By Andrew Josey, The Open Group
Certification is a core competence of The Open Group and key to the successful rollout of our standards. TOGAF®, an Open Group standard, is the de facto global standard for Enterprise Architecture. The fast adoption of TOGAF 9 and demand for its certification program by architecture professionals and their employers is indicative of the value to be gained from trusted, globally accepted standards supported through certification.
As one of the team who developed TOGAF 9, I regularly track the statistics to monitor the take-up and adoption worldwide. Certifications within the TOGAF 9 program are currently growing at over one thousand individuals per quarter. As of June 3rd there were 7,200 individuals certified from more than 50 countries.
Of particular interest is to look at the countries adopting TOGAF. The top five includes the UK, The Netherlands, The USA, Australia and South Africa.
(Note 1: Data as of June 3rd 2011. Other countries outside the top 30 include (in order) Spain, Ireland, Austria, Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Hungary, Oman, Nigeria, Botswana, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Chile, Thailand, South Korea and Peru.)
There are 34 TOGAF 9 training partners worldwide and 37 accredited TOGAF 9 courses. More information on TOGAF 9 Certification, including the directory of Certified People and official accredited training course calendar, can be obtained from The Open Group website.
As part of the ongoing process of “Making Standards Work®”, we will be defining new certification standards and policy in the member meetings at The Open Group Conference, Austin, Texas (July 18-22, The Four Seasons Hotel). This will include the development of certification for the ArchiMate® standard and the addition of tools certification for TOGAF® Version 9.
If you are able to join us in Austin in July, I hope you will be able to also join us at the member meetings to work on building the next certification standards. If you are not yet a member then I hope you will attend the conference itself and network with the members to find out more and consider joining us at The Open Group.
Andrew Josey is Director of Standards within The Open Group, responsible for the Standards Process across the organization. Andrew leads the standards development activities within The Open Group Architecture Forum, including the development and maintenance of TOGAF® 9, and the TOGAF® 9 People certification program. He also chairs the Austin Group, the working group responsible for development and maintenance of the POSIX 1003.1 standard that forms the core volumes of the Single UNIX® Specification. He is the ISO project editor for ISO/IEC 9945 (POSIX). He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core and is the IEEE P1003.1 chair and the IEEE PASC Functional chair of Interpretations. Andrew is based in the UK.