Provisional application process for Certified Scrum Trainers

Achieve the CST credential by demonstrating your knowledge, ability, and experience with Scrum

PLEASE NOTE: The Provisional CST Pilot Program is no longer active. Applications were accepted through September 30, 2013. Fndings are guiding our efforts as we inspect and strengthen the overall CST application process. We will announce any changes during the third quarter of 2014. The Traditional CST Application Process is the only current option.


Requirements for Scrum Trainer certification

Scrum Alliance strives to make the CST application process fair and thorough. To meet the global needs of Certified Scrum Professionals who are interested in pursuing the CST credential where co-training with CSTs may not be feasible, Scrum Alliance has developed a provisional application process that will accept applications through September 30, 2013.

Overall, requirements for the CST remain the same regardless of which process the applicant chooses to follow. To become a CST, you must:
  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of Scrum concepts, practices, and principles
  • Hold the Certified Scrum Professional designation from Scrum Alliance
  • Have extensive experience implementing Scrum inside organizations as a member of the team, as the product owner or ScrumMaster, or as a mentor
  • Have taught Scrum in a noncertified context or in partnership with a current CST
  • Hold the Certified Scrum Product Owner designation if you wish to train CSPO courses

What does the provisional application process entail?

Applications will be prescreened to ensure that all required materials are included. Given the popularity of this pilot program, applicants should understand that currently there are many applications being reviewed. Please check this webpage for updates on application review time.

If you would like to apply to become a CST through the provisional process, please follow these steps by September 30, 2013:
  • Download the application packet.
  • Complete the application, and demonstrate your knowledge, ability, and experience in a manner you deem fit. For example, you may choose to participate in co-training or observation and training, submit a video, or use another method. Learn how to best submit your application materials here.
  • Submit course material for each class you are interested in training. If you submit only materials for the Certified ScrumMaster course, this will be the only course you will be authorized to teach.
  • Demonstrate that you have successfully facilitated Scrum training sessions for at least 100 students total.
  • Pay the $250 application fee.
  • Pass an initial application review by a review committee of CSTs.
  • Participate in a virtual interview if you pass the initial application review.
Following the virtual interview, the committee will determine whether you will receive provisional status or need additional mentoring.
  • If provisional status is granted, you will need to teach three CSM classes with a minimum of 10 paying students per class within six months. We recommend that you schedule and complete these classes as soon as possible.
  • Eighty percent of student feedback submitted via the required Scrum Alliance feedback form must result in a "satisfactory" assessment of your training abilities.
  • Seventy percent of participants must take the test, and at least 80 percent of those taking the test must pass.
If you do not meet these requirements, you will not be granted full CST status and must resubmit an application once you've improved in the necessary areas. Learn more about the Traditional CST.

If the committee agrees that you need additional mentoring, you will be assigned a mentor who will support you with the skills and understanding you need to become a provisional CST. Following the mentoring period, you will be invited to a final virtual interview. You will then either be granted provisional CST status or given specific recommendations for improvement.

What do you do after you receive your full CST status?

Once you become a CST, you must continue to teach Scrum students who wish to transform their world of work. 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 run 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 of Scrum and help us further our mission of transforming the world of work.

Your certification is valid for one year and renewal automatically incorporates lower-level certifications, including CSP, CSM, CSPO, CSD, and CSC. You may download your CST logo here.

Become a CST today

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

Note: We expect findings from the Provisional CST Pilot Program will help us inspect and strengthen the process before we continue to offer this alternative path in the future.