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.

SAFe Practitioners

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

SAFe Scrum Masters

Facilitating team success

A 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

SAFe Advanced Scrum Masters

Taking a systems view of Scrum

A 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

SAFe Product Owners / Product Managers

Lean-Agile Product Management

A 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 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

SAFe Release Train Engineers

Keeping transformations on track

A 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

SAFe Agilists

Nurturing Lean-Agile Mindsets

A SAFe Agilist (SA) strategically guides the adoption, success, and ongoing improvement of Lean-Agile culture in an enterprise. The Agilist helps define the organizational mission and vision, and communicates strategic decisions and the need for change to all stakeholders and teams. The Agilist motivates 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

SAFe Program Consultants

An agent for Lean-Agile change

A 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