CSP: Scrum Education Unit (SEU) Pilot Program
If you decide to earn your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certification through the accumulation of Scrum Education Units (SEUs), you will not take the proctored exam. Instead, you will engage in and document your Agile or Scrum learning activities. You will need 60 SEUs to earn your CSP and 45 to renew that credential every two years.
How will you earn 60 SEUs? The good news is that you're probably already engaging in professional development activities that could be eligible for SEU credit.
SEUs are based on a 1:1 point system, similar to other education credit programs. For each contact hour you invest in your Agile or Scrum education, you will get 1 SEU. Go to a Scrum Gathering and participate the whole day? You earn 8 SEUs. Only come for half a day? Earn 4 SEUs.
In order to earn the CSP, you will need 60 SEUs, of which up to 15 can come from education outside the Scrum Alliance. For more questions about SEUs, including information about specific ways to earn them, see the FAQs About the New SEU Process for CSP.
Eligibility for SEU-Based CSP Application
You must satisfy three eligibility criteria to apply for the CSP credential: (1) Three years of successful Agile/Scrum experience (burden of proof falls on applicant); (2) Applicant must hold a lower-level certification (CSM, CSPO, or CSD); (3) 60 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) from any Scrum-related course. A maximum of 15 SEUs may come from external courses. They must be extended-education only, not classes leading to external Scrum certifications. Participant is responsible for providing correlation and value.
There is a $150 application fee. There is no examination fee when you earn your CSP using the SEU approach.
License and Certificate
If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email from Scrum Alliance with a link to read and accept the CSP License Agreement, the last step before your new credential is confirmed. Once you accept the License Agreement, you will be able to download your CSP certificate directly from your dashboard. Your new credential will be effective for two years from the date that your application is approved.
Once you have earned the CSP, you must renew your credential every two years. CSPs will be required to obtain 45 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) to maintain their certification.
FAQs About the New SEU Process for CSP
Q1: What is a Scrum Education Unit (SEU)?
A1: An SEU is a point earned by a professional person for having completed an educational training or learning opportunity that meets a set of learning objectives.
Q2: How is the value of an SEU calculated?
A2: 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.
Q3. How do I get SEUs?
A3. 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 drives how many SEUs the activity will earn. For example, if you attend a Scrum Gathering and participate the entire day, you will earn 8 SEUs. For more information on SEUs, see our list of applicable categories of activities.
Q4. How many SEUs will I need for my initial CSP application?
A4.You will need 60 SEUs. Each SEU is the equivalent of 1 hour of an educational activity.
Q5. How many SEUs will I need to maintain my CSP credential?
A5. You will need 45 SEUs accumulated over two years to renew your CSP. Each SEU is the equivalent of 1 hour of an educational activity.