Scrum AllianceIf you currently hold a Scrum Alliance certification, such as Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), then recent changes to the certification renewal requirements will affect you.

After completing a certified Scrum Alliance course your certification will be active for a 2-year period (from the course date). However, as those 2-years elapse, you will need to renew your certification in order to maintain your certified status.

Whereas previously you were simply required to pay a renewal fee every 2 years, individuals are now also required to complete a certain number of Scrum Education Units (SEUs). This relates to both foundational certifications (ie CSM, CSPO, CSD) as well as advanced ones (A-CSM, A-CSPO).

So why the change?

Highlighting the reasons behind this change in renewal requirements, the Scrum Alliance explained:

“A large percentage of our surveyed community felt that a continuing education component would add value, allowing certificants to stay on top of the latest developments and skills that pertain to Agile and Scrum. Learning is essential for individuals ongoing journey and Scrum Education Units (SEUs) are an easy way to accomplish this.”

What do I need to do to renew my certification?

It’s important to note that in addition to gaining the required SEUs, the same renewal fees still also apply – these will not be changing or increasing. The table below highlights the number of SEUs required, along with the respective renewal fee, for each Scrum Alliance Certification.

Certification SEUs Required Fees Per Two-Year Term
Foundation: CSM, CSPO or CSD 20 $100
Advanced: A-CSMSM or A-CSPOSM 30 $175
Professional: CSP-SM, CSP-PO, or CSP 40 $250

Note: All SEUs used for renewal must have been earned within the past 2 years.

A note about multiple certifications
The Scrum Alliance have also provided additional guidance on what to do if you hold multiple certifications:

“You will need to submit the full amount of required SEUs for your highest-level certification, but you will only be required to submit half the amount of required SEUs for each certification in a different track thereafter.”

For specific examples of renewing multiple certifications, please visit the Scrum Alliance Help Centre.

How do I earn Scrum Education Units (SEUs)?

There are many different ways to earn Scrum Education Units, all of which are aimed at ensuring you maintain and develop your knowledge of Scrum practices and principles. Here’s just a sample of the wide variety of ways you can earn SEUs:

  • Watch a webinar
  • Volunteer in some way to give back to the Agile community
  • Participate in a local user group
  • Attend a Global / Regional Scrum Gathering
  • Write a blog about Scrum / Agile
  • Read a book about Scrum / Agile

You can also earn SEUs by attending further Scrum approved Agile training courses, such as:

Other useful links

If you would like further information about renewing your certification, then the Scrum Alliance have put together some handy Frequently Asked Questions.

Scrum Alliance Certification Renewal – FAQs