Modern enterprise and information technology architecture has been grown rapidly with technology advancements and is going to further improve with the passage of time. It is the need of the hour to standardize the business enterprise architecture for better performance. TOGAF is an open group standard enterprise infrastructure used by the world's leading business organizations. Open group professional certifications are designed to train the best candidates for technical job roles and can act as a measure to check person's capabilities before employment to ensure an efficient recruiting process with positive outcomes. There are more than 25,000 TOGAF certified enterprise architects and instructors present worldwide showing proven business framework knowledge and expertise. TOGAF 9 certification has been intended for Enterprise architects, business architects, business analysts, and chief architects.
TOGAF 9 standard is for enterprise framework architecture covering all domains in an enterprise including business, application, data and technology architecture. It provides measures to govern architecture throughout and also the change management. Candidates having TOGAF 9 certification act as a valuable asset for the organization because of the ability of understanding, development, implementation and management of business organization management details by early because of learning of TOGAF9 standard.
TOGAF9 is an Open Group professional certification. There are other professional knowledge based certifications available which are presented below:
- ArchiMate Certification Program; it is aimed to ensure the candidate abilities and skills of Archimate specification.
- Open Fair Certification Program; it is designed to ensure that candidates have concepts and skills of Open Fair body of knowledge.
TOGAF 9 (certified) helps candidates to learn the architecture and framework of TOGAF, implementation of TOGAF principles and concepts to enterprise framework architecture, related case studies, and the usage of TOGAF to architect capabilities of a business enterprise framework. The main objective of the TOGAF 9 certification is to test and train a candidate in following key areas of enterprise architecture:
- TOGAF Introduction
- Architecture introduction
- Types of architecture, and capabilities
- ADM phases
- Enterprise repository
- TOGAF test with other frameworks
TOGAF certification can be obtained by taking two exams in a sequence mentioned below:
- TOGAF9 Exam Part 1
- TOGAF9 Exam part 2
The exams include multiple choice and scenario based questions. The exams can be prepared by self study or by following a training course accredited by TOGAF. TOGAF 9 certification can also be taken by giving a combine exam of the TOGAF9 part 1 and TOGAF 9 part 2 courses.
TOGAF 9 part 1 exam is focused on verification of candidate skills in following areas:
- Enterprise Infrastructure basic concepts
- Enterprise Infrastructure core concepts
- ADM introduction
- The Enterprise Tools
- Phases of ADM
- Guidelines and Techniques of ADM
- Governance of Architectural details
- Architecture viewpoints and stakeholders
- Deliverables of ADM Deliverables
- Reference Models of TOGAF
TOGAF part 2 exam is focused on verification of candidate skills in following areas:
- ADM Preliminary phase i.e. Requirements Management
- ADM Architecture Definition phase
- ADM Transition Planning phase
- ADM Governance phase
- ADM adaptation
- Framework of architectural content
- Reference Models of TOGAF
- Framework of Architecture Capability
TOGAF9 certifications do not expire. So there is no need to recertify until the objectives of the certification program has been changed or up graded.
There is no specific or formal pre requisite for TOGAF 9 certification exam. Any individual can take this exam.
Skills and Benefits
TOGAF 9 is an open group certification and a tool to certify a person about the methodology and framework of an enterprise. It is a vendor neutral certification thus providing multi dimensional and portable theoretical knowledge and practical skills and is acknowledged worldwide. It is a valuable certification for the employees of enterprise to show and prove their enterprise architecture managing skills. It also serves as a foundation level certification in enterprise architect career. It is a market driven and in demand certification catering the modern business enterprise trends.
After getting certified with TOGAF9 candidates can try for Archimate certification program or Open Fair certification program. There are other information technology certifications available by Open group too.