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Over the years, project development methods have transformed for the better. And technology has been playing a vital role in bringing fast change in it to make them smoother and more efficient for the benefit of the organizations. Today as we see, traditional methods are fast disappearing due to their archaic patterns of performing tasks. Organizations are in extreme need of Agile frameworks. The demand for Agile professionals is increasing the IT sector and expanding its reach to various expanses of business. This increasing demand has prompted professionals to acquire relevant certifications in the respective fields. 

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The certifications available range from entry to intermediate, executive, and advanced levels and have become very beneficial to the IT professionals in many ways. Recently, it has been observed that there was a pressing need to upgrade the Agile training in organizations, which has, in return, escalated the demand for scaled Agile Frameworks. The growing demand for scaled Agile Frameworks has motivated IT professionals to obtain certification in SAFe to grow their career graph. While SAFe Agile Certification cost is largely affordable for the Indian aspirants, many who are unable to avail it choose to avail the certification somehow for the wide opportunity it opens for the future.

What is SAFe® Certification?

SAFe or Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) is a set of organizational and workflow processes designed to give a direction to the enterprises in scaling lean and agile practices. SAFe is available for free and is managed by Scaled Agile Inc., which retains the copyrights and registered trademarks. 
By acquiring Professional Certification Program by SAFe, one can obtain a valid, dependable, and persistent technique of evaluating skills, knowledge, and approach of SAFe certification. A certified SAFe professional is recognized worldwide for the aptitude to provide required support in effectively transforming an organization into a Lean-Agile enterprise. 

How Much Does SAFe Agile Certification Cost?

Individuals have first to take a SAFe training course to obtain SAFe certification. You will get many online bits of help that can guide you in finding the right course for you. The cost of the course can vary based on location and date. You can also get complete information on safe agile certification cost from StarAgile and scaled agile INC website.

SAFe Agilist Certification cost in StarAgile is 50,000 = 18% GST and corporate can avail up to 10% discount. 

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What is the Renewal Process for SAFe Agile Certification?


SAFe Certification Exam Costs in USD
After the course training is completed, candidates can take the exam, and if they clear the exam, they get certified. Candidates attempting for the first time within the 30 days of completing the course do not have to pay any extra fees for the exams. To retake exams, the candidate has to pay additional fees:

SAFe certifications are valid for one year. The certification also gives the candidates a membership in the SAFe Community Platform. They have to renew the SAFe certification by paying as per the SAFe certification cost detailed below

Course
CertificationExam Retake FeeRenewal Fee
Leading SAFe®SAFe® Agilist$50$100
SAFe® DevOpsSAFe® DevOps Practitioner$50$100
SAFe® for TeamsSAFe® Practitioner$50$100
SAFe® Scrum MasterSAFe® Scrum Master$50$100
SAFe® Product Owner/Product ManagerSAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager$50$100
SAFe® Advanced Scrum MasterSAFe® Advanced Scrum Master$50$100
SAFe® Release Train EngineerSAFe® Release Train Engineer$50$295
SAFe® for GovernmentSAFe® Government Practitioner$50$100
SAFe® Agile Software EngineerSAFe® Agile Software Engineer$50$100
Implementing SAFe®SAFe® Program Consultant$250$895
SAFe® for ArchitectsSAFe® Architect$50$100
Lean Portfolio ManagementLean Portfolio Manager$50$295
Agile Product and Solution ManagementAgile Product and Solution Manager$50$295

The core certification renewal cost is included in the cost to renew an advanced certification:

SAFe® Program Consultant: Renews at $895/year

SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:
•    SAFe® Agilist
•    SAFe® Practitioner
•    SAFe® DevOps Practitioner
•    SAFe® Government Practitioner
•    SAFe® Scrum Master
•    SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
•    SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
•    SAFe® Agile Software Engineer
•    SAFe® Architect
•    SAFe® Release Train Engineer
•    SAFe® Lean Portfolio Manager

SAFe® Program Consultant Trainer: Renews at $895/year

SAFe Core Certifications included with renewal:

•    SAFe® Agilist
•    SAFe® Practitioner
•    SAFe® DevOps Practitioner
•    SAFe® Government Practitioner
•    SAFe® Scrum Master
•    SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager
•    SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master
•    SAFe® Agile Software Engineer
•    SAFe® Architect
•    SAFe® Release Train Engineer
•    SAFe® Lean Portfolio Manager
•    SAFe® Program Consultant

SAFe Agilist Certification Cost in India

Above, we have mentioned the global cost of availing a SAFe certification. So, how much does it SAFe Agilist Certification Cost in India? The SAFe Agilist Certification Cost in India is between INR 55K to INR 60K + GST and other applicable taxes from any registered training provider. Usually, people get a 10 to 20% discount SAFe Agile Certification on the total fee. This makes the total SAFe certification cost in India is around INR 45K + GST and other applicable taxes. Reach StarAgile for more details.

Is it Worth Investing 50,000 on SAFe Certification?

SAFe certifications are worth acquiring in India as they open a lot of scope for the SAFe Agile Professionals who are qualified and trained to help the organization for SAFe transformation. The certifications increase the chance of career growth and attract a handsome salary. 

The training provides two days of classroom training where aspirants are taught the concept of SAFe Agile Methodology.

How Worthy is SAFe Agile Certification?

•    Lightweight Framework 
SAFe, certified professionals can assist organizations in implementing lightweight frameworks for their organizational structures. Upgrading the downgrading depends on the individual requirement that helps the leaders to embrace Lean-Agile transformation very quickly.

•    Managing Complex and Large-Scale Projects
Certification in SAFe helps in creating better coordinating strategies within an organization between teams. Teams of all sizes can work smoothly and efficiently with this training. Whether an organization has a small team of 50 members or a huge team of 10000 members, SAFe certification provides skills to work together without any complexities. Coordination of strategy for large scale projects can be done very conveniently.

•    Multiple Team Coordination 
The standard SAFe process allows multiple teams to work amicably. The coordination between the different teams is excellent by applying the SAFe, agile roadmap.

•    Fast Decision Making 
Upgrading or downgrading easily enables professionals to make quick decisions. Though management reserves the right to keep control over decision making and modified their decision as and when they feel at various stages to reach their objectives.

•    Teams Aligned with Business Objectives 
The bottom-up is the normal agile method that misleads the developers and quality analysts many times. When it is a Scaled Agile method, the top-down approach helps in centralized decision making. This ensures that the business objectives are achieved successfully by demoralizing the developers, quality analysts, and testers.

What is the ROI on SAFe Certification?

SAFe certification increases the credibility of the professionals who acquire the certification, whether they are hunting for new jobs with handsome salary or looking forward to a promotion, recognition and pay hike in their existing organization. Companies in India these days are fast demanding SAFe certified professionals, and they help the organization in adapting to Lean-Agile transformation swiftly. Through the certifications, the professionals get the authenticity to use the skills of agile professionals. Therefore, getting a SAFe certification is mandatory is one desire to climb higher in the career path. Obtaining a SAFe Agile certification is a matter of prestige, and the professionals with the certification are seen respectfully in their organizations for their work. The certification is designed to change the approach of thinking of the professionals that guides them to a successful implementation of lean-agile in their organizations. 

In India, an average salary of SAFe Agile professionals is given below, depending on the professional role they play in their organization. 

•    Agile Coach – 22.5 LPA
•    Delivery Manager Service – 20 LPA
•    Delivery Manager Technical – 18 LPA
•    Senior Software Engineer – 16 LPA

(The salaries mentioned above are predicted based on the survey conducted by PayScale)

Who are the Main Aspirants?

•    Development Manager
•    QA Manager 
•    Infrastructure Managers
•    Executives and Leaders 
•    Managers, Directors, CIOs & VPs
•    Enterprise, System & Solution Architects 
•    Portfolio Managers, PMO & Process Leads
•    Program & Project Managers
•    Product & Product Line Managers

Eligibility and Experience Required to Avail the Certification

•    Minimum 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management. Professionals in these fields can avail of the course and take the exams to improve their skills and knowledge in the Lean-Agile process.
•    Before working knowledge in Scrum Framework will be helpful.

Here is What You Will Learn in SAFe Certification Training

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

Shaping Career Paths for Overall Success
It has been noticed that today's workforce believes in accepting challenges to prosper, instead of escaping from them. Their aim is not only to earn right but also acquire knowledge and skills and try to understand the purpose of their career. They make decisions for themselves while advancing in their career path. It has almost become a natural practice for today's IT professionals to get knowledge resources, join training sessions and build their network to shape their careers that reflect on their desire for personal growth and professional achievements.

Scaled Agile, Inc. is designed to motivate individuals for personal growth by offering a wide range of role-based certifications and courses. Scaled Agile aspirants can even customize their Lean-Agile career path by not choosing to follow the pre-set career streams. You can choose from a wide array of SAFe Agile certification options made available for you.

Key Features

  • 2 Days Classroom Training
  • Training by experienced SAFe® Program Consultant
  • SAFe® Agilist exam fee included
  • One year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • Practical Knowledge with Role plays, Games, Case studies & Simulations
  • 16 PDUs from PMI
  • Hard copy of the course material

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Key Features

  • 2 Days Classroom Training
  • Training by experienced SAFe® Program Consultant
  • SAFe® Agilist exam fee included
  • One year membership to the SAFe® Community Platform
  • Practical Knowledge with Role plays, Games, Case studies & Simulations
  • 16 PDUs from PMI
  • Hard copy of the course material

Sample SAFe Agile Certification

SAFe® Agilist

What You Will Learn in SAFe Agile Certification Training?

The primary objective of the SAFe training is to get you ready with the required information to lead a Lean-Agile transformation at enterprise scale. You will be able to get a high-level overview of SAFe framework with exercises to test your ability.The following nine Lean-Agile principles will be taughtEmbrace agility and lean thinkingThe right way to plan, execute and implement the Agile Release Train (ART)Build a large system using the Lean-Agile techniqueConstruct and control Agile PortfolioBuild SAFe to the enterprise contextCreate and test new ideas efficiently making use of the Lean Startup Cycle, and Lean UX.Scalable DevOps deliveryContinuous delivery pipelinesLeadership skills to drive the knowledge workersEvery SAFe Agilist can make the following activities in the organization for its growthThey can lead to change.Implement Lean-Agile transformation for quick delivery of results to the customerDevelop people mindset and get the future leaders readyReduce the constraintsCreating a new decision-making framework.Motivate skilled employees to come up with innovative ideas.

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SAFe Agile Certification Advantages

The team stays aligned with a business goal+

The usual agile approach is bottom-up that leads to loss of sight by developers or testers. But in the case of Scaled Agile approach, the top-down alliance will let the centralized decision making. This will make sure that the business goal is achieved without much demotivating the developers and testers.

Centralized and Decentralized Decision Making+

 Scaling up and down flexibility lets any individual to make a decision. However, the top officials still have the control to modify decisions at different stages to achieve the goal.

Multi-team coordination+

The standardized process of SAFe will let multi-team work together. Cross-organizational coordination is also possible by implementing the SAFe agile roadmap.

Handle coordinated strategy for complex and large scale projects+

Teams as low as 50 members or as high as 10000 members can work together. This will allow coordination of strategy for sophisticated and large scale projects.

Lightweight Framework+

Embracing SAFe framework in software development opens an avenue for a lightweight framework. Scaling up and down depending on the requirement allows leaders to quickly implement Lean-Agile transformation.

Who Can Attend for SAFe Agile Certification?

  • Directors, VPs, Executives and Leaders
  • Development team
  • QA Managers
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Program, Project, and Product Managers
  • Product Owner and Product Line Management
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects

SAFe Agile Certification & Exam FAQ's

1. SAFe® Certification Cost placeholder?+

In general, the training cost for SAFe® Agilist certification in placeholder varies 680-USD including or excluding GST, etc. At StarAgile you can pay 680-USD and get trained for 2 days with lunch. The fee includes the SAFe® examination and SAFe® certification fee, certificate fee, one-year membership fee, and digital badge.

2. From which certification body I would receive SAFe® Certification?+

Get certified from Scaled Agile, Inc. which is the certifying body of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Know more about them by clicking this link

https://www.scaledagile.com/certification/about-safe-certification

3. What is the process for SAFe® Agile Certification renewal?+

The first time you register for SAFe® training with StarAgile and complete the training, and then you will be eligible to take the test with Scaled Agile Academy. You will receive an email link to register and an SAFe exam link to appear for the test. This email link with which you registered with Scaled Agile will help you renew your SAFe certification. Yes, you must remember that login credentials. Using that login, pay USD 100 and renew your certification.

4. SAFe® Agilist Certification validity?+

The SAFe® Certification is valid for one year from the date of appearing for the test and passing. You can pay USD 100 to renew your license for another year

5. How to download SAFe® Certification after completing the examination?+

Soon after you finish the test you will get the SAFe scores. Later you will get a mail communication immediately about your certificate. Once get this log on to your account with Scaled Agile and go to Manage Profile à Professional Development à Certifications/Programs tab. From the paper icon choose the certification name and click download. This will save the certificate to your PC.

If you prefer printing, then use a certificate paper in your printer and make the Background Colors and Images settings in the printing option and then print. This will make your certificate look bright with the Logos and the Signatures.

6. Can I retake the SAFe® Certification Exam If I fail in the first attempt?+

Register with a reputed training institute and get trained to write the test first time. Yes, you can retake the exam if you fail in the first attempt. Pay USD 50 to appear for the second attempt immediately. If you fail again, then wait for 7 days and pay USD 50 to take the test third time. Again if you fail, then wait for 30 days to pay USD 50 and make the fourth attempt. After all these efforts if you fail, then you need to take the training again to give the test.

7. What is the passing score for SAFe® Agile certification?+

34 out of 45 is the passing score. This means you need to get a 76% score tobecome eligible for collecting the certificate.

8. How much is the SAFe® Certification cost/fees?+

It is not possible to directlyapply for the exam on Scaled Agile Academy. You need to identify aSAFe® training institute which is authorized to give you training. Theseinstitutes will send a confirmation mail to the academy to create a login foryou. Only then you will receive an email link from Scaled Agile.

So there are no individual examfees mentioned in the Scaled Agile website. You must check with the traininginstitute to provide you training and help you register with Scaled Agile. Thenominal SAFe® fee for training, SAFe® exam, SAFe® certificate, and SAFe studymaterials charged by StarAgile is 680-USD

9. Is SAFe® Certification Online and open book examination?+

SAFe® is an online multiplechoice question paper which must be completed within a defined time.

10. Can I pause the SAFe® Certification exam for some time and resume it later?+

Yes, you can pause and resume theSAFe® exam but within 30 days from the date, you created the login. Afterthirty days automatically your account will be considered as the second attemptand you need to pay USD 50.

11. What is the duration for Leading SAFe® exam?+

The SAFe® exam duration is 90minutes (1.5 Hrs).

12. Is SAFe® certification online or paper passed the exam?+

SAFe® is an online examination which is accessed on one window and the duration is for 90 minutes.You cannot get access to any other window during the test. Also, taking help in any form is prohibited.

13. What is the exam pattern for SAFe® Certification?+

There will be 45 questions. Eachquestion will have multiple choice answers. You must select the right answerfor at least 34 questions to clear the examination.

14. What is the weightage for SAFe® certification questions from each domain?+

The weight of 45 multiple choicequestions in the SAFe® Agilist certification will be equally distributed underthe 9 subheadings. (Approximately 5 questions each)

  • ScaledAgile Framework (SAFe)
  • Lean-AgileMindset
  • SAFePrinciples
  • ProgramIncrement (PI) Planning
  • Exploring,Executing, and Releasing Value
  • AgileEnterprise
  • LeanPortfolio
  • LargeSolutions
  • AgileRelease Train

Note: The questions may be direct andalso role-based. Therefore you need to attend the SAFe® training and get asmany sample questions possible to master the SAFe® test pattern before youappear for the test.

15. What is the exam process for SAFe® Certification?+

The firststep is to identify the right training institute that can offer role-basedtraining in all Lean-Agile principles and practices.

  • Next, youneed to register with them and pay the fees to get trained for 2 days.
  • Ifrequired you can practice for 30 days and then appear for the test.
  • Thetraining institute will initiate a mail to the Scaled Agile academy to registeryou confirming your training attendance.
  • You willreceive an email from Scaled Agile to register and give your details.
  • Then youwill receive a test link and you can attend the online test which consists of45 questions. Giving a minimum of 34 correct answers will let you clear thetest.
  • You can nowdownload the certification immediately after the exam along with a digitalbadge and one-year
  • Goingthrough these steps will make you a SAFe® Agilist certified professional.

In one word, come to StarAgileand we will handhold you to go through these steps and get certified with ourquality SAFe® training

16. What is the SAFe® Agilist Certification cost/fees?+

SAFe® Agilist certification costincludes the 2-day SAFe® training and you can pay 680-USD withStarAgile to get trained. You will get one-year membership with Scaled Agilecommunity members, digital badge, and lunch during the 2 days training program.

17. Can someone take Leading SAFe® Course without training+

The certifying body Scaled Agilehas made it mandatory that everyone who wants to apply for the Leading SAFe® toattend two-day SAFe classroom training. Therefore it is not possible to register for the SAFe exam without attending training.

18. Eligibility criteria for SAFe® certification+

There are no specific criteria toappear for SAFe® certification. You can hold any education provided you haveworking experience in Scrum. Alternatively, it is also good to have 5 yearsexperience working in software development. This will help you understand theSDLC and adapt to Lean-Agile transformation.

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SAFe Agile Certification and Training FAQ's

1. About SAFe certification?+

Agile Methodology has been the most successful and has been applicable to a wide range of companies around the world. However, the teams have been facing challenges and difficulties during collaborations due to several factors such as distributed team, geographical factors, etc. To further keep implementing the best of the methods, the Scaled Agile Framework was being introduced. 

Scaled Agile Framework has extensively helped a lot of organizations to overcome the problems of challenges that occurred due to several reasons such as distributed and complex teams, geographical challenges. Complex and distributed teams were easily able to adapt and deliver using this framework.

Now, speaking specifically about SAFe Certification. SAFe is a Scaled Agile Framework, that lets the complex teams, easily adapt the Agile transformation at the enterprise level. This enables enterprise-level deliverables in the shortest lead time.

2. What is Covered in SAFe Agile certification?+

In SAFe Agilist certification 2-day session is held to cover topics such as introducing the SAFe, embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset. Further, the training dives deep into the SAFe Principles and many more details.

Below are the details of the topics covered:

1.    Introduction of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
2.    Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
3.    Understanding SAFe Principles
4.    Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
5.    Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
6.    Leading the Lean-Agile Enterprise
7.    Empowering a Lean Portfolio
8.    Building Large Solutions
9.    Tips and Tricks for passing the exam SAFe®

3. Why SAFe certification placeholder high in demand?+

SAFe Agile Certification has so far become the largely demanded certification for implementing the Lean-Agile processes at the enterprise level. It not only gives you a salary hike, but it is globally recognized as well.

As the markets and industries are growing day by day, the trend of working from different geographical regions is increasing. Having complex teams work and collaborate together while being in different geographical regions has always been a great challenge for large enterprises. SAFe not only solves this challenge, but the Lean-Agile approach has given the organizations a great amount of success in the past by delivering the results in the shorted lead time. 

These were some of the major factors on the increasing demand for SAFe over the years.

4. What are the Career Benefits in Store for you or Opportunities for SAFe Certified Professionals?+

If you want to work for large enterprises, this is the most demanding certification nowadays.
Below are some of the benefits to list from SAFe Agile Training:

1.    Stand out from the crowd: It lets a professional stand out from the crowd, and being certified ensures better knowledge of implementing the process while working at an enterprise level.
2.    Salary Hikes: One of the major reasons has always been a salary hike. A certified professional is always the one who gets the most benefit in terms of salary.
3.    Global recognition: SAFe Certification is globally recognized and gives you an opportunity to work globally for large enterprises
4.    Fast Deliverables: Having a great knowledge of Lean-Agile always help with fast deliverables

5. What is the average Salary for SAFe® Agilist?+

In India, SAFe® Agilist can earn an average remuneration of ranging from 16LPA for a Senior Software  to 22.5 LPA for Agile coach

6. What skills you will learn after SAFe® Training placeholder?+

From SAFe training, participants can gain below the skills

•    Implementing Lean-Agile software and systems in enterprise-level
•    Learn to identify value stream and design & execute Agile Release Train (ART)
•    One will learn SAFe values & Principles and can apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile ideologies to the roles and practices of SAFe.
•    Learn how to uplift your Lean-Agile management skills
•    Will be well acquainted with releasing on Demand with DevOps
•    Implementation of Lean Portfolio Management in the organization successfully
•    For managers & senior managers, it can give them skills to build Agile Milestones and Roadmaps, as well as the plans that enable them to achieve goals for project and organization
•    Complete the course of training resulting in SAFe Agilist (SA) certification exam

7. Who should take SAFe® Agile Certification in placeholder?+

All the professionals who wish to advance their careers into Agile and who wish to learn about SAFe framework should take up SAFe Agile Certification in placeholder. So few roles that will benefit from SAFe® Certification are as follows:
•    Executive Leaders, Directors, VPs and higher management in the Organization
•    Product Owner and Product Manager
•    Scrum Master
•    Program Manager and Project Manager
•    Solution Architects
•    Release Train Engineer
•    DevOps Team
•    Program Consultant
•    Software Engineer
•    Process lead, PMO, and Portfolio Managers

8. Prerequisites for SAFe® Agilist Certification?+

Good to have better and deep understanding of Agile and Scrum. 5+ years’ experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management is recommended

9. Certification Process for SAFe® Agilist Certification?+

Professionals who wish to pursue SAFe® Agilist Certification must undergo 2-day SAFe® training in Bangalore with top rated and reputed Institute like StarAgile. Once you have done with SAFe® training, you are eligible to give Certification exam. But we would recommend practicing online mock up exams on SAFe® Agilist basis the training that you have attended before you attempt the certification exam, so that you can measure your hold on the subject matter. Once you gain enough confidence and knowledge on SAFe Agile, you can move ahead with the exam by clicking on the link provided to you by the Scaled Agile after you complete registration and your training attendance is marked by the Institute.

10. SAFe® Agilist Certification Exam questions and answers Pattern?+

The SAFe® Agilist Assessment is a 1.5 hrs or 90 minutes long online examination which is to be attempted after successful completion of the training. There would be 45 multiple choice questions or MCQs. One must manage to score minimum marks of 34 out of 45 which comes upto 75% in order to pass the SAFe® Agilist Certification.

11. How many years SAFe® Certification is valid?+

The Validity period of SAFe® certification is of one year or 365 days from the date on which you have received your certification. After a year, there is a need to renew the certification by paying minimal amount of USD 100.

12. Is 2 days SAFe® Training placeholder is enough to take up SAFe® certification?+

Usually 2 day SAFe® Training placeholder is enough to train professionals on SAFe fundamentals, processes and Practices. The reason being, StarAgile do not believe in training people by running through the lengthy PPTs. Rather, StarAgile trains you with lot of fun activities, practical knowledge and by giving real life scenarios.

13. What certification will I receive after completing the SAFe training placeholder?+

On successful completion of  SAFe training placeholder, Candidates will receive following:

Attendees who pass the SAFe certification exam will receive:
•    SAFe Agilist certificate issued by Scaled Agile- an Authorized body for SAFe Certifications.
•    A SAFe Agilist digital symbol to endorse your triumph online
•    A certified membership of one-year as a SAFe Agilist using which you can access the SA Community
•    A SAFe Agilist certification practice manual with your score in SAFe Agilist certification
•    Access to a diversity of knowledge bases or resources to assist SAFe certified professionals throughout their stint in SAFe world.

14. Is SAFe® Agilist Certification fee included in the SAFe® course fee?+

Yes, it is included. StarAgile have renowned SAFe® Program Consultants,  usually charge you amount which includes both SAFe® Training in Bangalore as well as the SAFe® Certification charges. So no need to spend extra money on certification separately. It will be taken care in the amount you paid to the Institute.

15. Can someone take SAFe® certification exam without training?+

Unfortunately, No.2 day training session on SAFe® Agilist is mandatory to be attended. Only after completion of Training you can take up SAFe® Agilist Certification.

16. What are the benefits of the one-year membership with Scaled Agile?+

The benefits of one-year membership with Scaled Agile is that you can get free access to the Scaled Agile Community group consisting of all the experts of SAFe® where you can discuss and share your knowledge and techniques of SAFe® Agile Practices

17. Are SAFe® Agile Certification / Agile SAFe® Certification / SAFe® Certification Agile same?+

Yes, all the certifications are same. It does not matter whether you call it SAFe® Certification, SAFe® Agilist Certification, Leading SAFe® Certification, Agile SAFe® Certificaion, SAFe® Certification Agile, SAFe® Certification course, and Lean Agile Certification. All are one

18. Does StarAgile provides SAFe® Agilist Certification exam Dumps?+

StarAgile provides study material which is to be read before starting up the training to gauge and understand the fundamentals of Agile Methodologies - Scrum and SAFe® framework, Reading this study material is important because based on it, you can prepare yourself on what to expect from the training and come up with your own questionnaire.

19. How should I renew my SAFe® Certification?+

One can renew the SAFe® Certification after completion of 1 year. To renew professionals should login to Scaled Agile then enter credentials which was used to create the account. Use the same login credentials and click on the renewal link to pay fees of $100 to increase the validity of their credential for an additional 1 year from the date of your existing expiration

20. How many attempts do I have to pass the SAFe Certification?+

The Certification and Training cost that you pay to the Training institute is for the first attempt which needs to be done within 30 days of training. However, even if you fail in the exam, you can reattempt for exam with minimal fees of USD 50. There will be 4 attempts allowed per candidate with certain cooling period between each attempt.

21. How long does it take to receive SAFe® Agile Certification exam results?+

After you have successfully completed the SAFe® training in Chennai and you have appeared for the online SAFe® certification exam, you will receive your exam results immediately after 90 minutes or completion of your exam.

22. Does Scaled Agile offer SAFe® training online classes for SAFe® certification?+

Scaled Agile Academy has made a mandatory to attend 2- day classroom training which should be 8 hours per day. So as per their rules and regulations, one must mandatorily attend this classroom training before taking up the certification exam. Hence it is not possible to attend online class. Also, StarAgile marks the attendance of the trainees on the Scaled Agile Academy site which is one of the pre-requisites to the certification exam.

23. Can I attend a demo session before the SAFe® training placeholder?+

Yes, one can attend demo session depending upon the Training Institute you are choosing. If a Training Institute Provides the demo session, then you can go ahead and attend it. StarAgile do provide the demo training session before actual training. So what are you waiting for? Rush in today itself and grab this opportunity.

24. Who are the instructors for SAFe® Agilist training placeholder?+

The instructors of SAFe® Agilist training placeholder are SAFe® Program Consultants (SPCs) who are eligible for conducting SAFe® Agilist Training. Also, these Trainers are skilled Professionals with more than 20 years of industry experience. They are expertise in Agile – Scrum processes, practices and techniques.

25. Do you provide any training material for SAFe® Agilist Course?+

Yes, StarAgile provides hard copy of the SAFe® training material on the first day of SAFe training in Chennai which you can refer for SAFe certification exam.

26. What is SEUs and PDUs?+

SEU stands for Scrum Educational Units. SEU are obtainable by Scrum Alliance. SEU can be obtained by undergoing the training program with the Training Institute before appearing for the certification exam. SEUs are useful to authenticate to contribute to the Agile Scrum Framework, its principles and values. These SEUs are required for renewing your Scrum related certifications. So for every renewal, it is required to earn these SEUs. With successful completion of SAFe Agilist training program, you can obtain 16 SEUs in your Kitty.

Similarly, PDUs stands for Professional Development Unit. PDUs are obtainable by the Project Management Institute. Just like SEUs, with successful completion of SAFe Agilist training program, you can obtain 16 PDUs in your Kitty.

27. What does registration fee include?+

Registration fee is inclusive of SAFe® Certification exam fee, 2-day Classroom Training Program fees, SAFe® Training material, Scaled Agile membership for one year and lunch on both days. 

28. Payment Procedure?+

Payment can be done either by cash, Online payment or Netbanking, using debit or credit card or using mobile wallets. 

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SAFe Agile Certification

Roadmap to scale agile certification

Contemporary work culture and requirement involves extensive collaborative work among cross-functional and even cross-location teams, leading to increased complexity in the work system. Agile methodology, however, was built to suit smaller and simpler work systems and teams. Hence, to be able to reap the full benefits of Agile, it needs alterations to be applicable at-scale and enterprise-wide. Agile is a popular tool for optimizing a value chain, allowing for speed, quality control, and effective communication with customers.

The transformation of Agile requires improved structures and processes. Additionally, the transformation itself has to be as seamless as possible. Such a transformation has resulted in the development of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). This is applicable on an enterprise-wide large scale. Firstly, Agile or even Lean approaches need to be applied independently within each level or sub-system within an organization. This allows a smoother transformation. The framework then focuses on aligning each of these independently agile teams and creating systems of collaboration among them for an enterprise-wide impact.

Most recently, version 5 of SAFe has been introduced, and this offers improved mechanisms for strategy development, its implementation, and management. Effective tapping into this tool will give an edge to an organization over the competition.

What is SAFe agile

SAFe is a tool and guideline for the implementation of Agile-Lean principles at a whole-enterprise scale. Being Lean, it is an inherently simplified and lightweight mechanism. As a guideline, it is to be used by the process development team of the organization, to build in and integrate the suggested mechanisms and principles into the organization’s management software. The framework is an opensource kit, available online for all.

The SAFe framework has three segments and three key features. The segments are – 

  • Team
  • Program
  • Portfolio

The features are – 

  • Includes principles of both, Lean and Agile
  • Provides guidelines for entire value-chain and organizational operations, including human resource management
  • The included principles are targeted towards affecting all members of the organization.

What is Agile SAFe certification

Being an openly available tool, any organization may implement it. However, some guidance and training may be required for two reasons. Firstly, organizations may need some suggestions and practical strategies for implementing the guiding principles of scaled agile framework training. Secondly, the reputation of the creators of the framework would be at-stake and hence, it would be preferable for them if organizations implement it as effectively as possible to reap maximum benefit and provide positive feedback.

Hence, the implementation of Agile SAFe is preceded by a two-day SAFe agilest certification training program. This program is relevant for organizational leaders and those who have been given the responsibility of implementing Agile in their enterprises. The training covers the key principles of Lean and Agile, systems approach, strategy development, and operations flow.

The training is centered on practical approaches and discussions based on experiences, beliefs, and knowledge of participants. Nuances of agility are discussed for all aspects of running an organization, such as agility in teams, technology usage, and workflow within the value-chain. Customer satisfaction is one of the key goals of businesses and is also a reason for movement towards Agile business. Hence, this aspect is also covered deeply in the training, with practical and experiential activities. Participants are oriented towards PI Planning, Agile Release Trains (ARTs), and Lean portfolio management.

The training is a stepping-stone towards successfully clearing the scaled agile certification examination, to become a certified SA. Such individuals may also act as consultants for a different organization, giving ideas to them, in turn, for introducing SAFe in their enterprise.

Why Scaled Agile, Inc

Being a popular and in-demand tool, certified SAFe Agilists too are in-demand. Since the tool is freely available online, authenticity may be an issue and unauthorized certifications may also be available, hence hampering the quality and reputation of the original. The original and registered Scaled Agile Framework thus has authorized a specific body to provide and approve certifications. This certifying body is Scaled Agile, Inc. Thus, training, as well as the certificate provided by Scaled Agile, Inc., have the authentic quality, reliability, and acceptability in the business world. Professionals certified by this authorizing body are accepted world over, by organizations for implementing SAFe and have a reputation for their in-depth knowledge of Lean-Agile principles and skills for customized practical approaches. Scaled agile training is thus the leading SAFe training.

SAFe course details 

The Scaled Agile Professional Certification Program maintains the following three features – 

  • Maintaining the quality of training, and authenticity and sanctity of the examination, by incorporating known best-practices, so that certification is valid and dependable.
  • Managing the quality of the certification at-scale world-wide, hence promoting SAFe and making its presence available globally.
  • Providing uniform quality but customized training, based on organizations and roles, continued hand-holding and on-job support, and creating a community of SAFe users.

The SAFe certification training aims and learning goals for participants include – 

  • Ability to guide organizations in their transformative journey towards Agility using SAFe
  • Deep understanding of Lean-Agile principles
  • Ability to apply Design Thinking to cater to customer needs
  • Ability to transform value-chain processes to Agile product delivery and Lean portfolio management.

SAFe training courses outline

  • Using Technology for Business Agility – Understand SAFe as a mechanism for operations and objectively evaluate the effect of the listed 7 core competencies on agility.
  • Lean-Agile Thought leadership – Understand the principles deeply and develop the ability to practically apply them at the whole enterprise level.
  • Establishing Lean Portfolio Management – Developing a SAFe portfolio based on organizational strategy, along with a vision, flow, and value-chain.
  • Agile Teams and Technology – Understanding processes for collaboration and Agile Release Trains (ARTs)
  • Making the product delivery agile – Understanding nuances of customizations to meet customer needs, design thinking, and implementing strategies such as PI planning, prioritization, demand and development balancing, maintaining continuous flow, etc.

Advantages of scaled agile framework certification

1. Universal Acceptance

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) is widely used and this usage is increasing exponentially. It is the most commonly used method for Agile implementation. Data suggests that, out of 100 Fortune companies of the US, at least 70 use SAFe. Hence, there is an ever-increasing demand for SAFe professionals. Professionals certified by the authentic certifying agency only are accepted and relied upon, as business owners would not jeopardize their enterprise by leaving such an important task to a less able person. 

2. Career Opportunity or Alternative

Since the demand is high, professionals with certification may take this up as full-time work, being engaged with a SAFe-implementing agency, or establishing own consultancy. Such work may provide continuous learning opportunities and experience of workings of different organizations, as well as a chance of establishing contact with several companies.

3. Enterprise-wide certification opportunity

Packages and offerings are available in case an organization chooses to send all its employees for certification. This setup is advantageous for both, Scaled Agile, Inc. as well as the enterprise seeking certifications. On the one hand, the certifying agency needs to understand the specifics of processes and needs of just that one organization, but gain several participants for its training program and examination, making the program cost-effective and less labor-intensive. On the other hand, the enterprise seeking certification for all employees will be able to ensure that all employees understand the new framework of the organization’s functioning and work with a similar mindset, ensuring smoother and more collaborative functioning, requiring lesser handholding.

4. Inclusion in a Community of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are established based on the usage of similar frameworks and mindsets for working. Hence, SAFe too has such a community or platform. Being a certified SAFe professional automatically includes one in this community. Thus, it is like being a member of an exclusive worldwide prestigious club, which is accompanied with a reputation of quality of business.

5. Add-on Benefit of a Stamp

SAFe certified professionals are all provided with a digital badge, mentioning that the concerned person has successfully cleared the training and exam. These badges are recognized and coveted globally and can be used as signatures in e-mails, included in soft copies of resumes, business cards, and even social media profiles. Hence, it is a good tool to communicate this skill to others and generate possible business opportunities, especially for those looking to establish SAFe consultancy as their independent business.

The process involved in getting leading SAFe certification

It begins with enrolling in the program by Scaled Agile, Inc., and taking their exam, passing which is the final requirement for getting the certification.

Prerequisite 

5+ years’ experience in the software industry, having participated in both, development and testing; experience of working in an organization to have knowledge of business analysis and project as well as value-chain management.

SAFe agilist course

A two-day SAFe Agilist course followed by a SAFe Agilist certification examination are the two steps of the course for obtaining certification as SAFe Agilist professional.

Application 

After the completion of the two-day training and before sitting for the actual certification exam, it is possible and highly recommended, that one practices some mock tests online since this facility is available for all. These mock tests are prepared with the knowledge of the actual test in mind, and hence provide a fair idea of the kinds of questions that would appear in the actual certification. Hence, the possibility of a successful attempt will increase drastically. Once ready to sit for the exam, a simple process of registration for the exam takes place, which too is fully online, and then the exam.

SAFe agilist exam

Here is a brief glimpse of what the exam looks like – 

It contains 45 multiple choice questions only, which have to be answered within a given time limit of 90 minutes, without any assistance. These 90 minutes may be broken down for a maximum of 30 days. Beyond this period, it is possible to give the exam, but these will be registered as second, third, or fourth attempts and will have an additional cost each. The exam portal is accessible through the SAFe Community Platform, access to which will be gained after the successful completion of the two-day training.

Scores 

SAFe 4 has 45 questions and you need to get at least 34 right and in SAFe 5 minimum 35 correct answers required to pass the examination. 

SAFe Agilist certification cost

The SAFe Agilist training cost is set at 50,000 INR with additional GST. This cost includes the cost for the first attempt at the certification examination. The training is essential to access the exam portal and hence it is not possible to directly attempt the exam or just pay for the examination. Hence, the SAFe agilest certification cost is 50,000 INR plus taxes. As mentioned, further attempts of the exam will increase the SAFe certification cost by 50 USD, and then another further attempt will cost a further 50 USD.

Why SAFe agilist training

The SAFe Agile training is quite useful and customized towards the exam and practical applications of the developed knowledge. It is suggested that, if one is not attempting the exam immediately after the training, then one should surely revise the content of the training and follow other suggestions – 

  • Revise the course content, which is available on the SAFe community platform in a downloadable form.
  • Go through the articles suggested in the reading list provided in the study guide on the community platform. This will provide some practical insights and a deeper understanding of organizational functioning.
  • Go through sample questions provided on the platform to get an idea of the kinds of questions asked and prepare accordingly.
  • Practice a few mock tests to get a feel of the actual exam and improve answering timing to avoid the need for further attempts.

Final suggestion 

There is also a facility for attending a virtual live session, which is an online add-on training. It is advised to make the most of this facility as well, to have maximum possible preparation for the exam. 20 hours of preparation, over and above the two-day training are essential to be sufficiently prepared for the exam and perform well enough. Such rigorous training is essential since the course and exam have become quite popular given the increasing popularity of SAFe Agile Framework.



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