Leading SAFe
SAFe Certification

Applied Frameworks is a Scaled Agile Gold SPCT partner — the highest level of transformation partnership available.

Become a Lean-Agile Leader

Leading an organization towards greater business agility may be daunting. Our Leading SAFe class is a great place to start if you are an executive or change agent responsible for leading your organization to a better way of working. 

We will help you navigate the uncertainty and gain the knowledge and understanding of the core competencies critical to your success. We want to help you lay the foundations for a long-lived Lean-Agile transformation that inspires your organization to relentlessly improve.

Who you chose to deliver your Leading SAFe class makes all the difference. Our SPCTs have been involved in the Agile community and implemented SAFe since the early days of the Framework. The Applied Frameworks SPCs who teach have been there in the trenches, implementing the Scaled Agile Framework and launching Agile Release Trains (ARTs).  We are focused on delivering a meaningful understanding of Implementing SAFe to agilists, change agents, and executives.  We bring our experience and real-world stories to the course, and invite you to share your unique context as well.

Let’s get you on your journey towards a solid foundation in the Scaled Agile Framework that will ensure your team’s success!

Upcoming SAFe Certification Courses

SAFe for Architects 5.0 | San Diego (remote)

November 29, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST

SAFe Release Train Engineer 5.1 | San Diego (remote)

December 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST

Leading SAFe | Washington, D.C. (remote)

December 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am - December 9, 2021 @ 2:30 pm EST

Lean Portfolio Management (5.1) | San Diego (remote)

December 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST

Implementing SAFe 5.1 | San Diego(remote)

December 27, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST

Private SAFe Training & Workshops

Agile Product Management

Getting Started with LPM

Value Stream Identification

LACE Kick-off

Lean Portfolio Management Certification

Release Train Engineer Certification

Any SAFe® course

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Leading SAFe – Course Content

New to the Scaled Agile Framework®? Leading SAFe® offers you an introduction to the foundations of SAFe, and provides the principles and practices to drive your Lean-Agile transformation with confidence. The course also offers the guidance and tools you need to lead effectively in remote environments with distributed teams.

Leading SAFe® answers the questions:

  • What is SAFe?
  • What is business agility and how does SAFe support it?
  • How does an organization get started with SAFe?

What’s included:

  • Course materials
  • Remote learning via SAFe® Virtual Classrooms
  • Access to SAFe® Collaborate, a visual online workspace
  • One-year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • SAFe Agilist certification exam

Attendees learn:

  • How to realize the benefits of SAFe, including:
    • Boosting productivity.
    • Improving product quality.
    • Decreasing time to market.
    • Increasing employee engagement.
  • How to establish Team and Technical Agility and organize around the flow of value.
  • How to align massive organizations around clear, common objectives.
  • How to participate successfully in critical SAFe events, such as PI Planning.
  • How to adopt a customer-centric mindset.

Exam & Certification Details

Exam prerequisite skills

  • 5+ years experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
  • Experience in Scrum

Exam requirements

The first step toward becoming a Certified SAFe professional is to attend the Leading SAFe® 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.

Exam details

  • Exam name – SAFe® 4 Agilist Exam – or – SAFe® 5 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format – Multiple choice
  • 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 Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score – SA4 = 34 out of 45 (75%); SA5 = 35 out of 45 (77%)
  • 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.

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 test – The 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 Questions – A web-enabled, flashcard style version of the sample questions can be found online and in the study guide.

What you get

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

  • Certified SAFe® Agilist PDF certificate
  • Certified SAFe® Agilist digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform, which includes access to the SA 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

Professional Development Units & Scrum Education Units