Congratulations on completing your Implementing SAFe® course—the first step on your path to becoming a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC). With the demand for Certified SAFe® professionals continuing to grow at an accelerated rate—especially among Global 2000 enterprises—the value of an SPC certification is greater now than ever before.

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Why Certify

Becoming a Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) helps maintain your competitive edge within the marketplace. As an SPC, you are able to:

  • Lead your own SAFe classes upon validation
  • Network with, and learn from, other SPCs in an exclusive Community of Practice
  • Attend monthly webinars to advance your knowledge of SAFe and earn professional development units (PDUs)
  • Access toolkits and resources that are essential for being an effective SAFe coach and transformation leader

How to Certify

If you’ve just completed your Implementing SAFe training, the following video will show you everything you need to know about accessing your exam.

View additional information on the SPC certification exam and how to prepare for it.

I’m an SPC! Now What?

Now that you are a Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC), it’s time to learn how to get the most out of the new resources available to you.

Take Advantage of the Community

The SAFe Community Platform is your go-to resource for growing your knowledge of SAFe, expanding your Personal Learning Network, managing your certification, and so much more. As a member of the community, we invite you to:

  • Access essential training, certification, and coaching resources such as:
    • The SPC Certification Kit
    • Performance toolkits for assisting with successful SAFe transformations and implementations
    • Enablement videos that walk you through how to successfully utilize performance toolkits and teach SAFe courses
  • Enhance your skills through professional development videos
  • Connect and engage with SAFe community members via exclusive Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Be sure to view the following video for a tour of the SAFe Community Platform to learn how to access the valuable resources listed above.

Get the Most Out of Your Certification—Train Others on SAFe

What can an SPC teach?

A Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC) in good standing can teach the following courses if validated (see validation table below):

  • Leading SAFe®
  • SAFe® for Teams
  • SAFe® Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
  • SAFe® for Government
  • SAFe® Agile Software Engineering
  • SAFe® DevOps
    If you are interested in teaching the SAFe DevOps course, we recommend having experience in coaching or being part of competent and mature DevOps environments. A deep understanding of DevOps transformations, including real-world knowledge of Lean flow, automation, metrics, recovery and cultural changes needed—from both mature and immature DevOps journeys—is key for training success. The personal stories of successes and failures provide a lot of value for the class.We also recommend having experience in facilitating both a value stream mapping exercise and a problem solving workshop to ensure a quality experience for the attendees.
  • SAFe® Release Train Engineer

    SPCs who are interested in teaching the SAFe® Release Train Engineer course should understand the following SPC RTE required trainer qualifications:

    • Have attended an RTE course and passed the RTE exam
    • Have launched and sustained an Agile Release Train (ART) for three or more consecutive Program Increments (PIs) following the PI Implementation Toolkit guidelines
    • Have taught five or more SAFe® courses with an average student feedback score of 4.0 or higher

    SPCs who meet these qualifications should register for an RTE Trainer Enablement Learning Plan on the Scaled Agile Community Platform.

    NOTE: Only Gold Partner SPCTs can qualify to teach the RTE course in a public environment. SPC RTE trainers who are not Gold Partner SPCTs can teach the RTE course in their private environment.

What can a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) teach?

An SPCT in good standing can teach the same courses as an SPC certified in SAFe 4, plus, if validated:

  • SAFe® Release Train Engineer – Public and private classes
  • Implementing SAFe®

Recommended class sizes

Course Title Minimum Class Size Maximum Class Size
Leading SAFe® 12 42
SAFe® for Teams 12 150 (all team members on an Agile Release Train)
SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager 12 24
SAFe® Scrum Master 12 24
SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master 12 24
SAFe® DevOps 12 150 (all team members on an Agile Release Train)
SAFe® Release Train Engineer 12 24
SAFe® for Government 12 42
SAFe® Agile Software Engineering 12 24
Implementing SAFe® 12 (two instructors required) 42 (two instructors required)

What is required to be validated to teach a course?

The following table provides an overview of the role-based SAFe trainings you are able to teach as a Scaled Agile trainer, as well as any additional requirements that must be met to teach the course, as of June 24, 2017.

Course Title Course Delivery
Enablement
Attend Course Exam Name Pass Exam* Additional Requirements
Leading SAFe® Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA)
SAFe® for Teams Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Practitioner (SP)
SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM)
SAFe® Scrum Master Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Scrum Master (SSM)
SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)
SAFe® DevOps Required Recommended SAFe® 4 DevOps Practitioner (SDP)
SAFe® Release Train Engineer Required Required SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE) See above for additional information.
SAFe® for Government Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Government Practitioner (SGP)
SAFe® Agile Software Engineering Required Recommended SAFe® 4 Agile Software Engineer (ASE)

* There is no additional cost for the first exam attempt. If an exam retake is needed, a fee will apply. Please refer to the details on the below certification pages for exam retake policies.

Trainer validation exceptions

The following table outlines the scenarios in which you are automatically validated to teach a SAFe 4.6 course as an SPC or SPCT.

Even if you are automatically validated to teach a course, it is highly recommend that you complete the Course Delivery Enablement (CDE) for every course you plan to teach. We also recommend you complete the What’s New in SAFe 4.6 enablement available on the SAFe Community Platform.

Course Title SPC Validation Exception SPCT Validation Exception
Leading SAFe® Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017 Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017
SAFe® for Teams Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017 Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017
SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017 Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017
SAFe® Scrum Master Validated as a trainer for SSM prior to September 19, 2017 Validated as a trainer for SSM prior to September 19, 2017
SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master Validated as a trainer for SASM prior to September 19, 2017 Validated as a trainer for SASM prior to September 19, 2017
Implementing SAFe® No exceptions Certified on SAFe 4 prior to June 24, 2017
SAFe® DevOps No exceptions No exceptions

Course Delivery Enablement

Course Delivery Enablement (CDE) videos are available for each course. These videos are an excellent resource for familiarizing yourself with the course material and preparing to teach a successful class. For all courses, you are required to watch the CDE and pass the exam prior to teaching your first class.

For step-by-step instructions on accessing the CDEs, please refer to the Tour of the SAFe Community Platform video above.

License Courseware and Download Your Kits

Once you are ready to teach a class, you will need to purchase a courseware license for each student. Choose from the following purchasing options:

  • eCommerce—Recommended for small businesses or organizations early in their SAFe adoption. Access via SAFe Community Platform
  • SAFe® Learner Subscription (SLS)—Recommended for enterprises creating a continuous Lean-Agile learning environment that is focused on driving complex business transformation. Contact a Sales Solution expert.

The video below walks you through purchasing licenses via eCommerce. For organizations building the world’s most important systems, contact a Sales Solution expert for information on bulk purchase discounts.

Register Your Course

Using the CSV sample roster template downloaded from the SAFe Community Platform, fill out each of the columns following the instructions provided in the READ ME Document for every student in your class. It is crucial that the student names and emails entered into the roster are 100 percent correct!

When the roster is completed, upload it in the Course Admin section of the SAFe Community Platform. The system will automatically tie your class to the licenses you purchased. For instructions on uploading your roster, please refer to the above video.

Exam Administration for Your Students

Once your class has concluded, your students will be eligible to take the certification exam. The process your students will experience as they work toward certification is as follows:

  • Once the course roster is uploaded, learning plans for each student will be assigned and a “Action Required: Complete Your Scaled Agile Community Profile” and “You’ve Been Assigned a Learning Plan” emails will be sent. These emails will provide instructions on accessing the SAFe Community Platform, providing course feedback, and taking the certification exam.
  • The cost of the exam is included with the course fee, provided the student completes the exam within 30 days of course completion. After 30 days, the student must pay the retake fee to access the exam. The exam expiration date will be displayed on the student’s exam launch button in the Community Platform.
  • If the student doesn’t take and pass the exam, the student may purchase a retake for a fee
  • If the student doesn’t pass the first retake, the student can purchase a second retake after a 10-day waiting period. Third and subsequent retakes require a 30-day waiting period.

For more information on the exam details and requirements for each course, please follow these links: