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Leading SAFe® with SA Certification

Leading the Lean | Agile Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework

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.

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Course overview

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Applying a Lean-Agile mindset with SAFe Agilist Certification

This two-day (three-day when remote) course teaches the Lean-Agile principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). You’ll learn how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, how to build an Agile Portfolio, and how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and how to apply the principles and practices of SAFe to support Agile teams, programs, program portfolio management, and to coordinate large Value Streams.

After this course, you will understand how to:

  • Apply SAFe to scale Lean and Agile development in your enterprise
  • Support the execution of Agile Release Trains
  • Coordinate large Value Streams
  • Manage a Lean-Agile Portfolio
  • Align the organization to a common process model
  • Configure the Framework for your context
  • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Support a Lean-Agile transformation in your enterprise

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA).

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Audience: 

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
  • Scrum Masters, Team Leads
  • Agile Coaches, Change Agents
  • Consultants, Business Analysts
What you receive: 

The class registration includes:

  • Attendee workbook (physical version only for classroom based training). For remote training, this is provided electronically only.
  • Access to the SAFe® Agilist Exam – requires course attendance
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform, which includes access to the Scaled Agile Community of Practice, with access to members-only resources such as webinars, workbooks, guidance presentations, and advance notice of upcoming SAFe products
  • 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
  • SAFe Agilist (SA) attendance certificate upon request
Pre-requisites: 

All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SA certification exam:

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

Attending the class prepares you to take the exam and become a certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) and provides access to all of the study materials.  Please note that attending the course does not guarantee passing the exam.

Exam name - SAFe Agilist Exam

Duration - 90 Minutes to complete once the exam has started

Number of questions - 45

Passing Score - 34/45 (77%)

Question format - Multiple choice (one answer) or multiple select (2-3 answers)

Cost - First attempt included in the course registration fee if taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake or attempt past the 30-day window is $50, payable directly to Scaled Agile

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. please contact [email protected] for any retake questions.

Membership details: 

Attendees who pass the exam will receive:

  • A SAFe Agilist certificate
  • One-year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform, with access to members-only resources such as webinars, workbooks, guidance presentations, and advance notice of upcoming SAFe products
Renewal details: 

Scaled Agile have updated their certification renewal and membership model. 

With this transition, you will now be able to renew your membership at one of three tiers, two of which will include a bundle renewal of all your SAFe certifications. If you don’t need or want to include the renewal of your certifications, you have the option to simply renew your membership to continue access to all the assets, tools, and resources to help you grow as a SAFe professional. 

The first year of your certification and membership is included within the cost of this course – therefore, the following renewal fees will only apply when renewing your membership:

Certified SAFe Membership ($295/year) – For members who currently hold one or more certifications, and who may benefit from a bundled pricing approach. Renews all certifications except SPC and/or SPCT, provides access to basic and some advanced content, as well as continued access to course learnings and assets.

Individual SAFe Membership ($195/year) – For those who don’t seek certification but would still like to benefit from the valuable content on the SAFe Community Platform. No certification renewals included.

Cancellation details: 

When IJI Cancels or Reschedules a Class. IJI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a class if necessary, with up to 14 days’ notice prior to the first day of instruction (“Cancellation Period”). Should IJI cancel or reschedule a class after the Cancellation Period (i.e. by providing the student with 13 days or less notice prior to the first day of
instruction):

(i) IJI will assist in covering the student’s already incurred and non-reimbursable travel expenses (and travel cancellation fees); and

(ii) the student may choose to either apply the paid tuition to a future IJI class or have IJI refund the tuition in full.

Your IJI Account Manager is fully prepared to discuss the circumstances and limitations should this occur. Should IJI cancel or reschedule a class within the Cancellation Period, IJI will not reimburse any travel expenses and cancellation fees.

When a student cancels a class:

Refund Policy

All cancellations and transfers for open courses must be requested in writing to [email protected] A student can apply the paid tuition to one future class which is scheduled within 6 months of the originally booked class. You may substitute a delegate with another at no charge but please contact us in advance of your course if you wish to do this. If you are unable to attend and unable to substitute a delegate, we will make every effort to move you to a later course where available (a 5% fee shall apply to any rescheduled course to cover admin costs).

The table below gives details of our refund policy should cancellation be the only option.

More than 30 Days before the course start date - 90% (10% retained to cover admin costs)
29-14 days before the course start date  - 50%
Less than 14 days before the course start date - 0%

Subject to the above cancellation terms, if a student cancels a class or if a student requests a refund of all or part of the tuition fee paid, IJI will process the refund within thirty (30) days. If the fee is paid by credit card, refunds will be credited to that credit card.

PDU credits: 
  • Attendees may be eligible to apply for 16 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP and PMI-ACP certifications.
  • Attendees may be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing their CSP through Scrum Alliance.
Customer reviews: 
Patrick was a very good instructor indeed. His approach and patience was really appreciated. The class was small and fairly mixed in terms of experiences with SAFe (and indeed Agile). The instructor really managed to balance his delivery keeping both the experienced and less experienced attendees engaged. He also used real world experience to bring the subject to ‘life’. It was also apparent that he had experience of other methodologies other than SAFe and therefore could relate to questions raised by attendees.
Contexting with examples of client engagements from instructors helped provide clarity and understanding of principles.

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