Certified Architect (Open CA)

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The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) designation brings value and recognition to IT/Solution, Business, and Enterprise Architects and the organizations that employ them

The Open Group Open Certified Architect (Open CA) certification is an independent global certification for qualifying the skills, knowledge, and experience of IT/Solution, Business, and Enterprise Architects. Accepted and applicable worldwide, Open CA boasts more than 5,000 certified professionals from 180 companies in more than 60 countries worldwide.

The program requires applicants to demonstrate skills and experience against a set of conformance requirements through written applications and peer interviews. There are no training courses to attend and no written exams to complete.

Open CA certification is:

  • The most trusted independent benchmark for validating a Solution, Business, and Enterprise Architect’s skills and experience
  • A distinctive, peer-reviewed, vendor-neutral, globally recognized, portable credential
  • Used by the world’s leading enterprises as an objective measure of capabilities
  • A proven guide for filling critical roles and responsibilities
  • An outstanding career move

There are 3 levels of certification in Open CA:

  • Level 1: Certified
  • Level 2: Master
  • Level 3: Distinguished


  • Certification Process

    The Open Group Open Certified Architect (Open CA) certification requires candidates to submit comprehensive documentation detailing their skills and experience gained on working on architecture-related projects, followed by a rigorous peer review process.

    The program is unique in that it is skills and experience based, vendor-neutral, portable and globally recognized.

    "I feel highly honored that you recommended that my application to be a Master Certified Architect should be accepted. I was amazed by how professional the whole process was and I had to ask the Board Chair a few questions because she was the first to interview me. There was no hint of any sort of subjectivity in the process and it is a great honor that you see me fit enough to be an ambassador."

    An Open CA Candidate

    Open CA certification incorporates Solution Architecture, Business Architecture, and Enterprise Architecture disciplines. Therefore, applicants are able to become an Open Certified Architect in:

    • Solution Architecture
    • Business Architecture
    • Enterprise Architecture

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  • Benefits for Individuals

    For individuals, The Open Group Open Certified Architect (Open CA) certification represents an ideal mechanism for demonstrating knowledge, success and overall business capabilities. Open CA certification can significantly enhance and affirm your professional skills, improve your prospects for rewarding assignments, accelerate salary and career advancement, and result in greater peer recognition.

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  • Benefits for Organizations

    For organizations, Open CA certification provides an independent, global, experience-based benchmark for identifying, assessing and selecting the most qualified individuals for critical roles and responsibilities. Specifying Open CA certified individuals in procurement and project proposals can considerably reduce recruitment time and cost, and result in higher project success rates.

    Open CA certification can help to optimize the staff recruitment and retention process and motivate staff to acquire this widely recognized industry standard to authenticate their skills and experience.

    Organizations can also utilize The Open Group materials to build their own professional certification programs and apply the Open CA certification structure to enhance their own learning and development programs.

    In a marketplace where confidence is a key purchasing factor, suppliers can demonstrate their expertise by showing that they use certified Solution and Enterprise Architects for specific projects. Open CA certification is a powerful competitive differentiator that provides your customers with reliable assurance of the skills and capabilities of your IT professionals and of the quality and interoperability of your products.

    “Credit Suisse’s IT division is required to provide high-quality, innovative and cost-efficient technology solutions to our integrated global bank. In order to achieve our goals, it is critical that we attract and retain the best IT professionals in the market. By following industry best practices, The Open Group has defined an outstanding benchmark for IT Architects and IT specialists, which makes it easier to identify the highly skilled and experienced professionals that Credit Suisse is looking for. In addition, I am very much in favor of The Open Group’s efforts to certify skills and experience, rather than academic qualifications only.”
    Andreas Buzzi
    Head of Software Engineering
    Credit Suisse
    We will continue our active involvement in the ongoing development of TOGAF® and the Open CA program. Open CA, in our view, is tomorrow’s standard architecture certification, akin to what PMI is for the program management community today.”
    Sascha Kuhlman
    Global Lead, Enterprise Architecture Program
  • Market Awareness

    The Open Group's Open Certified Architect (Open CA) certification is a well-known and respected certification for practicing IT/Solution, Business, and Enterprise Architects. There have been numerous articles about the value of the program; for example, in recent issues of the Foote report of 22,000 IT professionals covering 170 IT certifications, it suggests that in terms of pay growth, Open CA is the number one "must have" certification.

    Open CA certification is in strong demand because:
    • Demand is being created in the marketplace for Open CA references in both RFPs and recruitment advertising. Open CA certification has previously been requested in RFPs for companies in both the private sector and various government agencies
    • Companies such as Logica, CA, Capgemini, Shell, John Hancock, CBS, EADS and Direct Energy have advertised for job roles that included a reference to Open CA
    There are hundreds of organizations that employ Open CA certified staff including Accenture, Credit Suisse, DXC Technology, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Intel, AT&T, Deloitte, HSBC, Nationwide, CA, Direct Energy, IBM, Raytheon, Cisco Systems, Fortis, ING, UPS and Shell.


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