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How to renew your certification and membership

Here are certification and membership renewal instructions based on your highest level of certification:

Community Membership

Scrum Alliance® has launched a new membership community with more benefits and content than ever before, including highly collaborative user groups, both regional and specialized; exclusive Agile product discounts; and member-only content, such as coach- and trainer-led webinars.

All new Scrum Alliance certification holders receive a free two-year membership with their initial certification. Certified members and community members will want to renew their memberships separately. The Scrum Alliance team will communicate in a timely manner to ensure that you are always up to date with your status and membership expirations. If you are interested in taking advantage of our increasing member benefits and are not currently a certification holder, no problem. We offer three membership levels: Student, Professional, and Executive. Learn more here.

Certification Renewals

Although we do not currently have a continuing education requirement for our foundational certifications (CSM®, CSPO®, and CSD®), we do support an environment of continual education, improvement, and lifelong learning. Those certified by Scrum Alliance can always benefit from exploring new trends in the field, attending courses, and continuing research. More information regarding certification renewals will be coming from our education team in 2016, so stay tuned!

CSM: Certified ScrumMaster®

In order to renew your certification, log in, go to your dashboard, and click on the "Renew Certification" option under the heading "Actions." The fee is $100 and covers two years extending from your current expiration date.

If you were certified before the CSM exam was implemented in October of 2009, you may take the CSM exam, but it is not required. You can use the red "Take CSM Exam" button on your dashboard.

If your only certification is CSM, log in and proceed to your dashboard.

CSPO: Certified Scrum Product Owner®

In order to renew your certification, log in, go to your dashboard, and click on the “Renew Certification" option under the heading “Actions." The fee is $100 and covers two years extending from your current expiration date.

If your only certification is CSPO, log in and proceed to your dashboard.

CSD: Certified Scrum Developer®

We currently do not have a continuing education requirement for the CSD certification. In order to renew your certification and membership, log in, go to your dashboard, and click on the "Renew Certification/Membership" option under the heading "Actions." The fee is $100 and covers two years extending from your current expiration date.

If your only certification is CSD, log in and proceed to your dashboard.

Combined Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner and/or Certified Scrum Developer

To renew multiple foundational certifications, visit your dashboard and click on the “Renew Certification" link under “Actions." Renewals are $100 and cover two years, extending from your current expiration date, to include all three (CSM®, CSPO®, and/or CSD®) certifications.

If you have multiple certifications, log in and proceed to your dashboard.

CSP: Certified Scrum Professional®

Your certification is valid for two years from your original certification date. When it’s time for you to renew, you will pay the $250 renewal fee and follow the instructions below. This fee also renews your CSM®, CSPO®, and/or CSD® certifications. 

You are required to track and submit 40 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) during each two-year renewal cycle to complete the renewal process. You can either document all 40 SEUs at once when you renew, or you can enter your SEUs as you earn them so they are ready to submit at renewal time. If you have not earned all 40 SEUs by your CSP expiration date, you will have up to 90 days past the expiration date to earn and document your SEUs and pay the certification renewal fee before your CSP certification officially expires. 

Here’s how to document your SEUs and renew your CSP®

  1. Log in to your Scrum Alliance account.
  2. Click on “Dashboard" (in the upper right-hand area of your screen, under “My Account").
  3. Under “Actions," click on “Manage SEUs (for CSP Application or Renewal)" and add your SEUs. You must submit a minimum of 40 SEUs to renew your CSP certification. There are no category limits and you may list more than 40 SEUs in any category. However, only 40 SEUs will be counted for the current renewal period.

For more detailed instructions on entering SEUs for CSP renewal and completing the renewal application process, please visit these pages: Renew Your CSP with SEUs and Steps to Renew CSP

After you’ve made the renewal payment, please accept the CSP license agreement, also presented on your dashboard, in order to complete the process. 

CEC: Certified Enterprise Coach

The CEC annual fee is due yearly. You will receive an invoice from our accounting department. If you have not received an invoice by January 10, 2016, please contact accounting@scrumalliance.org. Renewing your CEC also renews your CSP®, CSM®, CSPO®, and/or CSD® certifications as applicable.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the CEC certification has a set of requirements around renewal (to maintain active certification). To learn program specifics, please see the “CST/CEC Renewal Program" document found on your Dashboard under Coach Resources. You will not be eligible to pay your annual CEC fee unless you have fulfilled the requirements of this program.

CST: Certified Scrum Trainer®

The CST® annual fee is due yearly. You will receive an invoice from our accounting department. If you have not received an invoice by January 10, 2016, please contact accounting@scrumalliance.org. Renewing your CST® also renews your CSP®, CSM®, CSPO®, and/or CSD® certifications as applicable.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the CST® certification has a set of requirements around renewal (to maintain active certification). To learn program specifics, please see the “CST/CEC Renewal Program" document found on your Dashboard under Trainer Resources. You will not be eligible to pay your annual CST® fee unless you have fulfilled the requirements of this program.

 


Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Ongoing education and certification renewal are critical to maintaining high standards as you advance your career. That’s why we have developed the Scrum Education Units (SEUs) program that will reward your professional development activities and provide a measurable way to renew your Scrum Alliance certifications.

CSPs, CECs, and CSTs are currently required to earn SEUs for renewal on a two-year cycle.  Members with multiple Scrum Alliance credentials will only need to earn SEUs for their highest-level credential — not all of the credentials they currently hold. The highest-level credential drives the SEU requirement.

FAQs about the future SEU process for renewing certifications

Q: When will I need to begin earning Scrum Education Units (SEU)?
A: Currently, members who hold a Certified Scrum Professional®, Certified Enterprise Coach and/or Certified Scrum Trainer credential need to earn SEUs to renew their certification. Each SEU cycle is two years.

Q: What is an SEU?
A: An SEU is a credit hour earned by a professional person for having completed an educational training or learning opportunity that meets a set of learning objectives.

Q: How is the value of an SEU calculated?
A: SEUs work on a points-based system. SEUs are based on a 1:1 ratio of contact hours to points. For example, eight contact hours (or a full day of training) is equivalent to eight SEUs. Note: eight hours per day is a maximum considered for any activity. For a gathering, for example, we would only consider up to 24 SEUs, or for a 2-day CSM training, we would only consider up to 16 SEUs.

Q: How do I get SEUs?
A: Many educational activities can easily count for SEU credit. Reading books, attending mentoring or training sessions, and volunteering for the Scrum Alliance are just a few ideas. The activity's contact hours drive how many SEUs the activity will earn. For example, if you attend a Scrum Gathering and participate the entire day, you will earn eight SEUs.  Please visit our webpage "Renew your CSP with SEUs" for more detailed information, or visit your trainer or coach resources within your dashboard.

Q: How does an SEU relate to a PDU?
A: Many of the SEUs needed for Scrum Alliance certification and recertification can also be used as Professional Development Units (PDUs) for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Please consult the PMP Handbook for requirements.

 

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