Top 5 Ways to Earn Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

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Scrum Education Units or SEUs are required for renewing foundational, advanced and professional level Scrum Alliance certifications. This includes CSM®, CSPO®, CSD®, A-CSM℠, A-CSPO℠, CSP®-SM, CSP®-PO, and CSP®.

To validate your participation and continued proficiency in the fundamental principles and practices of Scrum and to maintain your certification you are required to earn SEUs by completing educational training or learning opportunities.

SEUs follow a 1:1 ratio, where one hour of participation or preparation is equal to one SEU. There are six (6) categories of SEUs and it’s recommended that you spread your SEU experience across several categories for experience diversity, however, there is no minimum/maximum required per category.

Here are the top 5 ways to earn SEUs:

1. Attend a Scrum Alliance Event: This includes gatherings, retreats or user groups. A maximum of 8 SEUs may be earned per day. I recommend attending one of the Global Scrum Gatherings (usually 3 days for a total of 24 SEUs) and your local Scrum User group like the DC Scrum User Group (1-2 SEUs per event).

2. Take a Scrum Alliance Course offered by a CST (Certified Scrum Trainer): This includes the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) class, Certified Scrum Developer (CSD), Advanced Certifications (A-CSM, A-CSPO), Professional Certifications (CSP-SM, CSP-PO) as well as the Agile Engineering or the Agile Testing class. Various workshops like story writing or story mapping also count (4-16 SEUs per class).

3. Attend a Non-Scrum Alliance Event: I recommend the AgileXX from the Agile Alliance (usually 5 days for a total of 40 SEUs) and your local Agile conference like Agile Coach Camp, or AgileDC (8 SEUs).

4. Volunteer: I recommend coaching a local non-profit or teach an intro class at your local school.

5. Learn Independently: I recommend watching a presentation from DCSUG or from Infoq. You can also read blogs here as well as on Infoq.

6. Bonus: I encourage you to not only attend trainings and events, read blogs and books, but to also share your experience by blogging or presenting at a lunch and learn. Those also count as SEUs.

For more information on earning SEUs visit the Scrum Alliance website.