I receive many phone calls nowadays to know how to become CST. I personally think that you must try to become CST if you wanted because there is a huge gap between demand and supply, especially in India. But do you really understand what all needed to become CST ? or you have just assumed that trainers are earning lots of money so you can earn as well? If it is all about money then you can earn the same money even without becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer by just facilitating training for other CST.
After all, you have to sell your classes also when you become CST so why not start selling other CST’s classes to earn money. And for this, you don’t need any certificate either. You just need to be a good business development professional and maintain a healthy relation with Certified Scrum Trainer.
Oh OK, so this blog is about how to become Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) so I should focus on that. Here are some of the things that needed as per my understanding after interacting with few CST and CST aspirants.
Don’t believe that lobbying works. Just ignore all such conversations.
Co-training with Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) is not mandatory so don’t worry. Will come back to this later on. Now read carefully about below and be prepared to invest 1-3 years in a process to become to CST. Commitment from you and continuous review of your work is required.
Step 1: Do you have a real working knowledge as a Professional Scrum Master? If not then find a job of Scrum Master to gain real experience. You can’t mock all real situations by just reading books or hearing EXPERTS in conferences.
Step 2: Since you have real Scrum experience so become Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) by meeting criteria as laid down by Scrum Alliance. You need to earn some SEUs as well and you can earn SEUs free of cost. Read more about CSP here
Step 3: Start participating in Scrum communities either as Speaker, Volunteer or Attendee. Join Global Scrum Gathering, Regional Gathering or User Groups. Start blogging about Scrum and your experience either through Scrum Alliance or your own blog site. The idea to create visibility to become a known face within a community so existing CST should not ignore you and your knowledge.
Step 4: Must prepare your own training material like presentation, posters, student handbook, course outline, learning objective and other stuff that needed to deliver your Scrum Master workshop. Must be aligned with Scrum Guide and also mapped with learning objective. MUST BE YOUR CONTENT AND NOT COPIED FROM SOMEWHERE.
Step 5: Training experience without Co-training (as said earlier co-training is Optional). You must deliver 2-3 days training on Scrum to 100 people (non-certification Scrum Master Training). These training can be internal or external but must be published with learning objective. Minimum 10 batches needed. Try to facilitate your own public batches if you can else reach out to training companies. Training companies always look for a good freelance trainer. Don’t forget to collect feedback form because of these feedback forms needed as proof.
Step 6: Get your training sessions recorded and if possible then publish it somewhere like YouTube and let people watch and review. This is not just to demonstrate your training style and knowledge but also help in creating visibility.
Now come back to co-training. If you are done with above and doing really good then reach out to existing CST with your profile, videos and training materials and I am sure they will give you a co-training opportunity for sure. Even not then at least document your communications so you can present to Scrum Alliance as evidence that you did try but didn’t get the opportunity for co-training.
Step 7: Submit your application to scrum alliance by paying FEE along with required documents – signed a copy of the application, scrum experience, community experience, training material, and training experience.
What is required to be a good candidate for Certified Scrum Trainer?
- Good facilitator – You should know how to facilitate learning. Think about some games etc. Read “The Skilled Facilitator”.
- Scrum Knowledge – You must know what is Scrum and not your version of Scrum but Scrum as described in Scrum Guide so read Scrum Guide multiple time.
- Training Skills – Your training skills that may be different from others and that is fine as long as it is interactive and participative.
- Presentation Skills – Your attitude and that must be positive. You cannot just throw stuff and ignore participant’s queries but just saying “out of context”. Participants are there to learn so facilitate learning by having the right atmosphere.
- Storytelling skill – People connect more with a story and if you can share some stories for a particular topic then learning become easier.
- Honestly – There is no harm in accepting your mistake or be open to learning from participants. There should not be a superiority complex.
- Read carefully all requirement by Scrum Alliance – Fulfil these requirements and don’t think about the shortcut.
Ok, will you become Certified Scrum Trainer by following above steps? Maybe not but at least you can increase your chances to become Certified Scrum Trainer. Hard work needed and hard work payback.
Best of luck and let me know if you feel I can add some value to your journey to become CST!
About me – I am an agile coach and CSD (Certified Scrum Developer) trainer and I like what I do so not thinking about becoming Certified Scrum Trainer. When I will think about becoming a Profesional Scrum Trainer then I will definitely follow the above steps.
Naveen is a Lean-Agile Coach, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and Internationally acclaimed Speaker in many Conferences and Agile events. He has over 22 years of experience in multiple domains and he is a Certified LeSS Practitioner (Large-Scale Scrum) and one of the early adopters of DevOps practices and teaches DevOps culture around the Globe.