Introducing SAFe 4.0 and the SPC4 Certification

We’re very excited to introduce SAFe SPC4, our first version-specific certification! We are invested in our community of certified SAFe practitioners, so we are providing you the opportunity to upgrade your SPC certification to SPC4.

Why Upgrade?

SAFe 4.0 provides support for both lean software and systems engineering, contains a new value stream level, and is more modular and more scalable than Version 3. The demand from enterprises seeking qualified SAFe 4.0 trainers and consultants is already accelerating.

However, 4.0 is different enough that access to 4.0 courseware will be restricted to those who become SPC4 certified. The SPC4 credential will be a must-have for those SPCs working in the larger enterprise and systems context. To learn more about SAFe 4.0, spend three minutes with Dean and watch the video at the link.

No-Cost Upgrade Path

SPCs in good standing (not expired or suspended) can upgrade their certification to SPC4 by taking and passing the new SAFe 4.0 SPC Exam. We’ll help you prepare with in-depth study materials that include the new video course, “What’s New in SAFe 4.0,” the SAFe 4.0 Glossary, and Upgrade Workbook, as well as all the supporting SAFe 4.0 content now available at scaledagileframework.com.
 
If you were certified in SAFe 3.0, this should be all you need. For those certified in earlier versions of SAFe, please use all the available SAFe 3.0 resources to get up to speed and prepare for the 4.0 SPC exam. In addition, we recommend The Pearson Leading SAFe 3.0 LiveLessons video course as a comprehensive resource.

Getting Started on the SPC 4.0 Upgrade Path

The upgrade path to SPC4 is now available to all SPCs in good standing!

There is no additional cost to register for this course, or to take the exam, and the first exam retake is on us if you need it!

You can take the training at your leisure.  Watch a video in its entirety, or just a few minutes at a time. Each time you come back, the video will start off where you left it.

This is not the case for the exam. Once you start the exam, you will have 2 hours to complete it, so be sure to have a stable Internet connection and a 2-hour window blocked off.  The exam is a closed book, single browser exam. You may have a copy of the big picture for reference. Opening additional browser windows may jeopardize the integrity of the exam and cause errors upon submission.

Upgrade now to ensure you have access to the valuable benefits SPC4s receive. After you have successfully upgraded to SPC4, you will have access to register for other “Course Delivery Enablement” videos and exams, exclusive to SPC4s.

Let’s get started!

Logging in to the Scaled Agile Community:

Follow this link: http://community.scaledagile.com to login and access the “What’s New in SAFe 4.0 Training Plan”

If you need assistance with logging in please refer to: “Need assistance logging in?” below.

Accessing the What’s New in SAFe 4.0 Training Plan:

  • Select the “ENABLEMENT” tab on the menu bar
  • Select “SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)”
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  • Select “What’s New in SAFe 4.0”
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  • Notice that the Launch Button is grey – this means you are not yet registered for the course
  • Navigate to the “About” section and select “Register”
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    When you have successfully registered for the course, you will be returned to the training plan and the lunch buttons that were grey will now be blue.
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  • Select Launch to download resources, watch the video and take the exam.  The videos are sequenced, so you must watch each video in its entirety before moving on to the next one.  You must watch all of the videos before taking the exam.

Returning to your training plan:

  • Go to: http://community.scaledagile.com and log in
  • Select the “LEARNING” tab on the top menu bar to access your training dashboard
  • Go to “My Training” to find the “What’s New in SAFe 4.0” training plan. If you have already started this training plan, you will find it listed under “In Progress”, rather than “Not Started”.

Course Delivery Enablement

About Course Delivery Enablement Videos

Scaled Agile is producing Course Delivery Enablement (CDE) videos for our courses. These videos are an essential tool for you to use as part of your preparation to teach a SAFe course, and are exclusive to SPCT4s and SPC4s.

In these CDE videos, the course Product Owner explains the learning goals, objectives, and all of the lessons in the course. The Product Owner presents the overall strategy of the course, explains the important points you need to emphasize in each lesson, provides clarification of complex topics, and discusses best practices for facilitating the lesson exercises.

The CDE videos are meant to aid your learning of SAFe course content. They also serve as a guide for you to develop your instructional strategy for delivering the course.

If you are an SPCT4 or an SPC4 in good standing, you are eligible to register for “Course Delivery Enablement” courses!

There is no additional cost to register for these courses, or to take the associated exam (if there is one). Exams will vary in length, and may or may not be closed book or closed browser. Additional exam information can be found in the “About” section of each CDE.

You can take the training at your leisure.  Watch a video in its entirety, or just a few minutes at a time. Each time you come back, the video will start off where you left it. That is not the case for timed exams, however. Once you start a timed exam, you will have a specified amount of time to complete it, so be sure to have a stable internet connection and sufficient time blocked off.

Let’s get started!

Logging in to the Scaled Agile Community: 

  • Follow this link: http://community.scaledagile.com to login
  • Select the “ENABLEMENT” tab on the menu bar
  • Select your certification level
  • Select the course you would like to register for
  • If you are not yet signed up for the course, the Launch Button will be gray
  • Navigate to the “About” section and select “Register”ScreenCDELaunch
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    When you have successfully registered for the course, you will be returned to the training plan and the lunch buttons that were grey will now be blue.
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  • Select Launch to watch each video. The videos are sequenced, so you must watch each video in its entirety before moving on to the next one. For courses with an exam, you will need to watch all of the videos prior to taking the exam

Returning to Your Training Plan:

  • Go to: http://community.scaledagile.com and log in
  • Select the “LEARNING” tab on the top menu bar to access your training dashboard
  • Select “My Training” to find the appropriate training plan
  • If you have already started the training plan, you will find it listed under “In Progress”
  • If you have not started the training plan it will be listed under the “Not Started” section

Need Assistance Logging In?

Need assistance logging in?

  1. Forgotten Password: If you have forgotten your password, select the “Forgot Password” link.  (You will need your community username to reset your password).  You will receive an email with instructions for completing the password reset and login process.
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  2. Forgotten Username:If you have forgotten your username, select the “Forgot username” link.  Enter your email address that is associated with your Scaled Agile account. You will receive an email with your user name.
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  3. First Time Logging In: If you have never logged into the Scaled Agile Community, select the “No Login? Join the Community” link found beside “username”.   Follow the prompts to create your username and password.
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FAQs

FAQs

How long is the video?

The “What’s New in SAFe 4.0” video course is made up of an introduction, 6 lessons, and a conclusion. We recommend you follow the course sequence. You are able to pause, stop, resume and repeat as needed. Total viewing time is 2 hours 50 minutes.

We do recommend you watch the videos in their entirety to study for the exam, as it may contain a substantial amount of spoken information not included in the slides or workbook materials.

How much additional studying should I do?  Should I read the preview website?

We recommend thoroughly studying the materials provided to you in the Scaled Agile Learning Management System:

  • SAFe 4.0 Big Picture
  • SAFe 4.0 Glossary
  • SAFe 4.0 Upgrade Workbook

The additional articles on the SAFe 4.0 preview site are supplementary.

How long do I have to wait to receive my exam results?

You will receive your exam results upon submission.

What happens if I fail?

We encourage you to take the SAFe 4.0 SPC4 Exam only when you feel you are fully prepared and have studied the provided materials. If you fail this exam, we are providing one retake at no additional cost.

When is the courseware available?

Leading SAFe 4.0 is available now. The remainder of the SAFe curriculum is going through a significant update to match the changes and advances made in the new version. The updated courses will be released during the first few months of 2016. Watch for announcements of the release of updated courseware starting in January.