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Professional Credits

Some professional accreditation groups recognize extra-curricular activities like AgilePhilly meetings as part of a lifelong pursuit of professional excellence. Continuing education units such as SEUs and PDUs can be satisfied by attending our meetings. ;The education units can be applied toward certifications with the appropriate organizations. Although we cannot provide these directly, we encourage our members to pursue these and other certification steps in their professional education.

AgilePhilly is a Scrum Alliance-endorsed user group(as of 4/23/2014). The Scrum Alliance is a membership organization that the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. When you attend one of our events, you will earn SEUs toward your Scrum Alliance certifications. The number of SEUs will depend on the event and duration and can be managed/tracked in your Scrum Alliance dashboard. Members may submit those meetings or events in Category A on a 1 to 1 basis. That is, for each hour of participation, members may submit 1 SEU. You will need to provide enough information in the submission to show what you gained from the event or meeting as well as a description of the subject matter.

The Scrum Alliance typically wants SEUs to be the learning session or presentation time of the meeting, so 1 SEU for the meeting you describe is appropriate. They do value the time spent networking, but for SEU purposes, 1 SEU for the presentation would be considered.

If you are not yet a member of the Scrum Alliance, don't fret.  It just means that you won't be able to login to their site and use their member dashboard to track your SEUs, but there is no reason why you can't track them on your own. Keep them handy and add them when you become a Scrum Alliance member.

You can also get credit for volunteering or speaking at AgilePhilly. " Category D: Volunteer Service by speaking or coordinating sessions.  Credits may be earned by providing non-compensated, professional Scrum services. The Scrum Alliance is looking for ways that you give back to the community. Yes, you will be asked to affirm that your volunteer work was not compensated and was not for your employer, and you will need to  provide information on the application form.  Contact the coordinators for assistance for this.

PDUs are professional education units offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Click here to view the different ways PDUs can be earned.  PDU's can be applied toward the PMI's Agile Certified practitioner certification.  We at AgilePhilly have chosen not to become an R.E.P. (Registered Education Provider) Program Developer for the PMI or other certifying agency, as this is not in our mission statement.  From the Project Mgmt Institute website: 

  

CATEGORY B for the P.M.I.

"....By attending relevant educational courses offered by training organizations  NOT registered with PMI (like AgilePhilly).  This may include training or a Webinar offered by  your employer, another professional or membership association, or a non  R.E.P. training organization.... "

Category B PDUs are self reported. 

The session is in general correlated in a way the PMI thinks is appropriate, and anyone can self report Class B PDUs for any session.

 

Example for maintenance for PMI-ACP continuing certification:

Category: Cat B: Continuing Education

Activity Title: 2014 Agile Philly Tour

Date Started: 06 Oct 2014

Date Completed: 06 Oct 2014

Hours: 4

URL: http://www.agilephilly.com/events/2014-agile-tour

PDUs Claimed: 2

 

General Information

http://www.pmi.org/globals/~/media/Files/PDF/Certification/PDU%20CategStructure_Final.ashx

 

Thanks to Greg Robinson, Paul Doyle, Carl Vogel, David Bulkin and Louise Griffith for their help in collecting this info.

Other Resources are below

 

Professional Credits

Info is on a separate webpage on this website AgilePhilly Mentoring Program ( to AMP up your skills )

 http://www.agilephilly.com/page/professional-credits-and-certifications

AgilePhilly Mentoring Program

Info is on a separate webpage on this website

 http://www.agilephilly.com/page/amp-up-your-skills

 

Develop Your Skills

For what skills to develop, see the Agile Skills Project https://sites.google.com/site/agileskillsprojectwiki/home

 

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