Traditional application process for becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST)

Receive your license to teach Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner courses

Requirements for Scrum Trainer certification

Scrum Alliance strives to make the CST application process fair and thorough. The objective measures taken ensure that the trainers selected will be good ambassadors for Scrum and Scrum Alliance.

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 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 traditional application process entail?

If you would like to apply to become a CST through the traditional process, please follow these steps:
  • Download the application packet.
  • Complete the application and provide background information, examples of course materials and exercises, and at least five references from current CSTs. Please highlight any Scrum community involvement or service or other activity in the larger Scrum or Agile community (blogging, speaking, mentoring, etc.), as well as any participation in Scrum Alliance Gatherings and/or events.
  • Submit the application and the $250 application fee.
  • Pass an initial review by a review committee of current CSTs.
  • Participate in a face-to-face interview if you pass the initial review. In-person interviews will take place at the Global Scrum Gatherings. Note: In some cases, when an in-person interview cannot be arranged, exceptions can be made to accommodate a virtual interview; however, applicants cannot chose between an in-person versus a virtual interview.
  • Co-training with a current CST is highly recommended.
  • If approved as a CST, sign the CST Agreement and pay the annual fee. (Fee information is listed in the downloadable CST application.)
For additional information on the CST application process, download the CST certification process document (pdf).

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 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 for 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, CSC, and CSD. 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.