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Best Enterprise Architect Certifications 2018
By , Mary Kyle

A leader in enterprise architecture, The Open Group's standards and certifications are globally recognized. The TOGAF (which stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework) standard for enterprise architecture is widely popular among leading enterprise-level organizations. Currently, TOGAF serves as the development and architecture framework of choice for more than 80 percent of global enterprises.

TOGAF's popularity is due, in large part, to the fact that the framework standard is specifically geared to all aspects of enterprise-level IT architectures, with an emphasis on building efficiency within the organization. The scope of the standard's approach covers everything from design and planning stages to implementation, maintenance and governance.

The Open Group offers several enterprise architect credentials, including TOGAF, Open CA, ArchiMate and the foundational Open Group IT Specialist (Open CITS). While we featured the Open CA cert in last year's top five list, the TOGAF certification moved up the job board ladder, earning its place among the featured slots.

The Open Group reports that there are more than 50,000 enterprise architects who are TOGAF certified. At present, there are two TOGAF credentials: the TOGAF 9 Foundation (Level 1) and TOGAF 9 Certified (Level 2). (The TOGAF framework is currently based on V9.1, although the credential name still reflects version 9.)

The TOGAF 9 Foundation, or Level 1, credential targets architects who demonstrate an understanding of TOGAF principles and standards. A single exam is required to earn the Level 1 designation. The Level 1 exam focuses on TOGAF-related concepts such as TOGAF reference models, terminology, core concepts, TOGAF standards, ADM, architectural governance and enterprise architecture. The Level 1 credential serves as a stepping stone to the more advanced TOGAF Level 2 certification.

The TOGAF 9 Certified, or Level 2, credential incorporates all the requirements for Level 1. Level 2 TOGAF certified architects possess an in-depth knowledge of TOGAF standards and principles and can apply TOGAF standards to organizational goals and enterprise-level infrastructure. To earn the designation, candidates must possess the Level 1 credential plus pass the Level 2 exam. The Level 2 exam covers TOGAF concepts, such as applying ADM phases, governance, content framework, building blocks, stakeholder management, metamodels, TOGAF techniques, reference models (TOGAF Technical Reference Model and Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model), ADM iterations and more.

Candidates wishing to pursue a fast-track path to Level 2 certification may take a combination exam, which includes the requirements for both Level 1 and 2. Training is not required for either credential but is highly recommended. Training classes run between two and five days, depending on the training provider and whether you're taking a combined training class that covers both Level 1 and 2 requirements, or a single level training course. The Open Group maintains a list of approved training providers as well as a schedule of current training opportunities on the certification webpage.

TOGAF 9 Facts & Figures 

Certification NameTOGAF 9 Foundation (Level 1)
TOGAF 9 Certified (Level 2)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesTOGAF 9 Foundation (Level 1): None
TOGAF 9 Certified (Level 2): TOGAF 9 Foundation (Level 1) credential
Number of ExamsLevel 1: One exam (40 questions, 60 minutes, 55 percent required to pass)

Level 2: One exam (8 questions, 90 minutes)

Level 1 and 2 combined exam (48 questions, 2.5 hours)
Certification Fees$320 each for Level 1 and Level 2 exams
$496 for combined Level 1 and Level 2 exam

Exams administered by Pearson VUE.
Some training providers include the exam with the training course.
Self-Study MaterialsA number of resources are available from The Open Group, including white papers, webinars, publications, TOGAF standards, the TOGAF Foundation Study Guide ($29.95 for PDF; includes practice exam), practice test ($0.99 as PDF), and the TOGAF 9 Certified Study Guide. The Open Group also maintains a list of accredited training course providers and a calendar of training events.

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