Certification Industry: Agile
Certificate Name: Certified SAFe® Agilist
Certificate Issuing Authority: Scaled Agile, Inc.
Certification Price: First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if exam taken within 30 days
Certificate Validity: 1 year
The average salary of a Certified SAFe® Agilist is $127,656. One will gain the knowledge that is important to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps. They will also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).
A Certified SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA) is a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) enterprise leadership professional is one who is a part of a Lean-Agile transformation.
An individual will gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset, why it’s so effective in today’s adapt-or-die marketplace, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation. They will also get to learn how to build and support Agile teams and programs, empower a Lean Portfolio, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline and DevOps culture, and coordinate large solutions. They will develop a skill set that’s in demand worldwide—and empower their enterprises to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when they become a SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA).
Prerequisite for SAFe® 4 Agilist (SA):
• 5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product or project management
• Experience in Scrum
The first step toward becoming a SAFe certified professional is to attend the Leading SAFe® course. This is a requirement because attending the course provides access to all the study materials and the exam. Note that attending the course does not guarantee to pass the exam.
• Exam name: SAFe® 4 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 score: 34 out of 45 (75% passing score)
• Language: English
Each retake attempt costs $50. Retake policy: Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after the first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait.
To download sample test refer to the link: https://www.scaledagile.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SA4_Sample.pdf
To schedule your exam refer to the link:https://www.scaledagile.com/certification-and-exam-information-sa/
SAFe® 5 Agilist Certification Preparation
I have passed SAFe 4.6 on October 2019 and decided to upgrade to SAFe 5.0 this summer. The upgrade exam was from the new topics only. I'll share my journey to prepare for both.
1. Take Leading SAFe course
I took it last year for SAFe 4.6 certification. Very helpful
2. Read the preparation materials you get from the course
You will get some PDFs.
3. Bookmark this website: Scaled Agile Framework
Click on every item on the big picture (Full SAFe). Take notes on the competences (very important!).
4. If you upgrade from V4.6 to V5.0, you must understand all the items from here:
What's new in 5.0
5. Take the preparatory exam when ready. You should score around 85-100% to be ready. The exam is a bit more difficult.
6. Use Kahoot application for more SAFe questions.
7. Take the exam when you are fresh.
I have scored 100% on SAFe 4.6 and 97% on SAFe 5.0 upgrade exam. The last one was a bit more difficult.
That's it! Good luck!...
SAFe Agilist 5.0
Here below you can find the list of the articles you MUST study to pass the exam - the list is ordered by priority (e.g. the first is the top priority):
4)https://www.scaledagileframework.com/safe-core-values/ (Open each value link and read it) AND http://www.scaledagileframework.com/lean-agile-mindset/
SAFe 4.0 certified with 87%
Since I took the 4.0 certification, the framework has changed a little and SAFe now offers 4.5. However, there is a little change in the preparation steps. Let me start off by saying, SAFe offers a lot of certifications. I choose this as I was a scrum master for a long time and the next logical step for our organization and me was to adopt safe and get certified. We are a big team and do not follow SAFe by the book and adopt what suits us the best. For the preparation I would recommend the below:
The exam is closed book, 90minutes and you must get at least 34 answers right(75%) out of 45.
Happy to answer any questions, if there are any.