Product Owner Certifications — A comparison

2 min readMar 6, 2021

A Product Owner is a member of the Scrum team. It’s a crucial role for the team as well as the organization. S/he is a Value optimizer and helps with the realization of goals. From establishing a Product vision to stakeholder management to market releases, there are several responsibilities for a Product Owner. The role demands a person to be a business representative and a user advocate so that the right value is created. In order to fulfill the associated duties, one should develop the necessary skills. To help with that, there are a couple of globally recognized organizations that train and certify the product owners.

Before setting out to compare the certifications head to head, one important aspect to remember is that the underlying knowledge body (a.k.a Scrum framework created by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland) is the same for both the certifications. There is no difference in the principles, practices, or terminology in both cases.

Here’s a quick comparison of CSPO and PSPO:

When I was looking for Product Owner training, I reviewed several resources over the world wide web. While there is no specific recommendation, I have jotted down some of the significant differences that I have observed in this article. The above might help with decision-making when planning for a Product owner certification. Based on your context for learning, you can pursue it as appropriate.