In the summer of 2021, we presented a survey of product owners in the Netherlands. Of the 1,000+ respondents, over 40% had a PSPO I (Professional Scrum Product Owner) certificate. This makes it the most popular certificate for product owners in the Netherlands. However, in another survey we did, we saw that the PSPO 1 is in less than 10% of the job offers noted as a pré or as a condition. So basically it is a certificate for your own development.
What we find a major disadvantage of these PSPO courses is that they are often purely focused on the theoretical content. Despite all the efforts of the agencies to make the courses interactive and in line with the expectations of the candidate, we often receive feedback that it does not sufficiently prepare the product owners for ’the real work’. The agencies can’t be blamed for that, since they have to follow strict guidelines from the organization that devised the training courses. (scrum.org)
Nevertheless, it is a popular product owner training. Prices at these agencies range from 1,200 to 1,500 euros and it takes you about two days. Don’t know if and where to take this PSPO training? You can always send us a message and we’ll help you get started.