Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a course requirement to become a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®)?
Scrum Alliance® uses a formal application and interview process to assess an applicant’s Scrum experience, course materials, community involvement, and training experience. In order to apply, one must hold an active Certified Scrum Professional® - ScrumMaster™ (CSP®-SM) or an active Certified Scrum Professional - Product Owner (CSP-PO)designation from Scrum Alliance. However, there is not a designated “CST course” or "CST exam" that an applicant is required to take as a prerequisite.
Is co-training with a current CST a requirement or optional?
Co-training with a current CST is not required but highly recommended. Successful applicants have found co-training to be an invaluable experience when piloting their course materials and practicing their facilitation style in a real-world context. For help connecting with CSTs who are willing to co-train, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to develop relationships and networks organically and naturally with active CSTs, including meeting at virtual or in-person events. Please note that you must hold an active CSP-SM or CSP-PO certification to begin co-training with current CSTs.
Can I apply to become a CST if I’m already a trainer for a different Scrum-certifying body?
Yes—Scrum Alliance welcomes those who already train or coach for another Scrum-certifying body or training organization to apply to become a CST. As a Scrum Alliance CST, you are expected to focus and prioritize your teaching efforts in furtherance of Scrum Alliance’s mission in order to provide an exceptional student experience. You may not offer “two-in-one” certification courses or market your classes in a way that suggests students will receive an additional certification from a different certification body.
What kind of training counts towards the 10 minimum multi-day ScrumMaster training sessions?
For the training to qualify, you must show experience teaching Scrum in a co-training partnership with a CST or independently in a non-certified context, meeting the following requirements:
The course must fully integrate and cover the most recently published version of the Scrum Alliance Scrum Foundations and CSM or CSPO learning objectives.
The course must take place for at least two consecutive days.
There must be a minimum of 16 hours of contact time with the students.
At least 8 students must attend the course.
The course must provide clarity to students as to what is considered Scrum and what is not generally accepted Scrum practice.
If co-training in partnership with a CST, the candidate must have delivered at least 50% of the duration of the certified course.
At least 5 of the 10 minimum courses are delivered with the most recent version of the candidate’s CSM or CSPO materials.
For more information, please refer to the CST Prerequisites and CST Certification Standards.