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SAFe for Architects Certification | ARCH Certification | ARCH Exam Training

Earn your SAFe for Architects certification (ARCH certification). Take the SAFe for Architects training (ARCH training) course to prepare for the SAFe for Architects exam (ARCH exam) with BTII Institute, a top-rated training industry leader with highly experienced instructors. BTII Institute is an early adopter of Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), the #1 framework for scaling Agile.

Description

The SAFe® for Architects course prepares Architects to engage across the organization as effective leaders and change agents. During this three-day course, attendees explore the roles, responsibilities, and mindset of Agile Architects, learn how to align architecture with business value and drive continuous flow to large systems-of-systems while supporting SAFe ART execution.

In SAFe®, architects play a key role in the trio of leaders, including product managers and the Release Train Engineer. These people work together to deliver and guide Agile Release Trains (ARTs) to enable continuous value flow.

In the SAFe® for Architects course, you’ll get the context to align architecture with business value. You’ll understand how system, solution, and enterprise architects collaboratively deliver architectural solutions. And you’ll get the guidance and tools you need to work effectively in remote environments with distributed teams.

1. Who will benefit?

Includes current and aspiring:

  • System, Solution, and Enterprise Architects
  • Software Developers; Technical Managers
  • Technical Product Leaders
  • Scrum Masters
  • Agile Coaches
  • Release Train Engineers
  • Technical Consultants

2. What is the associated certification?

Certified SAFe® Architect (ARCH)

3. What are the exam details?

When you are ready to take the exam, log into the SAFe Community Platform to access the exam.
When the exam timer ends, the exam will be submitted, regardless of the number of questions answered. A score will be calculated based on the number of questions answered. Unanswered questions will be automatically marked as incorrect. If you finish answering all questions before the exam timer ends, you can click the “Submit” button and your score will be calculated.

When you launch the exam, you will be required to review and accept the Candidate Agreement before starting the exam. Exams are timed and the timer will be visible throughout the exam.
Questions are structured in multiple choice or multiple response format.

Questions will require either one answer or multiple. “Choose two” or a “Choose three” style multiple response questions indicate the number of answers required for the question. Multiple response questions require all correct answers to be selected as no partial credit is given.
 

Duration

90 minutes

Number of questions

45

Passing score

32/45 (71%)

Competency level

Foundational difficulty; Competent; some knowledge or experience; can perform tasks with assistance

Question format

Multiple choice (one answer) or multiple select (2-3 answers)

Delivery

Web-based, closed book, no outside assistance, timed

Access

Community Platform upon completion of the course

Languages offered

English

Cost

First attempt included in the course registration fee if taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake or attempt past the 30-day window is $50

 

Exam Sections and Percentages  References

Agile Architecture and SAFe (8%) 

  • Identify attributes of Agile Architecture

  • Explain the SAFe Architect role and associated responsibilities

  • Demonstrate collaboration with other Enterprise roles

  • Architect using SAFe principles

SAFe Architect Student Workbook materials and exercises from: Lesson 1
v5.scaledagileframework.com/prepare-for-art-launch/

DevOps and Release on Demand (13%) 

  • Promote a DevOps culture

  • Demonstrate flow of value through the CDP

  • Architect for continuous exploration

  • Architect for continuous integration

  • Architect for continuous deployment

  • Release on Demand

SAFe Architect Student Workbook materials and exercises from: Lesson 2

Architecture and Business Value (35%) 

  • Demonstrate how Strategic Themes, Portfolio Canvas, and Portfolio Vision influence architecture

  • Use Value Streams to support the business

  • Demonstrate how ARTs and Solution Trains deliver value

  • Align architecture to Enterprise strategy

  • Evolve the Solution Portfolio

  • Contribute Enabler Epics to the Portfolio Kanban

  • Coordinate across Value Streams

  • Align Solution Vision with Strategic Themes and Solution Context

  • Contribute to Solution Intent

  • Manage quality with NFRs and the Lean QMS

  • Contribute to roadmaps

SAFe Architect Student Workbook materials and exercises from: Lessons 3, 4, and 8
v5.scaledagileframework.com/solution-train/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/prepare-for-art-launch
v5.scaledagileframework.com/identify-value-streams-and-arts/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/solution-intent/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/milestones/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/roadmap/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/architectural-runway/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/inspect-and-adapt/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/assume-variability-preserve-options/
v5.scaledagileframework.com/innovation-and-planning-iteration/

Program Increment (PI) Execution (36%) 

  • Prepare for PI Planning

  • Contribute to PI Planning

  • Contribute to Management Review and Problem-Solving

  • Contribute to Solution post-PI planning

  • Guide architecture and continuous delivery

  • Prepare for Iteration Reviews and System and Solution Demos

  • Improve through I&A

SAFe Architect Student Workbook materials and exercises from: Lessons 5, 6, and 7
v5.scaledagileframework.com/lean-agile-mindset

Leading during a Lean-Agile Transformation (8%) 

  • Demonstrate attributes of a Lean-Agile leader

  • Demonstrate how to lead the transition to Agile architecture during a transformation

  • Develop an action plan to support the organization's transformation

SAFe Architect Student Workbook materials and exercises from: Lesson 9

4. What are the learning goals?

    • 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 Program Increment (PI) Planning and execution

5. What topics are covered?

  • How do I plan for and execute a PI?
  • How do I plan the architectural runway to consistently deliver business value?
  • How do I create clarity and visibility into the architectural vision for an ART?

6. What will you receive?

  • Course workbook and SAFe Studio access to help prepare you to take the certification exam, claim their digital badge, and tools to get started in your SAFe role
  • Remote learning via SAFe® Virtual Classrooms
  • One-year membership to SAFe Studio with your first class attendance
    • Platform access to e-learning modules and curated members-only content to support your SAFe transformation
    • Member discussion forms to engage in ongoing conversations on the SAFe framework or how to better perform as part of an Agile Team
    • Curated content-playlists based on your interests and roles, including templated resources and facilitation guides to get you started
  • Access to content, tools, and resources you need to practice SAFe every day
  • SAFe® for Architects certification exam

7. Prerequisites

Technical architect experience is preferred but not required.

8. Professional Development Units (PDUs) & Scrum Education Units

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

Professional Development Units & Scrum Education Units

Activity Number

 SAFeforARCH 

   Duration

   3 days

 

PMI Certification

   Technical

 Leadership 

  Strategic  

   Total   

PMP®

        6.00

      3.00

     6.00

   15.00

PgMP®

        6.00

      3.00

     6.00

   15.00

PMI_RMP®

        0.00

      3.00

     6.00

     9.00

PMI_SP®

        0.00

      3.00

     6.00

     9.00

PMI_ACP®

        6.00

      3.00

     6.00

    15.00

PfMP®

        4.00

      3.00

     6.00

    13.00

PMI_PBA®

        4.00

      3.00

     6.00

    13.00

 

  ARCH
Claim Code 4446QCJNXZ
 Ways/Working  6
 PowerSkills  3
 Business  6
 Project  Management  6
 Portfolio  Management  4
 Business  Analysis  4
 Agile  6
 Risk Management  6
 Scheduling  6

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