SAFe® 5 Agile Software Engineering Certification

A comprehensive course for enabling technical agility in the Lean Enterprise

  • Engaging activities, real-world simulations around Agile Software Engineering practices 
  • Build skills to enable faster, more predictable delivery of high-quality software solutions 
  • Learn to apply Test-First principles with Behaviour-Driven Development  
  • 400,000 + Professionals trained
  • 250 + Professionals certified
  • 100 + Countries and counting

Grow your Agile Software Engineering skills

Acquire the skills to enable SAFe® Continuous Delivery Pipeline and master the foundational principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline. Learn how modern practices such as XP, Behavioural-Driven Development, and Test-Driven Development enable continuous flow of value delivery and built-in quality.

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  • 24 Hours Live Instructor-led Online Training

  • Earn 24 PDUs and 24 SEUs

  • Free 1-year SAFe Community Membership

  • Comprehensive Exam Support

  • Exam Fee included in Course Fee

  • Gateway to SA Community of Practice

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Seventy percent of Fortune 100 companies actively employ the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and a large number of the Global 2000 have certified SAFe professionals and on-site consultants. According to Scaled Agile, over 700,000 practitioners have been trained to date.

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Experiential Workshops

Agile activities, team-based exercises, practical case studies: High energy workshops with hands-on learning.

Elite panel of SAFe Program Consultants

Get trained by accredited SAFe Program Consultants with over a decade of experience across industries. 

Mentorship by Industry Experts

Get real-world tips and time-tested techniques from highly qualified mentors.

Join the largest SAFe network

1-year free SAFe Community Platform membership - your gateway to the largest Scaled Agile communities.

Continual Learning Support

Webinars, e-books, tutorials, articles, and interview questions - we're right by you in your learning journey!

Post-Class Career Support

Six months of post-training mentor guidance to overcome challenges in your Agile career.

Steps to get SAFe Agile Software Engineer certified

Not sure where to get started with your SAFe Agile Software Engineer certification? Just follow these simple steps and validate your expertise as a Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer.

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Prerequisites for SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering

  • There are no prerequisites to attend the course 
  • While an understanding of SAFe for Teams and a background in engineering, development, managing development, or quality assurance are highly recommended to fully benefit from the course, these two criteria are prerequisites for the exam

Who can attend this course?

Scrum Masters

Agile Coaches


Software Developers

Software Engineers

Senior Managers

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What you’ll learn in SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering

SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline

Enable continuous flow of value delivery, built-in quality: XP, Behavioral-Driven Development, Test-Driven Development

Building Quality into Code

Master the practices that build quality into code with intentional programming and designs (SOLID, Design patterns)

Role of Software Engineering in SAFe

Understand how Software Engineering fits into the larger solution context, intentional architecture and Agile Software Engineering

Accelerating Flow of Continuous Value

Learn to apply Lean-Agile principles to optimize the flow of value, applying Test-First principles and build-n quality

Communicating with Models

Learn how to communicate with models and implement quality systems with Code Quality, Design Quality

Skills you’ll gain in SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering

Mastery of Agile Software Engineering values, principles, practices

Application of Test-First practices

Creating tests using Behaviour-Driven Development

Outlining models for communication, representation

Creation of design from context

Building applications with code, design quality

Collaborating on intentional architecture, emergent design

Creating an Agile software engineering plan

Creating Minimum Marketable Features (MMFs)

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SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering Curriculum

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Learning Objectives

Get introduced to Agile Software Engineering Agile Software Engineering and learn how to connect its principles and practices to built-in quality. Master the application of Test-First principles and applying intentional architecture.

  • Introduction to Agile Software Engineering 
  • Connecting Principles and Practices to Built-In Quality 
  • Accelerating Flow 
  • Applying Intentional Architecture 
  • Thinking Test-First 

Learning Objectives

Learn proven practices to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline. Deep dive into the creation of shared understanding using Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD).

  • Discovering Story Details 
  • Creating a Shared Understanding with Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) 
  • Communicating with Models 

Learning Objectives 

Master Agile Software Engineering practices and deep dive into integrating built-in quality systems with Code Quality and Design Quality. 

  • Building Systems with Code Quality 
  • Building Systems with Design Quality 
  • Implementing with Quality 

More details on SAFe Agile Software Engineering can be found on Scaled Agile, Inc

FAQs on the SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering (SAFe ASE) Training

SAFe 5 ASE Course

The SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering course has been thoughtfully designed to help you prepare for the Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer exam. By the end of the course, you will be well versed with all the principles and practices of Agile Software Engineering and its relevance in a SAFe transformation. You’ll be able to: 

  • Apply Test-First principles and practices to create alignment between tests and requirements 
  • Utilize test infrastructures and create tests with Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) 
  • Outline models for communication and representation 
  • Drive the detailing, modelling, design, implementation, verification, and validation of stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline 
  • Build applications with code and design quality 
  • Collaborate on intentional architecture and emergent design 
  • Create an Agile software engineering plan 
  • Create Minimum Marketable Features (MMFs) 

Our Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer training aims to equip you with all the skills to be an effective SAFe Agile Software Engineer in a Lean enterprise. In this engaging and interactive three-day program, you will develop the practical skills employers look for in an Agile Software Engineer, namely: 

  • Mastery of Agile Software Engineering values, principles, practices 
  • Application of Test-First practices 
  • Creating tests using Behaviour-Driven Development 
  • Outlining models for communication, representation 
  • Creation of design from context 
  • Building applications with code, design quality 
  • Collaborating on intentional architecture, emergent design 
  • Creating an Agile software engineering plan 
  • Creating Minimum Marketable Features (MMFs)

The SAFe Agile Software Engineer Certification is designed to equip you with all the skills you need to enable technical agility for the Lean Enterprise.

Successful completion of this training course satisfies the requirement for the SAFe Agile Software Engineering Practitioner certification and prepares you to pass the exam the very first time.

As a SAFe certified Agile Software Engineer, you’ll enable organizations to deliver software-centric solutions faster, more predictably, and with higher quality. The certification will set you apart from your peers, delivering career growth benefits.

Not at all. Professionals in IT industries or non-IT industries who want to work in a SAFe environment can take up this course. This includes:  

  • Scrum Masters 
  • Agile Coaches 
  • Consultants 
  • Software Developers 
  • Software Engineers 
  • Senior Managers

All professionals keen on working in a SAFe environment are welcome to attend this course. To fully benefit from the course Scaled Agile, Inc. highly recommends an understanding of SAFe for Teams and a background in engineering, development, managing development, or quality assurance. 

Once you’ve completed the SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering certification, you can take on senior roles adding value across teams and at the program level, accelerating the benefits of Agile Software Engineering for the SAFe enterprise.  

To further enhance your SAFe skills, you can consider pursuing the following certifications:   

  • SAFe Scrum Master  
  • SAFe Advanced Scrum Master  
  • SAFe Agile Product Manager  
  • SAFe Product Manager   
  • SAFe Release Train Engineer   
  • SAFe Lean Portfolio Manager  
  • SAFe DevOps Practitioner 

PDUs and SEUs

You can get 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs by participating in our two-day training program.   

You will need 10 continuing education or outreach hours (PDUs) to maintain your SAFe Agile Software Engineering Practitioner certification.  

PDUs are Professional Development Units issued by the Project Management Institute®. They can be earned by completing educational training or learning opportunities, which serve to validate your participation and continued proficiency in the principles and practices of project management. 

PDUs are the measuring unit used to quantify your project management professional development as part of the PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. 1 PDU = 1 hour of learning/activity.  

A Scrum Education Unit® (SEU®) is a credit issued by Scrum Alliance®, validating your participation and continued proficiency in the fundamental principles of Scrum. SEUs demonstrate that you are furthering your proficiency as a Scrum practitioner. SEUs follow a 1:1 ratio, where one hour of participation or preparation towards increasing your proficiency in Scrum is equal to one SEU.  

You can earn PDUs by attending training programs offered by PMI R.E.P.s or by organizations or universities. Whenever you attend a PMI congress, webinar, conference or any other event or indulge in self-directed learning, you can earn PDUs.  

You can find out more about PDUs in PMI’s FAQs.  

Our blog will help you learn more about how to earn an SEU from Scrum Alliance. Get all the information you need to take advantage of SEUs for your professional growth, namely:  

  • What are SEUs and why you need them  
  • How to earn SEUs  
  • Types of continuing education opportunities that qualify for SEUs   
  • How to calculate the value of an SEU for Scrum Alliance certifications  
  • How to log SEUs for Scrum Alliance certifications  
  • How recent SEUs need to be  
  • How to determine whether a previously accumulated SEU can be used for Scrum Alliance certifications  
  • List of SEU resources put together by Scrum Alliance   
  • Where you can utilize SEUs you have accumulated   

For further information about SEUs and PDUs, please reach us at

SAFe 5 ASE Certification

Scaled Agile, Inc. is the provider of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), the most popular method for scaling agile at the enterprise level. SAFe was initially released in 2011 by Dean Leffingwell as a knowledgebase for enterprises to adopt Agile. The SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineer certification is given to those who have successfully undertaken the SAFe Agile Software Engineering Practitioner Exam.

You cannot get certified without taking the course. Scaled Agile, Inc. believes in true learning which can only be gained through in-person training and hands-on experience given by a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC). So, if you want to get certified as a SAFe Agile Software Engineer, you need to attend the 24-hours of SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering training.  

The SAFe Agile Software Engineer certification includes the following:  

  • Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer Certificate (PDF format)  
  • Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer Digital Badge  
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform  
  • Access to SAFe events and Meetup groups   
  • Various SAFe learning resources 


Here are the steps to get SAFe Agile Software Engineer certified:  

  1. Get trained by an authorized training partner of Scaled Agile, Inc. Attend the two-day training delivered by a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) who’s also an expert practitioner.      
  2. On successful completion of the two-day training, you will receive information on the exam along with your log in credentials, directly from Scaled Agile.   
  3. Log in using your credentials and take the two-hour, 60-MCQ online closed-book exam.  
  4. Clear the exam and get 42 out of 60 questions right to pass the SAFe 4 Agile Software Engineer or the SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineer exam.  
  5. On passing the exam, you become a Certified SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineer. You will receive your SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineer PDF Certificate and Digital Badge within 5-7 working days.  

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Yes, on completing the course, you will receive a course completion certificate from KnowledgeHut.

To get certified you will have to attend two days of training by a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) followed by SP exam to demonstrate your SAFe knowledge. Once you pass the exam you’ll be certified as a SAFe Agile Software Engineer.   

No, your certificate will not mention the mode in which you have attended the course. It will look the same as the in-person certificates.  

The Scaled Agile framework is evolving, all thanks to the engagements and contributions of those who share their ideas as well as practical experiences in the workplace. Renewal of your certification validates your interest in keeping up with the latest best practices in SAFe® and your commitment to professional excellence.

Certifications from Scaled Agile, Inc. have a validity of one year. To renew your SAFe certification you will need to purchase the bundled product which includes Membership and Certification. This comes at a price of $295 ($100 for renewal and $195 for membership).

If you possess more than one certification from Scaled Agile, you can renew all of them together at this cost. For example, if you have a Leading SAFe certification expiring on 6 Mar 2022 and a SAFe ASE certification expiring on 10 October 2022, when you pay $295, both certifications will get renewed and will have the same expiry of 10 October 2023 or whichever is the later date.

Here are the steps to renew your certification:

- Log in to the SAFe Community platform using your credentials.

- Click on the "Renew" button next to your certification (located at the top of the homepage)

- You will then be presented with the payment Screen (Shopping Cart), allowing you to complete the renewal process.

In that case, you will only need to pay $195 and continue to benefit from all the valuable content and interactions at the SAFe Community Platform.

The latest release of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is version 5, update 5.1. KnowledgeHut's Leading SAFe 5 Certification course is aligned with the latest version of SAFe.

No. The version of SAFe remains SAFe 5. The change from SAFe 5 to 5.1 is simply a set of updates to SAFe 5. One of these updates includes a new SAFe 5.1 Big Picture, but this and the other updates, are all in support of SAFe 5 for Lean Enterprises.

An upgrade is when a significantly changed version of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is released; this is recognized typically by an increase in the major version number (e.g. 4 to 5).

Updates are when incremental changes are made to the existing version of the Framework and no upgrade is required.  Updates do not require a retest if you already have the most up-to-date certification available, and no upgrade is required.

The change from SAFe 5 to 5.1 is an update, not an upgrade. 

With a commitment to supporting and evolving SAFe practices, Scaled Agile is on a mission to meet the ever-changing needs of SAFe Enterprises and Partner communities. Towards this end, Scaled Agile will continually update their existing articles and keep adding new ones to reflect the updated understanding from the SAFe community and practitioners on best practices in Lean Agile at scale.

The latest update 5.1 was rolled out to the latest version, SAFe 5 on February 10, 2021. The key updates are as follows:

  • An updated Big Picture (now at version 5.1) 
  • New guidance for operational and development value streams to support organizing around value, the #1 request from our customers 
  • ART and Team Topologies, patterns for organizing teams and ARTs to improve flow. 
  • New guidance around DevSecOps technical skills and tools that power the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. 
  • Integrated Participatory Budgeting, a dynamic and collaborative process of allocating funding to value streams. 
  • Specific guidance for applying Lean-Agile practices to business and technology domains, including a new SAFe for Hardware article. 

More information can be found on Scaled Agile.

Certified SAFe 5 ASE Digital Badge

A digital badge is an online image of your SAFe Certification that enables you to verify, share, post, and manage your SAFe expertise real-time, via any platform. The Digital Badge, issued by Acclaim, the exclusive certifying entity for Scaled Agile, Inc. Your digital badge authenticates your certification and demonstrates your expertise in SAFe and commitment to professional excellence.   

To receive the Digital Badge go to the Privacy Preference Settings within the SAFe Community Platform and opt for it. Availing a Digital Badge is completely your decision; it is not mandatory.

You will receive an e-mail from with the instructions to claim your badge. The mail will also have information on setting-up your account for certification management and sharing. To know more, please visit   

A Digital Badge comes with the following benefits:  

  • You can share your expertise in a simple, secure, and easily verifiable format.  
  • Employers have a better insight about your experience-level and capabilities.  
  • You can search as well as apply for job opportunities via the Acclaim platform.

You can share your Digital Badge directly from the Acclaim Platform:  

  • To social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn  
  • Over email  
  • Website embedded  
  • In email signature

No. Digital Badge is included as part of your SAFe Community subscription benefits. The Badge will remain valid as long as you are a member of SAFe Community Platform. In case your membership expires, or you don’t renew it, the badge page will display the message “Expired”.   

Though badges are simply digital image files, they are linked to unique verified data, making them more secure and reliable than any other form of certificate. Therefore, it eliminates the possibility of anyone copying your certification as well as your associated identity.  

Visit for issues related to:   

  • Acclaim platform/account   
  • Badge sharing/display  

Write to if you haven’t received any badge notifications even after earning a SAFe4 or later certification or if you want to retrieve a badge that you rejected or deleted in Acclaim.

SAFe 5 ASE Exam

  • The SAFe Agile Software Engineer certification exam is a closed-book test taken online.   
  • The test comes with 60 multiple-choice questions which you are required to answer within 120 minutes.   
  • You need to get 42 out of 60 questions right to pass both the SAFe 4 and SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering Practitioner exams.

The SAFe Agile Software Enginee exam is a closed-book exam and is not difficult to pass, provided you have a firm hold on all the concepts and tools you’re introduced during the training. Our intensive coaching and exam preparation activities are all geared towards helping you pass the exam on the first attempt.  

Once you complete your two-day course, you will receive a welcome email from Scaled Agile, Inc. This email will contain the link that will redirect you to the exam page.

No, you will have a time limit of 120 minutes and will not be able to pause the test. In case you accidentally close the window, you will be able to reopen it immediately. If you lose the internet connection or access to the test for an extended period, you will have to reach out to   

There is no re-evaluation for the exam. However, if you fail you can retake the exam.

Yes, the first exam attempt is included as a part of the course registration fee if, the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion.   

  • Each subsequent retake attempt costs $50.   
  • The second exam attempt (first retake) can be done immediately after the first attempt.   
  • The third attempt requires a 10-day waiting period and the fourth attempt requires a 30-day waiting period. 

For more details read Exam Retake Policy.  

No, you are not allowed to retake the exam if you have already passed the test and scored poorly. Your test score is only available to you. Nobody else will be able to see your score of the test.   

You will get your results immediately after you attempt the exam and click on the submit button.

There are no limits to the number of times you can attempt the exam, if you pay for it. The Scaled Agile, Inc. allows you to take the first attempt at no cost, within 30 days of the course completion. Thereafter, each retake attempt costs $50.   

SAFe 5 ASE Workshop Experience

The SAFe Agile Software Engineer workshop at KnowledgeHut is delivered through our immersive learning experience platform, via live and interactive instructor-led training sessions.

Get your all doubts cleared from the SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), who is an experienced practitioner.  

The conventional in-person SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering training from Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI) is typically delivered over three days. The online course is divided into several classes of shorter hours, unlike the in-person class that consists of 3 classes with 7 to 8 hours-long sessions. The size of the class is capped at 30 so that students gain a better learning experience. The participants and our trainers will be able to virtually collaborate with one another with the help of webcam tool.

Our SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) are:   

  • Professionals licensed by Scaled Agile, Inc. to teach the official curriculum   
  • Masters in SAFe who have immense experience in leading, applying, coaching, and implementing the SAFe  
  • Skilled in SAFe framework and Agile software development   
  • Subject matter experts and experienced practitioners who are active in software development and local Agile communities, along with the broader global SAFe and Agile movements.

Our SAFe Agile Software Engineering Practitioner course focuses on engaging interactions. Most of the class time is dedicated to fun exercises, lively discussions, and team collaboration, all facilitated by the SAFe trainer who is an experienced Scrum practitioner. The workshop focuses on practical solutions to real-world challenges drawn from decades of experience as SAFe Agile Software Engineering Practitioner, Agile coaches, and Product Owners in Agile environments.   

Software Requirements   

  • Internet browser   
  • MS Word or Notepad   

System Requirements

  • Windows or equivalent environment with Internet browser and high-speed Internet connectivity   

Yes, your course material will be provided in advance. You will receive an email with a link to set your password a few days in advance of the scheduled course. Once you log in to PRISM, you will have access to the study plan and all the course material.   

The course material comprises of the course schedule or study plan, workbooks, relevant assignments, assessments, and case studies.  

No, live sessions must not be recorded as there are strict guidelines from Scaled Agile, Inc. Neither trainers nor students are permitted to record the live sessions.

No, you will not yet be able to join the training through phone or tab. Please be prepared to join the training on your laptop or desktop.   

If you get disconnected during the training, you will have the option re-joining within half-an-hour, subject to accreditation body guidelines and the instructor’s preference.  

Our workshops are currently held online. Anyone with a stable internet, from anywhere across the world, can access the SAFe workshop and benefit from it.   

You can check out upcoming schedules here.

KnowledgeHut will send a registration link to you via e-mail. You will have to set your password, log in to our platform, and start your learning journey.

If you miss a class, you can access the class recordings at any time. At the beginning of every session, there will also be a 10-12-minute recapitulation of the previous class.   

This is a live instructor-led training where you will be coached by SAFe Program Consultants.

We currently use the Zoom platform for video conferencing and will soon be adding more integrations with Webex and Microsoft Teams. However, all the sessions and recordings will be available right from within our learning platform. Learners will not need to wait for any notifications or links or install any additional software.

Yes, there are other participants who actively participate in the class. They remotely attend the online sessions from office, home, or any place of their choosing.

In case of any queries, our support team is available to you 24/7 via the Help and Support section. You can also reach out to your workshop manager via the workshop group messenger.

If you have any more questions, please email us at and we will be happy to get back to you.   

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