Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

Be an integral national and international ambassador of Scrum and the agile movement

Part II: Formal Interview

The Evaluation Criteria

During the interview and training simulation, the TAC will assess whether you meet the definition of a national and international ambassador of Scrum and are able to demonstrate your abilities as a world-class trainer. The TAC has reviewed your training materials;  the interview component of the application process is an opportunity for us to get to know you on a personal level in an interactive way: what is your story? your “why”? What is your unique perspective and contribution to the global trainer and coach community? 


The formal interview and simulation will evaluate the candidates' Scrum knowledge, training implementation and method, classroom management, student engagement and self-awareness. Please reference Formal Interview Evaluation Criteria for an in-depth description of each criteria. 


Please be aware that advancing to this stage does not guarantee a candidate will be approved as a CST. While they are qualified to interview, their performance in the interview and training simulation can disqualify them. 

The Panel 

The interview panel will consist of three TAC members and two Scrum Alliance staff members. All TAC members have been asked to recuse themselves in the event of any conflict of interest related to a candidate. We assemble TAC panels for candidates based on recusals and a desire to incorporate different team members for each round of interviews. 


All TAC members, including Scrum Alliance staff representatives, are full voting members of the TAC and will represent students in the training simulation portion of the interview.


The Interview

Below is a summary of the Formal Interview. Please reference the CST Candidate Interview Process for a detailed description of each activity. 



Helpful Tips

Consider listening to the Helpful Tips to Prepare You For a TAC Panel podcast recorded by TAC panel members Dave Prior and Anu Smalley.