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TOGAF 9 Certification FAQ’s

TOGAF® 9 Certification Programme

What is the purpose of the programme?
  • It ensures that individuals are knowledgeable about TOGAF
  • It is a common baseline of knowledge
  • It provides a visible trust mark
How can I achieve certification?
  • Attend a Real IRM TOGAF training course and successfully complete the applicable examinations.
What are the available TOGAF certifications?
  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1) - provides 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 (Part 2) - provides validation that in addition to knowledge and comprehension, the candidate is able to analyse and apply knowledge of TOGAF
How do the certifications relate to the Part 1 and Part 2 exams?

The exams are what you need to pass to reach a certification qualification. The Part 1 exam is for TOGAF Foundation, and the Part 2 exam is for TOGAF Certified.

What is the impact of TOGAF 9.1 on TOGAF 9 certification?
  • The TOGAF 9 People Certification program has been designed to accommodate maintenance updates to the TOGAF 9 specification, such as TOGAF 9.1.
  • The certification remains as TOGAF 9 Foundation and TOGAF 9 Certified. Individuals who are currently certified in the TOGAF 9 People Certification program remain certified.
  • Up until June 1st 2012 candidates could study either to the original conformance requirements or the revised conformance requirements, and the examinations have been designed to accommodate both up to June 2013 (this extended period allows for those candidates with exam vouchers who can take up to 12 months to take their examinations).
  • From June 2013 the examinations can include new topic material from TOGAF 9.1.

Real IRM as TOGAF® 9 Certification Training Provider

Why should I choose Real IRM for my TOGAF training and certification?
  • Real IRM is an Accredited Training Course Provider and thus our TOGAF courses and our trainers are subject to assessment by The Open Group.
  • Real IRM is the exclusive representative of The Open Group in South Africa. We introduced TOGAF in South Africa and contributed extensively to development of the TOGAF 9 standard through collaboration with local Open Group members.
  • We presented the first TOGAF certification course in South Africa and now present a number of public and client courses each month, making us the top TOGAF training provider in Africa.
  • We pride ourselves on the quality of our courses. Our trainers are highly knowledgeable and experienced both as consultants and as course-presenters. The course material and hand-outs are comprehensive and our teaching-style is participative and interactive for an enjoyable learning experience.
Where do I find details of Real IRM’s TOGAF courses?
How much does certification cost?

Your certification exam vouchers are included in your course fees, so there is no additional charge..

TOGAF® Certification Exams

What is the format of the examinations?
  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1) - Pass mark 55% (22 or more points out of a maximum of 40). This closed book exam comprises 40 questions in a simple multiple choice format, covering the Level 1 learning outcomes. Each correct answer scores a single point.
  • TOGAF 9 Certified (Part 2) - Pass mark 60% (24 or more points out of a maximum of 40). This exam comprises 8 scenario-based complex multiple choice 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.
  • TOGAF 9 Combined (Part 1&2) - This is a combined TOGAF 9 Part 1 and Part 2 examination for candidates who want to achieve Level 2 certification directly in a single examination. It consists of two sections, with pass marks as per the TOGAF 9 Part 1 and 2 examinations described above. Each section must be passed in order to obtain an overall pass mark. If you fail a section then no certification is awarded, however you only need retake the Examination(s) corresponding to the failed section(s).
What is the pass score for the exam?
  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1) - Pass mark 55% (22 or more points out of a maximum of 40)
  • TOGAF 9 Certified (Part 2) - Pass mark 60% (24 or more points out of a maximum of 40)
  • TOGAF 9 Combined (Part 1&2) - Pass marks as per the TOGAF 9 Part 1 and 2 examinations described above. Each section must be passed in order to obtain an overall pass mark. If you fail a section then no certification is awarded, however you only need retake the Examination(s) corresponding to the failed section(s).
How long are the examinations?
  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1) -60 minutes
  • TOGAF 9 Certified (Part 2) – 90 minutes
  • TOGAF 9 Combined (Part 1&2) – 150 minutes
What are the prerequisites for the exams?

The following sections detail the eligibility requirements. Note that ineligible candidates will be disqualified from the exam and no fees refunded.

  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1) - There are no prerequisites for the TOGAF 9 Part 1. Any and all candidates are thus eligible to take this examination.
  • TOGAF 9 Certified (Part 2) - A candidate must be certified in 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&2) - 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.
What do the exams cover?

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.

  • TOGAF 9 Foundation (Part 1)  - The eleven topic areas covered by the examination together with the number of questions per area in the examination follows:
    • Basic Concepts (3 questions)
    • Core Concepts (3 questions)
    • Introduction to the ADM (3 questions)
    • The Enterprise Continuum and Tools (4 questions)
    • ADM Phases (9 questions)
    • ADM Guidelines and Techniques (6 questions)
    • Architecture Governance (4 questions)
    • Architecture Views, Viewpoints and Stakeholders (2 questions)
    • Building Blocks (2 questions)
    • ADM Deliverables (2 questions)
    • TOGAF Reference Models (2 questions)
  • TOGAF 9 Certified (Part 2) - The syllabus for the 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:
    • ADM Phases: Project Establishment (phases Preliminary, A, Requirements Management)
    • ADM Phases: Architecture Definition (phases B,C,D)
    • ADM Phases: Transition Planning (phases E and F)
    • ADM Phases: Governance (phases G and H)
    • Adapting the ADM
    • Architecture Content Framework
    • TOGAF Reference Models
    • Architecture Capability Framework
What is the difference between the Combined Part 1 and Part 2 Examination and taking the exams separately?

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.

What is the retake policy if I fail an examination?

Candidates who fail an examination are not allowed to re-take any TOGAF examination for a period of one (1) month. A result received before one month will be VOID.

This also applies to the TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and Part 2 examination, so for example, if you fail the Part 1 section, you would still need to wait at least one month before taking the Part 1 examination again, similarly for the Part 2.

How long is my exam voucher valid?

Your exam voucher is valid for one year from your TOGAF course date. We would advise you to write the exam as soon after completing the course as possible so that the material is fresh in your mind.

What allowances are made for non-native English speakers?

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).

Candidates who has English as a second language can apply for ESL(English Second Language) extension(additional time) via the Pearson VUE contact centre at 0800 995 044.

Is this an open-book exam?

This examination comprises two separate sections.

  • The TOGAF 9 Part 1 section is CLOSED Book.
  • The TOGAF 9 Part 2 section is OPEN book.

The Open Group's Examination Providers operate a clean exam room environment, so all applicable open book reference materials are provided electronically with the examination test. An electronic copy of the specification is built into the exam and becomes available in Part 2 only.

Examination Centres

How do I locate a test centre?

The certification exams can be taken at a Pearson VUE test center. To register online with Pearson VUE, visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/theopengroup/  or contact the Pearson Vue help centre at 0800 995 044

Why is the appointment time at the test center longer than the exam time?

The appointment time includes the time needed to register at the test center, review the instructions, read and accept the NDA, and complete the exam questions.

How can I apply for an additional time extension for the exam?

Candidates who has English as a second language can apply for ESL(English Second Language) extension(additional time) via the Pearson VUE contact centre at 0800 995 044.

How do I register to take an exam at a Pearson VUE test center?

Visit the Take Exam page to learn how to register and login to schedule an exam.

Is there specific advice for taking exams at a Pearson VUE test center?

For TOGAF 9 exams please see the specific advice sheet: Advice for Candidates Attending Pearson VUE Test Centers for TOGAF 9 Examinations. For all other exams see the generic advice sheet: Advice for Candidates Attending Pearson VUE Test Centers

Exams and Results

When will I receive my exam results?

You will receive notification of your pass or fail status within a few minutes of completing your exam in the form of a printed score report. In addition, for candidates testing at Pearson VUE you can obtain your score reports from within your Open Group Pearson VUE testing account.
The examination provider will forward your score to The Open Group within five business days, after which The Open Group will process the results. If the results are acceptable for certification, The Open Group will then contact you via email within 6 six business days to complete your certification. You will not be visible in the Directory of Certified Individuals until you receive this email from The Open Group AND log in to the certification system to complete the steps to be certified.

What are the next steps after completing the exam(s)?

Exam results are sent from the exam provider to The Open Group. Upon receipt, they are processed, and if accepted as suitable for certification then The Open Group sends you an email with information on how to login to the web certification system at The Open Group to complete the process to become certified.

How long does it take for The Open Group to contact me?

This can take up to 6 business days. The Open Group typically receives your exam result from the exam provider within 2 days of you taking the exam and then needs to process the result. Please note that The Open Group offices are closed on the weekend.

What should I do if I am not contacted by The Open Group?

Occasionally we are unable to contact you due to an incorrect email address used when you registered for the exam. If after 6 business days you have not been contacted please submit an Open Group helpdesk ticket for the applicable certification program.

Will The Open Group send me a hard copy of the certificate?

No. Due to the global nature of the program, only PDF certificates are available. Certificates can be downloaded from an individual's resource center which is available once certification is complete.

I do not have an Open Group web ID, what should I do?

You will first need to create one before you attempt to complete certification. You can do this via The Open Group website, www.opengroup.org. Please click log in & create an account (or proceed directly to https://www.opengroup.org/ogsys and select option 1). You can then use the account details you have just registered to login to the certification system and complete the steps to become certified.

Where do I login to complete my Certification?

See the how to complete your certification page for a link to the applicable certification program website. After you log in, the certification system will guide you through the steps to complete your certification.

Where do I login to obtain my Certificate and the certification logos?

You must log in to the applicable certification program website. Your certificate and a file containing the certification logo will be accessible from your Resource Center, which is available after you complete the process to get certified. See the page on how to complete your certification for a link to the applicable certification program website. After you log in, you will either see your Resource Center where you can access your certification and logos (if you have completed the certification process) or the ability to complete your certification.

I failed part of a combined exam, but have now passed that part, but my certification level does not reflect this. What should I do?

You should contact the appropriate certification helpdesk to request they update your certification level. Please include information on the exams taken, the score reports, or a detailed summary of the results, and the certification IDs in the system.

 

Upcoming TOGAF Courses

You can register for TOGAF 9 Foundation (Level 1) or TOGAF 9 Certified (Level 2) or both by clicking the links below

  • TOGAF® 9 for Government Training
    18 Feb 2019
  • TOGAF® 9 Level 1 Training - Weekend
    02 Mar 2019
  • TOGAF® 9 Level 2 Training - Weekend
    09 Mar 2019
  • TOGAF® 9 for Government Training
    10 Jun 2019