SAFe® Release Train Engineer (RTE Certification) Training

Course 1829

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Exam Voucher: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced
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Unique to SAFe®, the Release Train Engineer (RTE) is part of the trio of leaders that includes product managers and system architects. The RTE plays a critical role in leading Agile Release Trains (ARTs) to deliver value.

This SAFe RTE Training, we will prepare you for the SAFe RTE certification exam.

SAFe RTE Training Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

  • Upskill your whole team by bringing Private Team Training to your facility.

SAFe RTE Training Information

This RTE Certification training has the following benefits:

  • Scaled Agile RTE certification exam included
  • Instruction provided by a certified SAFe SPCT
  • Lead programs and large solutions in a SAFe organization
  • Apply Lean-Agile knowledge and tools to release value
  • Build and lead a high-performing Agile Release Train (ART)
  • Includes 1-year Scaled Agile Membership (for first-time attendees of SAFe courses)
  • Practice executing and continuously improving PI Planning
  • Learn how to coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters utilizing new processes and mindsets
  • Get skills to work effectively in remote environments with distributed teams


The following skills are beneficial to those wanting to succeed in the RTE class and pass the exam:

  • Cross-team communication skills
  • Full use of SAFe Principles in action
  • Coach Agile and SAFe facilitation and lead by example
  • Launch or participate in at least one ART and one Program Increment (PI)
  • Working knowledge of team dynamics
  • Ability to manage stakeholders
  • Minimum 3 months of real-world, hands-on experience as an RTE

Certification Information

  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 60
  • Passing Score: 79%
  • 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.

SAFe RTE Training Outline

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Connect the RTE role to SAFe 
  • Serve the Lean Enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) 
  • Understand the Seven Core Competencies of Business Agility 
  • Examine the responsibilities of the RTE role 
  • Identify effective RTE behaviors 
  • Outline the benefits of being an RTE

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Identify SAFe Principles that are important to the RTE 
  • Develop the SAFe Principles 
  • Understand why RTEs need the SAFe Principles 
  • Applying SAFe Principles to the RTE role

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Identify the attributes of an effective ART organization 
  • Organize teams on the ART  
  • Move to Continuous Deployment and Release on Demand 
  • Avoid common ART organization anti-patterns 
  • Examine key ART roles and responsibilities 
  • Identify Business Owners 
  • Identify the responsibilities of the System Team 
  • Balance Solution integration and testing effort 

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Identify preparation activities for the PI Planning event 
  • Prepare the Program Backlog for PI Planning 
  • Use capacity allocation to create balance 
  • Maintain product integrity through capacity allocation 
  • Use the PI Planning Toolkit 
  • Assess and evolve PI Planning readiness 
  • Facilitate the management review and problem-solving meeting 
  • Facilitate final PI plan development and commitment 
  • Address program risks 
  • Conduct a PI Planning retrospective 
  • Explore facilitation of PI Planning across multiple locations

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Identify key team Iteration events 
  • Understand Agile Team Iteration execution 
  • Examine the events and tools needed to manage ART flow 
  • Explore Metrics used to measure PI execution 
  • Prepare and facilitate IP Iteration activities 
  • Build a Continuous Delivery Pipeline with DevOps 

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Explore the three components of an Inspect and Adapt event 
  • Measure and grow the ART 
  • Examine systems thinking and value stream mapping concepts 
  • Examine the mindset of relentless improvement 

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Explore the characteristics of a servant leader 
  • Identify facilitation techniques that evolve group dynamics 
  • Examine coaching techniques 
  • Explore group facilitation techniques 
  • Identify the steps to create an ART with a one-team culture 

In this module, you will learn how to: 

  • Create a personalized RTE action plan 
  • Create an ART Improvement Roadmap 

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SAFe RTE Training FAQs

To succeed in this course and pass the RTE certification exam, you should have:

  • The ability to facilitate cross-team communication
  • The ability to use SAFe Principles
  • The ability to coach Agile and SAFe facilitation
  • The ability to launch or participate in at least one ART and one Program Increment (PI)
  • The ability to manage stakeholders
  • A working knowledge of team dynamics

You should also have at least three months of real-world, hands-on experience as an RTE.

A Certified SAFe® 4 Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a Scaled Agile Framework® (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. Release Train Engineers (RTEs), Solution Train Engineers (STEs), Program Managers, Project Managers, Leaders and Managers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, as well as SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) could all benefit from attending this course and earning the RTE certification.

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.

A set of organization and workflow patterns that are intended to guide you in scaling lean and agile practices.

The Release Train Engineer (RTE) is a servant leader and coach for the Agile Release Train (ART). The RTE’s major responsibilities are to facilitate the ART events and processes and assist the teams in delivering value. RTEs communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, help manage risk, and drive relentless improvement. The Solution Train Engineer (STE) is a servant leader and coach for the Solution Train, facilitating and guiding the work of all ARTs and Suppliers in the Value Stream.

Although Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and Solution Trains are composed of self-organizing and self-managing teams, trains don’t drive or steer themselves on autopilot. That responsibility falls to the RTE or STE, who operate most effectively as servant leaders. They have a solid grasp of how to scale Lean and Agile practices and understand the unique opportunities and challenges associated with facilitating and continuously aligning a large development program.

Yes! You can bring this course to your facility or train your team virtual in a private training event.

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.

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: 20
  • Ways of Working PDUs: 10
  • Power Skills PDUs: 6.5
  • Business Acumen PDUs: 3.5
  • PMI Claim Code: 44465L4Q8X
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