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Application process for becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®)

Receive your certification to teach Certified Scrum Master® and Certified Scrum Product Owner® courses

Requirements for Scrum Trainer certification

The CST® certification has always been and remains a rigorous certification. Scrum Alliance® strives to make the CST application process fair and thorough. The objective measures taken ensure that the trainers selected will be excellent ambassadors for Scrum and Scrum Alliance.

You should consider this as you apply and do your utmost to ensure that not only your application but your involvement and participation outside of the application materials represent you in the best possible light. This is the shortest and surest path to successfully becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer®.

As an applicant, it is your responsibility to impress upon the Trainer Approval Community (TAC) that you are qualified as a CST. You should not view the application guidelines and associated templates as a certification checklist but rather as soup-starter for a great application. Applicants who demonstrate not only that they minimally fulfill the stated guidelines but have gone well beyond them in several respects are likely to find the best success. Applicants who are quick to apply, having only met -- perhaps only in their own view -- the minimum guidelines, are more likely to be rejected and have to reapply.

When in doubt about your readiness, check with Scrum Alliance, a TAC member, or identify a CST with knowledge about the application process as a mentor.

To become a CST, you must:
  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of Scrum concepts, practices, and principles.
  • Hold an active Certified Scrum Professional® designation from Scrum Alliance.
  • Have extensive hands-on experience implementing Scrum inside organizations as a ScrumMaster, product owner, or team member.
  • Have taught Scrum in a co-training partnership with a CST or independently in a noncertified context meeting the following requirements:
    • Taught a minimum of 100 students
    • Hosted a minimum of 10 multi-day ScrumMaster training sessions
  • Hold the Certified Scrum Product Owner® designation if you wish to train CSPO® courses.
You may not be a trainer for, or participate in teaching classes for, any Scrum certification body other than Scrum Alliance.

What does the application process entail?

If you would like to apply to become a CST, please review and complete the application and provide all the requested supporting materials, including the $250 application fee.

The following is a high-level overview of the review process:
  • Your application will be prescreened by Scrum Alliance staff to ensure that all materials have been submitted and the application meets the outlined requirements. If needed, you will have an opportunity to submit additional materials.
  • After your application moves forward from the Scrum Alliance prescreen, a CST will provide an additional prescreen of your application. If needed, you will again have an opportunity to submit additional materials.
  • Incomplete applications will not move forward to formal review. Being rejected at the pre-screen stage (either by Scrum Alliance or by a CST) does not require a six-month waiting period to reapply.
  • After your application moves forward from the CST prescreen, reviewers from the Trainer Approval Community (TAC) will conduct an initial review ("Initial TAC Review Panel") of your application. Once this review process is underway, your application cannot be altered or updated.
    • If denied in the initial review, there is a six-month waiting period for reapplication.
    • If approved in the initial review, you will be invited to participate in a face-to-face interview with the "Interview and Certification Panel." Interviews will be conducted in person at Global Scrum Gatherings, and also at those Regional Scrum Gatherings and Scrum Alliance-sponsored events where at least five TAC members will be in attendance. In order to be considered as a candidate for an in-person interview, we must receive your completed application at least four months in advance of the Gathering/event date. Due to significantly better performance by candidates at face-to-face interviews, virtual interviews are strongly discouraged and will only be considered for hardship cases.
  • Your interview will result in full CST status, provisional CST status, or a denial.
    • If approved as a CST, you will be required to sign the CST Agreement and pay the annual fee. (Fee information is listed in the CST application.)
    • In order to be considered for full CST status, a provisional CST will be required to sign the CST Agreement, teach three public CSM courses within six months, and meet requirements around student feedback and CSM test results.
    • If denied after your interview, you will be eligible to interview again after six months have passed.
For more detailed information on the CST certification process, Certification Standards, and denial appeal process, please download the Process for Initial Certification of Certified Scrum Trainer Professionals® (pdf).

Who is the TAC?

The TAC (Trainer Approval Community) is the peer review arm of the Certified Scrum Trainer® application process and is comprised of the following members:
  • Arne Ahlander
  • Richard Cheng
  • Scott Dunn
  • Angela Johnson
  • Dhaval Panchal
  • Dave Prior
  • Xavier Quesada Allue
  • Vernon Stinebaker
  • Pentti Virtanen
TAC members are volunteers and are very busy with applicant reviews and candidate interviews. To help them finalize all applications more quickly, we request that aspiring CSTs and prospective candidates NOT reach out to TAC members via unsolicited email with requests to connect, provide guidance, or otherwise provide support. However, other CSTs may have more time available for such outreach. For a list of CSTs open to co-training, please contact support@scrumalliance.org.

What do you do after you receive your CST certificate?

Once you become a CST, you must continue to teach Scrum to the eager students who wish to transform their world of work. You must hold the certification as a prerequisite to teaching the course (for example, you must hold the CSPO certificate in order to teach the CSPO course). Additionally, because the practice of Scrum advances rapidly, you must strive to continually update your skills. You can achieve this goal by attending trainer and coach retreats, partnering with other CSTs to conduct trainings, and actively participating in discussion groups and the study of ideas and techniques.

As a CST, you play a vital role in the Scrum community. Scrum Alliance encourages you to become actively involved in the community by speaking at and attending events and user groups, blogging, and participating in online discussions. By maintaining an active dialogue within the Scrum community and the wider world, you can help spread awareness for Scrum and help us further our mission of transforming the world of work.

Your certification is valid for one year, and renewal automatically includes renewal of CSM, CSPO, CSD®, CSP, and CEC certifications. You may download your CST logo here.

Become a CST today

Ready to take the first step on your path to Scrum Trainer certification? See the application or contact support@scrumalliance.org.
 

 

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