Renewing your certification / Furthering your education

1. Introduction

You may want to skip to sections 4 and 5 below.

2. Why is this important?

Learning so that you can act better or more effectively is good. Acting better or more effectively is definitely good!

First, can knowledge decay?  Yes.

Is it possible that you are mis-remembering knowledge, and you think you are doing Scrum right, but in fact you are doing it somewhat incorrectly?  As you know, this is very possible, even likely for various reasons.

Is there a magic pill to make sure everyone’s knowledge is perfect and everyone’s intention is perfect?  NO! Of course not.  But we think learning more can help.  The basics of Scrum are quite simple.  But doing it well in your situation is, actually, very hard.  You need many things, and more learning is one of them.

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3. Basic Scrum Alliance approach

So, Scrum Alliance has come up with some practical things.  They are attempts to deal with these problems.

To be honest, the ideas in my opinion are a bit bureaucratic (I tend to naturally be anti-bureaucratic), but have some sympathy.  It is a hard problem, and the proposed solution is still a reasonable and partial solution.

If you dislike their proposals, please tell me, and please do propose an alternative.

Valid Certification

Scrum Alliance wants everyone to have an up-to-date, valid certification.

And your certification expires after two years.  (Exactly how that works….some detailed questions.  It is shown on your Scrum Alliance profile.)

Get SEUs to renew

To renew your certification, you must obtain SEUs.  Scrum Educational Units. And pay a fee.

Basically, the SEUs represent the idea that you have new learning in that (2 year) period.

And the idea is that the new learning justifies letting you continue with your certification.

Lots and lots of industries do this kind of thing.  Lawyers, doctors, etc, etc.

Is it perfect?  No.  Does it help?  Probably on average YES.  Well, make it help for you.

Here is a page that talks about renewing:

https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-certified/renewing-certifications

What are the different ways of getting SEUs?

Here is a page that explains the different types of SEUs and gives you ideas of how you can earn SEUs.

https://www.scrumalliance.org/get-certified/scrum-education-units

Coming to one of our courses is one of them.

4. What LeanAgileTraining offers – 1

New Courses for SEUs

We are offering new courses for the SEUs, both publicly and inhouse.

These include:

  • The A-CSM (Advanced CSM) course
  • Scaling Workshop
  • Agile Release Planning workshop
  • The CSPO course
  • The Team Level-Up Workshop

These are all explained on the website.  Start here: https://www.leanagiletraining.com/lean-agile-and-scrum-courses/scrum-and-agile-course-descriptions/

5. What LeanAgileTraining offers – 2

We encourage you to “renew”.  For us, that means you can come to any course again, for “free”.  That is, you have to pay the hotel costs (room and food, mostly).

You can only renew for those courses or workshops you have taken already, with us.

You can get SEU credit and/or you can take the CSM Test again.  (To take the CSM Test again, you must “renew” (take the course again) and also pay us $50, which I pass on to Scrum Alliance.)

6. Additional Information from Scrum Alliance

How many SEUs do I need?

If you are renewing only your CSM or CSPP, you need 20 SEUs.

You earn 8 SEUs per course or workshop day, normally. These must be earned AFTER you get your CSM or CSPO.

Other situations can be more complex.  Depends on several factors.  For example, say you have BOTH the CSM and the CSPO.

Then see this calculator.

https://certification.scrumalliance.org/renewal_requirements

Note: You can also see this general information (not just the calculator) reviewed in this video:

We will try to keep up with this.  We do have more to say about how we can help.

You can email: support@scrumalliance.org.  Or talk to us.

More soon.

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