APS-SD Trainer Selection Process and Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Professional Scrum Trainer to teach the Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development (APS-SD) course. The process is outlined below.
Step 1: Prerequisites
Scrum.org is looking for people with deep experience using Scrum in software development. To apply as a PST candidate for the APS-SD program, you must first:
- Have several years’ experience creating software with Scrum Teams.
- Have extensive experience and knowledge in the technologies, tools, and practices covered in the APS-SD course.
- Have provided technical and Scrum training and coaching.
- Have achieved at least a 95% score on the PSD I assessment.
Step 2: Submit Application
If you possess the qualifications we're looking for and want to join an amazing community of fellow trainers, we want to get to know you! Our application (below) gives you an opportunity to tell us about your experience and motivations for becoming a PST. We will respond to your application after reviewing it.
Fee: There is no application fee. Instead, a score of 95% on the PSD I assessment is needed to submit your application. ($200 per attempt)
Step 3: Pass PSM I Assessment at 95%
All candidates must achieve at least a 95% score on the PSM I assessment before being invited to join a designated train-the-trainer (TTT) course.
Fee: $150 USD
Step 4: Get Trained
After completing steps 1, 2, and 3, Scrum.org works with qualified candidates to find in-person or live virtual train-the-trainer (TTT) opportunities that fit their schedule. Scrum.org invites qualified trainer candidates to participate in a multi-day TTT learning and feedback opportunity. The TTT for APS-SD consists of a designated Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development course followed by one or more trainer candidate small-group sessions. All candidates are evaluated and given feedback. Approval is required to continue the PST process.
Fee: Typically $2500-3000 USD registration fee. Note that trainers in secondary markets may be eligible to receive discounted registration.
Step 5: Assessments and Interviews
Once candidates attend the training and receives approval to move to the next step, we delve deeper into your knowledge, training skills, and your plans to contribute to the PST community.
- Pass the PSM II assessment.
- Take part in an online interview with a Scrum.org staff member and receive approval for moving forward.
- Take part in an online one-hour peer-review with a panel of existing PSTs and pass peer-evaluation.
Fee: $0. Candidates receive one free attempt for the PSM II assessment. If the required assessment score is not achieved, you can purchase an additional attempt. ($250 per attempt)
Step 6: Join the PST Community
Review and agree to all the terms of being a PST, which are contained in the trainer license. Two key terms include teaching Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development courses using only standard Scrum.org APS-SD courseware and participating in one in-person Global Trainer Meeting each year (called a Face-to-face or "F2F").
Fee: For trainers who teach in primary markets, the first year license fee is $3500. ($2500 for trainers who teach exclusively in secondary markets).
Total Startup Fees: ~ $6,500 USD ($5,500 for trainers who teach exclusively in secondary markets)
Ongoing costs once licensed to teach APS-SD: Each time you teach the course, you pay a per-student fee to Scrum.org. Your students receive one free PSD I assessment attempt ($200 value) after taking the APS-SD course. Note that trainers in secondary markets receive discounted pricing on courseware licensing.
Cost to join a F2F: All PSTs attend one exclusive F2F Global Trainer Meeting each license-year term. There is no fee to join these events, however travel is necessary for most PSTs. Several choices are available each year in the US and Europe. December 2016 heralded our first F2F in Asia-Pacific (Australia).
How to Start?
Do you want to speak with a member of the Scrum.org staff or a PST before submitting your application? Contact Us and we can help you. Be aware that submitting this application begins a 1-2 year journey for well qualified candidates. We are putting specific focus and priority on candidates who contribute to the diversity of our community. If you do not bring characteristics that support this diversity, please be aware you may wait longer to enter the PST community.
If you are ready to apply, submit your application below. Roughly 2000-3000 words total please.