SAFe® 5 Scrum Master Certification- Eligibility

Are you planning on getting SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) certified? Learn about the eligibility criteria required for SSM certification.

Check if you are a suitable candidate to attend SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) training & exam. Gain the credential and become a sought-after Scrum Master!

SAFe® 5 Scrum Master Certification- Eligibility


Anyone can take part in the SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) certification course regardless of the work experience they have. The eligibility criteria for SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) certification is as follows: 

  • Be aware of the Agile concepts, values, and principles 
  • Have a basic knowledge of Scrum, Kanban, & eXtreme Programming (XP) 
  • Familiar with software and hardware development processes 

The SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) exam prerequisite is as follows: 

  • Attendees should have experience working in a lean-Agile environment 
  • They should have completed a training course delivered by a Scaled Agile partner, to get access to the exam and all related study materials 

You are just a few steps away from becoming SAFe® Scrum Master Certified (SSM). Here are the steps to follow:  

  • Register and attend a 2-day (14-16 hour) SSM training with a SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC). 
  • Receive the SSM exam access and sign in to take the exam. 
  • Pass the SSM exam with a passing score of 75% for SSM5 and 73% for SSM4 in 90 minutes. 
  • Congrats! You are now a SAFe® Certified Scrum Master (SSM). Enjoy your 1-year of membership with Scaled Agile, Inc. 

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25+ years creating value for learners, teams and leaders, 20 in Lean-Agile coaching, 10 in Enterprise Agile Transformation, 10 in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. My offerings span C-Level, Director Level, Managers, High Potentials, leaders at all levels, teams and the entire organization. I offer agile and leadership coaching.

Types of coaching I offer include coaching for: Leadership growth, Agile, "Agile Leadership," ways to use blockers as a gateway for progress, Leader transitions, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence for Leaders, Communication for Leaders, and team effectiveness.

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Deep industry experience in IT, human capital management, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, advertising, and manufacturing. Innovative problem solver and strategic thinker. Strong track record managing cross-functional teams to deliver enterprise solutions. Highly skilled facilitator. I'm certified to deliver ICAgile Courses and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 4.5) courses. 


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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.


Lori Priller

SAFe Agile Coach

Experience, passion, and collaboration are essential for success. I bring more than 25 years of service in product & software development, as well as 15+ years focused on lean | agile transformations. I have worked with people around the globe and across all levels of the enterprise; finding that golden thread of value come to life. 

Let me help you find that virtual organization that can operate collaboratively, iteratively with cross-functional team-based development. I will assure you that quality will be one of the pillars in getting products into market quickly and competitively.

Organizational and cultural change does not happen without the proper foundation of knowledge and leadership. Successful transformations occur when true servant leadership and grass-roots momentum meet; creating that tipping point for adoption of new organizational habits and practices. I have a proven track record navigating large-scale transformations through this journey.


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Enterprise Agile Coach | OKR Coach | SAFe specialist

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

Subbu had a rigorous stint for 10 years in Enterprise class software development across varied domains such as automobile, telecom, utilities, homeland security and defence. 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.

Subbu has facilitated Organisational goal setting through OKR workshops. This has resulted in large and small firms, set and track OKRs, looking to seamlessly blend the Agile philosophy with OKRs to enable alignment and achievement of organisational outcomes.

Subbu heads one of the chapters of Business Agility Institute and is part of their global research team.

He has specialist experience in Scaled Agile Framework - large scale SAFe transformations in diverse contexts - in Auto IT and UBS space and implementing SAFe Solution trains and Portfolio set-ups. Have used other frameworks like Nexus too. I would think I am agnostic to agile frameworks and would be comfortable combining seemingly contradictory practices from different frameworks, if it suits the given context.

Public Speaker on Agile Testing, Scaling Agile, Organisational culture, Kanban, DevOps & technical practices. Reviewer for Global Scrum Gatherings.Chennai chapter co-organizer for agile meet-ups.

Reviewer for recent conference - Agile Gurugram 2019. The second batch of the new workshop on Agile Leadership is also happening soon.

My latest presentation on Agile Transformation from a Change Management view is available here.

Expertise in consulting and training in OKR, SAFe, Kanban, Agile Testing, Agile Leadership and Product Ownership and application of Training from back of the room approach and techniques 


Aishwarya Radhakrishnan


SAFe Trainer, doing corporate and public trainings for the following courses:

Leading SAFe® With SAFe® 5 Agilist certification
SAFe® for Teams With SAFe® 5 Practitioner certification
SAFe® DevOps With SAFe® 5 DevOps Practitioner certification
SAFe® Scrum Master With SAFe® 5 Scrum Master certification
SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master With SAFe® 5 Advanced Scrum Master certification
SAFe® for Architects With SAFe® 5 Architects certification


kumar manu


Senior Business-IT Agile / PMO / Program / Portfolio / Project Manager / VP / Director with broad multi-cultural experience in Strategy and Planning, Execution, M&A, Transformation, Complex Cross-functional Project Management, Change Management, Operations, Six-Sigma, Financial Analysis, Marketing, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Lean, Supplier Development, and Cost Reduction. Industry background includes Consulting, Insurance, Heavy Manufacturing.
Entrepreneurial servant-leader with business acumen and passion for results. Skilled facilitator, communicator, and trusted relationships-builder for "C" level executives, external / internal / global / remote teams, and cross-functional SMEs.
• Multi-cultural experience in USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, Colombia, India, China, with McKinsey, Travelers, Caterpillar, TCS, GE and start-ups
• Set up 24x7 Global IT Shared Services operation for GE and McKinsey
• Led a procurement and supply chain cost saving initiative for Caterpillar during the 2008 financial crisis for over $15M benefit
• Led several International expansion initiatives for Travelers Insurance in Canada, Brazil, Colombia, UK, and Asia for over $1B premium benefit
• Founded, grew and successfully divested a Management Consulting Firm in India
• Founded and developed implementation channel partnership in India for an Enterprise IT software solution now owned by HP
• Experience in Agile Transformations, Post-Merger Integrations 

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