Leading SAFe (SA)

The Scaled Agile framework has become the weapon of choice for global leaders to become a Lean-Agile enterprise and thrive in disruptive markets. With the Leading SAFe training, your journey into the framework begins.
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Thrive in the digital age with Business Agility

This two-day course gives you what you need to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise successfully into the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). Derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps, SAFe is the framework chosen by global market leaders to leverage Business Agility.

Learn how to establish team and technical Agility. Organize and re-organize around the flow of value. Master the skills to support and execute PI Planning events and coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs). You will also explore the importance of adopting a customer-centric mindset and a Design-Thinking approach to Agile Product Delivery. Implement Lean Portfolio Management in your enterprise to meaningfully connect strategy with execution. Lead the transformation to embrace Business Agility!

Overall experience was good. Materials were informative, trainer enabled discussion which helped in further discussion on SAFe and applicability from department perspective.

Our Leading SAFe courses are taught by one SPC (SAFe Program Consultant). This inspiring trainer is a consultant who is active in the field and has SAFe experience in training and implementing the framework within large organizations.

Learning goals

During this two-day course you will learn to:

  • Become a Lean-thinking Manager-Teacher
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles to the roles and practices of SAFe
  • Create high-performing teams and trains by establishing mission and purpose
  • Lead the transformation with the SAFe Implementation Roadmap
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive Release on Demand with the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio

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SA Exam & Certification

When you pass the Leading SAFe exam, you’ll receive a SAFe® 5.1 SAFe Agilist (SA) certificate, with a digital badge to share and promote your accomplishment online. A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Agilist is also included, granting you access to the SA Community of Practice. Furthermore, we’ll provide you with a SAFe Agilist certification usage guide with SA certification marks, as well as access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey.

Didn’t pass the exam? You can try again! Each new attempt will cost $50.

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Two-day training program

The Leading SAFe course is a two-day training program. Each course day starts at 08:30 and ends at 17:30. The day includes a lunch break and several breaks throughout the day to ensure you can absorb all the information without getting overloaded.


During the program, we’ll go into the following topics:

  • Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Becoming a Lean-Agile Leader
  • Creating high-performing teams and trains
  • Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
  • Releasing on Demand with DevOps
  • Building a Lean Portfolio
  • Leading the transformation


Anyone is welcome to attend the Leading SAFe course, regardless of role or experience.

For those who intend to take the SAFe® 5.1 Agilist (SA) certification exam, the following prerequisites are highly recommended:

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

Exam Details

  • Exam name – SAFe 5.1 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 grade – 34 out of 45 questions (75%)
  • Language – English
  • Exam cost – The 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 – A second attempt on the exam (first retake) can be done immediately after the first attempt. The third attempt requires a 10-day wait. A fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait. Contact support@scaledagile.com for any questions about the retake policy.

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

Attending this course means that you may be eligible to apply for 15 PDUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.

You may also be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing your CSP through Scrum Alliance.


You work in an organization where a movement towards an Agile way of working is in progress or desired. The Leading SAFe course is suitable for every role within the organization. Whether you’re responsible for a product, a service, a project, a program or a portfolio. Whether you work as a manager, a consultant or an executive professional.

After completing this training program, you’ll be able to apply the principles of SAFe® in order to further develop your organization in a rapidly changing environment.

Course attendees typically include:

  • 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


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