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SAFe Scrum Master (SSM)

Take Scrum Master from an authorized Scaled Agile Partner

Take this two-day course to become a SAFe® 5 Scrum Master (SSM), advance your career, and position yourself to lead an agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Grow-Lean is a Scaled Agile Partner and our trainers are approved to deliver this session.

Avoid a bad experience, attend a Grow-Lean Scrum Master so you...

  • Won't get canceled on at the last minute except for extreme circumstances like snowstorms. Beware of training companies that cancel late and hold your money.
  • Gain the skills necessary to pass the certification exam. The exam is hard, so get the right training once, not the wrong training twice.
  • Get high quality food and beverage, including light breakfast, lunch, snacks, all day beverages, and vegetarian options.
  • Get a clean, convenient venue, with free parking.
  • Get a Scaled Agile Inc. approved trainer, with significant experience instead of a slide reader.
  • Get training based on the latest SAFe 5.0 Framework.
  • Apply principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, agile development, product development flow, and DevOps, in the classroom.
  • Have fun while learning.
  • Gain free access to the certification exam.

SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) Sessions

List of Currently Scheduled Public SAFe Scrum Master Sessions

Time Zone

Class Date Location Regular & Early-Bird Fees Register
Thu 8/6 9:00 AM (EST) - Fri 8/7 5:30 PM (EST) Tysons, VA $1,295 ,  $895 until 7/1 Registration Details   
Sat 9/19 9:00 AM (EST) - Sun 9/20 5:30 PM (EST) Tysons, VA $1,295 ,  $795 until 8/14 Registration Details   
Sat 11/14 9:00 AM (EST) - Sun 11/15 5:30 PM (EST) Tysons, VA $1,295 ,  $795 until 10/9 Registration Details   

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.

Live Online Session

David's vast experience alone was worth the cost of the class. Being able to learn from David as well as all the other attendees proved invaluable. The session went flawlessly, and I loved being remote as well.

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Chuck Rickwald
Live Online Session

The class had a TON of real world examples and really puts a lot of your current mindset into perspective. It gave me a handful off new tools and ideas I could apply to my job the very next day, in fact I actually did apply a few. David was really willing to go over something that I either had questions on or I was confused about. I could write a 5 paragraph essay about the parts I enjoyed but that is probably overkill. It was overall a really solid experience.

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Jeffrey Romanowski
Live Online Session

The balance of theory and mechanics of Scrum -- Much more than just an explanation of Scrum also how it applies to real-world environments.

Certified ScrumMaster
Mira Hamilton
Live Online Session

David was incredibly passionate about the material he was teaching. Every time I attend a training somewhere, a part of me is always worried that the course and/or trainer will be rigid, leading to boredom, less retention, and not an overall great experience. With David, he took the time to show why what he was teaching was important, and always kept the dialogue light-hearted and entertaining. He's a great asset to Grow-Lean!

Certified ScrumMaster
Drew Edwards
Live Online Session

The training was great. David is a great instructor; at no point did I feel like I was in training, but rather at a mentoring session, sharing stories and experiences. He was able to tie back all of the agile principles and scrum framework to past experiences and relate to our current situations, and in a way that made everything click. I registered for an in-person class, but with Covid-19, it was moved to virtual. I was hesitant... I dreaded sitting in front of my computer with the possibility of distractions, but that was not the case. David made it very interesting and kept everyone engaged.

Certified ScrumMaster
Lynnann Shilling
Live Online Session

I like the style of David and Aleksander's teaching. They really value input of the team throughout the training which results in more engagement of each student. I do really enjoy the Breakout Sessions as well :)

Certified ScrumMaster
Mohammad Karim
Live Online Session

Learning theory is important; however, hearing the framework applied in real-life applications is invaluable.

Certified ScrumMaster
Mary Wheeler
Live Online Session

Tutor's expertise on the subject matter, real-world examples, small work groups, and lots of breaks in between to keep the focus. Allowing participants to share their real work experiences, approaches across varied industries was interesting and useful. This training provides complete knowledge and ideas to become a good Scrum Master and prepares sufficiently for the test. I thoroughly enjoyed the participation and passed the test within three days after the training! Thank you Grow-Lean!

Certified ScrumMaster
Kavitha Rajamani
Live Online Session

A-CSM training focuses more on the practical application of the framework than the overview (CSM). Performing mini "case-studies" as we go through the material is extremely helpful in learning how to apply and see real world examples of Scrum implementation. The Powerful Questions and Conflict sections are something we can all benefit from learning.

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Billy Callahan
Live Online Session

David was very knowledgeable and answered any question the class had, without hesitation. The class was very interactive and fun, and because of that, I was able to easily learn and retain the information he provided. I will be continuing my education in the near future, hopefully with him as my instructor.

Certified ScrumMaster
Aaron Simington
Live Online Session

This is my second training with David Bulkin, David is a very active, energetic and a great trainer. He has in depth knowledge but has a down to earth personality when comes to his class. He teaches the subject extensively but in a interesting manner. I am very glad to have connected with him who's training made a big change in my way of thinking and career. Hope to get associated with David in near future. Would like to comment about Online training session - Though I read the reviews by other students about the online training, was still skeptical when I was choosing mine. But now after attending Grow Lean's ACSM training, I am convinced and have full confidence that It was really a best choice i made to attend Online session.

Advanced Certified ScrumMaster
Srinivas Diddi
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethanneberry/] David was a great instructor for the Certified ScrumMaster course via Grow-Lean. I really enjoyed the 2 day virtual CSM course because we had real life examples of the material. We were taught how to apply scrum which is something that stood out in this course versus other trainings I’ve taken. There were many value adds beyond the learning objectives that help me feel more confident in using the framework to better my department. I like that David and Alex were open to questions and gave advice on using in scrum in non-tech environments. I also enjoyed the virtual setting because everyone seemed more open. It allows for more flexibility with break times and is less daunting to ask questions if you are not experienced. I’m used to working from home and found the weekend course to be convenient so I wouldn’t have to take time off from work as I’m in a non-exempt role. This was the perfect course for me to gain more understanding and I highly recommend!

Certified ScrumMaster
Elizabeth Berry
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pagelane/] David is an excellent trainer. I attended his online CSM training course and was able to pass the exam on the first attempt with a 92%. David is knowledgeable and engaging and made 8 hour days fly by. I was impressed by how he was able to get so much participant interaction from an online course. David presented the content in a way that made it easy to understand and retain. I signed up to take the Advanced CSM training. Great course!

Certified ScrumMaster
Page Lane
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6657718752165019648/] Huge thank you to David Bulkin for leading an informative, fun and challenging Certified ScrumMaster course! You kept us engaged and promoted interaction, participation, collaboration and communication. It was a privilege to take the virtual class and was a blessing to have such an amazing group of classmates. I would recommend anyone to take a course with him, virtual or in person.

Certified ScrumMaster
Jonathan Lam
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn] What do you do when sheltered in place? Attend a virtual class and get certified, of course. Special thanks to David Bulkin and Grow-Lean LLC for an outstanding experience.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Al Meadows Jr.
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn] While the entire world is reeling from the pandemic outbreak, the best possible thing one can do is to remain calm and stay focused on his/her goals and build for future as "this too shall pass". Attended an amazing 2-days of Live Virtual CSPO training with David Bulkin last weekend which I planned couple of months ago. It was highly interactive, very well organized, full of group activities and discussions within the participants and overall the presence of highly energetic and knowledgeable trainer like David made this entire virtual class experience a lively one. The energy level and enthusiasm was so high in the class that I often felt I'm sitting in an In-Person session. I would highly recommend David Bulkin and grow-lean for any Scrum/Agile certification training. Thank You David for the great experience, would look forward for Advanced CSPO with grow-lean as well in near future..

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Soudipta Kundu
Live Online Session

Great presentation style with lots of opportunities to ask questions and talk about real life examples which all made for a really enjoyable and informative training. The virtual classroom was great! The breakout rooms were fantastic ! It could not have been any different from having a classroom with physical presence of everyone. The course helped me understand how important a PO’s role is to create an environment where creativity and innovation will thrive; that will empower the team to build a world class product! A wonderfully practical course- both personally and professionally.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Yasmin Zafar
Live Online Session

Very effective real life work application of training. David takes extra time to help students understand how each process is applied in real life and how you can adapt it to your work and company culture.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Sy Lormier
Live Online Session

I liked the overall format and the presentation pace. Hands on learning experience. Multiple ways to learn things.

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Sukanya Somasundaram
Live Online Session

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

Certified ScrumMaster
Sailaja Uppalapati
Live Online Session

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

Certified ScrumMaster
Sudhir Bedi
Live Online Session

Originally I had scheduled for in-class session but due to COVID-19 we ended up doing a virtual class. At first I was very nervous but David made sure that everyone was comfortable and that they understand what was being offered. The class was so much fun, focused and very engaging. David is AMAZING...very knowledgeable, very helpful..... register for the classes he offers.

Certified ScrumMaster
Gaurang Raval
Live Online Session

[From LinkedIn] I didn't realize when I signed up to attend this class how much I would be learning and getting out of my comfort zone. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity and sharing time with a group of individuals that challenged my thinking. This was a great class and time well spent (and virtual too)! Thank you David Bulkin

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Julie Ho
Live Online Session

Depth of material and instructor taught it well

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Eric Thompson
Live Online Session

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

Certified Scrum Product Owner
Laura Richardson

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Facilitate Scrum events
  • Facilitate effective Iteration execution
  • Support effective Program Increment execution
  • Support relentless improvement
  • Coach Agile teams for maximum business results
  • Support DevOps implementation


SAFe Concepts so You Can Lead a Scaled Initiative

  • Introducing Scrum in SAFe
  • Characterizing the role of the Scrum Master
  • Experiencing Program Increment planning
  • Facilitating Iteration execution
  • Finishing the Program Increment
  • Coaching the Agile team

What You Get

From workbooks to a great training experience

  • Attendee workbook and preparation to take the exam
  • Preparation and eligibility to take the SAFe® 4 Scrum Master (SSM) exam
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion

Who Should Attend

This class is meant for anyone who is participating in an agile at scale implementation, involving 50+ people across multiple teams

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

SAFe Certification Kit

What you will receive when you pass the certification exam

  • SAFe Scrum Master certificate
  • A SAFe 5.0 Scrum Master digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Scrum Master, which includes access to the SSM Community of Practice
  • A SAFe Scrum Master certification usage guide with SSM 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

Basic facts 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® 4 Scrum Master 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 SAFe 5.0 Scrum Master course
  • Exam duration: Once the exam begins, you have 90 minutes (1.5 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Passing score: 33 out of 45 (73% 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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