Stay on the cutting edge of Agile at scale

Scaled Agile, Inc. is heavily  invested in its community of SAFe certified practitioners. We are committed to making it easy and accessible for everyone to keep their knowledge of the latest version of  the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) up to date. 

Why upgrade?

Version 4 of the Scaled Agile Framework provides support for both lean software and systems engineering, contains a new large solution level, and is more modular, scalable, and configurable than previous versions. The demand from enterprises seeking qualified SAFe 4 trainers and consultants is accelerating at a rapid rate.

This new version of SAFe varies enough from previous versions that access to SAFe 4 courseware is restricted to those who upgrade their certification. The SAFe 4 Program Consultant credential is a must-have for those SPCs working in the larger enterprise and systems context.

To learn more about SAFe 4, please refer to the following videos: 

Essential upgrade information

How to upgrade

The SAFe 4 Program Consultant upgrade path is available to all SPCs certified on SAFe 3.0 or earlier for a cost of $250, provided that their certification is active and in good standing.

After you have successfully upgraded your certification, you will gain access to all of the exclusive SPC tools and resources such as toolkits, Course Delivery Enablement, courseware licensing, and more.

Let’s get started!

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

  • Log in to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Click the “ENABLEMENT” tab on the menu bar
  • Click “SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)”
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  • Click “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
  • Click the “About” section and click the “Buy” button to purchase the upgrade path
  • When you have successfully registered for the upgrade path, you will be returned to the training plan and the lunch buttons that were grey will now be blue:
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  • Click Launch to download resources, watch the videos, and take the exam.  The videos are sequenced, so you must watch each video in its entirety before moving on to the next one and taking the exam. 

The upgrade path can be completed at your leisure.  You can 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. 

Once you start the exam, you will have two hours to complete it, so be sure to have a stable internet connection and a two-hour window of time 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.

Returning to your training plan:
  • Log in to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Click the “LEARNING” tab on the top menu bar
  • Go to “My Training” to find the “What’s New in SAFe 4.0” learning plan
    • If you have already started this learning plan, you will find it listed under “In Progress”
    • If you have not started the learning plan, you will find it under “Not Started”

Course Delivery Enablement

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 SPCTs and SPCs certified on SAFe 4.

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 SPCT or an SPC in good standing certified on SAFe 4, you are eligible to register for “Course Delivery Enablement”!

There is no additional cost to register for CDEs, 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 here:

For more information on CDEs, please refer to the SPC Resources page.

Let’s get started!

Accessing Course Delivery Enablement

  • Log in to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Click on the “ENABLEMENT” tab on the menu bar
  • Click on your certification level
  • Click on the CDE you would like to start
  • If you have not yet activated the CDE, the Launch Button will be gray
    • To active the CDE, navigate to the “About” section and click the “Register” button
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    • When you have successfully registered for the course, you will be returned to the learning plan and the launch buttons that were gray will now be blue

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  • Click the Launch button 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:
  • Log in to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Click the “LEARNING” tab on the top menu bar
  • Go to “My Training” to find the “What’s New in SAFe 4.0” learning plan
    • If you have already started this learning plan, you will find it listed under “In Progress”
    • If you have not started the learning plan, you will find it under “Not Started”

Need assistance logging in?

  1. Forgotten password: If you have forgotten your password, select the “Forgot Password” link (you will need your 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 the email address that is associated with your account. You will receive an email with your username.
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  3. First time logging in: If you have never logged into the SAFe Community Platform, please reach out to support@scaledagile.com for assistance. 

FAQs

How long are the upgrade videos?

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

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

How much additional studying should I do? 

We recommend thoroughly studying the materials provided to you in the Learning Plan:

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

The additional articles on the SAFe 4.0 website may also aid in your studies.

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

You will receive your exam results immediately upon submission. They will appear on a new screen once you complete your exam.

What happens if I fail the upgrade exam?

We encourage you to take the upgrade exam only when you feel you are fully prepared and have studied the provided materials. If you fail the exam, there is a $250 exam retake fee. You can take your second exam attempt immediately if you so choose. If you need a third attempt, you must first wait 10 days. Each subsequent attempt requires a 30 day waiting period.

What is the cost to upgrade?

SPCs in good standing (not expired or suspended) can upgrade their certification for $250. 

Do I also have to upgrade to SAFe 4.5?

While it is strongly recommended that you update your knowledge of SAFe to version 4.5, there is no formal upgrade path as this is just an update to version 4 of the framework. For an overview of what’s new in SAFe 4.5, you can refer to Dean’s video here.

For more information on SAFe 4.5, see this article

Which courses can I teach after I upgrade my certification?

As an SPC certified on SAFe 4.0, you must complete the SAFe 4.5 Trainer Enablement for each course you wish to teach. Once you have passed the validation exam, you can purchase licenses, download courseware, and teach classes for that specific course. You can find these Trainer Enablements under the ENABLEMENT tab within the SAFe Community Platform.

Below is a list of the courses you are able to teach as an upgraded SPC: