Part I: Formal Review
Once you begin the application, you will see a series of tasks you will need to complete. The application allows you to work through the various tasks and requirements at your own pace. You can mark tasks as “Complete” when you finish them; or you can “Save and Continue” tasks that are still in progress.
Below is an overview of each task. Detailed instructions and guidelines for each requirement will be provided within the application. Helpful Resource: You can also watch a video overview of the TAC talking about Mastering the CST Application.
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 agile coach. 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?
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 unique contribution to the trainer community.
The submitted materials should convey and provide a narrative of what the experience would be like as a student in your class. These materials are your creation and are based on the most current version of the Scrum Foundations Learning Objectives and Certified ScrumMaster® Learning Objectives. Course materials could be a slide deck, flipchart images, photos, an outline of your curriculum/narrative/lesson plans, games and activities, etc.
Course Material Mapping Document
Create a mapping between your ScrumMaster course content and the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) Learning Objectives. Download here. Tip: The TAC uses the mapping document to verify that you are covering each Learning Objective. Use this document to show them where and how you cover each objective in your materials.
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.
How do you collect student feedback in a measurable way? And most importantly, how do you use student feedback to inspect and adapt as a trainer and improve your materials over time?
Recommendations and References
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 engagements, and/or classroom management. The minimum number of recommendation letters we require for a complete application is five (5). Recommendations from CSTs must use the Candidate CST Recommendation template.
CSTs are expected to be engaged national and international ambassadors of Scrum and agile practices. This is evidenced by the contribution of unique ideas to the Agile community at least two years in advance of the application submission.
Though optional, we encourage you to submit a video sample of you in the classroom! The most effective video segments will highlight you in interesting/important interactions with students (e.g., answering a difficult question, demonstrating your knowledge and expertise on an important Scrum topic, turning the class around, etc.). Tip: Even if you are training in a language that is not English, the review team would still like to see a video; you can add English subtitles or submit as-is and we can still see your student interaction!
Submitting Your Application
To finish the application, you will be asked to acknowledge and sign the terms and conditions and pay the $250 non-refundable application fee.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you will be able to see the status of your application displayed on your application dashboard. You will also receive updates on your status via email from firstname.lastname@example.org