Ways to earn SEUs

There are several ways to earn the SEUs needed to become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)

This page updated July 2014

Scrum Alliance has discretion to determine whether SEUs are warranted, considering factors such as content, quality, and accuracy of the source material.

New: You can now log and track your SEUs as you earn them by using the "Manage SEUs" link on your Scrum Alliance dashboard.

The SEU online form

The new online form is what you will use to apply for your Certified Scrum Professional certification. Something important to keep in mind is that a strong CSP candidate has representation from all or most of the categories described below. Don't be afraid to submit more SEUs than needed; it will not harm your application to list activities beyond the required number of SEUs.

The new form gives you an opportunity to submit a write-up explaining the benefit of each activity to you as a Scrum practitioner. These write-ups strengthen your application in all categories, but particularly in Categories D, E, and F; make a good case for why the activity has been an important part of your learning.

Because some categories have limits, choosing the correct categories does matter in the CSP application process. Please carefully consider the information below when submitting your SEUs for review. You will save yourself and your reviewers both time and effort in the application review process.

Category A: Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings

Up to 45 SEUs can be earned at a rate of one credit per hour of participation in Scrum Alliance Global Gatherings, Scrum Alliance Regional Gatherings, Scrum Coaching Retreats, and Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Events, as well as in Scrum Alliance-endorsed User Group events and activities.
  • Presenting, coaching, and attending sessions all count as SEU-eligible activities.
  • Additionally, because Scrum Alliance recognizes the value in impromptu ("hallway") discussions at Scrum Gatherings, SEUs are earned at the same rate for these. A maximum of 8 SEUs may be earned per day.
  • Please verify past Scrum Alliance-affiliated events at our website: http://www.scrumalliance.org/courses-events/events.
  • Please verify Scrum Alliance-endorsed user groups at http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/user-groups.
When submitting SEUs, your options for Category A are:
  1. Attended Global Scrum Alliance Gathering
  2. Attended Regional Scrum Alliance Gathering
  3. Attended Scrum Alliance User Group Activity
  4. Attended Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Event
  5. Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat
  6. Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat Pre-Workshop

Category B: Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching

We have no limit to the SEUs you can submit in this category by working with our Scrum Alliance CSTs, REPs, and Coaches. A full training day is equal to a maximum of 8 SEUs. You can earn them:
  • By achieving your CSM, CSPO, and/or CSD certifications
  • By attending training courses provided by a REP or CST
  • Through mentoring provided by a CST
  • Through one-on-one or small-group coaching provided by a CSC
Members need not submit SEUs after each coaching or mentoring session but may list them all at the time of submission. Training by Scrum Alliance CSTs and REPs includes webinars, recorded training, and face-to-face courses.

You can verify CSTs, CSCs, or REPs at our website: http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/member-directory?cst=true&csc=true&rep=true

When submitting SEUs, your options for Category B are:
  1. Received CSM Training
  2. Received CSPO Training
  3. Received CSD Training
  4. Received CST Training (EE or other course)
  5. Received REP Training (EE or other course)
  6. Received mentoring by CST
  7. Received coaching by CSC

Category C: Outside Events

Up to 15 SEUs may be earned by participating in other relevant events not sponsored by Scrum Alliance, such as Agile conferences, regional interest group meetings, training from someone who is not a REP or CST. Activities in Category C are attended face to face, and you are receiving rather than providing services. SEUs are earned at a rate of one credit per hour of active participation.

When submitting SEUs, your options for Category C are:
  1. Received face-to-face training outside of Scrum Alliance
  2. Attended live Scrum/Agile events outside of Scrum Alliance
  3. Attended user group events outside of Scrum Alliance
  4. Received coaching or mentoring outside of Scrum Alliance

Category D: Volunteer Service

Up to 15 SEUs may be earned by providing non-compensated, professional Scrum services. Scrum Alliance is looking for ways that you give back to the community. You will be asked to affirm that your volunteer work was not compensated and was not for your employer. Please provide all information requested on the application form.

Category E: Asynchronous Learning (Independent Learning)

Up to 15 SEUs may be earned through various independent learning activities, such as preparing (but not delivering) presentations; authoring relevant books, articles, or blogs; taking on-demand online training; reading one or two books deeply and then fully describing their benefit to you as a Scrum practitioner. Please follow a 1:1 ratio for this category. One invested hour is equivalent to 1 SEU.

When submitting SEUs, your options for Category E are:
  1. Read Scrum/Agile book -- List only one book per entry (Multiple books in single entry will not be considered)
  2. Wrote article or blog
  3. Prepared Scrum presentation (preparation time only, not delivering)
  4. Reviewed on-demand Scrum/Agile training video -- one per entry
  5. Other independent learning -- We invite instances of creative learning that do not fit into other categories

Category F: Synchronous Learning (Other Collaborative Learning)

Up to 15 SEUs may be earned through a variety of other collaborative learning activities engaged in with other Scrum practitioners. Scrum Alliance acknowledges that not all learning fits neatly into the categories above; therefore, an example of an additional way to earn SEUs includes spending time as a co-trainer working with a more experienced trainer, with the objective of learning. Another example is being a participant in a live webinar or online course that is led by an instructor. Please follow a 1:1 ratio for this category. One invested hour is equivalent to 1 SEU. This category may not include submissions that belong in Categories B or C; for example, it is not for face-to-face training or events.

Please review options under Category C before submitting SEUs here.
When submitting SEUs, your options for Category F are:
  1. Received training via live webinar given by an outside trainer
  2. Co-trained with the objective of learning
  3. Other Collaborative Learning -- Add details that explain why this is a learning activity for you