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By default, TOGAF 9 certifications are confidential so are not shown on the public register. You will be able to change this by updating your confidential status from within the resource centre from your account at https://togaf9-cert.opengroup.org

There is no renewal required once you have obtained certification in the TOGAF 9 Certification program.

Occassionally we are unable to contact you due to an incorrect email address when you registered for the exam. If after 6 working days you have not been contacted please email togaf-cert-admin(at)opengroup(dot)org.

This can take up to 6 working days. The Open Group typically receives your exam result after 2 days from Prometric, and then needs to process the result. Please note that The Open Group offices are closed on the weekend.

Exam results are sent from Prometric to The Open Group. Upon receipt, they are processed and then The Open Group emails you with information on how to login to the web certification system at The Open Group to complete your certification.

The topic areas are weighted so that there are more questions in key areas of the syllabus, for example in the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination the four topic areas: ADM Phases, ADM guidelines and techniques, Enterprise Continuum and Tools, and Architecture Governance comprise 60% of the questions.

The eleven topic areas covered by the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination together with the number of questions per area in the examination follows:

  1. Basic Concepts (3 questions)
  2. Core Concepts (3 questions)
  3. Introduction to the ADM (3 questions)
  4. The Enterprise Continuum and Tools (4 questions)
  5. ADM Phases (9 questions)
  6. ADM Guidelines and Techniques (6 questions)
  7. Architecture Governance (4 questions)
  8. Architecture Views, Viewpoints and Stakeholders (2 questions)
  9. Building Blocks (2 questions)
  10. ADM Deliverables (2 questions)
  11. TOGAF Reference Models (2 questions)

The syllabus for the TOGAF 9 Part 2 examination is all the learning outcomes. The exam samples the learning outcomes with eight scenarios and eight questions.

The eight questions are drawn from the following topic areas:

  • ADM Phases: Project Establishment (phases Preliminary, A, Requirements Management)
  • ADM Phases: Architecture Definition (phases B,C,D)
  • ADM Phases: Transition Planning (phases E and F)
  • ADM Phases: Governance (phases G and H)
  • Adapting the ADM
  • Architecture Content Framework
  • TOGAF Reference Models
  • Architecture Capability Framework

No, the certification policy has a minimum period before you can retake an examination. This is currently one month. If you retake before that period your test result will be void. This applies to all TOGAF 9 examinations, so for example, if you fail the Part 1 section of the TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and Part 2 examination, you would still need to wait at least one month before taking the Part 1 examination, similarly for the Part 2.

The Combined Part 1 and Part 2 examination is designed for candidates who want to go to TOGAF 9 Certified without the intermediate step of TOGAF 9 Foundation, and who want to take both papers in one examination session. If you take the exams separately and only pass Part 1 you will be awarded TOGAF 9 Foundation. If you take the Combined Exam, and fail a section, you will need to retake the failed section(s) before certification will be awarded.

The following sections detail the eligibility requirements. Note that ineligible candidates will be disqualified from the exam and no fees refunded.

  • TOGAF 9 Part 1 exam

There are no prerequisites for the TOGAF 9 Part 1. Any and all candidates are thus eligible to take this examination.

  • TOGAF 9 Part 2 exam

A candidate must be certified to TOGAF 9 Foundation or have achieved a pass result for the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination on the same day at the same ATTC provider as they are taking the Part 2 examination.

For candidates not taking the Part 1 exam in the same session, a candidate must have a TOGAF 9 Foundation entry in the Directory of Certified People at http://www.opengroup.org/togaf9/cert/register.html or have passed at least the Part 1 section of the Combined examination.

Candidates are obliged to provide their Personal Conformation Code to the ATTC provider if they have set their directory entry to confidential.

  • TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and 2 exam

There are no prerequisites for the TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and 2 Exam. Any and all candidates are thus eligible to take this examination.

Candidates who fail an examination are not allowed to re-set ANY TOGAF examination again for a period of one (1) month. A result received before one month will be VOID.

The exams are what you need to pass to reach a certification qualification. There are a number of examinations providing paths to become TOGAF 9 Certified. This is explained further below.

  • TOGAF 9 Foundation – To provide validation that the candidate has gained knowledge of the terminology and basic concepts of TOGAF 9 and understands the core principles of Enterprise Architecture and TOGAF
  • TOGAF 9 Certified – To provide validation that in addition to knowledge and comprehension, the candidate is able to analyze and apply knowledge of TOGAF

You first need to decide the level you would like to study for, and then after a period of study, attending a training course or by self-study, take the applicable examinations.

  • It ensures that individuals are knowledgeable about TOGAF
  • It is a common baseline of knowledge
  • It provides a visible trust mark

It is available for online reading at http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/ and available in The Open Group Bookstore at http://www.opengroup.org/bookstore/catalog/g116.htm .

It lasts perpetually forever.

IT Architecture is regarded by The Open Group as a key discipline for organizations to use in realizing the Boundaryless Information Flow vision, the enablement of which is The Open Group’s mission.

The value to customers is the knowledge that the vendor has made a legally binding warranty of conformance with the Product Standards referenced in the Certification Program – a warranty that requires compliance not only at the time of registration, but throughout the lifetime of the product or service offering, for as long as it remains registered.

Customers can therefore procure TOGAF based product and service offerings safe in the knowledge that the vendors concerned have taken a professional and commercially responsible approach to the supply of these offerings to the market; and furthermore, have completed a detailed Statement of Conformance, which the procurer can access freely and compare with those of other certified vendors, if they wish.

IT Architecture is acquiring increasing recognition as a necessary discipline for ensuring that the design and implementation of enterprise-wide IT properly addresses and supports the needs of the business. TOGAF is an open, industry standard framework and method for IT Architecture, developed and continuously evolved since the mid-90’s by representatives of some of the world’s leading IT customer and vendor organizations.

The introduction of a certification program for TOGAF enables large organizations (both private and public sector) to standardize on this open method for IT Architecture, and so avoid lock-in to the proprietary methods of major consultancies.

It is an important step in making IT Architecture a well-recognized discipline, and in introducing rigor into the procurement of tools and services for IT Architecture.

The TOGAF certification program licenses the use of the term “TOGAF 8” together with The Open Group Certification Mark in association with Certified Offerings. This provides the necessary legal framework to maintain the value of TOGAF to enterprise customers. The value to licensees is the ability to use the term “TOGAF ” together with The Open Group Certification Mark in association with products and/or services that support the TOGAF framework and its Architecture Development Method.

In addition, The Open Group publishes and publicizes the definitive register of TOGAF certified offerings, and issues certificates that can be used by the vendor in promotion.

Individuals are also entitled to membership of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) at no additional cost (http://www.globalaea.org/);

The Open Group has introduced a certification program for TOGAF, presently Versions 8.1 – its industry standard architecture framework and method.

TOGAF Certification is for both individuals and organizations. Individuals can become certified by demonstrating their knowledge of TOGAF either by attending a training course or passing an examination test. Organizations can have their products (TOGAF Tools or Training Courses), and services certified.

Customers who wish to base their IT architecture work on the open, industry standard TOGAF method can now procure tools, training, and the services of consultants (individuals and integrators) on the basis of certified conformance with TOGAF standards.