Scrum Master I


Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together. It increases team productivity by encouraging team players to learn through experiences, self-organise, and continuously improve.

IT teams use Scrum to develop, deliver, and maintain complex software products. However, Scrum principles can be applied to all kinds of areas: research, sales, marketing, and customer support - to name a few.

How Scrum works?

Based on Agile principles, it enables teams to self-organise by encouraging close collaboration between all team members and specialisms involved. Scrum challenges the assumptions of the sequential approach to product development and replaces it with an iterative process. It includes a set of meetings, tools, and roles that work in harmony to help teams structure and manage their work.

The goal of this approach is to timely capture changes in customers' needs, along with any other unpredictable challenges that may occur — for which a sequential approach is not suited. As such, Scrum uses an evidence-based framework that embraces the fact that problems cannot be fully defined upfront.

Instead, it focuses on maximising the team's ability to respond to emerging requirements, deliver value quickly, and adapt to new market conditions.

Why Scrum Certification?

Holding a Scrum certification proves the candidate's familiarity with Scrum practices, beyond the mere knowledge of terminology. It shows to employers that the candidate has the potential to be the person they need to cover the Scrum Master role in their teams.

Whether the candidate is a Scrum beginner or a seasoned professional, a certification a significant advantage when aiming to motivate and lead teammates. The PeopleCert Scrum Master credential showcases that the candidate has the skills necessary to lead an agile team successfully.

PeopleCert SCRUM Qualification

The PeopleCert Scrum qualification has been structured as follows:

Training Duration - 14  hours

Candidates get the essential knowledge needed by IT professionals in Agile methodologies and Scrum practices. It focuses on the fundamental principles and concepts of both Agile and Scrum.

The PeopleCert SCRUM Master I certification covers the fundamental knowledge required for a candidate to build their knowledge and skills regarding Scrum principles and practices. In addition, the PeopleCert SCRUM Master II certification (which is the next level of the qualification) covers more advanced skills, practices and knowledge about the Scrum framework.

The purpose of this qualification level is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge, understanding and application of the Scrum framework and be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a Scrum Team. This qualification is also a pre-requisite for the PeopleCert Scrum Master II qualification.

This certification is the first level of the PeopleCert SCRUM qualification scheme provided by PeopleCert and is aimed at anyone who wishes to become an efficient member of a Scrum environment and requires candidates to have and demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of the Scrum terms, principles, tools and practices, as well as demonstrate their application skills of how to use tools efficiently and effectively. The certification can also cater for candidates seeking personal certification.

This certification will provide all the required level of knowledge to its holders and will certify that they have a solid understanding of Scrum using various tools.

An advanced level of skills and knowledge is covered in the next level of the PeopleCert Scrum qualification scheme provided by PeopleCert.

At this qualification level, candidates will be introduced to basic concepts, terms, principles and tools used for Scrum as well as why Scrum is needed in modern enterprises, the Scrum methodology, people and culture implications as well as the practices, processes, and technology used for adapting Scrum within an organization.

Holders of the PeopleCert SCRUM Master I certification, will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and practical application of:

  1. The definition and purpose of Agile
  2. The three pillars of Scrum: inspection, adaptation, and transparency
  3. The five Scrum values: commitment, focus, openness, respect, and courage
  4. The characteristics of effective Scrum Masters, product owners, and development teams
  5. The purposes of different events, artifacts, and rules in Scrum
  6. How multilevel planning can help your team develop long-term goals and create more realistic strategies to achieve those goals
  7. How to identify the attributes of the product backlog and understand how it can evolve as your product and environment changes
  8. The techniques for managing technical debt
  9. The purpose and steps involved in Scrum events such as product backlog grooming, sprint planning, execution, daily Scrum, review, and retrospective

Through the above learning objectives, candidates will demonstrate relevant knowledge skills in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • Scrum as an Agile Framework
  • The Scrum Framework & Team
  • Scrum Artifacts
  • Scrum Planning
  • Scrum Events
  • Information Radiators
  • Scale Scrum

The PeopleCert SCRUM Master I Certification Exam is designed to validate a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of Scrum basics as detailed above as well as how to be able to apply this knowledge through tools and practices in a modern enterprise.

The PeopleCert SCRUM Master I exam focuses on the following two (2) categories in the cognitive domain of Bloom’s taxonomy1 which is a reference for different levels of learning:

  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension


Entry Criteria/Training Requirements

For this examination, there are no formal entry criteria or training requirements.

In order to be eligible for the PeopleCert Scrum Master I level examination a candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic Scrum terms, principles, processes, practices and tools and it is recommended that the candidate has received Accredited Training by a PeopleCert accredited training partner.

Examination Format

The following details the examination format for the PeopleCert SCRUM Master I exam:

Delivery Computer (web proctored or classroom)

  • Type 40 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Each question is awarded one (1) mark
  • Duration 1 hour (60 minutes)
  • For non-native speakers or candidates with a disability, an additional 30 minutes of extra time is allowed.
  • Pass Mark 70% (28 marks out of 40)
  • Physical or Online Proctoring
  • Not an Open Book Exam
  • No materials are allowed in the examination room
  • Prerequisites None
  • Certification validity Perpetual

The tests are derived from a regularly updated question test bank (QTB) based on the test specification detailed below. Questions are used interchangeably among test sets. The overall difficulty level of each test is the same with any other test. A candidate is never assigned the same test in the case of multiple examination attempt.