SAFe® Scrum Master Certification - Career Path

Are you a SAFe® Agilist and looking for SAFe® Agilist career opportunities? Check out our complete guide to know the SAFe® Agilist career path.

The Certified SAFe® Agilist is the main driver of an organization’s SAFe transformation journey. On this journey, they can explore more advanced SAFe® certifications to enhance the SAFe® Agilist career path. Get an idea of your SAFe®Agilist career future in this guide!

SAFe® Scrum Master Certification - Career Path

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The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) has served over 70% of Fortune 100 enterprises till date and these numbers will only continue to increase. Know what other certifications and job roles are available for the SAFe® Agilists from Scaled Agile Inc.

As a SAFe® Agilist, you can take a step to the next level of the SAFe® Practitioner (SP) role. For this, you need to complete the 2 days, intermediate level of SAFe®  for Teams course which help you earn all the skills required to become a high-performing team member of an ART. This course will also help you to lead an effective collaboration with other SAFe teams.   

You can be an Agile Software Engineer in the SAFe® enterprise. The Certified SAFe® Agile Software Engineer is a 3 days, intermediate course that will help an attendee to understand how software engineering can fit into large, complex solutions. They will also learn how the Agile software engineering discipline is maintained with the fundamental principles and practices, continuous value delivery, XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD), and Test-Driven Development (TDD).  

A SAFe® Agilist can also play the role of a Scrum Master role in the SAFe organization. They can do this by completing a Certified SAFe® Scrum Master training course. During these 2 days of intermediate level training, you will understand that the role of a Scrum Master is not just limited to the team-level Scrum, but serves the entire enterprise. 

After SSM certification, you can look for another advanced level SAFe® Scrum Master course. SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) is a two-day, advanced level course that helps active Scrum Masters in a leadership role in facilitating Agile teams, and bring about program and enterprise success using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®).  

With the Certified SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager (PO/PM) course, the SAFe® Agilist can achieve the job role of a SAFe® PO/PM. In this 2 day foundational course, an attendee will learn to deliver high value to the customers and can get a grasp on performing the PO/PM role effectively in the ART.  

The SAFe® DevOps Practitioner role is responsible for delivering optimized solutions to businesses. As a SAFe® Agilist, you need to complete the 2 day foundational Certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioner course. This course will help you work in cross-functional teams, eliminate obstacles hindering the development of the product, and prepare an actionable plan to benefit your organization with maximum success. 

You can be a Release Train Engineer (RTE) in the SAFe® enterprise by taking the 3 day advanced level Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer training course. As an RTE, a SAFe® professional can build a high performing Agile Release Train (ART) and act as a servant leader and coach for the teams.   

You can explore the role of a SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) in the SAFe® enterprise to lead the Lean-Agile transformation using SAFe® principles and practices and the 7 core competencies of the Lean Enterprise. Implementing SAFe is a 4-day, advanced level certification course that is the first step on the journey to the SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) credential. This course helps participants launch successful ARTs, coach programs, build a continuous delivery pipeline with DevOps, and support a lean portfolio.

A SAFe® transition can be challenging in the government sector. This 2 day foundational, Certified SAFe® Government Practitioner course will help you overcome issues related to the legacy governance, contracting, and overcoming organizational impediments with the principles and practices of SAFe®. This course will help a candidate in a leadership role to drive successful organizational transformation in government firms.

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Rahul Gujar


Rahul is an Agile Principal Coach and consultant with over 18 years of experience in the IT Industry. His core expertise is managing engineering/software development programs. Specializing in leading Enterprises Agile transformation using SAFe 4.0, Rahul trains professionals on Agile Jira and configuring tools for Scrum and scaling agile projects that use DAD, SAFe 4.0, or DSDM methodologies. He has mentored several Senior Executives, Product Managers, and Agile Teams to implement Agile and has assisted in the formation of Agile PMOs.

He is also a Lean Practitioner for software development programs and consultant cum mentor in various Agile methodologies for organizations such as Infosys and Tata Communications.


Pavan Ravula


Kiran Ravula is a seasoned agile practitioner with extensive experience in the field of product development and program delivery,  with Pragmatic balance between agile theory and in-the-trenches decision-making on practices. He is an ICAgile Certified Agile Coach, SPC 4 – SAFe Program Consultant, Certified LeSS Practitioner and ICAgile Authorized Agile Trainer.

He has been using agile values and principles for software development process since 2010, with excellent experience as scrum Master and Agile Coach. He has vast experience in facilitating agile training and workshops in multiple organization and helping teams embrace Agile, Lean principles and practices.

He firmly believes that learning is a lifelong journey and strives to keep himself updated with latest technological trends.


Kishore Nakka


Enterprise Lean/Agile & SAFe Transformation leader with 25+ years of progressive experience in IT industry leading people, process, and technology to deliver high value solutions with measurable results

-Proven track record of successful Lean/Agile, SAFe transformation of large scale, complex federal systems. Hands-on experience working with agile/SAFe coaches/consultants to tailor transformation effort for lean product/solution delivery in large, complex, and controlled Federal Govt. settings

-Mentored and Coached teams in SAFe, Lean/Agile methodologies such as Scrum, XP, and Kanban, and other technical practices such as Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment and Release on Demand etc.


Melissa White


Melissa believes the core of what she does is enable a better working world by developing and empowering professionals. She is a Lean Agile Trainer, Coach, and Consultant specializing in helping organizations build high performing teams and portfolios.

Over the years, Melissa has served in leadership and agile roles in multiple industries, and has led multiple successful agile transformations. Melissa’s classes incorporate real life examples and practical ideas that she has accumulated throughout her career. Her teaching style is driven by her values of compassion, positivity, and empathy.


Subrahmaniam S.R.V

Enterprise Agile Coach | OKR Coach | SAFe specialist

Subbu is an Agile consultant with a deep change management & transformation experience in Product houses & GICs. His holistic offering includes coaching, consulting and thought leadership in areas of OKRs, Agile, culture and organization development

Subbu had a stint for 10 years in Enterprise class software development across varied domains such as automobile, telecom, utilities, homeland security and defense. He was inducted into Agile in 2007, Subbu has been leveraging Agile and servant leadership principles extensively to drive successful product development and business adoption outcomes. His innovations in this space have been showcased in industry forums and conferences.

He heads one of the chapters of Business Agility Institute and is part of their global research team. He also has specialist experience in Scaled Agile Framework and large-scale SAFe transformations in diverse contexts.


Vinod Narayanswamy


Technical Discipline Leader - Agile at Arcadis

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KnowledgeHut Support On Your SAFe® Agilist Journey

Here are some reasons to choose KnowledgeHut as your preferred SAFe® training provider:

  • Provided over 1,20,000+ professionals with unique learning opportunities
  • Delivers training that meets the exact needs of every individual
  • Training conducted by SAFe® Program Consultants (SPCs) only 
  • We focus on your training needs so you can focus on your career and business
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Provides world-class training
  • Embeds skills needed to land top-paying jobs
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  • Operating/delivering training in 100+ countries
  • Tied up with 20+ global accreditation bodies

Take a quick look at the complete details of SAFe® Agilist certification course before you register

Leading SAFe® CourseDetails
SAFe® Agilist certification costINR 50000 in India, USD 799 in the US, CAD 1095 in Canada
DiscountUp to 20%
Leading SAFe® 5 exam1.5hr online test which comprises of 45 MCQs
Leading SAFe® exam fee
Included in the certification cost
SAFe® Agilist certification validity
1 Year
SAFe® Agilist renewal fee
SAFe® Agilist Salary
$100K per year
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Our instructors keep themselves up to date on developments and trends in their respective fields. With years of industry experience, they aim at delivering the training in a way that helps you build expertise in your field and get ahead in your career.

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The class registration includes:

  • Attendee workbook
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 5 Agilist exam
  • One year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • Attendees must attend both days of the course in order to be eligible for the exam.

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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.

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.

Your certification needs to be renewed every year. The following must be fulfilled each year, prior to renewal:

  • PDUs: A minimum of 10 continuing education/outreach hours (PDUs) need to be added each year.
  • Certification Renewal Cost: You will need to purchase the bundled product which includes Membership and Certification and 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 April 2021 and an SASM certification expiring on 10 October 2021, when you pay $295, both certifications will get renewed and will have the same expiry of 10 October 2021 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.

Why you need a SAFe® Agilist certification

While Agile methods have been found to be readily applicable to small teams, most organizations today work across collaborative teams, complex systems and geographies. This requires Agile to work across the enterprise to bring in the benefits of faster delivery, better quality products and quick response to customer queries. However, agile transformation across such a large scale is prone to failures due to a lack of proper structure and processes, which results in agile implementations not yielding the expected impact. 

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) is a complete methodology for large-scale Agile project teams to carry out an Agile transformation seamlessly. Applying Lean/Agile principles and practices across all levels within an enterprise is the first step toward such a change. The SAFe® framework effortlessly synchronizes the alignment, collaboration, and delivery of multiple agile teams, leading the way to enterprise success. Now in its latest release (version 5, update 5.1), SAFe promises to bring in full business agility with significant advances in strategy, execution, and leadership competencies that will help individuals and organizations deliver innovative business solutions and supersede the competition.

The Rising Demand for Leading SAFe® Certificate

The Leading SAFe® certificate has become the benchmark for Lean-Agile enterprises. It widens your scope in the industry both in terms of value and career opportunities. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is the most widely adopted enterprise Agile approach according to most survey data, with 33% using it according to a Forrester Survey on Global Agile Software Application Development.

With more than 70% of US Fortune 100 companies actively employing SAFe®, it is clear that the demand for Leading SAFe® is on a constant rise. Earning Leading SAFe® 5 certifications from a globally renowned accreditation body i.e. Scaled Agile gives you a major lead over your peers and places you at the helm of Agile transformation in enterprises.

A Leading SAFe® certificate will not just merit a salary raise in your present organization but also offers several other benefits as listed below:

  1. Apply SAFe® 5 in an enterprise context.
  2. Deliver more value.
  3. Improve communication and collaboration across all projects.
  4. Introduce Agile not just to your IT delivery teams but the whole organization.
  1. Lead transformation in Scrum teams.
  2. Become a top-earning Scrum professional.
  3. Grab more career opportunities.
  4. Keep up with the swift-changing market trends.

The average salary of a Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) is $98k per annum. This is chiefly based on skills, experience, organization and a few more factors. As more and more organizations are defaulting to Agile, there is an exponential rise in the number of jobs for Agile professionals who can scale Lean and Agile practices at different levels. In the present industry, therefore, SAFe® certified professionals have a major competitive advantage.

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Process to get a Leading SAFe certification

Steps to become a SAFe® Agilist

  • Step 1: Follow the easy steps to register on KnowledgeHut, a Gold Partner of Scaled Agile, Inc. (Scaled Agile)
  • Step 2: Take the 2-day Leading SAFe® 5.1 course instructed by SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs).

  • Step 3: Scaled Agile will send you the exam information directly on successful completion of course.

  • Step 4: Click on the link received from Scaled Agile and take the 1.5 hour “SAFe 5 Agilist Exam” online test which comprises of 45 MCQs. 

  • Step 5: Score a minimum of 77% (35 out of 45) to pass the SAFe Agilist test. 
  • Step 6: Scaled Agile will update your profile to disclose the certification, after passing the exam. 

  • Step 7: You will receive 1-year membership with Scaled Agile along with the certification. 

  • Step 8: You have to renew the certification every year. 


Any interested individual regardless of experience can attend this course. But, it is highly recommended that those who intend to take the SAFe® 5 Agilist (SA) certification exam should have:

  • At least 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
  • Prior working experience in Scrum

Who can attend Leading SAFe® training

  • Executives and Leaders
  • Managers, Directors, CIOs, & VPs
  • Development, and QA
  • Infrastructure Management personnel
  • Program & Project Managers
  • Product & Product Line Managers
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System, & Solution Architects

KnowledgeHut Experience


Learn from the real-world experience of accredited industry experts and advance your knowledge with in-class activities and simulations.


Interact with accredited SPCs who also have years of experience as active SAFe® practitioners.


Learn directly from active practitioners engaged in implementing SAFe® principles in real projects.


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Leading SAFe® 5.1 Course Curriculum

Learning Objectives

Get introduced to the Scaled Agile Framework and understand the importance of mastering Business Agility to thrive in the digital age. Learn how to establish team and technical agility and dive deep into Program Increment (PI) Planning.


  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Becoming a Lean-Agile Leader
  • Establishing Team and Technical Agility
  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning

Learning Objectives

Gain insights on building a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and instilling a DevOps culture in your organization. Understand Lean Portfolio Management and the steps needed to implement this function in the Enterprise.


  • Releasing on Demand with DevOps 
  • Building Business Solutions and Lean Systems 
  • Implementing Lean Portfolio Management 
  • Leading the transformation 

The course curriculum is aligned with the latest release of SAFe 5 (version 5, update 5.1).



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Leading SAFe®

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) is a complete methodology for large-scale Agile project teams to carry out an Agile transformation seamlessly. It provides a guide to work at the Portfolio, Large Solution, Program, and Team levels. After implementing SAFe®, businesses are yielding benefits that include:

  • 10 – 50% happier, more motivated employees
  • 30 – 75% faster time-to-market
  • 20 – 50% increase in productivity
  • 25 – 75% defect reduction

History of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)

Since its inception in 2011, Scaled Agile, Inc. has come up with 5 major updates to its SAFe® framework that reflect the changing industry needs. The latest upgrade is version 5.1, which introduces the ‘Seven Core Competencies’ of the Lean Enterprise. These competencies help SAFe® organizations in building a truly Lean enterprise, which is critical to achieving an advantage over your peers in an increasingly competitive age.

SAFe® consists of different roles at 4 levels of the organization. The responsibilities of the Scaled Agile (SAFe®) roles are as follows.

Team Level:

The roles at this level synchronize and coordinate with the team level events. This helps Agile teams develop and deliver a value in the context of the Agile Release Train (ART). The team level roles include-

  • Agile Team- A cross-functional team which includes Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Dev Team.
  • Development Team- A cross-functional team which includes testers, developers, and other specialists, delivers a vertical slice of functionality.
  • Product Owner- Responsible for prioritizing the blog and defining user stories.
  • Scrum Master- An Agile Team coach and servant leader who helps the team to facilitate team events, removes impediments and fosters an environment for high-performing teams.

Program Level:

The roles at the Program level keep the team aligned to a project goal and support the ARTs with the necessary governance. The roles include-

  • System Engineer- An individual that applies system thinking in the project
  • Product Management- They are responsible for the program backlog and work with the customers and product owners to understand the requirements.
  • Release Train Engineer- A chief Scrum Master and a servant leader who facilitates optimizing the flow of value using different mechanisms.
  • Business Owner- A small group of stakeholders who have the technical responsibility for ROI. 

Large Solution Level:

The roles at the Large solution level coordinate multiple supplier and ARTs and provide the required governance. The roles include-

  • Customer- The buyer of every solution.
  • Solution Architect/Engineering- A small team or an individual that defines a common architectural and technical vision for the solution under development.
  • Solution Management- Work with customers in order to understand their needs.
  • Solution Train Engineer- A coach and servant leader who guides and facilitates the suppliers and ARTs.
  • Supplier- An internal or external organization that builds and delivers the components, services, or subsystems.

Portfolio Level:

The roles at the Portfolio level coordinate at the multiple stream level and provide the highest level of governance and accountability.

  • Lean-Portfolio Management- Represents the individuals with the highest level of decision making and financial accountability.
  • Epic Owners- Coordinate portfolio epics via the portfolio Kanban systems
  • Enterprise Architect- Optimizes portfolio outcomes by providing the strategic technical direction.

Other supporting Roles:

  • System team- Helps in creating and using the Agile development environment.
  • Lean User Experience (Lean UX)- A process, culture, and mindset that embraces Lean-Agile methods.
  • Lean-Agile Leaders- Responsible for the successful adoption of SAFe®.

Scaled Agile is the certifying body for the Scaled Agile Framework or SAFe. It is a professional certification program that assesses the knowledge, skills, and mindset of professionals. Here are the various SAFe Certifications available from Scaled Agile:

  • Certified SAFe Agile Product Manager

This certification combines the values and principles of Lean-Agile with design thinking for creating viable, sustainable, feasible, and desirable solutions and products. For this certification, you must have the following prerequisites:

    • Familiarity with the principles and practices of Agile
    • Completed at least one SAFe course
    • Background in solution or product management
    • Experience being a business owner, product marketer, product manager, or product owner
    • Certified SAFe Lean Portfolio Manager

    These professionals understand how to establish a strategy and investment fund, apply Lean governance and Agile portfolio operation, and build a plan for the implementation of Lean Portfolio Management. Here are the prerequisites for this certification:

    • An understanding of SAFe, strategy and funding models
    • Knowledge of value stream organization
    • Should have attended the Lean Portfolio Management course
    • Certified SAFe Architect

    These professionals are a change agent and an effective leader who delivers the Agile Architecture for enabling the creation of business value. The prerequisites for this program are:

    • Knowledge of the application of Lean-Agile principles
    • Should have attended the SAFe for Architects course
    • Certified SAFe Agile Software Engineer

    These professionals are responsible for applying test-first principles so that they can create alignment between requirements and test, communicate with Agile modelling, apply Lean-Agile principles, build applications with design and code quality, etc. You must satisfy the following requirements for this program:

    • Understand the SAFe framework
    • Have a background in development, engineering, quality assurance or managing development.
    • Should have attended the SAFe 5 Agile Software Engineering course
    • Certified SAFe Government Practitioner

    This program is for the SAFe change agent who uses the principles and practices of SAFe to execute and release value through Agile Release Trainings (ARTs) while leading a Lean-Agile transformation. The prerequisites for this certification are:

    • Foundational understanding of SAFe principles, House of Lean, and Agile Manifesto.
    • Understanding of the lifecycle of government technology programs.
    • Should have attended the SAFe Government course.
    • Certified SAFe DevOps Practitioner

    This is a SAFe professional who improves the flow of value throughout the Continuous Delivery Pipeline - from idea to the operational solution. Here are the prerequisites for this certification program:

    • Experience working in operations or development environment
    • Should have attended the SAFe 5 DevOps Practitioner course
    • Certified SAFe Program Consultant

    These professionals are SAFe change agents leading all organizational levels through the Lean-Agile transformation by coaching, training, mentoring, and facilitation. The certification has the following requirements:

    • Should possess facilitation, time and classroom management skills
    • Sufficient Agile experience to be able to teach it to beginners
    • Technical skills to work with the workflows and processes
    • Should have attended the Implementing SAFe course
    • Certified SAFe Release Train Engineer 

    These are coaching professionals and program servant leaders who drive end-to-end delivery of value in a value stream or a single program of a Lean-Agile enterprise. Prerequisites for this program are as follows:

    • Skills for cross-team communication
    • Working knowledge of team dynamics
    • Knows how to use SAFe principles in action and can coach
    • Launch or participate in at least one Program Increment (PI) or ART
    • Minimum 3 months of hands-on, real-world experience as an RTE
    • Attend the SAFe Release Train Engineer Course
    • Certified SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager

    This SAFe professional works with development organizations and customers to identify and prioritize requirements. The prerequisites for this certification program are:

    • Experience in Agile and Lean
    • Should have attended the SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager course
    • Certified SAFe Advanced Scrum Master

    These professionals are Scrum Masters who are responsible for improving the results of the team by facilitating relentless improvement and cross-team interactions. Here are the prerequisites for this certification program:

    • Hands-on experience in a Lean-Agile environment
    • Should have attended the SAFe Advanced Scrum Master course
    • Certified SAFe Scrum Master 

    These are SAFe Scrum Master Professionals who integrate the Scrum practices into an organization. Here are the requirements for this certification program:

    • Hands-on, real-world experience working in an Agile-Lean environment
    • Should have attended the SAFe Scrum Master course
    • Certified SAFe Practitioner

    They are SAFe team members responsible to use Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and Kanban in a SAFe environment. Here are the prerequisites:

    • Familiarity with Scrum, XP, Kanban, concepts, and principles of Agile
    • Working knowledge of hardware and software development process
    • Should have attended the SAFe for Teams course
    • Certified SAFe Agilist

    These are SAFe enterprise leadership professionals who are a part of the Lean-Agile transformation. Prerequisites for this certification are:

    • Experience in Scrum
    • At least 5 years of experience in software development, testing, product or project management, and business analysis
    • Should have attended the Leading SAFe course

    Certified SAFe professionals are recognized globally for their knowledge of SAFe. Digital badges. Through these digital badges, they can share their online verifiable certifications online on digital signatures, social media sites, and email signatures. The badges include metadata describing the qualifications of a Certified SAFe professional.

    Scaled Agile is partnered with Acclaim for providing digital versions of SAFe certifications. Once the individual has earned their SAFe certification and set their Community Platform privacy reference for sharing their data with Acclaim, they will receive an email from Acclaim to claim their digital badge. All you have to do for activating the digital badge is click the link present in the email, make an account on the Acclaim, claim the badge, and share it through email or social media.

    There are no eligibility requirements for the Leading SAFe course. However, basic experience is recommended in software development and testing, product or project management, business analysis, and Scrum before you start the course. The course is created for professionals who want to better execute their roles in the SAFe organization. Here is the target audience for the Leading SAFe course:

    • Leaders and Executives (Directors, Managers, VPs, CIOs, etc.)
    • Experienced testers who want to get a better understanding of their roles
    • Project and Program Managers
    • QA, Development, and Infrastructure Management
    • Product Line Management
    • Process leads and PMOs
    • System, Solutions, and Enterprise Architects

    Scaled Agile announced a new version of the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe 5.0 at this year’s Global SAFe summit. The new version has a simple model presentation and emphasized on the business agility. It also focuses on customer-centricity and expanding the aspect of portfolio management. Here are some more changes made in the SAFe 5.0:

    • Business Agility at the forefront
    • New metric in the framework - Business Agility Assessment
    • Two new competencies - Organizational Agility and Continuous Learning culture
    • New level in SAFe (Essential SAFe) and two competencies have been redefined (Enterprise Solution Delivery and Agile Product Delivery)
    • Renewed emphasis on the Lean Portfolio Management’s Core Competency
    • New themes - Design thinking and Customer Centricity
    • New Principle - Organize around the value

    The SAFe Implementation Roadmap provides a strategy and a set of activities that can help in implementing SAFe successfully. Achieving the benefits of Lean/Agile development and business agility at scale takes a lot of effort. Before you can get the rewards of SAFe, your organization needs to embrace the Lean/Agile mindset and implement the Lean/Agile principles. And even though there are no perfect step-by-step instructions for implementation, the following 12 steps can help in getting the best results to the businesses:

    1. Recognize the tipping point
      Organizations must recognize once they have reached their tipping point, a point at which the only reasonable way forward is toward success. The reason for change will get so compelling that resisting it will be unacceptable
    2. Train Lean-Agile Change Agents
      All the Lean-Agile change agents will be trained as the Certified SAFe Program Consultants who can offer the knowledge and horsepower to the business for implementing the change. 
    3. Train executives, managers, and leaders
      Implementing any change requires strong leadership. In the case of SAFe, some leaders will provide ongoing and direct sponsorship for the change as participants in the LACE (Lean-Agile Center of Excellence). Some others will be involved with implementing SAFe or leading, influencing, and managing the transformation. 
    4. Create a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence
      LACE is a team of people who are dedicated to the implementation of SAFe in the organization. This is among the key differences between companies that are committed to the practices of Lean-Agile and those who are practicing Agile just for the purpose of the name.
    5. Identify Value Streams and ARTs
      This requires an in-depth understanding of the organizational model that will be facilitating the flow of value through functional silos, boundaries, and activities.
    6. Create the Implementation Plan
      The newly trained Lean-Agile leaders will apply their new knowledge for identifying the strategies to implement the framework. This leads to the creation of the implementation plan. 
    7. Prepare for ART Launch
      This includes executing the activities required for the successful ART launch. SAFe Program Consultants will lead this implementation. 
    8. Train teams and launch the ART
      This includes focusing on the Agile teams who will be creating the system needed by the organization.  
    9. Coach ART Execution
      By now, organizations will have made an investment in training stakeholders and developing SPC change agents in the new working ways. Now the time is for the Lean-Agile leaders to focus on what actually matters. This will start with ART-level and team-level coaching.
    10. Launch more ARTs and Value Streams
      This stage involves moving at an accelerated speed. The enterprise will launch more ARTs and value streams for consolidating gains and producing more change. The organization will be able to realize the complete benefits of SAFe. 
    11. Extend to the Portfolio
      With the success of the ARTs and value streams, the organization will be exposed to traditional and phase-gated processes that impede performance. This will put pressure on the portfolio triggering the need for more changes that can improve strategic flow.
    12. Accelerate
      This is the start of another journey that is based on relentless improvement. The emerging Lean enterprise will now have to start to create a new operating culture and model, one where the practices and principles of Lean and Agile are the norms. 

    Leading SAFe® Training

    The following individuals will benefit from SAFe® Agilist course:

    • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
    • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management personnel
    • Program and Project Managers
    • Product and Product Line Managers
    • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
    • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

    While there is no eligibility criterion for attending the workshop, participants who wish to take the SAFe® Agilist exam must have at least:

    • 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
    • Experience in Scrum

    Our SAFe® instructors have the practical understanding of how the framework is implemented within complex organizations as they have hands-on experience working in enterprises that are actively implementing Scaled Agile Framework in their pursuit of business agility. They provide participants with an exceptional training experience by combining leading-edge industry expertise with proven educational training methods. You will hugely benefit from their professional expertise and industrial experience. 

    No, there is no such Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) online training provided. The SAFe® 5 Agilist Certification requires in-depth knowledge of the SAFe® framework which you get from our certified experts who lead the workshop.

    SAFe® Agilist Exam

    The Scaled Agile Framework certification exam is an online test comprising of 45 multiple choice questions. Candidates will have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam and must score a minimum of 35 questions right to pass the Leading SAFe® 5 exam and obtain your SAFe® Agilist certification.

    The Leading SAFe® 5 exam is really tough and if you lack experience in SAFe® implementation or Scrum then it becomes very difficult to crack the exam. It is highly recommended to practice SAFe® Agilist certification exam sample questions to pass the exam on your first attempt. You can take mock tests for practice purposes that have the same level of difficulty.

    Follow the steps below to access your course exam:

    • You are required to attend a Leading SAFe® 5.0 course after which you will receive an e-mail containing your login credentials to the SAFe® Community Platform
    • Log-in to your Community profile
    • Click the Learning tab in the top navigation menu
    • Go to the In Progress section
    • Select the Learning Plan tile for your course
    • Complete the feedback survey
    • Scroll to the bottom of the plan to locate the exam, then click the blue Launch button

    Candidates who have achieved 77% passing score (35/45) in the certification exam will receive the SAFe® Agilist Certification from Scaled Agile.

    First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50. Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

    Follow the steps below to obtain your certificate on successful completion of your exam:

    • Login and click on My Profile on the upper-right bar
    • In the box at the right hand of My Profile, go to Manage Profile
    • Scroll down to Content & Features and choose Professional Development
    • Choose and click on the Certifications/Programs tab
    • Click on the certificate icon to the left of "Certification Name"
    • Once you have accessed your certificate, you can download and print it.

    SAFe® Agilist Certification

    A Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) is a professional who has completed the Leading SAFe® certification and been successful in the Scaled Agile Framework certification test. By acquiring the SAFe® Agilist certification provided by Scaled Agile, Inc, you will be able to address the critical challenges of creating and delivering enterprise-level software and systems in the shortest time. It gives guidance for all levels of organizations that are actively involved in solution development: Portfolio, Program, Team, and Large Solutions. 

    Holding the SAFe® Agilist certification shows your proficiency in implementing lean thinking,  SAFe® Framework, and Product development flow principles in an organizational context. Our two-day Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) training course gives you practical experience of applying Scaled Agile Framework in large enterprises which is delivered by a SAFe® Program Consultant, authorized by Scaled Agile, Inc.

    While it is easy to apply Lean/Agile principles at the team or department level, replicating these benefits at the enterprise level is often challenging due to the scale of the change. Organizations, therefore, rely on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) that helps seamlessly carry out large-scale, multi-team transformations. SAFe® 5 Agilists are in much demand for their expertise in leading this change through carefully thought of program releases and identifying roles and structures required to scale Agile to the program level.

    Scaled Agile, Inc. is the provider of SAFe® which is one of the best-known frameworks for enterprise agility. SAFe® was initially released in 2011 by Dean Leffingwell as a knowledge base for enterprises to adopt Agile. It is the leading provider of SAFe® courses for implementing Agile practices at enterprise level. The SAFe® Agilist (SA) Certification is given to those who have undertaken the SAFe® 5 Agilist Certification Exam and received the passing score.

    The average salary of a Scaled Agile Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) professional is $100k per year

    The Scaled Agile Framework certification cost is included in the SAFe® Agilist course fee.

    Step  1: Register for a 2-day course
    Attend 14-16 hours of training delivered by an authorized training partner.    

    Step 2: Get access to the exam

    • On successful completion of 2 days of training, you will be receiving the exam information directly from Scaled Agile.
    • Log in and you are ready to take the exam.

    Step 3: Take the exam

    • 1.5-hour online test
    • 45 MCQs
    • Closed-book exam

    Step 4: Pass the exam

    Score a minimum of 77% (35 out of 45) to pass the SAFe®️ Agilist test.

    Step 5: Get SAFe®️ Agilist Certification

    Scaled Agile, Inc will dispatch your certificate within 5-7 business days with a 1-year membership after passing the exam.

    Ready to take up the certification? Click here

    SAFe® Agilist certification renewal needs to be done every 1 year. You need to pay $100 to extend the credential for a further 1 year from the date of your current expiration.

    PDUs & SEUs

    SEUs are Scrum Educational Units, issued by the Scrum Alliance. 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 Scrum. To maintain your certification from Scrum Alliance, you are required to earn a certain number of SEUs every two years.

    PDUs and SEUs are credits awarded by the Project Management Institute and Scrum Alliance respectively. They recognize your dedication to the Project Management and the Agile world through the award of credits for every educational effort you make throughout your career. Scrum Alliance members who hold a credential from Scrum Alliance need to earn SEUs to get recertified every two years. Every PMI® certification, except the CAPM®, requires you to earn a specific number of PDUs per three-year certification cycle in order to maintain your credentials.

    Yes, you will get 16 PDUs and 16 SEUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® for PMP® and PMI-ACP® certifications.

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