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 ScrumMaster™ (CSP-SM™) or Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner™ (CSP-PO™) 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.
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. Being rejected at the Scrum Alliance pre-screen stage does not require a six-month waiting period to reapply.
- Incomplete applications will not move forward to formal review.
- After your application moves forward from the Scrum Alliance prescreen, reviewers from the Trainer Approval Community (TAC) will conduct a formal review of your application. Once this review process is underway, your application cannot be altered or updated.
- If denied in the formal review, there is a six-month waiting period for reapplication.
- If approved in the formal 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 Scrum Alliance-sponsored events where at least five TAC members will be in attendance. Please see the CST Application page for details on the confirmed schedule for the current calendar year. 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 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.)
- If denied after your interview, your interview TAC will decide on the appropriate timeframe for re-interview.
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®.
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
- Michel Goldenberg
- Björn Jensen
- Iain McKenna
- Judy Neher
- Dave Prior
- Xavier Quesada Allue
- Anu Smalley
- Pentti Virtanen
- Lonnie Weaver-Johnson
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 us.
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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 your CSM®, A-CSM™, CSP-SM, CSPO, A-CSPO™, CSP-PO, CSD®, CTC, and/or CEC certifications as applicable.
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 to get started.