Gladwell Academy presents SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) 4.5 course
Become a leading agent for change—and enable your enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace—when you certify as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC). During this four-day course, you’ll learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).
Certifying as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC), and becoming a change agent, will enable attendees to coach and guide the enterprise to succeed in a disruptive marketplace and empower them to implement a Lean-Agile SAFe transformation.
During this four-day course, attendees will learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Attendees will also gain insights and practice how to coach programs, launch Agile Release Trains, build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline with DevOps culture, and empower a Lean Portfolio. The first two days of the course—Leading SAFe®—will provide them with the basis to teach SAFe to leaders. The final two days focus exclusively on what it takes to successfully implement SAFe in the enterprise.
Leading SAFe® – Days 1 and 2
Introducing the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Embracing a Lean-Agile Mindset
Understanding SAFe Principles
Creating High-Performing Teams and Programs
Experiencing Program Increment (PI) Planning
Exploring, Executing, and Releasing Value
Leading a Lean-Agile Enterprise
Empowering a Lean Portfolio
Building Large Solutions
Implementing SAFe® – Days 3 and 4
Reaching the SAFe Tipping Point
Designing the Implementation
Launching an ART
Coaching ART Execution
Extending to the Portfolio
Sustaining and Improving
Becoming a SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC)
To perform the role of a SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC), attendees should be able to:
Lead an enterprise Lean-Agile transformation
Implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
Empower with a Lean Portfolio
Align the organization to a common language and way of working
Perform Value Stream identification
Launch and support Agile Release Trains, and coordinate Large Solutions
Build and execute an implementation rollout strategy
Configure the Framework for a specific enterprise context
Train managers and executives in Leading SAFe®
Continue their learning journey and become enabled to train other SAFe roles in the enterprise
All stakeholders in a Lean-Agile transformation are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience.
However, the following prerequisites are highly recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® 4 Program Consultant certification exam and practice as a SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC):
5+ years of experience in software development, testing, business analysis, product, or project management
3+ years of experience in Agile
One or more relevant Agile certifications
Who will benefit?
This course is intended for those who will be materially and directly involved in a SAFe implementation. This includes practitioners, change agents, and consultants responsible for implementing Agile programs and portfolios as part of an enterprise Lean-Agile change initiative. Attendees typically include:
Professional Services Consultants
Internal Change Agents, Lean-Agile Center for Excellence (LACE) participants, Agile Working Groups
Business and Technology Executives, Leaders, Managers, and Directors
Portfolio Managers and Fiduciaries, Project/Program Management Office (PMO) personnel
Development, QA, and IT Managers
Program and Project Managers
Product and Product Line Managers
Process Leads and Lifecycle Governance personnel
Enterprise, System, and Solution Architects
The class registration includes:
Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe 4 Program Consultant (SPC) exam
One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
Course certificate of completion
Attendees must attend all four days of the course in order to qualify for the exam.
Exam name: SAFe® 4 Program Consultant 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 Implementing SAFe course
Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam
Number of questions – 60
Passing score: 45 out of 60 (75% pass rate)
Exam cost: 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 $250.
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. Contact email@example.com for any retake questions.
SAFe Certification Kit
Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:
SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certificate
A SAFe 4 Program Consultant digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Program Consultant, which includes access to the SPC Community of Practice
A SAFe Program Consultant certification usage guide with SPC certification marks
Access to online Trainer Enablement plans to qualify to teach and certify others in Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist SA), SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM), SAFe Scrum Master (SSM), SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM), and SAFe for Teams (SAFe Practitioner (SP)
Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during and throughout their SAFe journey
Certificates expire one year from the date the certification is earned.