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What are the professional development unit requirements for my certification?

To keep a SAFe® certification in good standing, certification holders need to complete a predetermined number of continuing education hours (professional development units [PDUs] each year prior to renewing the certification. Examples of PDUs include attending a course, going to a conference, attending industry meetings (ex., Meetups), reading books, and reading articles.

Note that individuals are required to track their PDUs on their own, as there is no formal system for reporting these PDUs. Please see the following PDU requirements:

  Certification Annual PDU Requirements
  Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Practitioner (SP) •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioner (SDP) •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)* •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer (RTE)* •  10 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC)* •  160 hours of SAFe consulting
•  40 continuing education/outreach hours
 Certified SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT)* •  1 new successful SAFe implementation per year
•  80 ‘SAFe’ days (consulting, training, IP development, etc.)
•  2 SAFe speaking engagements per year
•  Teach 3 Implementing SAFe classes
•  Stay current in SAFe and industry trends

Project Management Institute professional development units—what counts?

Scaled Agile, Inc. is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students who attend its role-based SAFe courses can claim PDUs to fulfill their PMI certification requirements.

Students can use the following SAFe courses as PDUs to support ongoing educational and professional development requirements for Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications. (Refer to the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements [CCR] Handbook for specific details.)

  SAFe Course PMI Talent Triangle PDU Designation
  Technical PDUs Leadership PDUs Strategic PDUs Total PDUs
  Implementing SAFe® 19.50 7.50 3.00 30.00
  Leading SAFe® 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00
  SAFe® Release Train Engineer 10.00 6.50 3.50 20.00
  SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager 10.50 3.00 1.50 15.00
  SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master 12.00 2.25 0.75 15.00
  SAFe® Scrum Master 12.00 2.25 0.75 15.00
  SAFe® for Teams 13.50 1.25 0.25 15.00
  SAFe® DevOps 13.50 1.25 0.25 15.00
  SAFe® for Government 6.00 6.00 3.00 15.00

Scrum Education Units—what counts?

Certified SAFe professionals may be eligible to apply for Scrum Education Units (SEUs) toward earning or renewing a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation through the Scrum Alliance under Category C: Outside Events. Please confirm requirements with Scrum Alliance’s SEU policy before submitting units for credit.  

What are the costs associated with certification?

Taking a course

To receive a SAFe certification, individuals must first attend a SAFe training course. Refer to this helpful guide for help in selecting an appropriate course. Course costs vary based on date and location, and can be found on the class detail page by clicking a class listing on the Scaled Agile public course calendar.

Taking the certification exam

After completing a course, individuals are eligible to take the exam and, upon passing, get certified. A first attempt to take the certification exam within 30 days of the course is included with the cost of the course. Costs to retake exams are outlined in the following table:

  Course Certification Exam Retake Fee
  Leading SAFe® SAFe® Agilist $50
  SAFe® DevOps SAFe® DevOps Practitioner $50
  SAFe® for Teams SAFe® Practitioner $50
  SAFe® Scrum Master SAFe® Scrum Master $50
  SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager $50
  SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master $50
  SAFe® Release Train Engineer SAFe® Release Train Engineer $50
  SAFe® for Government SAFe® Government Practitioner $50
  SAFe® Agile Software Engineer SAFe® Agile Software Engineer $50
  Implementing SAFe® SAFe® Program Consultant $250

Renewing SAFe certifications

SAFe certifications are valid for one year and include membership in the SAFe Community Platform. After the first year, individuals may renew their certification at the cost specified below. 

  Certification Renewal Fee
  SAFe® Agilist $100
  SAFe® Practitioner $100
  SAFe® DevOps Practitioner $100
  SAFe® Scrum Master $100
  SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager $100
  SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master* $100
  SAFe® for Government Practitioners* $100
  SAFe® Agile Software Engineer* $100
  SAFe® Release Train Engineer* $295
  SAFe® Program Consultant* $895
  SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer* $895

The cost to renew an advanced certification may include the core certification renewal cost:

SAFe® Program Consultant: Renews at $895/year
SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:

  • SAFe® Agilist
  • SAFe® Practitioner
  • SAFe® DevOps Practitioner
  • SAFe® Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Release Train Engineer

SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer: Renews at $895/year
SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:

  • SAFe® Agilist
  • SAFe® Practitioner
  • SAFe® DevOps Practitioner
  • SAFe® Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Release Train Engineer
  • SAFe® Program Consultant

SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master: Renews at $100/year
SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:

  • SAFe® Scrum Master

SAFe® Release Train Engineer: Renews at $295/year
SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:

  • SAFe® Agilist
  • SAFe® Practitioner
  • SAFe® Scrum Master
  • SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
 Advanced  Certification Renewal Fee SAFe Core Certifications Included with Renewal
SAFe® Agilist SAFe® Practitioner SAFe® DevOps Practitioner SAFe® Scrum Master SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master SAFe® Release Train Engineer SAFe® Program Consultant
 SAFe® Advanced  Scrum Master $100       X   X    
 SAFe® Release  Train Engineer $295 X X   X X X X  
 SAFe® Program  Consultant $895 X X X X X X X X
 SAFe® Program  Consultant  Trainer $895 X X X X X X X X

Learn more about the benefits of certification and what resources and tools are included at each certification level.

What are the accepted payment methods?

Scaled Agile accepts all major credit cards, Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. In addition, we accept Diners Club, Discover, Delta, and JCB. 

Scaled Agile can accommodate companies that require the use of purchase orders or payment by check for bulk purchases. Contact support@scaledagile.com for assistance with these payment methods. Scaled Agile Partners should contact their Partner Manager.

How to prepare for a SAFe exam?

SAFe certification focuses on the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to successfully perform the specified role within SAFe. To have the highest chance at passing the certification exam, candidates should attend the relevant course, read recommended books and articles, take advantage of videos and enablement, gain real-world experience in the role, and then take the exam. Scaled Agile exams maintain rigorous quality standards to ensure that those who have earned the certification are well prepared to effectively fulfill their role in a SAFe enterprise.

Learning journey checklist:

  • Attend the course related to the exam
  • Study based on the course and exam study materials provided
  • Incorporate learnings into real-world experiences
  • Take the practice test on the SAFe Community Platform
  • Take the actual exam on the SAFe Community Platform
  • Become a SAFe certified professional after passing the exam

Visit the Certification Basics page for additional details on how to prepare for a certification exam

How to update certification to the 4.6 version of SAFe?

There are no certification upgrades or exams associated with SAFe 4.6.

SAFe Community Platform members and Certified SAFe® 4 professionals have access to these updates on the SAFe Community Platform. And anyone is welcome to browse the new SAFe 4.6 website to learn more about SAFe 4.6.

It is highly recommended that SPCs and SPCTs certified on SAFe 4.5 complete the updated Course Delivery Enablement for each course they plan to teach.

Learn more about getting current on SAFe 4.6.

Need more help?  Reach out to support@scaledagile.com.