Scrum Alliance's New Certified Srum Trainer (CST) Application Process Announced

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For Immediate Release:

9/12/2014 4:00:00 PM

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Denver, CO, —Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community, recently announced its new certification process for Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs). 
Prompted by its desire to meet the global needs of current Certified Scrum Professionals (CSPs) interested in pursuing their CST certification, Scrum Alliance has been testing a pilot process that offers candidates alternatives for preparing to be a CST.
“We’ve not lowered the standards for the CST application and evaluation.  Rather, we are offering alternatives to the approach candidates can take to prove their knowledge and training experience required by Scrum Alliance to earn CST certification,” said Managing Director Carol McEwan. 
“We were looking for a way to serve potential qualified individuals who found the co-training requirement to be an impediment for various reasons, and discouraged them from applying,” McEwan said.  “We have gathered feedback, inspected, adapted the process and believe we will see great results.”
During the pilot, Scrum Alliance ran concurrent traditional and pilot processes so it could objectively compare them.  It held multiple retrospectives to review what was, and was not, working and the benefits gained from each process.  The organization’s findings guided its next steps as it released new iterations of the pilot process. 
The first iteration of the new CST application process was put in place August 5, 2014. Reactions from the Scrum community to the new process are already positive, just one month after launch. Members have commented that the CST process is much clearer and the tools for self-assessment are very helpful.
About Scrum Alliance
Founded in 2001, Scrum Alliance is the largest, most established and influential professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community. It currently offers six certifications in Scrum.  More than 325,000 Scrum practitioners around the world have been certified by Scrum Alliance. Most of those certified come from the software development world and are interested in Scrum as an alternative to traditional Waterfall project management.  Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit organization.  For more information, please visit