In this section we ask you to verify that you meet all of the CST Prerequisites before moving forward with the application. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet all of the prerequisites.
CSTs are expected to have extensive hands-on, real-world experience serving on Scrum teams inside organizations as a ScrumMaster, Product Owner, team member or coaching scrum teams. The key learnings expressed should demonstrate your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Scrum. Tip: Think about the stories and experiences you’ve gained over the years. Which of these key learnings/stories would you share with your students in class? What are the learnings you have gained from your varied work experience that impacts the way you view and teach Scrum?
We want to know why Scrum inspires you and what motivates you to share that inspiration with others. Your personal statement should concisely answer WHY you are applying to become a CST and what will be your differentiating contribution to the Scrum Alliance Guides community.
The submitted materials should clearly convey and provide a narrative of what the experience would be like as a student in your class. These materials are your unique creation and are based on the most current version of the Scrum Foundations and Certified ScrumMaster® Learning Objectives or Certified Scrum Product Owner Learning Objectives. Course materials could include a slide deck, flipchart images, student workbook, facilitator's guide, photos, an outline of your curriculum/narrative/lesson plans, games and activities, learning aids, etc. Note: please submit your application using the Scrum Guide version and Learning Objectives version that are effective at the time of your application submission.
Course Material Mapping Document
Create a clear and comprehensive mapping between your course content and the Learning Objectives. Please use the most recent version of the CSM or CSPO learning objective mapping template found in the Apply portal. Tip: The TAC uses the mapping document to verify that you are fully validating each Learning Objective. Use this document to clearly show them where and how you cover each objective in your materials, and how you, as the trainer, will validate your students' understanding of each learning objective.
Training Experience Document
Show your experience teaching Scrum in a co-training partnership with a CST or independently in a non-certified context over the last 60 months. We highly encourage a blend of in-person and virtual training experience.
Recommendations should concentrate specifically on two areas of focus: Scrum knowledge and training ability. Recommendation authors should be specific and provide examples from observed training modules, student engagement, and/or classroom management. The minimum number of recommendation letters we require for a complete application is at least five (5). Recommendations from active CSTs must use the Candidate CST Recommendation template.
CSTs are expected to be engaged national and international ambassadors of Scrum and agile, as well as ambassadors of Scrum Alliance. This is evidenced by the contribution of unique ideas to the agile community at least two years in advance of the application submission, including active participation in at least one Scrum Alliance event.
We highly encourage you to submit at least 2 video samples of 10-15 minutes each showcasing your training style and ability, student engagement, and/or classroom management. The most effective video segments will clearly highlight you in interesting/important interactions with students.