Whereas the TOGAF 9 Certification will never expire, there will be increasing expectations for those in the know to see success with the latest version called TOGAF Enterprise Architecture – this name will also look better on a CV.
The Bridge Exam is very reasonable, with only 10 closed-book questions and 4 scenarios. Each of the closed-book questions is worth 1 point and 20 minutes are allowed for this part of the exam. Each of the 4 scenarios is worth a maximum of 5 points (there is partial credit possible for 2 of the other 3 answers). 40 minutes are allotted for these scenario questions. An overall passing score is 18/30 (60%). The test is provided by Pearson Vue and you will have the option to take this proctored test at one of their centers or remotely.
The Value of this Certification
Certified individuals will have demonstrated their understanding of:
- The key changes in the TOGAF Standard
- The context within which an Enterprise Architecture practitioner must operate
- How to apply the stakeholder management technique
- How to implement the Architecture Vision phase including its applicable techniques
- How to implement the Architecture Development Method (ADM) Phases B, C, and D to develop an architecture, together with the applicable techniques
- How to implement the ADM Phases E, F, and G to implement an architecture, together with the applicable techniques
- How to support the ADM work
Accredited Training Courses include the TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture Practitioner Learning Studies as a mandatory element of the training. Candidates who become certified, who also satisfactorily complete these learning studies, will in addition earn The Open Group Certified: Applied TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture Practitioner Open Badge to reflect their ability to analyze and apply Enterprise Architecture.
One of the most significant changes to the new version of the TOGAF Standard is much less emphasis on establishing an EA practice and much more on how to scope and manage a cycle of change. Personally, I think the challenges of building a customized EA approach are so significant that we should have further elaborated on this part of EA. One of the ways, though, to still ensure maximum coverage of EA is to select the right trainer – and I highly recommend doing formal training instead of tackling this material by yourself. The 2-day Bridge course with EA Principals will clarify the new areas of emphasis in the standard, as well as tackle as many application-related questions as possible during and subsequent to the class.
Authored by Dr. Steve Else, Chief Architect & Principal Instructor