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SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT)

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The SAFe Program Consultant Trainder (SPCT) certification is for people who have shown superior knowledge and experience in implementing SAFe across an enterprise.  SPCTs are the only people that can offer SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) certifications. will be working on and with teams within an organization that is adopting SAFe.  The content of the certification is based on the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is covers aspects of SAFe ScrumXP (Scrum, Lean and XP Practices).

Certification Company

Scaled Agile Institute

Target Audience

  • Consultants
  • Change Agents


  • 15+ year of experience in the software development industry
  • 5 years of agile experience
  • 5 years of software development/programming experience, product management or product owner experience
  • Certifications, such as CST, CSM, CSPO, PMI/ACP, LKU, PSM, PMP
  • Bachelors or better Academic degree or equivalent in technology or business


  1. Must work for or be sponsored by a Scaled Agile Gold Partner in good standing
  2. Lead 2 full SAFe ART Launches (including SAFe ScrumXP)
  3. Lead 2 I&A’s at scale following PIs
  4. Teach Leading SAFe 4 times (multiple clients)
  5. Present high feedback results from clients
  6. Pair with an SAI Instructor on teaching an SPC class (post acceptance into the program)
  7. Participate and coach referenceable significant agile transformation(s) at scale
  8. Perform at least 160 hours of consulting services as an SPC during the prior twelve (12) month period (excluding time spent by such SPC undergoing training)
  9. Read the required reading list

Required Reading 

Principles of Product Development Flow by Don Reinersten


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni


The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford



Agile Coaching By Rachel Davis & Liz Sedley



Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise by Dean Leffingwell


The Lean Machine: How Harley-Davidson Drove Top-Line Growth and Profitability with Revolutionary Lean Product Development by Dantar P. Oosterwal



Additional Instructor Reading List

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink


Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries


Managing for Excellence: The Guide to Developing High Performance in Contemporary Organizations by David L. Bradford & Allan R. Cohen


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eli Goldratt


Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity by Bob Gower


Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble & David Farley


Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design by Al Shalloway, Scot Bain, Ken Pugh & Amit Kolsky


Lean Architecture: for Agile Software Development by James Coplien & Gertrud Bjørnvig


Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden


Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition by Kent Beck & Cynthia Andres


Approximate Price


Length of Training Class

6 Days

Includes Certification Test


Certification Process

Step 1: Receive a recommendation from a Scaled Agile Institute Gold Partner and apply through the SPCT Program through them.  Insure you met the prerequisites before you apply.

Step 2: After attending the course, pass the SPC exam with a high score.  Your individual results of the SPC exam will not be shared with you.

A Few Additional Notes:

Your SPC score will be compared to others in the class

Peers will review your performance when pairing with another SPC and you will learn your strengths and where to improve

Dean Leffingwell, the creator of SAFe, will review your qualifications and your demonstrated expertise

Scaled Agile has final approval on who becomes an SPCT

What If You Fail?

There is no class path if you fail.  You can likely reapply but unless you show significant additional experience, reapplying will most likely be difficult.

Certification Renewal

Requires Renewal: Yes

-Teach a minimum of 4 SPC classes a year

-Launch a minimum of 2 Agile Release Trains (ARTs) per year

-Continue with at least 40 hours of continuing educations per year from sources including agile related books, webinars or other learning opportunities relating to the SPCT topics and materials

-Pay annual renewal fee

-Present publicly a minimum of 2 times per year on SAFe

-Continue to work for (or be sponsored) by a Scaled Agile Gold Partner

-Adhere to the code of conduct for the SPCT program


  • SP Content Kit
  • SP Branding Kit
  • Listing in the certified SP directory

 Apply Here

If you are interested in becoming an SPCT, Apply Here.