About 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
Establishing team agility for Agile Release Trains
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
Certified SAFe® Scrum Master
Applying the Scrum Master role within a SAFe® enterprise
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
Certified SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
Advancing Scrum Master servant leadership with SAFe®
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
Certified SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager
Delivering value through effective Program Increment execution
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
Certified SAFe® Release Train Engineer
Facilitating Lean-Agile program execution
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
Certified SAFe® Agilist
Developing the Five Core Competencies of the Lean Enterprise
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®
Certified SAFe® Program Consultant
Implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® for Lean Enterprises
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
Enabling Release on Demand for the Lean enterprise
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
Certified SAFe® Government Practitioner
Applying Lean-Agile practices in the public sector with SAFe®
A Certified SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) understands and can lead a Lean-Agile transformation program inside a government agency. SGPs drive successful organizational change by building high performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programs, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the program, and planning and delivering value using SAFe.
Supporting SAFe course: SAFe® for Government
Certified SAFe® Agile Software Engineer
Enabling technical agility for the Lean enterprise
A Certified SAFe® Agile Software Engineer is a member of an Agile team that understands the foundational principles and practices that make up the Agile Software Engineering discipline. The Agile Software Engineer understands that the continuous flow of value delivery and building in quality are enabled by modern practices including XP technical practices, Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD). The Agile Software Engineer also embraces proven practices to detail, model, design, implement, verify, and validate stories in a SAFe Continuous Delivery Pipeline.
Supporting SAFe course: Certified SAFe® Agile Software Engineering