Becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer


It’s not an easy process. It’s not intended to be.

It is not a meticulously defined process. It’s not intended to be - at least that is the personal conclusion I have drawn after talking to a number of CSTs that have participated in the trainer approval process.

It is an expensive process. It is intended to be. The yearly fee for being a CST is $7,500. The co-training process will likely cost you several thousand more.

I am writing this on the plane on the way home from the Scrum Gathering in London.  During the Gathering, Vernon Stinebaker and I co-hosted a session on “Becoming a CST.” The purpose of this article is to share the information that I have gleaned about the CST approval process from that session as well as from numerous additional personal discussions with current CSTs. The observations and conclusions in this article are my own. I believe them to be valid as they are based on my experience as a CST applicant and my personal interactions with members of the Scrum Alliance leadership, but they are colored by my own memory and perceptions. My hope is that the information I have collected will be of value to other CST candidates and those contemplating starting the process.

The official outline of the process and CST application materials can be found on the Scrum Alliance website.  The problem is that for most of us mere mortals, the actual CST approval criteria are stricter than a surface interpretation of the officially published ones. For example, the official statement on the Scrum Alliance website says: “Experience co-training is highly recommended.” In fact, according to numerous members of the trainer approval group, for the typical applicant, experience co-training is absolutely critical to getting approved. From what I can extrapolate, this discrepancy between the official criteria and the actual criteria arises from two sources.