Earn SEUs for your CSP
Ways to earn SEUs
There are several ways to earn SEUs needed to become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
This page updated March 2016
Scrum Alliance has discretion to determine whether SEUs are warranted, considering factors such as content, quality, and accuracy of the source material.
The SEU Online Form
You can now log and track your SEUs as you earn them by using the "Manage SEUs" link on your Scrum Alliance dashboard.
You may add your own SEU entry in all categories. As of June 1, 2015, when you complete a Scrum Alliance Category B training course (CSM, CSPO, CSD, or Extended Education (EE) course), and the trainer uploads the course to our system, your SEU entry will be created for that course on your profile.
Before you attach these SEU entries to your CSP application, you will need to add a write-up explaining the benefit of each one to you as a Scrum practitioner and the course rating. For all SEU entries, your personal write-ups strengthen your application in each category. 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 appropriate category does matter in the CSP application process. As of June 1, 2015, when you make a SEU entry, you will choose a sub-category under each Category. Please carefully consider the information provided below when submitting your SEUs. You will save yourself and your reviewers both time and effort in the application review process when you choose the appropriate category
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.
* Because we value in-person, classroom training and face-to-face interaction, we ask that no more than 17 SEUs (out of 70) are comprised of online learning and/or on-demand videos.
Up to 45 SEUs
Category A: Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings
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:
- Attended Global Scrum Alliance Gathering
- Attended Regional Scrum Alliance Gathering
- Attended Scrum Alliance User Group Activity
- Attended Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Event
- Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat
- Attended Scrum Alliance CSP Retreat
- Attended Scrum Alliance Pre or Post Event Workshop
Category B: Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching
There is no limit to the number of SEUs
you can submit in this category by working with Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs), Endorsed Scrum Trainers (ESTs), Coaches (CTCs and CECs) and Registered Education Providers (REPs). However, a minimum of 14 SEUs is required in this category for CSP certification
. Allowable SEUs
in this category include working with Scrum Alliance CSTs, ESTs, Coaches, and REPs. A full day of training is equal to a maximum of 8 SEUs. You can earn SEUs by:
- Achieving your CSM, CSPO, and/or CSD certifications. We expect to see at least one of these certifications in Category B, and the certification must be current. CSM, CSPO, or CSD certification training is accepted even when training is more than 3 years old. All other SEUs need to have been earned within the past 3 years.
- Attending training courses provided by a CST or EST. Training by CSTs and ESTs may include webinars, recorded training, and face-to-face courses.
- Attending training courses provided by a REP. Please note that the course and trainer must be listed on the Scrum Alliance website, which you may validate via the Course Search page: https://www.scrumalliance.org/courses-events/course.
- Through one-on-one or small group coaching provided by a CEC. Members need not submit SEUs after each coaching session but may list them all at the time of submission.
You can verify CSTs, ESTs, Coaches, and REPs through the Member Directory on our website: http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/member-directory?cst=true&cec=true&rep=true
When submitting SEUs, your options for Category B are:
- Received CSM Training
- Received CSPO Training
- Received CSD Training
- Received Training from a CST or EST (including video training)
- Received Training from a REP (only approved courses and trainers)
- Received Coaching by a CEC
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 CST or EST, or a REP course that is not approved for Category B. 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:
- Received face-to-face training outside of Scrum Alliance
- Attended live Scrum/Agile events outside of Scrum Alliance
- Attended user group events outside of Scrum Alliance
- 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: 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; watching a training video; reading one or two books in depth 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:
- Prepared a Scrum presentation (preparation time only, not delivering)
- Authored a book, article, or blog
- Watched a Scrum/Agile training video by an instructor other than a Scrum Alliance CST -- List one per entry box
- Read a Scrum/Agile book -- List only one book per entry box (multiple books in a single entry box will not be considered)
- Other independent learning -- We invite instances of creative learning that do not fit into other categories
Category F: 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 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:
- Co-trained with the objective of learning
- Received training via live webinar delivered by any trainer other than a CST or EST
- Other Collaborative Learning, including "facilitated" open space or facilitated face to face learning--add details that explain why this is a valuable collaborative learning activity for you.