This document provides guidance for individuals seeking certification. It provides answers to frequently asked questions about the program.
The latest conformance requirements for TOGAF 9 certification are aligned with TOGAF 9.1.
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.
Accredited training course providers are subject to an assessment both of the course and also their personnel and organization. In addition all accredited trainers include in their course fee the examination, either on site as part of the course or a voucher to attend a public Prometric test center. Some Accredited trainers also have permission to distribute official TOGAF materials, such as the official TOGAF 9 standard with their course materials.
|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|
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.
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.
An upgrade path, known as the bridging option exists to enable individuals who have qualified as TOGAF 8 Certified to obtain TOGAF 9 certification. Individuals who have qualified as TOGAF 8 Certified can bridge directly to the TOGAF 9 Certified qualification through a single examination. Please note that this path to certification is being withdrawn after October 31 2013.
The paths to certification and applicable examinations are shown in the diagram below:
Firstly to obtain a high level view, you should read the datasheets above for the appropriate level or path for certification you are considering. For detail of the learning outcomes required see the Conformance Requirements document.
There are four examinations as follows:
This exam comprises 40 questions in simple multiple choice format, covering the Level 1 learning outcomes (see the Conformance Requirements for detail). Each correct answer scores a single point.
This exam comprises 8 complex scenario questions, with gradient scoring. This exam is open book and covers the complete Level 2 learning outcomes. The correct answer scores 5 points, the second best answer 3 points, the third best answer 1 point. The distracter scores zero points.
The first section is 20 simple multiple choice questions covering the Level 1 learning outcomes. To obtain a pass for this section requires 12 or more points out of a maximum of 20.
The second section is identical to the TOGAF 9 Part 2 exam and requires 24 or more points out of a maximum of 40 to pass.
Please note that this path to certification is being withdrawn after October 31 2013.
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.
TOGAF 8 - 9 Advanced Bridge exam
A candidate must have been TOGAF 8 Certified in order to be eligible to sit this examination. Candidates should either have a current entry on the TOGAF 8 Certification register at http://www.opengroup.org/togaf/cert/cert_archlist-short.tpl or the candidate should provide a copy of their certificate.
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.
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.
You can find an available accredited training course either by viewing the public calendar of accredited TOGAF 9 Training Courses or by contacting a provider using the register link on the left or selecting this link . Click on the course name entry and the detailed page should give you a web link to the company that offers the course. As part of the package of attending the qualifying course, the training organization may offer facilities to take the examination, or may supply vouchers for you to take the examination at an authorized examination center.
Two study guides are available. The first of which covers the TOGAF 9 Foundation. The second is the companion document covering the learning outcomes beyond the Foundation level for TOGAF 9 Certified.
The two study guides can also be bought together as a bundle with additional supporting material, see here.
Other materials, such
as the TOGAF book can be purchased from The Open Group (see
If you attend an accredited course then the examination may be given as part of the course (check with your course provider), otherwise you can attend a Prometric test center.
Certification is included in the exam fees. Certification exams are priced according to currency values in specific countries and regions and are typically around USD 400 per examination (link to Prometric fees). Certification exam prices are subject to change. In some countries and regions, additional taxes may apply. Contact your test registration center for exact pricing.
The exam is available at any authorized Prometric testing center around the world, at The Open Group China authorized test centers in its territory, at The Open Group Japan, and at Accredited TOGAF Training Course Providers. All Accredited TOGAF Training Courses are required to include the examination in the course fee. The examination occurs either on site, or a voucher is provided to take it at a public Prometric test center.
To register to take the exam with Prometric: If calling within North America, you can contact Prometric at (800) 755-EXAM (755-3926). Outside the United States and Canada, contact your local Prometric Registration Center. To register online with Prometric, visit the Prometric Web site at http://www.prometric.com/OpenGroup .
To register to take the exam with The Open Group China see here.
The Open Group Japan offers the certification exams at the ReGIS Inc. offices in Tokyo. For more information contact please contact Ryosaku Shono (ryosaku(at)re-gis(dot)com).
Pre-paid exam vouchers for taking the TOGAF exams at Prometric test centers can only be purchased from Prometric direct. https://www.prometric.com/services/Services/Vouchers.htm. Other organizations selling just Prometric vouchers for the TOGAF 9 examinations are not authorized to do so. (More information...)
Summary exam requirements are as follows:
See the conformance requirements document for detailed information.
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:
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:
The bridging examination -- the TOGAF 8 - 9 Advanced Bridge, is a single paper using a combination of the two approaches used for TOGAF 9 Part 1 and TOGAF 9 Part 2, except that it only contains 20 multiple choice questions for Part 1.
Additional time is permitted for individuals for whom English is a second language (ESL). ESL candidates are permitted to bring a translation dictionary into the exam (subject to Proctor inspection). When registering via the Prometric web site you can select the ESL version of the exam at the point, if its available for your location. See further below for advice if an ESL option is not available.
Initially the exams are available in English worldwide. A Brazilian Portuguese version of the TOGAF 9 Part 1 exam is available in Brazil. The Open Group China provides Chinese versions of the exams in its territory (more information [pdf]). Similarly, The Open Group Japan provides Japanese language versions in Japan.
Over time where there is market demand we plan to provide translated versions of the exams.
For the open book exams, the test center provides either a hardcopy or a pdf copy of the applicable text book. Note at Prometric test centers, they operate a clean room examination environment and only the pdf edition is available and is packaged as part of the test -- when running the test selecting the REFERENCE button will pop up a pdf version of TOGAF 9
The applicable text book for the current examinations is the TOGAF 9.1 standard.
Yes, you need to have the prior qualification of TOGAF 8 Certified, irrespective of whether you are currently on the register. See above regarding eligibility for exams for more information. Please also note that the Advanced Bridge exam is being withdrawn soon.
Yes, you can subject to the normal retake rule, which requires Candidates to wait at least one (1) month between exams.
The times that Prometric quote include additional time for the registration, tutorial and survey, so for an exam lasting two hours duration they will allow 3 hours and 15 minutes duration for the appointment. During the examination it will display the duration at the start, and also how long is remaining in a countdown timer.
You should contact the Prometric Special Accommodations team to apply to register as an ESL candidate. They can be contacted at 1-800-443-1684.