Scrum Education Units (SEUs)
An SEU® is a credit earned by a Scrum professional for having completed an educational training or learning opportunity that meets a defined set of learning objectives. Scrum Alliance® has discretion to determine whether SEUs are warranted, considering factors such as content, quality, and accuracy of material. SEUs follow a 1:1 ratio, where one hour of participation or preparation is equal to one SEU.
This page updated February 2016
SEUs can be used for earning and renewing your CSP®, CEC, and/or CST®
Read how to earn SEUs for your CSP
Read how to renew your CSP
As of June 1, 2015, you will select a sub-category when you make your SEU entry. The information provided below for each category is a preview of your choices.
Category A: Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings
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 for attendance are earned at the same rate. A maximum of 8 SEUs may be earned per day.
When submitting SEUs, your options for Category A are:
- Attended Global Scrum Gathering®
- Attended Regional Scrum 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-Event or Post-Event Workshop
Category B: Scrum Alliance Courses or Coaching
Allowable SEUs in this category include working with Scrum Alliance CSTs, REPs, and CECs. A full day of training is equal to a maximum of 8 SEUs.
We expect to see at least one of our foundational certifications (CSM, CSPO®, or CSD®) in Category B, and the certification must be current. For CSP certification applications, all SEUs need to have been earned within the past 3 years. For all certification renewal cycles (CSP, CEC, and/or CST), SEUs must have been earned within 2 years.
You can earn additional SEUs by:
- Earning Continuing Education in advanced Scrum topics.
- Attending training courses provided by a CST. Training by CSTs may include webinars, recorded training, e-learning, and face-to-face courses.
- Attending training courses provided by a Scrum Alliance 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.
- Participating in one-on-one or small-group coaching provided by a CEC or CTC.
You can verify CSTs, CECs, CTCs, or REPs through the Member Directory on our website: http://www.scrumalliance.org/community/member-directory?cst=true&csc=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 (including video training or e-learning, as described above)
- Received Training from a REP (only Scrum Alliance-approved courses and trainers)
- Received Coaching by a CEC or CTC
Category C: Outside Events
SEUs may be earned by participating in other relevant events not sponsored by Scrum Alliance, such as Agile conferences, regional meetings, training from someone who is not a CST, 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
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 an employer.
Category E: Independent Learning
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. 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
- Read a Scrum/Agile book
- Other independent learning — We invite instances of creative learning that do not fit into other categories
Category F: Other Collaborative Learning
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. 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. Other SEUs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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
- Other Collaborative Learning
How is the value of an SEU calculated?
SEUs work on a points-based system. An SEU is based on a 1:1 ratio of contact hours to points. For example, 8 contact hours (or a full day of training) is equivalent to 8 SEUs.
How do I get SEUs?
Many educational activities can easily count for SEU credit. Reading books, attending mentoring or training sessions, and volunteering 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 for the entire three days, you will earn a maximum of 24 SEUs. For more information on SEUs, see our list of applicable categories of activities.
I do a lot of training and coaching. Which SEU category does this fit into?
There are two areas that we review for CSP applicants. One is "Experience," which is valuable experience that should be highlighted through updating your Scrum Alliance Profile/Work History. The other is participation in learning opportunities where you are the student and not the facilitator. These generally count as SEUs.
In instances where you are the trainer, these hours would best fit the Experience requirement on your Scrum Alliance profile.
There are three exceptions. In these cases, your training experience can be counted for SEUs:
- You are a co-trainer, learning from a more experienced trainer. These hours can be SEUs in Category F.
- You've researched and prepared training materials. These hours can be SEUs in Category E.
- You have volunteered training for nonprofit organizations other than your employer. These hours can be SEUs in Category D.
How many SEUs will I need for my initial CSP application?
You will need 70 SEUs. Each SEU is the equivalent of 1 hour of an educational activity.
How many SEUs will I need to maintain my CSP credential?
You will need 40 SEUs accumulated over two years to renew your CSP. Each SEU is the equivalent of 1 hour of an educational activity.