Facilitate, execute and improve your company’s Agile Release Trains
Getting an organization to change takes more than just motivation and a plan. It depends on efficiency, leadership and on everyone working together. With Agile Release Trains (ARTs), you’re working to achieve just that. And it’s up to you as the Release Train Engineer to take the lead. Make sure every team is perfectly aligned, get impediments removed and bring the ART to run increasingly smooth and efficient. Help your organization take any hurdle with ease and embrace change.
Facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs)—and learn how to build a high-performing ART by becoming a servant leader and coach—when you become a SAFe® 5 Release Train Engineer (RTE).
This three-day Release Train Engineer course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Release Train Engineer (RTE) in the SAFe enterprise. You will learn how to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through 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 primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization. After taking the SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE) exam, you’ll certify as a SAFe 5 Release Train Engineer.
Our Release Train Engineer courses are taught by one or two SPCTs (SAFe Program Consultant Trainers). These inspiring trainers are consultants who are active in the field and have extensive SAFe experience in training and implementing SAFe at large organizations.
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The tasks of an RTE
During this three-day course you will learn to:
- Apply Lean-Agile knowledge and tools to execute and release value
- Assist with program and large solution 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
When you pass the Release Train Engineer exam you’ll receive a SAFe Release Train Engineer certificate, with a digital badge to promote your accomplishment online. A one-year certified membership as a SAFe Release Train Engineer is also included, granting you access to the RTE Community of Practice.
You’ll be provided with a SAFe Release Train Engineer certification usage guide with RTE certification marks and gain access to a variety of learning resources to support certified professionals during their SAFe journey.
Didn’t pass the exam? You can try again! Each new attempt will cost $50.
Please note: the program for our virtual courses may vary. The hours are approximately 6 hours per day and may be extended with an extra course day.
Three-day course program
The Release Train Engineer course is a three-day training program. Each course day starts at 8:30 and ends at 17:00, and includes a [30-minute] lunch break and [an afternoon break].
During the program, we’ll go into the following topics:
- Exploring the RTE Role and Responsibilities
- Applying SAFe Principles
- Organizing the ART
- Planning a Program Increment
- Executing a Program Increment
- Fostering relentless improvement
- Serving the ART
- Continuing your learning journey
You’re welcome to attend the Release Train Engineer course when you’ve worked as a Scrum Master for some time, if you want to take the next step and if you’re interested and motivated to become an RTE. If you’ve already been practicing as an RTE, this course helps you hone your skills and gain a better understanding of the intent behind the rituals and principles.
For those who intend to take the SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE) certification exam, the following prerequisites are highly recommended:
- Hold at least one current SAFe certification;
- Have launched or participated in at least one ART and one PI.
- Exam name – SAFe Release Train Engineer Exam
- Exam format –Multiple choice; Multiple select
- Exam delivery – Web-based (single-browser), closed book, no outside assistance, timed
- Exam access – Candidates can access the exam within the SAFe Community Platform upon completion of the SAFe 5 Release Train Engineer course.
- Exam duration – Once the exam begins, candidates have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the exam.
- Number of questions – 60
- Passing score – 44 out of 60 (73% pass rate) for RTE 4.6 exam, 40 out of 60 (67% pass rate) for RTE 4.5 exam.
- Language – English
- Exam cost – The first exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee, if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion. Each retake attempt costs $50.
- Retake policy – A second attempt on the exam (first retake) can be done immediately after the first attempt. The third attempt requires a 10-day wait. A fourth attempt requires a 30-day wait. Contact email@example.com for any questions about the retake policy.
Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Scrum Education Units (SEUs)
Attending this course means that you may be eligible to apply for 20 PDUs toward your continuing education requirements with the Project Management Institute (PMI) for PMP, PgMP, and PMI-ACP certifications.
You may also be eligible to apply for SEUs under category C, toward earning or renewing your CSP through Scrum Alliance.
Your organization has embraced the Scaled Agile environment and is working with several Agile Release Teams. The Release Train Engineer course is an advanced training program for the experienced Scrum Master that wants to take the next step and take the lead on the overall program level. Coach all the Scrum Masters in the ART, improve programs and make sure every aspect runs smoothly.
After completing this course, you’ll have gained or deepened a thorough understanding of your role and will have had plenty of opportunities to share insights and experiences with your fellow RTEs.
Course attendees typically include:
- Period 3 days
- Maximum number of participants:24
- Lunch included:Yes
- Payment methods:Invoice, iDEAL, CreditCard
- Floris Bosch - Rating: 8/10
- Philippe Bietenholz - Rating: 9/10
Very good mood, very interactive, and various supports (slides, vidéo, flip charts, post-its, etc.)
- Sven Diessner - Rating: 9/10
- excellent trainer; I liked his way of explaining, often combined with specific background, and his emphasis on 'what is important for you in the role of an RTE'. - good mix of participants interaction and classroom teaching. - as with the other SAFe courses I attended (Leading SAFe, Implementing SAFe), the course material needs some revision (too much paper)
- Dorina Bebja - Rating: 8/10
The content of the training was very good. The trainer level was high. Planning and location was great. What I mostly liked about the course were the exercises, the practical way of explaining. What I would suggest to be improved is to limit a a certain point the discussions that consumes to much time causing to not cover all the training topics as planned. In my opinion it is better to have more exercises than discussions, because as I had less experience than others I needed all the exercises planned to be covered.
- Martin Helmke - Rating: 10/10
Good interactive discussion, share of best practices and advice
- Juha Turpeinen - Rating: 9/10
Location, room and the practicailities (used equipment, food, breaks, etc.) worked very well. Experienced and natural trainer who could address specific topics and engage the participants excellently. Interactive training with different methods (pair and group works, etc.) works well.
- Mairon Wolfgang - Rating: 8/10
Meeting culture: For my opinion should everybody striktly attend the training. Attendees who are regularly absent for more then 5 Minutes or working on thier laptop during the curse should warned. Probably not recieve the training certificate. Ther are enough pauses to do business.
- Lysanne van Mensvoort - Rating: 8/10
Small room, but perfectly organised
- Betsy Raykos - Rating: 10/10
Fast pace & long days of intense training & information overload; good instructors & supporting documentation.
- Paul Schaefer - Rating: 9/10
The trainers were well versed in the material and had real world experience to draw upon for classroom discussions.
- Alfredo Caferra - Rating: 8/10
Very interesting course (level and content). Trainers very competent. Location could be improved (room too small for 26 people), maybe too much people for one class
- Kelly Macy - Rating: 10/10
I liked the real-world exercises. I would suggest spending more time on Implementation and less time on explaining SAFe
- Thomas Fahey - Rating: 8/10
I really enjoyed the fact that I did not feel that I was 100% being lectured to. THere was a good balance of lecture, open discussion and hands on activities.
- Stijn Matser - Rating: 9/10
Good and professional trainers. I like the focus on interaction in the training. Learn from each other rather than from the slides/book.
- Richard van Kleven - Rating: 8/10
great trainers too many people
- Christopher Goscinski - Rating: 8/10
I enjoyed the facilitation style, content, and, naturally, the food. Admittedly, the facilitation style was tough to adjust at first, but I think that was more my identifying the dynamic between the two trainers rather than their attitudes or approach overall. Once adjusted, and I better understood how they operate, the course was very enjoyable end to end. Opportunities for improvement: In a course with such a heavy test at the end, there was a lot of time spent hearing from other attendees about how they do things in their organizations. Useful, sure, but not exactly relevant to the challenge at hand post-course. (Full disclosure: I say this having failed the exam on the first try by just a couple of questions.) Finally, Yuval and Abram have good taste in food, and a willingness to adjust the menu as requested by the attendees. Appreciate both the points, and would attend the course again if only for the solid meal options.
- Vadim Arefiev - Rating: 10/10
The course was excellent! I love every piece of it! Yuval and Abraham are incredibly knowledgeable, fun and highly professional in teaching and organizing the class.
- Elizabeth Delarosa - Rating: 9/10
I loved the format of the course. It was hard to get bored. They both did well with keeping everyone awake and interested.
- Arjan de Knegt - Rating: 8/10
The trainers follow the format in the sheets quite to the letter. Especially the sharing of their own experiences and that of other course attendees is very valuable.
- Johan Van Hemelryk - Rating: 8/10
Positive: This course realy met my expectations to boost my inspiration and put my focuss on the right topics. Sentences like 'Th entire framework is there to support the team to get', 'Leadership is a maneger-trainr teaching and coaching the lean-agile thoughts', "Thre is only one bottle neck, tackle it and go then to the next biggest", "Learning is key", "Facilitate teh teams by introducing teh framework, but let teh teams themwelves figger out how to improve to get the highest value with teh least amount of waste" … They are like a mantra now. I absolutely like to to keep these alive and kicking within myself. Negative: This course is about sharing experiences and learning of each other.Therefor it is most important there is a good mix of experience at the same table. The first exercise of presenting each level of experience seems very relevant to do.
- Sven Huijsmans - Rating: 8/10
Location: (Amsterdam RAI) is not good. To much traffic and not central in Holland.
- Philippe Binder - Rating: 8/10
group activity timing is bad, not enough time to complete, sharing time to small to be usefull, fortunatly trainer adapted. still little value from exercise due to too short time to complete.
- Jan Hoedt - Rating: 9/10
I liked the trainers, a lot of knowledge! What I didn't liked was the amount of participants (around 35)
- Ramon Knol - Rating: 9/10
Excellent trainers, good pre-communication of the course, nice to combine training with the RTE summit, location Amsterdam ok, food and drinks on the first day not as good as excepted but you quickly act on the given feedback so the second and third day it was perfect. There was only one big annoyance and that was the number of attendees of the training. The room wasn't fit for such a huge audience. You couldn't sit comfortably. I strongly recommend to downsize this by 6 persons (one table island) for any future training.
- Martin Snijder - Rating: 9/10
Good explanation of the role of the RTE. Anand and Dwayne did a good job with involving the attendees and keeping connected. The opportunity to exchanging experiences with other (candidate) RTE is a key element in this trainining. Facilities and catering were good. The focus of the training is Program and Team level, missing the connections with portfolio level in the training. I think a lot are suffering with the lean budgetting part.
- Ed de Bruin - Rating: 7/10
It was a good experience. Dwayne and Anand are likable persons and pretty good teachers. But 30 people in one class is too much. Tip for Anand: wait for a question to be finished, before starting to answer. It happened quite some times that Anand answered questions that weren't asked.
- Tammy Duffy - Rating: 9/10
The trainer was excellent - knew the content inside and out, and brought his significant experience to the class. Could improve screening students, as we had a significant number of students who were brand new to SAFe. This made learning a little more challenging. The third day the instructor broke out the class by experience for the exercises which helped. Also, the registration process was a bit confusing, as I was registering using USA currency, but the indicator showed UK flag. This caused confusion and I almost did not register as I was uncertain of the cost.
- Manish Patel - Rating: 8/10
I liked the interaction with all attendees. I would like to trim some extra unnecessary exercises and focus on actual material that would help in real life as well as Test.
- Suchitra Rangadurai - Rating: 8/10
1. The course structure and the training is for current RTE's who would like to get SAFe certified. This is currently not tailored for the members who aren't working as RTE and who would like to move to that role.
- Pooja Jadhav - Rating: 9/10
The content, the way trainer explained all concepts,etc
- Ben Schenkman - Rating: 10/10
The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and provided interactive and engaging exercises for the class. There were a lot of attendees who did not meet the minimum requirements for the class, which dragged down the overall conversation and experience. The instructor did his best to improve the remainder of the class for the more experience attendees.
- Shakila Khan - Rating: 9/10
Very interactive activities and good sharing of experiences rather than just a presentation.
- Christopher LaSpada - Rating: 9/10
There should be a requirement to take an intro to Safe or SA course prior to this RTE one.
- Nicole Bruno - Rating: 9/10
I enjoyed this class and though Yuval was an exceptional trainer. He encouraged active participation and utilized multiple formats/training tools on the fly to fit the classes's needs. In contrast, the extreme knowledge/experience gap in the class was the biggest challenge and the most frustrating part of the training. Yuval's improvising helped to mitigate problem each day, but I would've gotten more out of the class from Day 1 if all participants had the required prerequisites and experience. This should be enforced when registering for the class.
- Ainur Bekenova - Rating: 7/10
Trainer was very good. Planning & location was good as well. Food was excellent) Should be stronger pre-requisites for this course, was different range of experience and understanding among course participants.
- Holger Glaue - Rating: 9/10
Led by an Extraordinary Coach. A good experianced groop that shared many examples. Time should be extendet, 3 days are very short for the amount of material.
- Natasha de Vreeze - Rating: 8/10
- Olivier Verhoek - Rating: 7/10
I liked the working together. Sharing experiences and thinking about the framework. I missed the theoretical lessons as I just passed the exam after 2 days of studying.
- Erwin Vervacke - Rating: 9/10
Trainer was well versed and was able to keep collaboration up and energy high. Location felt a little cramped with 21 people but was well compensated with drinks and snacks. Really loved having the parking garage close to the venue as I travelled by car between Eindhoven and Amsterdam. Overall very good experience!
- Steven van Dijk - Rating: 8/10
The teacher was very good
- Hughan Bolton - Rating: 9/10
course is good overall but need to enforce prerequisite courses like leading safe.
- Sam Ervin - Rating: 10/10
Yuval was an excellent trainer. He was able to read the room very well, keep the class engaged, and provide great examples to explain the content. The facility was great, meals/coffee/snacks were great. Overall I really enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it.
- Janet Milley - Rating: 9/10
I appreciated the real world examples and the openness of the instructor. I would have like a little more detail on the text book examples and exam test prep.
- Wendy Ronitz-Baker - Rating: 10/10
The location was beautiful and functional. Lunch options and snack options were the best I have ever had for a training class. The Instructor was great! Very knowledgeable, prepared, experienced, easy to understand, patient. He made it fun! Maybe an improvement would be more "indicators" or "call outs" in the course book to make it obvious what the SAFe "accepted practice" or "official stance" is on a topic. We shared a lot verbally, but to review for the test more actual SAFe statements in the book may have been helpful.
- Hema Roy - Rating: 9/10
I liked the instructor because he has practical experience with software development and infrastructure platforms, and scaled agile and brings in the pragmatism needed for this course.
- Giuliana Pritchard - Rating: 10/10
The content was very relevant. The trainer was excellent. Good insights and practical stories, recommendations, etc. The location was outstanding, very nice hotel with perfect view of the World Trade center. Things to improve: Prior to the class itself, I had to ask several times for info on address, agenda, etc. I couldn’t plan my flight back accurately because I didn’t have those details until the week before class. Also, coffee was only available after 10:00am. Please have it available earlier!
- Jane Zhitnitsky - Rating: 9/10
The class was great, the logistics had some glitches.
- Uttara Roy - Rating: 9/10
Liked the flow of the course
- Sundaresan RUNGASAMY - Rating: 10/10
The sharing of experiences and exchanges with the group. It would have been great to do some test example in the class just to test our understanding of the role and activities of the RTE. Location is great.
- Sune Hermit - Rating: 9/10
Good content, nice mix of lectures and discussions