SAFe® for Government 5.0 (SGP Certification) Training

Course 1826

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Exam Voucher: Yes
  • Language: English
  • 15 PMI PDUs
  • Level: Intermediate

Transitioning to Lean-Agile practices for building technology-based capabilities is especially challenging in the government context. 

However, issues of legacy governance, contracting, and organisational barriers can be overcome with the right information and strategies. During this two-day SAFe for Government 5.0 Training course, attendees will learn the principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), how to execute and release value through Agile Release Trains, and what it means to lead a Lean-Agile transformation of a programme inside a government agency. 

Attendees gain an understanding of the Lean-Agile mindset and why it’s an essential foundation for transformation. They’ll also get practical advice on building high-performing, multi-vendor Agile teams and programmes, managing technology investments in Lean flow, acquiring solutions with Agile contracting, launching the programme, and planning and delivering value using SAFe. Attendees also learn how specific leadership behaviours can drive successful organisational change in government. 

This course also prepares you to take the Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Government Practitioner 5.0 (SGP) certification. Course tuition includes the exam.

SAFe for Government Training Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

SAFe for Government Training Information

This SGP Certification includes the following benefits:

  • Transition government programmes from traditional software and systems development models to Lean-Agile and DevOps mindset, principles, and practices using SAFe
  • Adapt technology strategy, budgeting and forecasting, acquisition, compliance, and governance processes to flow-based practices using emerging government guidelines.
  • Organise government programmes into one or more Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and execute in Programme Increments (PIs)
  • Explore Large Solution coordination in a government and multi-vendor environment.
  • Build a preliminary outline of the following steps to begin and accelerate the SAFe implementation in your programme or agency.
  • Includes 1-year Scaled Agile Membership (for first-time attendees of SAFe courses).


The following prerequisites are highly recommended:

  • A foundational understanding of the Agile Manifesto, SAFe House of Lean, and SAFe Principles is required using pre-work suggestions.
  • A foundational understanding of the full lifecycle of government technology programmes is helpful.
  • Registered attendees will receive a list of readings and videos specific to Agile in government that will be beneficial to review before the course.

Certification Information

  • Duration: 90 minutes 
  • Number of Questions: 45 
  • Passing Score: 73% 
  • Delivery: Web-based, closed book, no outside assistance, timed 
  • Access: Practice and certification exams are available in your Scaled Agile Community portal under the course you’re attending.  
  • Cost: Initial cost is included in the course registration fee if taken within 30 days of course completion. 
  • Retake Fee: $50; $250 for SPCs 
  • Retake Policy: First retake may be taken immediately after the first failed attempt. Second retake may be taken 10 days after the first retake. Third retake may be taken 30 days after the second retake. All subsequent retakes require a 30-day wait.

This course is aligned to SAFe 5.0 and is the latest version of the course availalable from Scaled Agile.

SAFe for Government Training Outline

  • Recognise the problem to be solved
  • Review the state of Lean-Agile adoption
  • Know the basic constructs of SAFe and the Implementation Roadmap
  • Embrace the Lean mindset
  • Support the Agile Manifesto
  • Take an economic view
  • Apply systems thinking
  • Assume variability; preserve options
  • Build incrementally with fast, integrated learning cycles
  • Base milestones on objective evaluation of working systems
  • Visualise and limit WIP, reduce batch sizes, and manage queue lengths
  • Apply cadence, synchronise with cross-domain planning
  • Unlock the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers
  • Decentralise decision-making
  • Organise around value
  • Create high-performing Agile Teams
  • Continuously deliver value with Agile Release Trains
  • Provision the key ART roles
  • Coordinate and integrate multiple ARTs and Suppliers
  • Prepare to experience PI Planning
  • Create and review draft PI plans
  • Finalise plans and establish business value
  • Review final plans and commit to a set of PI Objectives
  • Guide innovation and exploration for programmes and large solutions
  • Manage flow of value
  • Update the Programme Vision and Roadmap
  • Define system attributes with Features
  • Set priorities through backlog refinement
  • Engage in key SAFe events
  • Map the journey to agency/programme Agility
  • Build large programmes to align with agency strategy
  • Transition from projects to Lean flow of Epics
  • Adopt Lean Budgeting aligned to Value Streams
  • Apply Lean estimating and forecasting with cadence-based development
  • Modify acquisition practices to enable Lean-Agile development and operations
  • Build in quality and compliance
  • Adapt governance practices to support Agility and Lean flow of value
  • Lead by example
  • Adopt a Lean-Agile mindset
  • Lead the change to SAFe
  • Becoming a Certified SAFe Professional

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SAFe for Government Training FAQs

SAFe® is a set of organisational patterns that are intended to guide enterprises in scaling lean and agile practices.

Learners can access their learning plans and exams after the instructor has marked their attendance about halfway through their class. The steps are as follows:

  • Login to the SAFe Community. If you do not remember your password, click the "Forgot Password" link to receive a reset email.
  • Select Learn > My Learning from the tabs.
  • Select "In Progress"
  • Select the class that you are looking for. You may have multiple In Progress.
  • The Exam is located at the bottom of the Learning Plan. You are required to complete all required items marked with red asterisks* before you can take the exam.

This course also prepares you to take the Scaled Agile exam and achieve SAFe® Government Practitioner (SGP) certification.

Certification candidates and existing credential holders are responsible for reporting all Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR) activities to PMI (Project Management Institute). To report the completion of a Learning Tree course, you can use the Online PDU (Professional Development Units) Resources System.

  • Go to the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements System
  • Log in with your username and password
  • Locate the claim code associated with your course in the table in this document
  • Click on “Report PDU for this activity”
  • Fill in the date started and date completed
  • Click on the box agreeing that this claim is accurate and then submit

PDU Information for This Course:

  • Total PDUs: 15
  • Ways of Working PDUs: 6.00
  • Power Skills PDUs: 6.00
  • Business Acumen PDUs: 3.00
  • PMI Claim Code: 4446C47GSQ

First-time attendees of SAFe courses get a 1-year Scaled Agile membership with course attendance. For attendees taking their second course or more, membership will not be extended as a result of taking another course.

Once your membership expires, you will have a few options to renew your membership to maintain your active certifications. You can check out those options at the SAFe Membership FAQ.

This course is designed for government leaders and lead practitioners considering, planning, or advocating implementing Lean-Agile and DevOps practices with SAFe in their agencies, programmes or public sector organisations. Examples include:

  • Executives, directors, branch chiefs
  • Managers of development, engineering, QA, architecture, operations, support
  • Programme and project managers
  • Programme/Project Management Office (PMO)

Scaled Agile does not plan to update this course to SAFe 6.0. The content in the 5.0 version of the courses is still excellent and attendees can still earn a SAFe 5.0 certification which is the most current certification available.