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Feb 11, 2016
A S T E P - B Y - S T E P G U I D E
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is TOGAF?
History of TOGAF
TOGAF as a Certification
The Certification Process
Exam Retake Policy
Completing the Certification Process
Exam Preparation Aids
The Open Group Architecture Framework or TOGAF is an Enterprise Architecture framework which helps in designing, planning and implementing the information security architecture of an enterprise. The main idea is to present a structured and controlled approach for organizations planning to organize and govern their implementation of technology, especially software technology.
WHAT IS TOGAF?
TOGAF is modeled on four architecture domains, namely:
TOGAF was developed by the Open Group in the early 1990s by as a methodology for development of technological architecture. TOGAF 1.0 was the first version of TOGAF and was presented in 1995. It was based on the US Department of Defenses Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management or TAFIM. Following this, successive versions of TOGAF were developed and published by the Open Group at regular intervals. The popular Technical Version or TOGAF 7 was presented in December 2001. And exactly after one year the Enterprise Edition or TOGAF 8 was presented in December 2002. It was followed by a series of improvements to version 8.1 in 2003 and version 8.1.1 in 2006. The latest version or TOGAF 9 was launched in December, 2011 with many marked improvements.
HISTORY OF TOGAF
TOGAF as a professional certification program for individuals and organizations was launched by the Open Group in 2004. Architects across the globe have taken this certification and today more than 25000 professionals are TOGAF certified.
TOGAF certification enables professionals to acquire specific knowledge about the standard framework and methods of the enterprise architecture and help them demonstrate their proven knowledge of the framework. There has been an exponential growth in the Enterprise and IT Architecture and the vertical is expected to grow more rapidly in the near future.
TOGAF AS A CERTIFICATION
The Open Group is a vendor and technology neutral consortium of 450 member organizations that ensures the achievement of business objectives and goals through IT standards. It came into existence in 1996 after the merger of X/ Open and the Open Software Foundation. The Open Group is known for its certification programs including TOGAF, Open CA and Open CITS.
TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part-1): TOGAF 9 Certification (Part-2):
To become TOGAF 9 certified, you require taking up and passing two exams:
If you pass part-1 alone, you will gain TOGAF 9 Foundation credential. If you are TOGAF 8 certified, you can either take up stepwise (Part 1 then Part 2) examinations or take up the Combined TOGAF Part 1 and Part 2 examination. The TOGAF 8-9 Advanced Bridge examination was withdrawn on 31 December 2013.
THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
A candidate may achieve certification either through self-study or by attending TOGAF Accredited Training Course.
There are no set eligibility requirements for taking up the TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part-1) examination. Any aspiring candidate who wishes to build a career in Enterprise architecture can take up the examination.
TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part-1):
For taking up TOGAF 9 Certification (Part-2) Exam, a candidate must have passed the TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part-1) Exam from the same ATTC provider.
TOGAF 9 Certification (Part-2):
TOGAF 9 (Part-1):
This Exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions. You need to write 22 or more correct answers to qualify this exam. Passing score is 55%. Each correct answer scores one mark.
Exam Duration: 60 Minutes
Exam Fee: USD 320 + Local Taxes
TOGAF 9 (Part-2):
Exam Duration: 90 Minutes
Exam Fee: USD 320 + Local Taxes
This exam consists of 8 multiple choice questions which are based on complex scenarios with gradient scoring. Passing score is 60%. The exam is open book and each correct answer scores 5 points, second best answer scores 3 points, and third best scores 1 point. Hard copy or PDF of the applicable text book is provided by the test center.
QUICK COMPARISON OF PART 1 & PART 2 EXAM
The first and foremost step in the certification process is to choose the level you wish to take up- Foundation or Certification. Then, pick the method of study - attending a training course or self-study for taking up the examination.
While choosing to attend a training course, candidates must enroll themselves in an accredited training institute. On the Open Group website, under the Accreditation Register section [https://togaf9-cert.opengroup.org/atc-register], one can find a list of TOGAF 9 Accredited TOGAF Training Courses from various institutes. At present, 51 organizations are registered with the certification body.
EXAMINATION FORMAT OF THE EXAM OPEN BOOK VS. CLOSED BOOK PASSING SCORE
40 multiple choice questions to be completed in 60 minutes
Pass mark is 55% (22 or more points out of a maximum of 40)
Closed bookTOGAF 9 Part 1 Examination
8 complex scenario based questions to be completed in 90 minutes
Pass mark is 60% (24 or more points out of a maximum of 40)
Open bookTOGAF 9 Part 2 Examination
TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 & 2: This exam consists of 48 questions and is taken by those aspirants who wish to take up the level 2 certification in a single examination. It comprises of two sections and each section must be passed with pass marks similar to separate exams (Part 1: 55%, Part 2: 60%).
Exam Duration: 150 minutes
Exam Cost: USD 495 + Local Taxes
STEPS TO TAKE UP THE EXAM
All the accredited training course providers include the course examination fee as a part of their training or provide a voucher to attend a public Prometric test center. Few accredited trainers are permitted to distribute ocial TOGAF course materials.
For candidates who wish to take up the exam through self-study, it is required that they register with a Prometric center. Online registration with Prometric is available on their website http://www.prometric.com/OpenGroup.
While registering, it is important to mention the valid email address and correct name (check spelling). These credentials will be used by the Open Group to contact candidates for providing information on how to complete certification after taking up the examination.
EXAM RETAKE POLICY:If a candidate fails to pass any of the TOGAF examinations in the first attempt, he/ she can retake the exam only after one month of his/ her first attempt. Any result received before one month will be considered as invalid by the Open Group.
COMPLETING TOGAF 9 CERTIFICATIONCandidates score is sent by the Prometric to the Open Group within two days of the commencement of the exam. The result is then processed by the Open Group which emails the information on how to complete certification process to the candidate. The entire process takes around 6 days.
If the email is not received even after 6 working days, candidates may drop an email asking the same to togaf-cert-admin(at)opengroup(dot)org.
Once you are done with the certification process, login to https://togaf9-cert.opengroup.org and manage the visibility of your registration and laso obtain certificates and logos.
TOGAF 9 is a lifetime certification and does not require any renewal.
TOGAF 9.1 Certication Training from Simplilearn gives you the right guidance and exibility to prepare as per your convenience.
4 Days Classroom Courseware approvedby The Open Group
4 downloadablecase studies
TOGAF exam feeincluded in the course fee
38 real world examplesfrom various industries
12 Scenariobased examples
Tips & Techniques toclear TOGAF exam
by the trainer
videos at the start andthe end of the course
WISH YOU A HAPPY CERTIFICATION JOURNEY AHEAD!
There are numerous self- study materials available in the market. However, it is recommended to first go through the Open groups ocial study- materials. They are available on the Open Groups website:http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/
You can also find them in Open Groups book store. When you are satisfied with your preparation, try taking up more and more practice tests. Practice tests help in making exam ready. Try out some Demo tests:http://www.opengroup.org/togaf/cert/docs/examdemo.tplhttp://www.simplilearn.com/resources/free-practice-tests
EXAM PREPARATION AIDS:
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