SAFe Certifications

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Introduction to SAFe Certifications

SAFe® graphically presents a framework that scales the application of team-level agile practices to the Program, Solution, and Portfolio levels of an organization to help them achieve business agility. Their training program and subsequent certifications were designed to educate professionals on how to adopt and implement the SAFe Framework within their organization. Each of these certifications has a place in SAFe’s Implementation Roadmap. Learn more about Scaled Agile and the SAFe Framework.

Netmind and SAFe both have continuous improvement in their DNA. As such, we use the SAFe Framework is the framework of reference in our Scaling Agile solution.

In April 2013, Netmind became the first accredited company to advise and train organizations on the adoption of SAFe® in the Spanish language. In May 2016, we were the first Spanish company accredited as official partners of Scaled Agile Framework, creators of SAFe®. Our instructors have trained over 850 students in SAFe courses.

As a Silver Partner, we are accredited to deliver the following SAFe certification courses. Each course provides the knowledge needed to pass the applicable certification exam, which is taken after class at their convenience.

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SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC)

The SAFe Program Consultant certification is focused on Lean-Agile change agents who lead, implement and apply the principles, practices and five core competencies of a lean enterprise, as part of a business Lean-Agile transformation.

SAFe® Program (SPC) Consultants can become SAFe instructors who teach software, train teams, launch Agile Release (ART) trains, and enable a Lean portfolio. 

This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe implementation. This includes practitioners, change agents, and consultants responsible for implementing Agile programs and portfolios as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative. Attendees typically include:

  • Professional services consultants
  • Internal change agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE) participants, Agile Working Groups
  • Business and technology executives, leaders, managers, and directors
  • Portfolio managers and fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel
  • Development, QA, and IT managers
  • Program and project managers
  • Product and product line managers
  • Process leads and lifecycle governance personnel
  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 5 Program Consultant exam and practice as a Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC):

  • More than 5 years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
  • More than 3 years of Agile experience
  • One or more relevant Agile certifications
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SPC exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)

The SAFe Agilist certification is aimed at directors, managers, team leaders, and in general, any professional who should lead the agile transformation of a large organization. SAFe Agilists must demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge to apply Scaled Agile Framework, Lean, and the principles of the product development flow in the context of a large organization, as well as the ability to lead the adoption of SAFe.

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Executives and Leaders, Managers, Directors, CIOs, and VPs
  • Development, QA, and Infrastructure Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 5 Agilist (SA) certification exam:

  • 5+ years’ experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
  • Experience in Scrum
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 90 (1.5 hours) minutes to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SA exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Practitioner (SP)

The SAFe Practitioner certification accredits one’s knowledge in the application of SAFe ScrumXP (practices inspired by Scrum, Lean, and eXtremme Programming) in the context of a large organization that is preparing for the adoption of Scaled Agile Framework at the level of teams and programs.

This course is for those needing to gain experience as a team member of an Agile Release Train (ART) to understand how it divides the functions, writes user stories, improves team and training processes, and plans and executes iterations.

This course is designed for leaders and influencers who are responsible for the Lean Portfolio Management function. Examples include:

  • Team members who apply Lean and Agile at scale
  • All members of an Agile Release Train preparing for launch

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe 5 Practitioner (SP) certification exam:

  • Familiarity with Agile concepts and principles
  • Awareness of Scrum, Kanban, and XP
  • Working knowledge of software and hardware development processes
  • Format: Multiple Choice; Multiple Select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SP exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM)

Scrum Master (SSM) certification validates that those who obtain it are prepared to perform the role of Scrum Master in a SAFe environment, focusing on value delivery, helping teams self-manage, promoting and facilitating the Scrum process, and servant leadership.

SAFe Scrum Masters help agile teams offer the maximum commercial value that can be achieved through SAFe.

Intended for people new to the role of Scrum Master, or people wanting to better understand the
role and how it fits in a SAFe enterprise, attendees typically include:

  • New or existing Scrum Masters
  • Team Leads
  • Release Train Engineers

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) certification exam:

  • Familiarity with Agile concepts and principles
  • Awareness of Scrum, Kanban, and eXtreme Programming (XP)
  • Working knowledge of software and hardware development processes
  • Format: Multiple Choice; Multiple Select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SSM exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)

The SAFe Advanced Scrum Master certification is designed for experienced Scrum Masters who want to demonstrate their ability to successfully develop their role as facilitators of teams and programs in large organizations. Candidates for the SASM certification must complete the corresponding official course and must have the Certified Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Master certification, or accredit equivalent knowledge.

This training is ideal for:

  • Existing Scrum Masters
  • Team leaders, project managers, and others who have assumed the role of an Agile Team facilitator in a SAFe or enterprise Agile context
  • Engineering and development managers who are responsible for Agile execution and coaching teams, including teams of teams
  • Agile coaches
  • Agile Program Managers
  • Prospective Release Train Engineers

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, having one or more of the following certifications is highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 5 Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) certification exam:

  • Format: Multiple Choice; Multiple Select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 120 (2 hours) minutes to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SASM exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM)

The POPM certification, as its name indicates, is addressed to Product Owners, Product Managers, Program Managers, Business Managers, Business Analysts, Project Office Managers, and in general, to any professional responsible for guaranteeing the delivery of value in organizations that use SAFe.

A SAFe POPM helps facilitate the flow of product development and drive the execution of programs to boost the continuous delivery of value.

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Product Owners, Product Managers, Product Line Managers, Business Owners, and Business Analysts
  • Solution Managers, Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, and members of the LACE
  • Enterprise, Solution, and System Architects

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe 5 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) certification exam:

  • Attend a Leading SAFe® course
  • Experience working in a SAFe environment
  • Experience with Lean, Agile, or other relevant certifications
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more POPM exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® DevOps Practitioner (SDP)

The two-day SAFe® DevOps interactive course helps people who perform technical, non-technical and leadership functions work together to optimize their value flow from start to finish. Attendees will also learn what DevOps is, why it is important for each function, and design a continuous delivery process that suits your business.

This training is ideal for:

  • All members of an Agile Release Train
  • Development Managers, Engineering Managers
  • Configuration Managers, Release Managers
  • Development Leads, Developers, UI/UX Developers
  • Infrastructure Architects, System Architects
  • Product Managers, Product Owners
  • System Administrators, DBAs, InfoSec
  • QA Managers, Testers
  • Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple response
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SDP exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP)

The SAFe Program Consultant certification is centered around leading a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), as well as the Lean Enterprise’s five core competencies within the red tape environment of a government agency. 

This course is designed for government leaders and influencers who can guide the decision to adopt SAFe within their agency or program. Examples include:

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architecture, operations, support
  • Program and project managers
  • Program/Project Management Office (PMO)

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, meeting the following prerequisites will make the training more productive.

  • A foundational understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe House of Lean, and SAFe Principles is required using pre-work suggestions
  • A foundational understanding of the full lifecycle of government technology programs is helpful
  • Registered attendees will receive a list of readings and videos specific to Agile in government that will be beneficial to review before the course
  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 45
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more SGP exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Agile Software Engineer (ASE)

The SAFe® Agile Software Engineer certification is based on the ability to use SAFe for the continuous flow of value delivery and build quality  thanks to modern practices, including XP technical practices, behavior-based development (BDD) and test-based development (TDD).

Proven practices to detail, model, design, implement, verify and validate stories in a SAFe continuous delivery pipeline.

This course is for the technical members of an Agile Team—developers and testers. Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Managers, and others with a less-technical background would also benefit and gain an understanding of the development process for more effective team collaboration.

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, meeting the following prerequisites will make the training more productive.

  • Understanding of SAFe for Teams
  • Background in engineering, development, managing development, or quality assurance
  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more ASE exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Architect (ARCH)

This certification accredits architects who participate throughout the organization as effective leaders and change agents. During this three-day course, attendees explore the roles, responsibilities and mentality of Agile Architects, learn to align the architecture with the value of the business and drive the continuous flow to large systems of systems while supporting the execution of the SAFe program.

This training is ideal for:

  • System, Solution, and Enterprise architects
  • Architects in supporting technical disciplines
  • Experienced software developers
  • Technical managers making architectural decisions
  • Product leaders collaborating

Those who attend this course should be familiar with Agile principles and practices and must have attended at least one SAFe course prior to attending this one.

  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more ARCH exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Lean Portfolio Manager (LPM)

The Lean Portfolio Manager certification (LPM) ensures that the roles fulfilling the LPM function will understands how to strategy and investment funding is established, how to apply Agile portfolio operations and Lean governance, and how to build a plan for implementing the Lean Portfolio Management function.

This course will provide participants with practical tools as Portfolio Canvas, Portfolio Kanban and with knowledge on what should be considered to prioritize initiatives for maximum economic benefit and insights on how to establish Value Stream Budgets. Improve the Lean portfolio performance for your company.

This course is designed for leaders and influencers who are responsible for the Lean Portfolio Management function. Examples include:

  • Executives and leaders (CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, and VPs)
  • Enterprise architects
  • Product managers and solution managers
  • Business unit managers
  • Program office personnel
  • SPCs and enterprise Agile coaches
  • Human resources
  • RTEs
  • Epic Owners

There are no prerequisites to attend this course. However, the following recommendations will make the training more productive.

  • Familiarity with Agile concepts and principles
  • Attended a Leading SAFe or SAFe POPM course
  • Experience working in a SAFe environment
  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more LPM exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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SAFe® Agile Product and Solution Manager (APSM)

The Agile Product and Solution Manager certification (APSM) combines the knowledge of Design Thinking and Lean-Agile values and principles to create products and solutions that are desirable, viable, feasible, and sustainable. It will foster and improve continuous exploration and innovation to define vision, strategy, and roadmap in your company.

This course will help Solution and Product Management as content authority for the Solution and Program Backlogs, to use empathy in order to drive design and work with customers to understand their needs, apply product strategy and vision to develop and evolve roadmaps.

This training is ideal for:

  • Product Management teams
  • Product marketing managers, project managers, Product Owners
  • VP of Product Management, Business Owners, Business Analysts
  • User experience and customer experience professionals
  • Product leaders collaborating with Product Management, architects, subject matter experts, and business line managers

Attendees of this course should be familiar with Agile principles and practices and have attended at least one SAFe course prior to attending. A background in product or solution management is highly recommended.

  • Format: Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • Delivery: Web-based (single browser), closed book, no external assistance, timed
  • 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.
  • Duration: once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Language: English
  • 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.
  • See the Scaled Agile website for more APSM exam details including the the current passing score and study materials. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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