How to become Professional Scrum Trainer (PST)

Overview

Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) is the most prestigious credential to earn in the field of professional Scrum. I know it is not easy but still not difficult either as long as you are a Scrum practitioner and have the passion to improve the profession of Software Delivery.

There are 3 paths to become PST.

1st – You wanted to teach PSM courses
2nd – You wanted to teach PSD courses
3rd – You wanted to teach PSPO courses

There are 5 stages that you have to clear in order to become Professional Scrum Trainer. But reminding you again that having in-depth knowledge about Scrum is must and also you should have very good teaching experience.

1st step – Pass Professional Scrum Master – I (PSM –I)

You should pass PSM – I with 95% and it is not difficult especially after going Professional Scrum Master (PSM) training. Attending PSM training will give you an opportunity to go through Scrum.org official content and you will also have an opportunity to interact with PST and knowing their teaching techniques. PSM training is almost FREE if you look at your investment and return from there. PSM training will give you 2 free attempts for PSM – I exam. You can check upcoming PSM training here – https://www.agilemania.com/scrum-upcoming-training

2nd Step – Pass Professional Scrum Master – II (PSM – II)

You should pass PSM – II with 85% and this become easy after attending PSM training. PSM training also gives you 40% discount on PSM – II exam. Exam cost is $250 but you will have to pay only $150 after attending PSM training. This step is only required if you wanted to teach PSM courses but not applicable for PSD and PSPO trainer. The exam will have objective questions.

3rd Step – Attend Train the Trainer (TtT)

You should look for Train the Trainer (TtT) schedule near to you. This is a 3 days program which includes training with other PST candidates and one day exclusively for peer review. During peer review, trainer, as well as participants, will assess your knowledge and teaching techniques. You have to choose TtT based your interest areas such as TtT for PSD, PSM or PSPO. You can check schedule here – https://www.scrum.org/become-professional-scrum-trainer

4th Step – Pass Professional Scrum Master – III (PSM – III)

This is the most difficult part for trainer candidate. Scoring 95% in PSM – III is not easy and this is a subjective test. You have to be careful in regards to consistency in your answer. Questions are simple and simple answer needed but people do make mistake. The reviewer will look for consistency in the answer, not the just individual question. Reading recommended books will help for sure. This is again only if you are planning for PSM trainer.

If you are planning for PSD trainer then you have to score 95% in PSD – I exam or 95% in PSPO – I and PSPO – II if planning to teach PSPO. Cost of PSM – III exam is $500

5th Step – Attend Peer Review

This is a final step for all. You will be invited to join online review and group of existing trainer will assess your skills. Assessment is in 2 part that includes your scrum knowledge and teaching techniques. Some people stuck here and usually refer to co-teaching with existing PST. You will not have an issue in finding PST for co-teaching because PSTs are always open for it and Scrum.org also help in finding PSTs for you.

Start your awesome teaching journey now!

10 Comments

  1. Harihara Prasath-Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Nice Article Naveen. If you include the recommended books, it will be more useful for the readers.

  2. Yogesh Rao-Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Naveen,

    Its so nice of you for arranging this project on how to become an ST, I m interested to become one.

    Let’s collaborate on this. Look forward to your support and guidance.

    Thank You.

    • Naveen Kumar Singh-Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      You’re very welcome @Yogesh! Always glad to help!

  3. Karthikk-Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

    I would like to become as a PST. I will work with you to become one.
    Thanks in advance

    • Naveen Kumar Singh-Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you @Kartik, Always glad to help!

  4. Jayaram-Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Hi Naveen,

    Nice article. It would be great if you can include the recommended books for advanced levels of PSM program.

    • Naveen Kumar Singh-Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you for your kind feedback @Jayaram,
      Here are some of the best references I would like to add.
      a) “The Scrum Field: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond” by Mitch Lacey
      b) “Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum” by Mike Cohn

  5. Krishnan S-Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Naveen, it is a great on reading the article and wanted to became trainer for PSD and PSPO…. Let’s collaborate on this. Looking forward for your support and guidance….

    • Naveen Kumar Singh-Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you for your kind feedback,
      Always glad to help!

  6. Sarath-Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’m Interested.

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