SAFe Advanced Release Train Engineer (RTE) Workshop

Facilitating Lean-Agile Program Execution – With SAFe® 5 Release Train Engineer Certification

At the AgileSparks SAFe Release Train Engineer workshop attendees explore the skills needed to facilitate and enable end-to-end value delivery through Agile Release Trains (ARTs)—and learn how to build a high-performing ART through servant leadership and coaching. During this three-day course, attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of an RTE in the SAFe enterprise.

Through experiential learning, attendees will examine the RTE role in a Lean-Agile transformation. They will learn how to facilitate ART processes and execution, coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in new processes and mindsets. They will also learn how to prepare, plan and execute a Program Increment (PI) planning event, the primary enabler of alignment throughout all levels of a SAFe organization.

Our RTE classes are facilitated by SPCTs with years of experience working with Release Train Engineers on some of the world’s most complex and challenging SAFe implementations.

Who will benefit from participating in the SAFe RTE workshop?

  • Practicing RTEs and Solution Train Engineers (STEs)
  • Program and project managers who are practicing some form of scaled agility – especially if it a SAFe or SAFe-like environment
  • Scrum Masters in a SAFe or SAFe-like environment
  • Leaders and managers focused relentlessly improving the performance of their Agile Release Trains/Solution Trains.
  • Agile coaches working in a SAFe/SAFe-like environment
  • SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) looking to be more effective in coaching ARTs and RTEs/STEs. Experienced SPCs can apply with SAI to teach the class inhouse or with their clients. (note: Public RTE classes can only be delivered by SPCTs)

SAFe RTE Workshop Learning Goals

To perform the role of a SAFe Release Train Engineer, attendees should be able 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 the learning journey

Topics Covered in the SAFe Release Train Engineer workshop

  • Exploring the RTE Role, Responsibilities, and Stances.
  • Applying SAFe Principles in the RTE’s work with the ART
  • Organizing the ART
  • Advanced topics in Program Increment Planning
  • Nuances of executing a Program Increment
  • Inspecting and Adapting – Fostering Relentless Improvement
  • Serving the ART – How the RTE can act as a servant leader
  • Continuing Your Learning Journey

Recommended level of experience for the Release Train Engineer class

The RTE is an advanced class aimed at practicing RTEs. While there are no strict prerequisites, we strongly recommend having some hands-on experience with Agile AND a SAFe-like environment. You should be comfortable with questions like those on the SAFe Practitioner and SAFe Agilist sample tests. 


Some of the world’s largest technology firms implement SAFe with AgileSparks

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m just starting my learning journey as a SAFe Release Train Engineer. Is this the right class for me?

A: The SAFe RTE class is actually an advanced class aimed at practicing RTEs. You should be comfortable with questions like those on the SAFe Practitioner and SAFe Agilist sample tests. 

The typical path is for an Agile Release Train’s RTE to join the other role-based classes during preparation for ART launch – Leading SAFe, PO/PM, SAFe for Scrum Masters, SAFe for Teams, and ideally become a SAFe Program Consultant by attending an Implementing SAFe class. Then, after some experience on an Agile Release Train planning and executing Program Increments (PIs) they should join an RTE class.

Having said that, many participants join the RTE class as part of their preparation for ART launch and they report it helps them get ready for a successful launch. The key for these participants is proper preparation according to our recommended activities list (provided upon registration), starting from the day they register to the class.

Q: What does the registration cost include? Is the certification included?

A: The workshop price includes participation in the class and one attempt at the certification exam that you’ll take in the 30 days after the workshop. If you pass the exam you will earn your RTE certification. If you need a retake there’s an extra fee handled directly with SAI – the SAFe certification body. Workshop price also includes food and drinks throughout the workshop days and the student workbook. If you have to travel for the class, your travel expenses aren’t included.

Q: What does it mean when the workshop is “Guaranteed to Run”?

A: You’ve probably experienced this. You register for a class and it gets canceled/postponed due to lack of registrations. This is especially an issue with a class like Implementing SAFe in which you get two trainers for the entire class and where the class just doesn’t work in very small sizes. When we announce a workshop as “Guaranteed to Run” it means we have enough registrants already and consider this a strategic class on our schedule. And for you that means – No cancellations, No reschedules, No hassle, and most importantly getting the training you need sooner rather than later. We make as much effort as possible to guarantee the class as early as possible – which is why we offer Early Bird discounts to participants that plan early and help us provide this predictability.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A: Up until 30 days before the event, you can cancel at no charge. If a cancel or transfer request is made less than 30 days prior to the class start date, payment will still be due, no refunds will be issued and you will be charged a $200 change fee. Your paid tuition will be available for one year to be used as a credit towards another course of equal value; only one re-enrollment opportunity is allowed. Check out our Guarantees and Policies.

Interested in gaining advanced SAFe Release Train Engineer knowledge?

Contact us for information about upcoming public classes or to discuss bringing a class onsite.

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