SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE)

Cer­ti­fy as a SAFe 4 Release Train Engi­neer and become the Lean-Agile Facil­i­ta­tor and Enabler to deliv­er end-to-end val­ue through ARTs and large solu­tions in an enter­prise SAFe envi­ron­ment.

In this advanced three-day work­shop, you will gain an in-depth under­stand­ing of the role and respon­si­bil­i­ties of a Release Train Engi­neer (RTE) in the SAFe enter­prise. Through expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, you will learn how to facil­i­tate and enable end-to-end val­ue deliv­ery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and val­ue streams.

You will also learn how to build a high-per­form­ing ART by becom­ing a ser­vant leader and coach, and how to plan and exe­cute a Pro­gram Incre­ment (PI) plan­ning event, the pri­mar­i­ly enabler of align­ment through­out all lev­els of a SAFe orga­ni­za­tion.

Scaled Agile’s SAFe Release Train Engi­neer exam main­tains rig­or­ous qual­i­ty stan­dards ensur­ing that those who have earned the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion are well pre­pared to effec­tive­ly ful­fill their role in a SAFe enter­prise. Make sure to read the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Infor­ma­tion below.


The fol­low­ing indi­vid­u­als will ben­e­fit from this course:
  • RTEs and Val­ue Stream Engi­neers (VSEs)
  • Pro­gram and project man­agers
  • Scrum Mas­ters
  • Lead­ers and man­agers
  • Agile coach­es
  • SAFe Pro­gram Con­sul­tants (SPCs)

Learning Goals

To per­form the role of the RTE, you should be able to:
  • Apply Lean-Agile knowl­edge and tools to exe­cute and release val­ue
  • Assist with pro­gram and val­ue stream exe­cu­tion
  • Fos­ter relent­less improve­ment
  • Build a high-per­form­ing ART by becom­ing a ser­vant leader and coach
  • Devel­op an action plan to con­tin­ue your learn­ing jour­ney

Topics Covered

  • Explor­ing the RTE role and respon­si­bil­i­ties
  • Apply­ing SAFe Prin­ci­ples
  • Under­stand­ing the ART
  • Plan­ning a Pro­gram Incre­ment
  • Exe­cut­ing a Pro­gram Incre­ment
  • Fos­ter­ing Relent­less Improve­ment
  • Serv­ing the ART
  • Con­tin­u­ing your Learn­ing Jour­ney

Required Prerequisites

To ful­ly ben­e­fit from this class, you should have at least one cur­rent SAFe Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and launched or par­tic­i­pat­ed in at least one ART and one PI.

What You Get

The class reg­is­tra­tion includes:
  • Attendee work­book (phys­i­cal ver­sion only)
  • Eli­gi­bil­i­ty to take the SAFe 4 Release Train Engi­neer exam
  • Course cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion upon request

Atten­dees must attend all three days in order to qual­i­fy for the exam.

Annual Renewal

Mem­ber­ship renewals are one year from the date cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is earned
  • Renew­al fee: $295. Renew­al fee for the RTE cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is includ­ed in SPC renew­al (if cur­rent SPC).

Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

  • Atten­dees may be eli­gi­ble to apply for 21 PDUs toward their con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion require­ments with the Project Man­age­ment Insti­tute (PMI) for PMP and PMI-ACP cer­ti­fi­ca­tions.
  • Atten­dees may be eli­gi­ble to apply for SEUs under cat­e­go­ry C, toward earn­ing or renew­ing their CSP through Scrum Alliance.

SAFe 4 Release Train Engineer Certification Information

A SAFe 4 Cer­ti­fied Release Train Engi­neer (RTE) is a SAFe pro­gram ser­vant leader and coach­ing pro­fes­sion­al respon­si­ble for dri­ving end-to-end deliv­ery of val­ue in a sin­gle pro­gram or val­ue stream in a Lean-Agile enter­prise.

Key areas of com­pe­ten­cy include:
  • Facil­i­tat­ing pro­gram-lev­el cer­e­monies
  • Lead­ing pro­gram exe­cu­tion
  • Coach­ing ARTs and teams in relent­less improve­ment of val­ue deliv­ery
  • Cre­at­ing trans­paren­cy using met­rics to ini­ti­ate and dri­ve pos­i­tive change
  • Facil­i­tat­ing res­o­lu­tion of depen­den­cies, imped­i­ments, and risks

This indi­vid­ual will be expect­ed to per­form these tasks with lim­it­ed assis­tance from peers, prod­uct doc­u­men­ta­tion, and sup­port resources.

Exam Pre­req­ui­site Skills or Knowl­edge:
These skills and knowl­edge are high­ly rec­om­mend­ed in order to be suc­cess­ful in pass­ing the RTE exam:
  • SAFe cer­ti­fi­ca­tion
  • Cross-team com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
  • Full use of SAFe prin­ci­ples in action
  • Coach­ing Agile and SAFe facil­i­ta­tion and lead­ing by exam­ple
  • Launch or par­tic­i­pate in at least one ART and one PI
  • Work­ing knowl­edge of team dynam­ics
  • Abil­i­ty to man­age stake­hold­ers
  • Min­i­mum 3 months real-world, hands-on expe­ri­ence as an RTE

Exam Details

  • Exam name: SAFe 4 Release Train Engi­neer Exam
  • Exam for­mat: mul­ti­ple choice
  • Exam deliv­ery: web-based (sin­gle-brows­er); closed book; no out­side assis­tance; timed exam; deliv­ered through the Com­mu­ni­ty Plat­form
  • Exam access: first attempt free with­in 30 days from course com­ple­tion date
  • Exam dura­tion: once the exam begins can­di­dates have 120 min­utes to com­plete the exam
  • Num­ber of ques­tions: 60
  • Pass­ing score: 40 out of 60 (67%)
  • Exam cost: first attempt is free with­in 30 days from course com­ple­tion
  • 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. Each retake attempt is $150. Con­tact for any retake ques­tions.

Exam Preparation

  • Study guide: access avail­able upon course com­ple­tion; in the Learn­ing Plat­form
  • Prac­tice test: access avail­able upon course com­ple­tion; in the Learn­ing Plat­form
  • Sam­ple test: down­load ques­tions

What You Get

  • SAFe Cer­ti­fied Release Train Engi­neer cer­tifi­cate (PDF)
  • One year mem­ber­ship to the Scaled Agile RTE Com­mu­ni­ty of Prac­tice


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