMaster
Tiffany Jenkins-Schaub

The breakout rooms and encouragement from David for everyone in the class to participate made it seem like we were actually in a physical room, I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to get their CSM Certification!

Certified ScrumMaster
CJ LeConey

It was highly interactive and David stretched to answer individual case specific questions. David was very dynamic, open for any questions, and made sure each and every individual was participating. He had good documentation and flash cards for Q/A which facilitated in better understanding.

Certified ScrumMaster
Pratibha Singh

Sometime I forgot that it’s virtual and I got really involved with the training.

Certified ScrumMaster
Durga Kiran Jagarlapudi


If you want to start or checkpoint your agile journey, come to our session

Agile has it roots in the software development / information technology (IT) community, but the concepts are spreading. The attendee mix has been broadening out to those involved in any form of knowledge work.

Typical Attendees (IT)

  • Business Analyst and Product Owners
  • Quality Assurance
  • Software Developers and Tech Leads
  • Project Managers and PMO Staff
  • Scrum Masters and Product Owners

Attendees in Knowledge Work

  • Training Development
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Business Process
  • Management

Learning Objectives

Go beyond the mechanics of Scrum and learn how to instill an agile philosophy

Gain a practical understanding of the mindset, roles, artifacts and ceremonies of Scrum, via exercises, discussion, fun games, and via simulation where you use agile to create a game, skit, or exercise that your team delivers to the class so we learn from each other. After class, leave ready to advance your company and your career.

  • Roles: Scrum Team, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Development Team Member
  • Ceremonies: Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review & Sprint Retrospective
  • Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Product Increment

You learn how Scrum exists in a larger organizational context, and how it varies from a waterfall project. We also review other influential agile Frameworks and how they align.

  • XP and DevOps: XP (Extreme Programming®) is a Scrum superset for engineering excellence, including Test Driven Development (TDD), refactoring (keeping a code base clean), pair working and continuous integration (CI). DevOps builds on XP and adds in continuous delivery (CD) to get to market frequently.
  • SAFe®, LeSS® Scrum@Scale®: Scaling frameworks that provides additional roles, ceremonies and artifacts to help multiple teams work together on a common product.
  • Kanban: Visualize, limit WIP, create flow, make policies explicit, change slowly.
  • Lean: The mother of agile, focus on value, create flow, optimize.
  • Lean Startup®: Agile applied to the business. Get to market quickly with a release that is also an experiment, learn from it, and adapt based on leanings.

Exercises, discussions, simulations, games, yes games, case studies, examples and fun, even jokes, are interwoven throughout the course to illustrate the principles being taught in an immersive, engaging manner so that you have fund and learn.


Prepare in advance to maximize course value

If you have time prior to the session, you can benefit by by clicking here to check our free reading material and videos.

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, tea and beverages
  • Free access to exam (two attempts), assuming you attend both full days
  • Two-year membership to Scrum Alliance
  • Designation as a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) upon passing of exam
  • An experienced agile your trainer
  • 16 PDUs and 14 SEUs


Learn about Agile and Scrum Topics and Participate in Immersive Exercises

Understanding Scrum

  • The Agile Mindset
  • Scrum Overview
  • Agile Overview
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • XP
    • Lean Startup
    • Scaling (ES, Less, SAFe)

Scrum Framework

  • Discovery, Refinement & Product Backlog
  • Release Planning & Release Backlog
  • Sprint
    • Sprint Planning & Sprint Backlog
    • Daily Scrum, Boards & Burn-downs
    • Work
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective

Ready and Done

Agile Estimating and Forecasting

Agile Teaming

  • Team versus Group
  • Scrum Roles
  • Scrum Master
  • Resource Allocation
  • Team Workspaces
  • Distributed Teams
  • Scaling Scrum Teams

Agile Requirements and Specifications

Building the Agile Enterprise



Certification Exam, Guaranteed to Help You Pass

Pass the exam with confidence

We register you within 10 minutes of class end. You receive an email from the Scrum Alliance with an exam link. You can take it from any Internet connected computer from anywhere you want; you don't need to go to a test center.

The exam is available within minutes of class end. If you want to wait you have up to 90 days from the start of the class.

The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you have 60 minutes. You need to get 37 questions correct. If you don't, Grow-Lean will work with you to create a study plan, and review with you. There will be no charge for this extra assistance.

The workshop will provide the knowledge required to pass the exam. You can also review the pre-reads which provide additional content to help you prepare. But, this is course is more than exam prep as getting a certification in itself doesn't get you a job, or help you do your job. This sessions provides you need deep understanding of what agile methods are and how to apply them in the workplace.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend a Grow-Lean Training

Before, during and after the class, choose Grow-Lean so...

  1. Go with a safe choice as Grow-Lean is a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider and Path to CSP Educator with Certified Scrum Trainers on staff (no rent a trainer).
  2. You won't get canceled on at the last minute (choose your training company wisely). Over 99% of our attendees for Certified ScrumMaster Sessions (CSM, A-CSM, CSPO) get to attend the class they register for (i.e. except for extreme situations, like snowstorms, cancellations are rare and when they happen we give lots of notice).
  3. Get trained by a Scrum Alliance® approved, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
  4. Gain an understanding of the agile philosophy with principles you can apply immediately.
  5. Gain practical skills you can apply in your workplace.
  6. Have fun while learning. Yes, serious fun, don't go to a boring training!
  7. You get high quality, hot food, and all day beverages.
  8. You are trained in a clean, quality, venue.
  9. You have a trainer with significant real world experience, as well as significant experience delivering training.
  10. Get increased retention via hands-on simulations, frequent quizzing, discussions and multiple mechanisms.

Exam Information

Basic facts about the exam

  • Free practice exam.
  • Free access to the certification exam.
  • Exam available within 15 minutes of class end so you can be certified on the same day the class ends.
  • The vast majority of Grow-Lean students pass on their first attempt with a high score.
  • If you fail we will help you prepare for your retake, the first of which is free.
  • The exam, and one retake is free, if taken within 90 days of class start.
  • Exam name: Certified ScrumMaster Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based, open book, no outside assistance, untimed
  • Exam access: Grow-Lean registers you immediately after class on Day Two, you get an email with a link
  • Exam duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of questions: 50 for English Version
  • Passing score: 37 out of 50 for English Version
  • Exam period: You have 90 days to complete the exam
  • Language: English, and multiple other languages
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt, and first retake is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 90 days of course. After 90 days you pay a $25 fee.
  • Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a $25 payment.

Training Style - A Mix of Methods

We mix a variety of methods to ensure that you have fun and grow your knowledge.

We keep the training session fun and energetic to you help you retain what you learn. Depending on the session, we use diverse techniques, combining exercises, games, skits, videos, simulations, immersions, discussion, and yes, even traditional slides, resulting in a multi-sensory learning experience.

You learn more about agile by doing agile.

In some sessions, you will create skits, games and other learning aids, then use them in the classroom to teach others, applying an agile process to create these learning aids, thus learning agile by doing agile.

In all sessions you will also learn from your peers, not just the trainer. Learning from your peers, and from your trainer's real world experience is critical as every journey towards agile growth is different, but there are common patterns that repeat themselves. Hearing these common patterns will help you convert abstract concepts into practical reality.

Through feedback from thousands of participants we have found this immersive, multi-pronged approach results in the best post class outcomes for the majority of participants.