1. Become a Prospect.
To be considered for the SPCT program, you must first build alignment and assure shared understanding with your sponsoring business lead, and with your Scaled Agile Account Manager. Once these conversations have taken place, your SAI account manager will contact the SAFe Expert Programs team and you will be granted access to the SPCT Portal in SAFe Studio. From there, you will be prompted to submit your documented accomplishments as you achieve them. Remember, the SPCT program is highly competitive and discretionary.
2. Have an interview.
After we’ve reviewed and accepted your nomination requirements, you’ll have two screening interviews with SPCT guides. Our team will assess your SAFe knowledge, consulting experience, and gravitas. We’ll use interview results and nomination packet artifacts to aid in the selection process. Remember, the SPCT program is highly competitive and discretionary. Each cycle we see far more applicants than the available invitations, so we encourage you to set expectations accordingly.
3. Attend Immersion Week
If you’re accepted, you’ll be invited to attend SPCT Immersion Week in Boulder, CO (currently, we hold four Immersion Weeks per year) where nominees showcase their knowledge, skills, and abilities to train and consult using SAFe. You’ll also learn how to teach an Implementing SAFe® class. Once a nominee has successfully completed Immersion Week, they become an official SPCT Candidate.
4. Complete Field Experience
After Immersion Week, you’ll need to complete additional certification requirements that include teaching SAFe classes, completing SAFe implementations, and finishing the required readings. During this time you will be assigned an SPCT guide to help deepen your SAFe knowledge and mentor you through the remainder of the journey. For most SPCT Candidates, this part of the journey takes between one and two years.
5. Co-teach an Implementing SAFe® class.
Lastly, you’ll participate in a pairing test by co-teaching an Implementing SAFe® class with one of our guides. During this class, we’ll evaluate your presentation, training, and consulting skills. After you’ve completed all your requirements, the SAFe Expert Programs team will evaluate your course feedback, certification artifacts, and community participation to make a final determination of successful program completion.