Required course: SAFe for Architects®

Certification level: Advanced

Job role description / target audience

A Certified SAFe® 4 Architect is an effective leader and change agent who delivers Agile Architecture to enable the creation of business value. Key areas of competency include applying SAFe principles to develop and maintain Agile Architecture and release on demand, leading and supporting Solution Trains and Agile Release Trains, extending the principles driving continuous flow to large systems-of-systems, and enabling improved flow of value.

Key areas of competency

  • Apply SAFe principles to managing trade-offs between functionality, cost, risk, and sustainability
  • Ensure designs can be implemented in small batches with continuous integration/continuous delivery deployment model
  • Communicate solution context and intent to Agile teams and trains
  • Establish intentional architecture guidelines and enable flexibility to allow emergent technology
  • Prepare architectural runway to enable delivery success
  • Steer architecture decisions, support risk and issue resolution, participate in Management Review and Problem Solving during Program Increment execution
  • Define, implement, and monitor quality practices, including CI/CD and DevOps
  • Ensure that technology decisions made within an ART work end-to-end across components in a Solution
  • Ensure that Solution complies with Portfolio technology strategy
  • Enable Lean-Agile transformations and coach Lean-Agile practitioners

Exam requirements

The first step toward becoming a certified SAFe professional is to attend the SAFe® for Architects course This is a requirement, because attending the course provides access to all the study materials and the exam. Note that attending the course does not guarantee passing the exam. A complete list of courses, including dates and locations, is on the Scaled Agile, Inc. training calendar.

Exam details

  • Exam name: SAFe® 4 Architect Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access:  Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe® for Architects course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2.0 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions – 60
  • Passing score – 45 out of 60 (75%)
  • Language – English
  • Exam cost – 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.
  • Retake policy – 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. Contact support@scaledagile.com for any retake questions.

Exam study materials

The exam is designed to measure knowledge and skill related to the job role. We highly recommend candidates use a variety of resources to prepare for this exam including:

  • Course materials – The course materials are an essential artifact from the course and can be downloaded from the SAFe Community Platform. These materials can be used to refer back to the content that was presented during the class.
  • Study guide – This comprehensive guide details the job role and all resources related to the exam, including a detailed reading list. Access is available through the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform upon course completion.
  • Practice testThe practice test is designed to be predictive of success on the certification exam*, and it has the same number of questions, level of difficulty, and time duration. It is part of the Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform and can be taken an unlimited number of times at no cost. *This is not the actual exam and passing it does not guarantee success on the certification exam.
  • Sample test Download Questions

What you get

Becoming a Certified SAFe® 4 Architect requires an exceptional range of skills and is a career path for many servant leaders. Certification includes:

  • Certified SAFe® 4 Architect PDF certificate
  • Certified SAFe® 4 Architect digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform, which includes access to the ARCH Community of Practice
  • Access to Meetup groups and events that connect you with other SAFe certified professionals
  • A variety of learning resources to support you during your SAFe journey

Learn more about the benefits of SAFe community membership