SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE)

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.
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Facilitate, execute and improve your company’s Agile Release Trains

SAFe® Release Train Engineer Certification is a three-day course cum certification program that prepares you to be a servant leader and a coach for the Agile Release Trains (ART) to deliver value.

In this course you will learn to lead the ART by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, agile development, Product development flow and DevOps.

This course will help you to elevate your Agile practitioner experience to the next level. Through this course you will learn about role and responsibilities of an effective RTE, how to apply SAFe principles, organizing Agile Teams and the ARTs, preparing and facilitating the PI Planning event and guide teams during PI execution. You will also learn to communicate with stakeholders, escalate impediments, foster culture of continuous improvement and be the owner of the ART improvement Roadmap.

The content fully matched with my expectations. Besides that, I was impressed by the knowledge level and training capabilities of the trainer.

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.

Learning goals

During this three-day course you will learn to:

  • Effectively perform the role of the Release Train Engineer
  • 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 the learning journey


RTE Exam & Certification

When you pass the Release Train Engineer exam, you will receive

  1. SAFe Release Train Engineer certificate
  2. Digital badge
  3. SAFe Release Train Engineer
  4. Access to the RTE Community of Practice
  5. SAFe Release Train Engineer certification usage guide with RTE certification marks
  6. Access to learning resources
Didn’t pass the exam? You can try again! Each new attempt will cost $50.


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].

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.


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.

Course attendees typically include:

  • RTEs and Solution Train Engineers (STEs)
  • Program and project managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Leaders and managers
  • Agile coaches
  • SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs)

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 Details

  • 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 grade – 44 out of 60 questions (73%)
  • 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 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.



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