September 10, 2014

On Becoming a Scrum.org Trainer

Scrum.org holds a consistently high quality bar for our instructors. The result is a tremendously mature and capable cadre of experts working together to realize our shared mission of improving the profession of software development. The full list of of our PSTs (Professional Scrum Trainers) is here.

It takes more than a standard understanding of Scrum, or deep knowledge of the Scrum Guide, to become a PST. Successful candidates have deep understanding of empiricism with Scrum and how to apply it to improving technology organizations. They have lived it and have the scars to prove it.

Further, this community is exactly that. A collaborative community of practitioners and leaders who help each other improve, learn, and succeed. PSTs regularly come together in venues all around the world for Face-to-Face events, like the one shown in this video shot by PST Lare Laekman (one can never really get enough Billy Ocean).



If you are one of the rare few who meet this bar, and you are interested the PST program, we’ve made the process a bit simpler for you. We recently revised our website to reflect simplifications in the PST (Professional Scrum Trainer) application process. We refer to the process of certifying new instructors as the “PST pipeline”. Complete documentation on the PST pipeline is here.

One of the first steps in the pipeline (after the initial application) is to attend a Professional Scrum training taught by one of a select group of very senior trainers able to assess and provide feedback to aspiring PSTs. These train-the-trainer classes have been reletively few in number over the last year and we’ve decided to be more active in making these opportunities known.

Accordingly, the following is a list of qualifying public Professional Scrum classes that will be held in coming months. These are simply public Professional Scrum Master classes, but they are taught by key Scrum.org staff who are able to evaluate PST candidates. PST candidates will often meet privately with the instructor after the initial class is over to have more in depth conversations about the program and community.

If you are interested in becoming a PST, start with the application process linked above; keep these class events in mind as they are the first step on your path toward teaching Professional Scrum curriculum.

A current list of qualifying classes is always available on the program landing page.
If you are an experienced Scrum practitioner, an accomplished technologist, a capable teacher, and you are up for a challenge, then you can get started there. Maybe you’ll end up in a photo like this one!