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How to Earn a Scrum Education Unit® (SEU®) From the Scrum Alliance

In the world of Agile, SEUs® stands for Scrum Education Units® (SEUs®), issued by the Scrum Alliance. It marks your participation, educational experience and continued proficiency in the underlying principles and practices of Scrum, while at the same time to maintain your certification. 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You can earn a maximum of 8 SEUs® after attending a full day training.Additional SEUs® can be earned by:Acquiring continuing education in advanced Scrum topics.Attending training courses conducted by CST®, like webinars, e-learning, recorded training, face-to-face courses.Attending training courses which are provided by Scrum Alliance® Registered Education Provider (REP).Participating in small or one-on-one group coachings provided by a CEC or CTC.Note: The CSTs, CECs, CTCs, or REPs should be verified as per the Member Directory on the Scrum Alliance website.The following are a few options for Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching:Receiving CSM trainingReceiving CSPO trainingReceiving CSD trainingReceiving training from a CST (can be video training or eLearning)Receiving training from a Scrum Alliance REPReceiving coaching conducted by a CEC or CTCCategory III: Outside EventsYou can earn SEUs® by participating in other relevant events as well, other than the ones that are sponsored by Scrum Alliance. It includes Agile conferences, training from someone who is not a CST, regional meetings, or a REP course that does not fit according to the Category II.  Unlike Category II, activities in Category III include activities and services that you are receiving rather than providing.The following are a few options for Outside Events:Receiving face-to-face training outside of Scrum AllianceReceiving coaching or mentoring outside of Scrum Alliance vAttending user group events outside of Scrum AllianceAttending Scrum/Agile events outside of Scrum AllianceCategory IV: Volunteer ServiceScrum Alliance encourages you to give back to the community.  Therefore, you can earn SEUs® by providing non-compensated professional Scrum services, that is, you will be asked if you are not compensating for your volunteer work for your employer or another party.Category V: Independent LearningYou can earn SEUs® via independent learning activities such as preparing presentations, authoring relevant books, blogs or articles; watching a training video; reading books in-depth and then describing their benefits as a Scrum practitioner.The following are a few options for Independent Learning:Preparing a Scrum presentation (not delivering)Author a book, blog or articleWatch a Scrum/Agile video by an instructor other than a Scrum Alliance CSTRead a book on Scrum/AgileOther independent learningCategory VI: Other Collaborative LearningYou can earn SEUs® via various other collaborative learning activities with other Scrum practitioners. This category might not include submissions which belong to Category B or C.The following are a few options for Collaborative Learning:Co-training with the objective of learningReceiving training via live webinar which is delivered by any trainer other than a CSTOther collaborative learningWhat is the process for submitting SEUs®  for renewal? The following is the step-by-step process for SEUs® renewal:Log into your account on the Scrum Alliance page, https://www.scrumalliance.org/login.Click on the ‘My Settings’, which can be found on the upper right-hand area of your screen.Select ‘Certification Dashboard’.Under the ‘My Credentials’, go to the grey ‘Manage SEUs®’ button.Choose your SEU® category from the ‘Enter a Scrum Education Unit’  drop-down menu.Fill in all the details of all the required fields. Note: You cannot reuse an SEU® if it has been used to submit a prior renewal of certification or CSP® application.  Also, all of the SEUs® that is being used for renewal should be earned within the past two years. 
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How to Earn a Scrum Education Unit® (SEU®) From the Scrum Alliance

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How to Earn a Scrum Education Unit® (SEU®) From the Scrum Alliance

In the world of Agile, SEUs® stands for Scrum Education Units® (SEUs®), issued by the Scrum Alliance. It marks your participation, educational experience and continued proficiency in the underlying principles and practices of Scrum, while at the same time to maintain your certification. You can earn Scrum Education Units® (SEUs®) via completing various learning opportunities or educational training.  The process to earn SEUs® is easy and it will help you stay relevant as well as competitive in the market.

Why do I need to earn SEUs®?

SEUs® are required to renew foundational, advanced and professional-level certifications, which include CSM®, A-CSM®, CSP-SM®, CSPO®, A-CSPO®, CSP-PO®,  CSD®, and CSP®.

SEUs® follow a ratio of 1:1, which means that for every hour spent in preparation or participation, you earn one SEU®.

In order to maintain your certification for two more years, you need to submit an established number of Scrum Education Units® (SEUs®) along with a renewal fee.

There are six categories from which you can choose from when selecting SEUs®, which has been discussed later in the blog.

The following SEU® requirements have been in effect since February 4, 2019, with no change in the renewal fee.

Certification TypeCertification (2-year term)SEUs RequiredRenewal Fee Per Term
FoundationalCSM®, CSPO®, CSD®20$100
AdvancedA-CSM®, A-CSPO®30$175
ProfessionalCSP-SM®, CSP-PO®, CSP®40$250

What are the different ways to earn SEUs®?

There are six categories that you can choose from while selecting SEUs®:

six categories that you can choose from while selecting SEUs®

Category I: Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings

Participate in Scrum Alliance Global Gatherings, Scrum Alliance Regional Gatherings, Scrum Coaching Retreats, and Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Events, and Scrum Alliance-Endorsed User Group activities and events and earn SEUs®.

Per day, a maximum of 8 SEUs® can be earned.

The following are a few options for Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings:

  1. Attending Global Scrum Gathering
  2. Attending Regional Scrum Gathering
  3. Attending Scrum Alliance user group activity
  4. Attending Scrum Coaching Retreat
  5. Attending Scrum Alliance pre-event or post-event workshop
  6. Attending Scrum Alliance-sponsored event
  7. Attending Scrum Alliance CSP Retreat  

Category II: Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching

Work with Scrum Alliance CSTs, CTCs, CECs, and REPs to earn SEUs®. You can earn a maximum of 8 SEUs® after attending a full day training.

Additional SEUs® can be earned by:

  1. Acquiring continuing education in advanced Scrum topics.
  2. Attending training courses conducted by CST®, like webinars, e-learning, recorded training, face-to-face courses.
  3. Attending training courses which are provided by Scrum Alliance® Registered Education Provider (REP).
  4. Participating in small or one-on-one group coachings provided by a CEC or CTC.

Note: The CSTs, CECs, CTCs, or REPs should be verified as per the Member Directory on the Scrum Alliance website.

The following are a few options for Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching:

  1. Receiving CSM training
  2. Receiving CSPO training
  3. Receiving CSD training
  4. Receiving training from a CST (can be video training or eLearning)
  5. Receiving training from a Scrum Alliance REP
  6. Receiving coaching conducted by a CEC or CTC

Category III: Outside Events

You can earn SEUs® by participating in other relevant events as well, other than the ones that are sponsored by Scrum Alliance. It includes Agile conferences, training from someone who is not a CST, regional meetings, or a REP course that does not fit according to the Category II.  Unlike Category II, activities in Category III include activities and services that you are receiving rather than providing.

The following are a few options for Outside Events:

  1. Receiving face-to-face training outside of Scrum Alliance
  2. Receiving coaching or mentoring outside of Scrum Alliance v
  3. Attending user group events outside of Scrum Alliance
  4. Attending Scrum/Agile events outside of Scrum Alliance

Category IV: Volunteer Service

Scrum Alliance encourages you to give back to the community.  Therefore, you can earn SEUs® by providing non-compensated professional Scrum services, that is, you will be asked if you are not compensating for your volunteer work for your employer or another party.

Category V: Independent Learning

You can earn SEUs® via independent learning activities such as preparing presentations, authoring relevant books, blogs or articles; watching a training video; reading books in-depth and then describing their benefits as a Scrum practitioner.

The following are a few options for Independent Learning:

  1. Preparing a Scrum presentation (not delivering)
  2. Author a book, blog or article
  3. Watch a Scrum/Agile video by an instructor other than a Scrum Alliance CST
  4. Read a book on Scrum/Agile
  5. Other independent learning

Category VI: Other Collaborative Learning

You can earn SEUs® via various other collaborative learning activities with other Scrum practitioners. This category might not include submissions which belong to Category B or C.

The following are a few options for Collaborative Learning:

  1. Co-training with the objective of learning
  2. Receiving training via live webinar which is delivered by any trainer other than a CST
  3. Other collaborative learning

What is the process for submitting SEUs®  for renewal?
Step-by-step process for SEUs renewal The following is the step-by-step process for SEUs® renewal:

  • Log into your account on the Scrum Alliance page, https://www.scrumalliance.org/login.
  • Click on the ‘My Settings’, which can be found on the upper right-hand area of your screen.
  • Select ‘Certification Dashboard’.
  • Under the ‘My Credentials’, go to the grey ‘Manage SEUs®’ button.
  • Choose your SEU® category from the ‘Enter a Scrum Education Unit’  drop-down menu.
  • Fill in all the details of all the required fields.

 Note: You cannot reuse an SEU® if it has been used to submit a prior renewal of certification or CSP® application.  Also, all of the SEUs® that is being used for renewal should be earned within the past two years. 

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