Certified Scrum Coach® (CSC)

Help bring Scrum out of the classroom and into the world of work

Certified Scrum Coaches are experts in Scrum — in both theory and practice. They have in-depth understanding of the practices and principles of Scrum and real-world experience on actual Scrum projects. CSCs successfully guide organizations through the challenges of Scrum adoption.

CSCs are Certified Scrum Professionals who have helped one or more organizations effectively apply Scrum. They have diverse experience across multiple organizational systems, such as multiple teams, products, project cycles, environments, or technologies.

What are the benefits of a Scrum Coach certification?

As a Certified Scrum Coach® , you will help teams learn the patterns for the increased collaboration and high performance that Scrum requires. Sweeping organizational change doesn't happen overnight and isn't always easy. But you can help leadership and team members remove the barriers and embrace the transformation.

Good CSCs understand that while the Scrum framework seems simple, the implementation requires advanced skills and new mind-sets. As a CSC, you will help companies navigate the difficult process of becoming an Agile organization that uses the Scrum framework to get work done.

You will need to serve as an advisor to leaders and organizations, facilitate diverse stakeholder discussions, lead by example, and challenge the status quo.

Requirements for Scrum Coach certification

To become a CSC, you must:

  • Be a current holder of an active Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) credential
  • Demonstrate (through a comprehensive application) at least 1,500 hours of Scrum coaching over the past five years
  • Have experience coaching Scrum across multiple teams and/or organizations
  • Provide two different client references to verify your coaching experience and skills
  • Demonstrate active engagement in, and contribution to, the Scrum community over the past three years

If you meet these criteria and are ready to guide others in the Scrum transformation, please download the CSC application. Please complete the entire application by entering your responses in the provided document, and supply any other documents that provide evidence of your qualifications. Along with the application, you will need to submit two client reference letters (download the form) and a $100 nonrefundable application fee. Application packages should be sent to the Certification Review Committee.

The Certification Review Committee recommends candidates to the Scrum Alliance Board for final approval. The process can take up to three months. Once approved, you will be asked to pay an annual fee of $750. Your certification is valid for three years, after which you will need to reapply before paying the renewal fee.

Become a CSC today

Do you have questions or suggestions regarding the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach Program? Are you looking for help in applying to be a CSC? Use this CSC group to discuss the program with existing CSCs and other candidates. Anyone can join.
 
Are you ready to guide organizations along their Scrum journeys? Become a CSC and help bring Scrum out of the classroom and into the real world. If you have additional questions, please visit the FAQ page or contact support@scrumalliance.org.

Already a CSC?

You may download your CSC certification logo here.

Recertification

The renewal cycle begins three years from acceptance on a calendar year cycle starting in January. During the three year renewal cycle, CSCs must coach for a minimum of 1,000 hours and accumulate a minimum of 40 Scrum Education Units (SEUs).

Coaching is defined as observing, educating, or guiding others in Scrum and related Agile practices in a context of their organization or team. Coaching hours may include:

  • Work with paying clients, free pro bono, or as a part of another paying job — payment and billing is not a consideration for hours
  • Client engagement, preparation, and follow-up coaching activities
  • Leadership guidance, organizational guidance, and other Agile process- and practice-related coaching
  • Informal or ad-hoc education sessions, but not formal classroom training (public or private)
  • Co-training with a peer mentor where you are both learning from and mentoring someone else in teaching Agile topics

SEUs are calculated on a 1:1 ratio based on contact hours. SEUs may include:

  • Leading professional activities
    • Author or coauthor an article or case study published by Scrum Alliance or other journal
    • Author or coauthor a published book, e-book, booklet, or guide book
    • Speak or moderate at a conference, Scrum Gathering, user group, symposium, or workshop
  • Participating in professional education
    • Attend an academic or other educational course where you are a participant
    • Attend user groups, Scrum Gatherings, or conferences where you are a participant
    • Establish and execute an individual or self-directed learning program involving personal research or study
    • Engage in regular or repeating participation in a small discussion group regarding your practice
  • Volunteering or assisting with Scrum or Agile community development
    • Serve as a volunteer or elected position for an organization pertaining to Agile or Scrum
    • Organize or facilitate an Agile user group, Scrum Gathering, seminar, or conference
    • Work on a Scrum or related Agile committee, task force, or board of directors

CSCs are encouraged to build SEUs across all categories to broaden their engagement, learning and growth.