SAFe® for Architect (ARCH) Certification

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Course Description

The SAFe® for Architects course prepares System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects to engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents who collaboratively deliver architectural solutions. During this three-day course, attendees will explore the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of Agile Architects, and appreciate how to align architecture with business value and drive continuous flow to large systems-of-systems while supporting SAFe program execution.

This course is for senior technical contributors who need to understand the role of System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects in Lean-Agile enterprises. The course is also appropriate for individuals desiring a deeper view into how architecture enables continuous value flow and how architects engage in, and contribute to, a Lean-Agile enterprise.

Align Solution Vision with Strategic Themes and Solution Context
Sequence and prioritize work in the Program Backlog
Contribute to management review and problem-solving
Contribute Enabler Epics to the Portfolio Kanban

Course Objectives

  • How to develop and communicate the architectural vision.
  • How to develop solution vision, intent, and roadmaps.
  • How to prepare and deliver software effectively and continuously.
  • How to lead and coach architects and team members during PI Planning and execution

Who Should Attend?

  • Product Managers, Product Owners, Business Owners, and Business Analysts
  • Solution, Program and Portfolio Managers, and Process Leads
  • Enterprise, Solution, and System Architects

Course Topics

Agile Architecture is a set of values, practices, and collaborations that support the active, evolutionary design and architecture of a system. This approach embraces the DevOps mindset, allowing the architecture of a system to evolve continuously over time, while simultaneously supporting the needs of current users. This cover
  • Agile Architecture
  • SAFe Architect roles and collaborations
  • Architect using SAFe principles

Agile architecture fosters a DevOps culture by ensuring Solutions are architected for continuous delivery. Architects participate in the design and execution of the CD pipeline and evangelize and exemplify SAFe’s CALMR principles. They allow decisions to emerge by defining minimum viable (‘just enough’) architecture, ensuring loose coupling between system elements, supporting the creation and evolution of interfaces, and fostering architecture as code through common annotations, attributes, and naming conventions. This cover
  • Fostering DevOps culture
  • Describing how value flows through the
  • Continuous Delivery Pipeline
  • Architect for and facilitate Continuous Exploration
  • Architect for Continuous Integration
  • Architect for Continuous Deployment
  • Architect for Release on Demand

In the Digital Age, businesses rely on technology to deliver value to their customers. As business strategy changes, the technology, systems, and business applications that deliver that strategy must change with it This cover
  • Describe how Strategic Themes, portfolio canvas and Portfolio Vision influence architecture
  • Explain how Value Streams support the business
  • Explain how Solution trains and Agile Release Trains deliver value

Aligning architecture with business strategy accelerates business goal achievement. Architects realize business objectives by translating strategy from strategic themes into solutions. Those solutions are defined by their Vision, Solution Context, and Solution Intent. Roadmaps define a plan to realize the solution. Architects and teams collaboratively define enablers in the roadmap that explore technical options and build the architecture runway, providing early feedback on achieving those milestones. Teams provide feedback on architectural decisions as they build feature on top of it, balancing intentionality and emergence. The roadmap drives the Backlog which defines all work for an ART. Architects collaborate with Product Management on prioritizing and balancing new functionality with technical work. They anticipate technical debt impediments to flow and architectural runway needs and advocate for their prioritization. This cover
  • Align Solution Vision with Strategic Themes and Solution Context
  • Contribute to Solution Intent
  • Manage quality with non-functional requirements (NFRs) and Lean Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Contribute to Roadmaps

Each increment, teams build the highest priority Features and Enablers. Architects collaborate with Product Management to define and prioritize these near-term work items. They provide feasibility insights that help define and scope current Features and their acceptance criteria. They also consider future Features and define Enablers in the backlog for teams to explore and gain knowledge that ensures the future Feature’s viability. This cover
  • Contributing to the Program Backlog
  • Sequence and prioritize work in the Program Backlog
  • Contribute to Solution pre-PI Planning

During PI Planning, architects support the teams creating the next increment’s plans. They present the architectural briefing as part of the planning agenda. As teams create their plans during breakouts, architects roam the room to ensure teams plan technical work properly and ensure they are accounting for the ART’s Enabler work properly. And they address any questions and concerns. This cover
  • Contribute to PI Planning
  • Contribute to management review and problem-solving
  • Contribute to Solution post-PI Planning

Architects own the Essential and Solution-level technical and exploration work in Enablers and, as such, guide teams’ progress on their execution. They may attend those teams’ Sprint Planning and/or Sprint Demo events to track progress, address issues, and adjust direction. They are also generally available to the teams for coaching, mentoring, and to ensure problems and issues are addressed quickly so that architecture is not a bottleneck. This cover
  • Guide architectures and Continuous Delivery throughout the PI
  • Prepare for Iteration Reviews and System and Solution Demos
  • Relentlessly improve through Inspect and Adapt (I&A)

Architecture must evolve to meet changing business needs and opportunities. Otherwise, technology becomes the bottleneck for business execution. Changes in business strategy are reflected in new or modified strategic themes which, though the portfolio canvas, translate into new or modified solutions and/or value streams. This cover
  • Align architecture to Enterprise strategy
  • Evolve the Solution Portfolio
  • Contribute Enabler Epics to the Portfolio Kanban
  • Coordinate across Value Streams

Due to their knowledge and experience, architects are often respected and held in high regard by the development community. Therefore, architects play a key role in any SAFe transformation. Architects are Lean-Agile Leaders and, as such, model leaner ways of thinking and operating so developers learn from their example, coaching, and encouragement. They enable autonomy and encourage mastery to grow the development community’s knowledge base and skill set This cover
  • Describes how Architects perform as Lean-Agile leaders
  • Describe how to lead the transition to the Agile Architecture during a transformation
  • Develop an action plan to support your organization’s transformation

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We are running auxiliary batches for this course!

For group inquiries, please contact us at connect@agilemania.com

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Agilemania offers a 3-day SAFe for Architects Certification Training, aimed at building SAFe knowledge, that can lead to your Certified SAFe Architect certification. Download the brochure and check the different Focus Areas covered within these 3 days of training.

Certification Assessments

All participants completing the SAFe® for Architects Certification Training will receive a password to attempt the Certification Training assessment for the same. The participants need to attempt the SAFe® Architect assessment within 30 days of receiving their free password and score at least 75% to pass the exam in order to get certified.

Retake policy – Immediately after the first attempt, the second attempt on the exam (first retake) can be taken. While there is a 10- day wait period for the third attempt; the fourth attempt necessitates a 30-day wait time


Take the 3-day SAFe® for Architects training instructed by SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs). It costs you around INR 1.2 Lac certification included along with one-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform.

Yes, this certification needs to be renewed every year.

There are no such prerequisites to take this course. Also, it’s always recommended for those who intend to take the SAFe® for Architects training & certification exam should have attended at least one SAFe course and been part of the ART and PI

The SAFe® Architect certification exam is an online test comprising 60 multiple-choice questions. Participants will have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam and must score a minimum of 45 questions right to pass the SAFe® for Architects exam and obtain your SAFe® Architect certification.

You can retake the assessment and each retake attempt costs $50. Second attempt on exam (first retake) can be done immediately after the first attempt. Third attempt requires a 10-day wait. Fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait.

Download and print your Certificate from the Manage Profile & Professional Development. Certifications/Programs tab (click on the paper icon to the left of the Certification Name). Please note that when printing the certificate there can be missing logos and signatures from the certificate. If you come across this issue please make sure that “Background Colors and Images” is selected in your printing options.

Scaled Agile, Inc. is the certifying body of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).

As a response to the COVID-19, we have moved our classes online. Our Live Virtual format delivers the same benefits as our face-to-face training: expert instruction, hands-on labs and exercises, peer-to-peer collaboration, and high-quality instructional material.

Attendees may be eligible to apply for 16 PDUs toward their continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.

Cancellation requests received within 24 hours of registration would be offered a full refund (minus payment gateway charges), please reach out to our support team through drop a refund request to connect@agilemania.com. Visit our page for more details about Cancellation & Refund Policy.

Yes. The certification and evaluation fees are included in the cost of this course, along with the costs of course materials and learning aids.

The minimum required to pass the exam is 75% (minimum 45 correct out of 60 answers)

The process of enrolling for this classroom training is simple. The payment can be made through different options by using a debit/credit card which includes MasterCard, Visa Card, American Express or through PayPal. Acknowledgment will be issued automatically via email to the candidates once payment is done.

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