Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM)

In a SAFe enterprise, the Agile Release Train (ART) is where the magic happens. Making sure each team knows what to prioritize and how Trains can be built to run on schedule is the responsibility of the POPM. Expand your knowledge as a SAFe Product Owner Product Manager and develop all the skillsets you need to not just guide but to improve the delivery of value in a Lean enterprise.
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Organize your company’s complete lifecycle of products and services

This two-day SAFe Product Owner Product Manager course will give you an in-depth understanding of the Agile Release Train (ART), how it delivers value, and what you can do to effectively perform your role.

You will also learn how to apply lean thinking to write Epics, break them down into Features and Stories, plan and execute Iterations, and plan Program Increments. Finally, the program will teach you about the Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, how to effectively integrate in your role as Product Owner or Product Manager, and what it takes to relentlessly improve the ART.

The SAFe Product Owner Product Manager training (POPM) teaches you all about the activities, tools, and mechanics used to manage backlogs and programs. After taking the SAFe Product Owner Product Manager exam, you’ll certify as a SAFe Product Owner Product Manager (POPM).

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Our SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager courses are taught by one or two SPCs (SAFe Program Consultants) or SPCTs (SAFe Program Consultant Trainers). These inspiring trainers are consultants who are active in the field and have extensive SAFe experience in training and implementing SAFe at large organizations.

Learning goals

During this two-day course you will learn to:

  • Articulate the Product Owner and Product Manager roles
  • Connect SAFe Lean-Agile principles and values to the PO/PM roles
  • Decompose Epics into Features and decompose Features into Stories
  • Manage Program and Team backlogs
  • Collaborate with Agile teams in estimating and forecasting work
  • Represent Customer needs in Program Increment Planning
  • Execute the Program Increment and deliver continuous value


POPM Exam & Certification

When you pass the SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager exam you’ll receive a SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager certificate, with a digital badge to promote your accomplishment online. A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager is also included, granting you access to the POPM Community of Practice

We’ll provide you with a SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager certification usage guide with POPM 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 come with a fixed fee.

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Two-day training program

The SAFe Product Owner course is a two-day training program. Each course day starts at 9:00 and ends at 17:00, and includes a complimentary lunch and an afternoon break.

Please note: The hours for our virtual courses are always 8 hours per day.


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

  • Becoming a Product Owner/Product Manager in the SAFe enterprise
  • Preparing for PI Planning
  • Leading PI Planning
  • Executing Iterations
  • Executing the Program Increment
  • Becoming a Certified SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager


Everyone is welcome to attend the course, regardless of role or experience.

For those who intend to take the SAFe® 5.1 Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) certification exam, the following prerequisites are highly recommended:

  • Having attended a Leading SAFe® course;
  • Experience working in a SAFe environment;
  • Experience with Lean, Agile, or other relevant certifications.


After the training program, the trainer will send the participant’s details to the Scaled Academy (the accreditation organization). You’ll then receive three emails from the Scaled Academy:

  • a welcome email that you can use to create your profile;
  • a (mandatory) survey about the program where you can provide feedback;
  • an email with a link to the exam, including instructions on how the exam works.

Exam Details

  • Exam name – SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager 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 SAFe 4 Product Owner/Product Manager course.
  • Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam.
  • Number of questions – 45. Some questions are worth more points than others. For example: A question where you select 3 out of 4 options is worth more points than a true or false question.
  • Passing score – 35 out of 45 questions (78%)
  • Language – English
  • Exam cost – The first attempt is included as part of the course registration fee, if the exam is taken within 30 days of course and completed before midnight on the last day. 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 for any questions about the retake policy.

After the exam, your profile will automatically be updated when you’ve passed. The Scaled Agile Academy will inform you of this. You’ll then have access to the private online community and are able to make your profile public within the Scaled Agile community. Until that moment, only you have the privilege to see your certification.

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

Attending this course means that you may be eligible to apply for 15 Continuing Education – Strategic PDUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP 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.


Your organization’s success is based largely on the success of the ARTs. With the SAFe Product Owner Product Manager course, you’ll expand your understanding of those vital trains and help keep your teams focused and on schedule.

After completing this training program, you’ll be a certified SAFe Product Owner able to help guide as well as improve value delivery in your Lean enterprise.

Course attendees typically include:

  • Product Owners, Product Managers, Product Line Managers, Business
  • Owners, and Business Analysts
  • Solution Managers, Portfolio Managers, Program Managers, and members of the LACE
  • Enterprise, Solution, and System Architects


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