Melvyn Bulkes

SAFe® for Architects

3 Days Instructor-led Online Class

Language Available: English
Trainer Trainee Ratio: 1:25 (MAX.)

Architecting for Continuous Value Flow with SAFe.

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.


  • 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


  • 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?


  • 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
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Certification Details

We are accredited to Scaled Agile (SAFe®), one of the global accreditation body for Scaled Agile Certifications.

ARCH (6.0) - SAFe® Architect

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.


90 minutes

Number of questions


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)


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


Community Platform upon completion of the course

Languages offered



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


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

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

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

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

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

How Can I Report my PDU’s on the PMI website?

You can report and claim your PDUs on the PMI website directly by following the workflow below:

  • Log into your PMI account
  • Follow this link to the ‘Report PDUs’ page:
  • NOTE: In order to claim PDUs you must have a certification with PMI.
  • Under ‘PDU Claim Code’ click “I have a claim code”
  • Type in the relevant claim code from the below table.


Course TakenCertification Awarded
Implementing SAFeSAFe Practice Consultant (SPC)
Leading SAFeSAFe Agilist (SA)
SAFe for TeamsSAFe Practitioner (SP)
SAFe Product Owner / Product ManagerSAFe Product Owner / Product Manager (POPM)
SAFe Release Train EngineerRelease Train Engineer (RTE)
Agile Product ManagementSAFe Agile Product Manager (APM)
SAFe Scrum MasterSAFe Scrum Master (SSM)
SAFe Advanced Scrum MasterSAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)
Lean Portfolio ManagementSAFe Lean Portfolio Manager (LPM)
SAFe DevOpsSAFe DevOps Practitioner (SDP)
SAFe for ArchitectsSAFe Architect (ARCH)
Agile Software EngineeringSAFe Agile Software Engineer (ASE)
SAFe for GovernmentSAFe Government Practitioner (SGP)

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