Teaching an SPC class
The most rigorous of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) certification classes is the SPC certification. The full name is Implementing the Scaled Agile Framework® with SPC certification. It's a four day training class with lots of exercises followed by a 2 hour timed online exam of 125 question. It's quite rigorous with a pass rate of 70%. I was part of the first certification class along with 12 others back in 2012 in Boulder, CO.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. After receiving my SPC, I launched numerous ARTs and taught many Leading SAFe and SAFe ScrumXP (now SAFe for Teams) all over the world. But to qualify to teach the SPC class requires another level of certification, the SPCT. The "T" stands for Trainer. I received my SPCT certificate two months ago. I plan to teach a public SPC course once per quarter in southern California.
What makes the SPC certificate so valuable is that it qualifies the person to train and certify others in "Leading SAFe", "SAFe for Teams", "SAFe PM/PO" and to launch ARTs. Many companies have taken advantage of this program and there are now over 3,000 SPCs worldwide most of whom are change agents within large corporations like Cisco, Intel, John Deer and Boeing. Check out their case studies.
I will be posting many more behind-the-scene articles on how I prepare for my classes. Everything from marketing the classes, to course ware printing, the types of stationary I use and classroom organization. I will also share tips and tricks on how to build stamina for teaching the SPC class, think 4 x 9-hour-long-days.
-Armond Mehrabian, SPCT