SAFe® Certification

A learning path for career success

Today’s knowledge workers thrive on challenging work, seeking meaning and purpose in their careers while taking active responsibility for their own growth and development. Individuals shape their careers by accessing knowledge resources, attending learning sessions, and building networks that reflect their personal desires.

Scaled Agile, Inc. encourages personal growth by offering a catalog of role-based courses and certifications. Knowledge workers attending Scaled Agile courses are able to customize their Lean-Agile career journey while avoiding limiting options of preset career models. Discover the myriad of certification options available with SAFe below.

Certified SAFe® Practitioner

The backbone of Lean-Agile enterprises

A Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) Agile Team member, represented by the SAFe® Practitioner (SP) certification, is a professional on a team of dedicated individuals who, together, have the skills necessary to define (elaborate and design their component or Feature), build (implement their component or Feature), and test (run test cases to validate their component or Feature) increments of value in a short timeframe.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® for Teams

Possible career directions: SAFe® Scrum Master, SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager, SAFe® Agilist

Certified SAFe® Scrum Master

Facilitating team success

A Certified SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) is a team-based servant leader who helps teams self-organize, self-manage, and deliver value via effective Agile practices. The Scrum Master supports and coaches the Scrum process and other processes that the team has agreed upon. The Scrum Master also helps the team coordinate with other teams on the Agile Release Train (ART) and communicates status to management as needed.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® Scrum Master

Possible career directions: SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master, SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager, SAFe® Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Agilist

Certified SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master

Taking a systems view of Scrum

A Certified SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) is a servant leader who has a broader, systems view of the Scrum Master role and provides integrated practices for facilitating multiple team, program, and enterprise success in larger programs. Advanced Scrum Masters understand Agile and Scrum anti-patterns and facilitate cross-team interactions to support program execution and relentless improvement. Providing this experience and servant leadership helps teams improve flow and quality of work, resulting in cohesive, high-performing Lean-Agile teams that deliver continuous value.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master

Possible career directions: SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager, SAFe® Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Program Consultant, SAFe® Agilist

Certified SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager

Lean-Agile Product Management

A Certified SAFe® Product Owner (PO) serves as the customer proxy for the team and works with Product Management and other stakeholders—including other Product Owners—to define and prioritize stories in the Team Backlog so that the system or solution effectively addresses program priorities while maintaining the technical integrity of the features or components the team is responsible for creating. The PO has a significant role in quality and is the only team member empowered to accept stories as done.

A Certified SAFe® Product Manager (PM) serves as the internal voice of the customer for the Agile Release Train (ART) and works with Product Owners to continually develop and communicate the customer vision to the development teams. The Product Manager provides an economically prioritized backlog for the ART, defines the features of the system to ensure that the solution meets relevant standards and other system quality requirements, and participates in the validation of the proposed feature benefit hypotheses.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager

Possible career directions: SAFe® Agilist, SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master, SAFe® Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Program Consultant

Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer

Keeping transformations on track

A Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer (RTE) facilitates Agile Release Train processes and value execution. The RTE escalates impediments, manages risk, helps assure value delivery, and drives continuous improvement. An RTE participates in the Lean-Agile transformation by coaching leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in new processes and mindsets. The RTE helps adapt SAFe to the organization, including standardizing and documenting practices.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® Release Train Engineer

Possible career directions: SAFe® Agilist, SAFe® Program Consultant

Certified SAFe® Agilist

Nurturing Lean-Agile Mindsets

A Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) strategically guides the adoption, success, and ongoing improvement of Lean-Agile culture in an enterprise. The SA helps define the organizational mission and vision, and communicates strategic decisions and the need for change to all stakeholders and teams. SAs motivate knowledge workers by helping them develop their skills and careers in a way that enhances their capabilities and increases their engagement and commitment to the mission and vision of the enterprise.

Supporting SAFe course: Leading SAFe®

Possible career directions: SAFe® Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Program Consultant

Certified SAFe® Program Consultant

An agent for Lean-Agile change

A Certified SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) is a Lean-Agile change agent who works with Lean-Agile leadership to set the SAFe vision for the organization, show others the way, and remove impediments to change. An SPC brings organizational credibility to SAFe implementation; has the expertise to make fast, intelligent decisions; and helps implement specific process changes in the enterprise. Often, an SPC trains others in Lean-Agile ways of thinking and operating, applying a new style of leadership that truly teaches, empowers, and engages individuals and teams to reach their highest potential.

Supporting SAFe course: Implementing SAFe®

Possible career directions: SAFe® Agilist

Certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioner

Maximizing the flow of value with the
Continuous Delivery Pipeline

Certified SAFe® DevOps Practitioners (SDP) help to optimize flow of value through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. An SDP maps value streams through the pipeline from idea to cash, and identifies practices that eliminate bottlenecks to flow. They continuously work to improve processes for exploring customer needs, developing, building, deploying, and delivering value. By helping to align people, processes, and technology throughout the organization, the SDP is a key player in establishing a culture of shared responsibility for the full spectrum of solution delivery.

Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® DevOps

Possible career directions: SAFe® Program Consultant