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SAFe® for Architects with ARCH Certification

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

Description

Attendees can improve collaboration and alignment in a SAFe® Lean-Agile enterprise when they become a SAFe 5 Architect. 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 four-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.

1. Who will benefit?

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • System, Solution, and Enterprise architects
  • Architects in supporting technical disciplines
  • Experienced software developers
  • Technical managers making architectural decisions
  • Product leaders collaborating with architects
  • Scrum Master
  • Agile Coach and Trainer
  • Consultant
  • Solution Architect
  • System Architect

2. What is the associated certification?

Certified SAFe® Architect (ARCH)

3. What are the exam details?

Completion of this course gives you access to the exam and all related study materials as part of your Learning Plan in the SAFe Community Platform.

  • Exam name – SAFe® 5 Architect Exam
  • Exam format – Multiple choice; Multiple select
  • 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 SAFe® for Architects course
  • Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2.0 hours) to complete the exam
  • Number of questions – 60
  • Passing score – 45 out of 60 (75%)
  • Language – English
  • 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 $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.

4. What are the learning goals?

To perform the role of a SAFe® Architect, attendees should be able to:

  • Architect using SAFe principles
  • Align architecture with business value
  • Develop and communicate architecture vision and intent
  • Plan architectural runway to enable delivery success
  • Architect for continuous delivery and Release on Demand
  • Lead and coach architects and team members during Program Increment (PI) Planning and execution
  • Provide leadership during a Lean-Agile transformation

5. What topics are covered?

  • Exemplifying Lean-Agile architecture
  • Architecting for DevOps and Release on Demand
  • Aligning architecture with business value
  • Developing Solution Vision, Solution Intent, and Roadmaps
  • Preparing architecture for Program Increment (PI) Planning
  • Coordinating architecture throughout PI Planning
  • Supporting Continuous Delivery during PI execution
  • Supporting new Strategic Themes and Value Streams
  • Leading as an architect during a Lean-Agile transformation

6. What will you receive?

The class registration includes:

  • Attendee workbooks
  • Eligibility to take the SAFe® 5 Architect (ARCH) exam1
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform
  • Course certificate of completion

Attendees who pass the certification exam will receive:

  • Certified SAFe® Architect PDF certificate
  • Certified SAFe® Architect digital badge to promote your accomplishment online
  • One-year membership to the SAFe Community Platform, which includes access to the ARCH Community of Practice
  • Access to Meetup groups and events that connect you with other certified SAFe professionals
  • A variety of learning resources to support you during your SAFe journey
  • Annual Renewal
  • Certifications expire one year from the date the certification is earned.
  • Renewal fee is $100

7. Prerequisites

The following prerequisites are recommended:

  • Have attended at least one SAFe course
  • Have participated in at least one ART and one PI

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

      0.00

     0.00

    6.00

PgMP®

        6.00

      0.00

     0.00

    6.00

PMI_RMP®

        6.00

      0.00

     0.00

   15.00

PMI_SP®

        6.00

      0.00

     0.00

    6.00

PMI_ACP®

        6.00

      0.00

     0.00

    6.00

PfMP®

        4.00

      0.00

     0.00

    4.00

PMI_PBA®

        4.00

      3.00

     6.00

   13.00

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