How to Get TOGAF® Certified

To get TOGAF 9 certified, you must pass The Open Group's TOGAF Certification exams. Both exams test your knowledge of TOGAF. The first exam, TOGAF 9 Foundation, is a broad knowledge test about the TOGAF standard. The second exam, TOGAF 9 Certified, tests your ability to apply the TOGAF standard in different enterprise architecture scenarios.

Everything is about knowing the TOGAF standard, and passing the exam. There are two real options for TOGAF Certification preparation: Self Study or Accredited TOGAF Training.

Why TOGAF 9 Foundation & TOGAF 9 Certified not 9.2?

The TOGAF Standard evolves as the established state-of-the-art enterprise architecture improves. Every release builds on a solid base of established best practice. The best ideas transition from novel experimental concepts to established method to industry best practice. Some ideas need to be pruned at the experimental stage.

The TOGAF 9 People Certification program was designed to accommodate updates to the TOGAF 9 standard. The certification levels remain as TOGAF 9 Foundation and TOGAF 9 Certified. Individuals who have been certified in the TOGAF 9 People Certification program remain certified. Within 12 months of the release of a new version, all certification is based on the current version. Since version 9.2 was released in 2018, today all examinations are based on version 9.2.

Self-Study for TOGAF Certification

Do not read the TOGAF Standard. While 9.2 is an easier read than 9, or 9.1, it is long and not structured to help you pass the TOGAF certification exam. Reading the TOGAF Standard is like reading the Bluetooth specifications to learn how to pair a bluetooth headset.

For the true Do-it-Yourself type, go to The Open Group website and purchase the TOGAF Study Guide Bundle. The Study Guide bundle includes the official sample exams and the study guide.

Start with a sample exam as a diagnostic. Do not study the parts of the exam you are passing. You know those parts. Find the parts of the TOGAF standard you are not passing in the study guide. Look at the Learning Objectives to see what they will ask you. Learn the material appropriate for the exam.

They organize the TOGAF 9 Foundation and TOGAF 9 Certified study guides around the certification learning outcomes. The study guide is built around the learning outcome, referenced text, and self-assessment questions.

The Open Group TOGAF® 9 Certification Self-Study Pack, 4th Edition

Bundle for self-study for TOGAF 9 Part 1 and Part 2 exams.

    • TOGAF 9 Foundation Study Guide, 4th Edition (PDF) – B180
    • TOGAF 9 Certified Study Guide, 4th Edition (PDF) – B181
    • TOGAF 9 Part 1 Practice Test (PDF) – B092
    • TOGAF 9 Part 2 Practice Test (PDF) – B093

Contains bonus material:

    • The TOGAF Standard Reference Cards (PDF) – N180
    • The TOGAF Standard ADM Reference Cards – N181
    • The TOGAF Standard Pocket Guide (PDF) – G185
    • TOGAF 9 Certification Program (PDF)
    • White Paper: An Introduction to the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2

 

Preparing with Accredited Training

The Open Group accredits training providers and training courses. Accredited training is prepares you for the certification examinations. The accreditation confirms the course includes all learning outcomes. Learning objectives are specified in the TOGAF Certification Policy. The intent of The Open Group accreditation process is to assure you that the training can prepare you for the certification exams.

Selecting your Training Provider

Frankly, any accredited training provider can teach you the material to pass the TOGAF 9 Certification Exams. The exams assess whether you know the learning outcomes. The Open Group maintains a list of all accredited e-learning TOGAF training.

We think you should select your training provider based on three criteria.

Criteria To Select TOGAF Certification Training

Selecting TOGAF 9 Training Course

We use our training when we are developing an enterprise architecture team. In these projects we are always in a hurry. We need to get some useful enterprise architecture while we improve the team. We always use online training:

    1. Students can proceed at their pace
      Some students commit full days, while others spread their learning out.
    2. Speed the education process
      All of us enter the course with prior knowledge. Online training lets you skip ahead or repeat until you are comfortable.
    3. Training at their convenience.
      It is never convenient to take the entire team off to a course.

Going Further than TOGAF Certification

TOGAF Certification is an important step. It is not the last step.

Being a better enterprise architect requires continual professional development.

We use a layered approach to developing successful enterprise architects

Do it Yourself Path to becoming TOGAF Certified and a Better Enterprise Architect

Online video training to support your preparation for TOGAF Certification

Best practice guidance on delivering high-quality enterprise architecture using the TOGAF Framework

Self-Study support for your TOGAF Certification

Support to be a better enterprise architect. From ensuring you understand how to listen to stakeholders, to time-management, to critical thinking.

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