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Leading SAFe (SAFe Agilist)

The most popular SAFe® course

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® 5 Agilist (SA), positioning you to be part of an enterprise leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). After class get free access to the exam, pass, and you are a Certified SAFe® Agilist (by Scaled Agile Inc.). The exam is difficult, so take the course with a experienced provider like Grow-Lean, that will prepare you to pass.

The SAFe® framework wraps principles from Scrum, Kanban, XP, Product Development Flow, Kanban,and DevOps, and adds ceremonies, roles and artifacts to provide a context for agile as Scale. Prepare yourself to apply PI Planning (which brings together multiple teams to structure upcoming work) and the SAFe® framework, to create collaboration and align people and value streams, establishing a program-level cadence for planning and deployment. This session is appropriate for individuals who want to lead, or participate in, a SAFe® implementation.

Many companies cancel their class and hold your money. Don't be fooled! Take Leading SAFe from an approved, reputable, Scaled Agile Partner.
  • Don't lose your money! Many companies cancel, hold your money, and force you to switch sessions.
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with deep, real agile experience.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe® 5.0 Framework.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.
  • Pass the exam the first time. Get the right training once, not the wrong training twice.
  • Get quality food, including light breakfast, hot lunch, snacks, beverages, and vegetarian options.
  • Get a clean, convenient venue, with free parking.
  • Apply principles from Lean, systems thinking, agile, product development flow, and DevOps, in class.
  • Practice executing PI Planning events, and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Leading SAFe (SA) Sessions

List of Currently Scheduled Public Leading SAFe Sessions


Register Discount Class Date Location Regular & Early-Bird Fees
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 4/18 - Sun 4/19 Tysons, VA $1,295 until 4/18
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 6/6 - Sun 6/7 Houston, TX $1,295 ,  $895 until 5/1
REGISTER REQUEST Sat 8/15 - Sun 8/16 Houston, TX $1,295 ,  $895 until 7/10

Contact Us About Training

Contact via Online Interface

If you want to contact us about a discount for a training session, please use the online interface to do so.
Find the session you want on the class list, then click "Request" (early-bird does need to be requested).
Choose the appropriate discount then click it (Note that not all discounts are available for all sessions.).
Provide the requested information then click "Submit".

After your request is submitted you will receive an automated confirmation via email (this is not a discount code). No later than 24 hours later you will receive an email with a response to your request. If you are approved you will have a click-able link that will automatically apply your discount.

Contact us Via Phone

  • Call +1.609.975.9294
  • 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM ET, weekdays
  • Use online request for discounts.
  • For other information call directly.

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Public Training Discounts

You may be able to save money if you register early, are an alumni, are attending with a group, or if you are collecting unemployment

There are number of discounts available for you. Alumni (those that have attended prior Grow - Lean training) can get the best prices. Other discounts are available for those registering early, groups (three or more registrants), hardship, etc.

You can request a discount directly from the class list.

Register early to save money. The best rates applying when you register five or more weeks prior to a session.
  • Early-bird can be combined with an alumni discount, but does not combine with any other discount.
  • You do not have to request an early-bird, but, if you are alumni please request that discount (it will be combined).
  • Early-bird discounts expire, so use them while they are available.
Alumni Discount
Prior attendees of Grow-Lean Training Certified Training can get a discounted price that can be combined with the early-bird.
  • Available to prior attendees of Grow-Lean Certified Training.
  • Cannot be combined with discounts other than early-bird.
  • Can be combined with early-bird, so it benefits you to register in advance.
Coming with three or more people to one session, then request a group discount.
  • Grow-Lean will evaluate the request based on the number of attendees. More attendees results in larger discounts.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • Request and use early as based on room sizes, these discounts are not always available.
Working for a company that won't pay for training, request a self-pay discount, worth up to $200 off, of regular rate.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • For use by those that work for an employer that does not reimburse for training.
  • Early-bird rate is usually lower, so check that first.
If you are collecting unemployment benefits, and have a state unemployment document, then request a hardship discount.
  • Not combinable with any other discount.
  • Submit a copy of state unemployment compensation document.
  • Register early as supplies are limited and discount is based off of current price which goes up.

Click a tab below to find out more about discounts

There are number of discounts set aside for each session for Grow-Lean Training alumni, those registering early, groups of three or more, for the unemployed, and in a limited number of cases, for those paying on their own.

Act now as there are specific number of discounted seats per each session.

We will respond to your request in 24 hours.

  1. For early-bird click "Register" for other discounts, click "Request".
    • Find your session of interest on the class list.
    • If you want to register at the regular or early-bird rate, click the "REGISTER" button for the class you are interested in and then on the next page click "CLICK TO REGISTER NOW".
    • If you want a discount, other than early-bird, click the "REQUEST" button for the class you are interested in.
  2. Choose the appropriate discount.
    • Review the discounts for the session.
    • Click the link for the appropriate discount (or find another class).
  3. Provide the data required for the request then click the "Submit" button.

Please use the online interface for requesting a discount as described in the "Request a Discount" tab prior to contacting us so we have your required information.

After entering your request you may email us at Training@Grow-Lean.Com or call us +1.609.975.9294 so that we can assist you with your request.

Testimonials for Live Online, Virtual Training

It will be likely at least a few weeks before we return to in person training events. Until recently, the most popular agile courses, such as Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner and Leading SAFe, could only be delivered in person.

We have delivered many non-certified events virtually so we were prepared when we were allowed to deliver certification events online. To help you make a decision about our training easier we are posting reviews for our virtual events as they come in.

Very interactive session. A lot discussion among participants and real life examples discussed, which helped in learning this framework faster

Certified ScrumMaster
Sudhir Bedi

Liked the mixed of review and activities, and the team activity was interesting, fun, and informative.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Laura Richardson

Instructor interaction with students and students interacting with each other and doing group activities makes it a great learning session

Certified ScrumMaster
Sailaja Uppalapati

The thoroughness of the content. The instructor’s energy level. The amount of content in two days seemed perfect for preparation to take the exam. The information provided before and after the class. The practice exams were extremely helpful, particularly the one on Kahoot - fun and memorable.

Certified ScrumMaster
Caryn Nelson

Depth of material and instructor taught it well

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Eric Thompson

The comfort of attending at home was great. I was able to address things at home without disturbing anyone and the entire class had plenty of opportunities to collaborate. If anyone missed a part, David made sure to set up time after class to catch them up.

Certified ScrumMaster
Lynne Mack

In depth knowledge of the trainer and his method of providing a relatable experience.

Certified ScrumMaster
Siddhi Patel

Time Management was tremendous being it a virtual session really appreciate all your efforts and focus to cover the agenda proposed.

Certified ScrumMaster
Varun Prakash Jeya Prakash

Personal attention, break out sessions, after hour question and answer sessions.

Certified ScrumMaster
Sreeram Chandrasekaran

Having attended the first virtual CSM certification training session last weekend, I feel David and Alex did an excellent job and not only presented the material in an easy and fun way to learn but exemplified the Scrum values by continually adapting to any technical challenges. All of the material covered during the training, plus David's advice to read the Scrum Guide several times and take the practice exam, totally prepared me for the exam, which I passed with flying colors this week! One of the things I also got a lot of value from was how David engaged all students to share real world experiences. This helped to solidify the concepts and get us beginners to think more along the lines of the Scrum framework, i.e. Scrum teams, their roles, events, rules and artifacts. The training was excellent and worth every penny!

Certified ScrumMaster
Ralph Ingerto

Well organized, interactive, reality based (Down-to-earth), useful content provided towards exam prep. David actually embodies the Agile/Scrum framework and truly believes in its fundamental values/principles - and this comes across in his delivery of the material.

Certified ScrumMaster
Femi B

I really appreciated David's teaching method/format for the virtual classroom and it worked for me. I'm a full time teleworker so while I was looking forward to the in-person training, the virtual classroom was not much of a stretch. I still got to meet different people and our breakout sessions into smaller groups let me get to know them a little bit better too. I must admit that it felt like there was definitely a lot more that we could have covered but then preparing for a virtual classroom on the eleventh hour was not something that David expected. He made it work though. In my opinion, he covered what was really important and that is, what the Scrum framework is all about, how to apply it to your own work and give you the foundations to be prepared for the exam. I didn't expect to know everything after leaving his class and that's okay. It gave me enough to be able to apply some things at work with what I learned in class. Oh, one more thing, the fact that the CEO of the Scrum Alliance checked-in to see how class was going shows the care and commitment of this company.

Certified ScrumMaster
AnnMay Wentzel

David Bulkin has a wealth of knowledge. The session, being that it was the first online session, was fantastic. Personally, I though it was a seamless transition to a format that had never existed previously. The education I recieved from the session empowered me and even though it was online, the session was invaluable.

Certified ScrumMaster
Michael Sorg Jr

Initially, I was a bit nervous about a virtual course. However, I loved how informative and interactive the session was. I am completely new to the tech industry, but I felt SUPER comfortable during the session. David, Alex, and other participants really made the session run smoothly! I also loved that we were able to take breaks every hour.

Certified ScrumMaster
Tiffany Jenkins-Schaub

The breakout rooms and encouragement from David for everyone in the class to participate made it seem like we were actually in a physical room, I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to get their CSM Certification!

Certified ScrumMaster
CJ LeConey

It was highly interactive and David stretched to answer individual case specific questions. David was very dynamic, open for any questions, and made sure each and every individual was participating. He had good documentation and flash cards for Q/A which facilitated in better understanding.

Certified ScrumMaster
Pratibha Singh

Sometime I forgot that it’s virtual and I got really involved with the training.

Certified ScrumMaster
Durga Kiran Jagarlapudi

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Interpret the basic constructs of SAFe and the steps of the Implementation Road-map
  • Apply the values and principles of a Lean-Agile Mindset
  • Apply SAFe’s Lean and Agile principles in concert with SAFe roles and practices
  • Create high-performing teams by establishing mission and purpose
  • Use transformational leadership to drive change, develop people, and encourage innovation
  • Support PI Planning and the events associated with successful Program execution
  • Drive continuous value delivery through the Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Establish alignment and execution with Strategic Themes and Lean Portfolio Management
  • Coordinate multiple Agile Release Trains and suppliers with a Solution Train
  • Maximize value delivered holistically across a large portfolio


SAFe Concepts so You Can be a Leader in a Scaled Initiative

  • 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 the Lean-Agile Enterprise
  • Empowering a Lean Portfolio
  • Building Large Solutions

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Free access to exam (first try), assuming you attend both full days
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion
  • SAFe Agilist certification upon passing of exam
  • Great learning in a friendly environment conducive to learning

Who Should Attend

Those participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams, who already have basic agile knowledge

  • Executives, Leaders, Directors
  • Managers, Leads
  • CIOs, SVPs, VPs, AVPs
  • Development Team Members (BA, QA, Coder)
  • QA, Infrastructure Management
  • Enterprise, System and Solution Architects
  • Product and Product Line Management
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Portfolio Managers, PMO, Process Leads

SAFe 5.0 Certification Kit

What you will receive when you pass the certification exam

  • SAFe Agilist certificate
  • A SAFe 5.0 Agilist digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Agilist
  • One year access to the SA Community of Practice
  • A SAFe Agilist certification usage guide with SA certification marks
  • Access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey
  • Annual Renewal: Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned. Renewal fee is $100

Exam Information

The basics you need to know about the exam

  • No additional charge to take the exam.
  • Must attend the course prior to taking the exam.
  • Exam is taken off site, from any Internet connected location, but is closed book.
  • You will likely require additional study to prior to taking exam.
  • Exam name: SAFe® 5.0 Agilist Exam
  • Exam format: Multiple choice
  • Exam delivery: Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
  • Exam access: You access the exam in the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the Leading SAFe® course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 34 out of 45 (76% passing score)
  • Language: English
  • Exam cost: Your first attempt is included as part of your course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
  • 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 Us

Reach out to us, we are responsive and will respond to requests in a business day

  • Contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 between 9:00 AM ET to 5:30 PM ET US.
  • For discount requests on public sessions, please use the "REQUEST" button on the class list, and enter appropriate information, before contacting us, so we have your information.
  • For questions about coaching, consulting or private training, you can contact us via phone at +1.609.975.9294 or via email (links below).
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