The Open Group Credentials

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Credentials are an addition to The Open Group Certification program for small amounts of learning (3 hours upwards). They lead to the award of an Open Badge. We expect credentials to be developed for a number of topic areas. Initially, knowledge-based credentials are being developed. In the future, it may be possible to build certifications from related sets of credentials.

TOGAF® Essentials 2018

The first credential to be introduced is TOGAF Essentials 2018.

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This credential leads to an Open Badge to indicate that an individual has knowledge and understanding of the changes introduced to the TOGAF Body of Knowledge in 2018, including the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2 and the TOGAF Library.

Read the TOGAF Essentials 2018 fact sheet for more information or watch the extract of the video below (starts at 2m 12 secs):



Courses leading to the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential are now available from The Open Group TOGAF 9 accredited training course providers. Check the register here and look for the credential badge.

If you are an existing Accredited Training Course provider and would like to offer this credential course see here.

Details of the Credential Definition and the Conformance Requirements are available from The Open Group Library.

This credential is required for trainers to be authorized to deliver Accredited Training Courses based on the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q. What does the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential cover?
A. A summary fact sheet is available. The Conformance Requirements are available for download from The Open Group Library.

Q. What is the target audience for the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential?
A. This credential is required for trainers to be authorized to deliver Accredited Training Courses based on the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2. It is also targeted at individuals who want to show they have up-to-date knowledge of the TOGAF Body of Knowledge.

Q. What is required to earn the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential?
A. Applicants are required to be TOGAF 9 Certified (TOGAF 9 Level 2). They need to attend an accredited TOGAF Essentials 2018 course to complete the mandatory three hours training. After completion of training they need to pass a lightweight internet based assessment -- the TOGAF Essentials 2018 Assessment.

Q. Can I self-study for the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential?
A. No, the conformance requirements state that three hours of mandatory training are required. This can only be obtained by attending an accredited training course, which includes bundling of entry into the online assessment.

Q. How do I take the assessment after completing my training?
A. The assessment for TOGAF Essentials 2018 is internet based, and accredited training course providers  submit your details to The Open Group, who will then send an email invitation for you to take the assessment. The assessment program includes both a PRACTICE assessment, which has to be passed, and a live assessment.

Q. If I become TOGAF 9 Certified after attending a 9.2 based accredited course, do I still need to attend a TOGAF Essentials 2018 accredited course in order to take the assessement and obtain the credential?
A. Yes, only an accredited TOGAF Essentials 2018 course meets the requirements. The syllabuses are different, with the credential focussing on the 2018 changes in detail and the Body of Knowledge.

Q. Can I obtain practice questions for TOGAF Essentials 2018?
A. The practice questions are made available as an online PRACTICE assessment. The purpose of this is twofold, to allow a candidate to practice for the live assessment and also to test their browser setup is suitable for the assessment. It is mandatory to take and pass the PRACTICE assessment. Unlimited retakes are permitted for failed PRACTICE assessments, until a pass result is achieved.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the Assessment for Candidates

Q. What is the format of the Online Assessment?
A. It is 20 questions, simple multiple choice, open book assessment with a time limit of 30 minutes. You are invited to take the PRACTICE assessment first, and once you have passed that an invitation to take the live assessment will follow.

Q. Is there a URL to access the TOGAF Essentials 2018 Online Assessment?
A. Invitations to take the assessment are issued by The Open Group to candidates submitted by their training course provider after satisfactory completion of the course. Each invitation is unique for the candidate.

Q. Do I need to register to take the Assessment?
A. No, your training course provider will submit your details to The Open Group, who will then issue an invitation to take the assessment.

Q. My trainer has asked me for my Candidate ID. How do I find that?
A. There are two ways to find this.:

Select the "Goto Pearson VUE" link on the Take Exam page at https://certification.opengroup.org/take-exam. The summary page shown will include your Candidate ID in the Personal Information.

Alternatively, login to your TOGAF 9 Certification account at https://togaf9-cert.opengroup.org, and select View/Edit my Certification Record. The Candidate ID is at the top of the Certification Information. Please note that your Certification ID (CID) is not a Candidate ID.

Q. When and where can I take the Assessment?
A. You will be sent an invitation to take the assessment by email. You can take the assessment at a time and location of your choosing.

Q. I did not receive my invitation to the assessment. What should I do?
A. Ensure that your spam filters do not block email from donotreply@brillium.com . If you need the invitation resent please contact badges(at)opengroup.org

Q. Can I access the course handouts and other materials when taking the Assessment?
A. Yes, the Assessment is not proctored and is Open Book. You are encouraged to access notes and course handouts while taking the assessment.

Q. Can I buy a voucher to take the online assessment?
A. No, entry to the online assessment is only included as part of an Accredited Training Course.

Q.What if I fail the assessment?
A. The system will allow two retakes automatically. If you fail three times and want a retake an administration fee is due.

Q. What are the system requirements to take the assessment?
A.In order to take the assessment you should ensure that Javascript, popups, cookies, and SSL are all enabled within your chosen Web browser. Supported browsers include recent versions of Google Chrome, Apple Safari,  Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Please note that Mozilla Firefox is not currently supported.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the Assessment for Training Course Providers

Q. How do I submit candidates to take the Assessment? Do I need to purchase vouchers?
A. Accredited Training Course provider submit the list of candidates who will be taking the assessment using this template.
The Assessment does not require vouchers, the nominated candidates are invited to take it by The Open Group once the list is received.

Q. How long will it take for a student to receive the invitation?
A. Accredited Training course providers submit candidates to The Open Group. Once payment is received and the list of candidate IDs validated, candidate details are loaded to the assessment system within 3 business days.
Candidates will then receive an invitation to a practice assessment. Once they pass the practice assessment they will receive an invitation for the live assessment usually within 1 business day.

Q. How long are the invitations valid for?
A. The assessment invitations are valid for at least 60 days.

Q. In case a student fails the assessment, can he/she retake it for free?
A. Yes, two free retakes are available for the live assessment. If a student fails three times, then one additional retake can be obtained for an administration fee.

Q. After a student completes the assessment, how long does it take The Open Group to notify the student for his/her credential?
A. The assessment system displays the results immediately. The credential badge is issued within 6 working days (badges are issued once per week)

Q.Is there a Practice test provided for my candidates?
A. Yes, this is provided as part of the online Assessment. A PRACTICE Assessment is made available to candidates first, which they must pass in order to take the live Assessment.

Q. Is there an assessment plan detailing the number of questions per learning unit?
A. Yes, see below.

Unit 1: Structural changes 4 Questions
Unit 2: Business Architecture 4 Questions
Unit 3: 40210 Alignment 2 Questions
Unit 4: TOGAF Content Framework 3 Questions
Unit 5: Security 3 Questions
Unit 6: Other Changes 2 Questions
Unit 7: Definitions  2 Questions
Unit 8: TOGAF Credential Program 0 Questions