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Professional Certification: Level 1 - Certified Solution Architect

Solution Architects create formalized descriptions of solutions to business problems and opportunities developed through the reasoned application of technologies, people, and processes to successfully deliver systems and capabilities that support the needs of the business. Typical job titles within this discipline include IT Architect, System Architect, Delivery Architect, Security Architect, and Infrastructure Architect. (Open CA SA L1)

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  • Certified Solution Architects achieve Certification by successfully completing an interview by a Level 2 or Level 3 Certified Architect, based upon a comprehensive package of information describing project and other experiences.  The criteria used to decide on certification include all of the Skills mentioned above.
  • Certified Solution Architects must have at least 2 years of experience of contributing to the development of the architectural aspects of one or more  projects or engagements, possibly with support or mentoring, and must have participated in the role of Architect in two successful, complex architectural engagements or projects
  • Certified Solution Architects have a variety of experiences that demonstrate their contribution to successful solutions to complex problems covering e.g., people, process, technology, management, and involving more than one dimension (products, technologies, services, processes, management, security, governance, etc.) and/or domain (Business, Data, Information, Application, Technology, Security, Integration, etc.)
  • Certified Solution Architects have experience producing solutions that involve more than one type of technology and/or architecture.
  • Certified Solution Architects must have demonstrated their appreciation of the impact of their architectural decisions on the realization and operation of a solution.
  • A Certified Architect's experience must include the understanding and appreciation of the solution lifecycle from strategy, design, and implementation through to completion, enabling the them to produce solution designs that are successful.
  • Certified Architects must have completed formal training in the discipline of architecture (i.e., methods/frameworks for designing and defining solution architectures), either through attendance at a taught course, or through self-study.
  • Certified Architects must continually develop their technical and professional knowledge and skills in technology trends, vertical industry sectors, and architecture trends and techniques.
  • Certification is open to all applicants.  There is no requirement for any previous certification.
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