By Andrew Josey, VP, Standards and Certification, The Open Group
The number of individuals certified in the TOGAF® Certification Program as of April 2019 has reached almost 88,000, with certified individuals from 144 countries. This represents approximately 10,000 new certifications in the past twelve-month period since the latest TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2 was introduced, and certifications in five additional countries.
The top five countries include UK, USA, India, Netherlands, and Australia. The UK has held the top position for certifications since 2009.
Recently there has been an uptake of certifications in India. This is largely a result of Digital India, a campaign launched by the Government of India in to ensure the government’s services are made available to citizens electronically. With Enterprise Architecture (EA) and the adoption of standards considered crucial for success, in November last year the India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) Framework – which is based on The Open Group TOGAF® Standard, but is tailored to market-specific requirements – was announced as a national standard to kick-start EA initiatives across India. As a result, certification has become increasingly important for both candidates and employers in India.
There has also been a rise in certifications in Singapore, with the National University of Singapore offering a course on the TOGAF architecture method and providing training for the TOGAF Standard,Version 9.2 – increasing the number of certified graduates entering the job market.
Open Badges from The Open Group
Increasingly, Enterprise Architects are acknowledging the importance of certification programs. The majority of employers are now including the TOGAF® Standard, Version 9.2, as their recommended certification in job adverts because it is a trusted, vendor-neutral and globally recognized program.
To help EAs augment and demonstrate their value to employers, The Open Group partnered with Acclaim to provide digital versions of its credentials, including TOGAF® certifications, also known as ‘Open Badges’. This form of digital credential can be publically displayed in email footers and on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter – providing credibility for job candidates and making the recruitment process more accurate and streamlined for employers.
At The Open Group Dublin event today, we introduced two new Open Badges – TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 and TOGAF Standard Version 9.2. Congratulations to those who have already achieved these badges.
There are 72 accredited TOGAF training courses from 71 providers and 30 affiliates. There are 9 TOGAF 9.2 certified tools. More information on the TOGAF Certification program, including the directory of Certified People and official accredited training course calendar, can be obtained from The Open Group website here.
Courses leading to the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential are also now available from The Open Group TOGAF 9 accredited training course providers. Check the register and look for the credential badge.
Andrew Josey is VP, Standards and Certification overseeing all certification and testing programs of The Open Group. He also manages the standards process for The Open Group.
Since joining the company in 1996, Andrew has been closely involved with the standards development, certification and testing activities of The Open Group. He has led many standards development projects including specification and certification development for the ArchiMate®, TOGAF®, POSIX® and UNIX®