How do I Maintain or Renew My ScrumMaster (CSM) or Other Scrum Alliance Certifications?

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Becoming a Certified ScrumMaster

Your Scrum Alliance certification is valid for 2 years. This applies to the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®), Certified Scrum Developer® (CSD®), Advanced Certifications (A-CSM℠, A-CSPO℠) as well as the Professional Certifications (CSP®, CSP-SM® , CSP-PO®). The initial fee was included in your course registration. To maintain your certification beyond the first 2 years, you are required to complete a certain number of Scrum Education Units (SEUs®), along with a renewal fee.

Certification (Two Year Term)SEUs RequiredFee Per Term
Foundational : CSM, CSPO, or CSD20$100
Advanced: A-CSM or A-CSPO or A-CSD30$175
Professional: CSP-SM, CSP-PO, or CSP-D40$250

If you have multiple certs on the same path, you are only required to pay the fee and complete the education units for the highest cert that you have. For example, if you have a CSM and A-CSM, then the fee is $175 and you need to complete 30 hours of continuing education over 2 years.

If you have more than 1 certification across different paths, then you are only required to pay a single fee that applies to highest level certification that you have (Foundational, Advanced, or Professional). You are also required to complete the full SEUs for the highest certification that you have, and then half the SEUs for the highest certifications in the other paths (CSM, CSPO, CSD). For example, if I have a CSM, A-CSM, CSP-SM, CSPO, A-CSPO and CSD, then I’m required to pay $250 for the highest level certification (professional) and then complete 40 SEUs for my professional level cert (CSP-SM) as well as half the SEUs each of the highest certs on the other paths. That’s 15 hours (30/2) for the highest Product Owner path cert (A-CSPO) path and 10 hours (20/2) for the highest developer path cert (CSD) for a total of 65 SEUs (40+15+10) over the 2 year term.

Check out this post for ideas on how to earn SEUs and this handy SEU renewal calculator to let you the total number of SEUs and payment required for renewal.