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Certification 

Iasa certifications are the first global industry architect certifications that are completely vendor independent and technology agnostic. The Iasa Certification Program is comprised of an objective skill set developed over eight-years by thousands of practicing architects. Through Iasa certification you can be sure you know exactly what your team and your providers’ teams can accomplish.

Solidify your skill set and ensure that your team has the knowledge and skills to succeed.

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Which Certification is Right for You?

Regardless of where you are in your career Iasa Global has a certification for you. The Iasa Certification Program delineates a four-tier certification path designed to level-set architects based on a combination of criteria including education, experience and test-based examination of professional knowledge of architectural skills and management.
Click here to view a presentation by Iasa's CEO, Paul Preiss, describing this certification path and what it means to your career.


  • First Level: CITA-F (Certified Information Technology Architect Foundation Certification)
  • Second Level:    CITA-A (Certified Information Technology Architect Associate Certification)
  • Third Level: CITA-S (Certified Information Technology Architect Specialist Certification)
  • Fourth Level: CITA-P (Certified Information Technology Architect Professional Certification)
CITA-F

The CITA-F (previously named IFC) is supported by Iasa Architect Core Training. CITA-F testing focuses on an architect's knowledge of the five foundation supporting skills in architecture, the "Five Pillars of Architecture":

   •  Business Technology Strategy
   •  Human Dynamics
   •  Design
   •  Quality Attributes
   •  IT Environment

CITA-F is an industry standard and the only certification that leads to a structured process for gaining the skills you need as a practicing architect. The CITA-F was introduced by the Iasa Board of Education, an international board of independent architect practitioners. It consists of a multiple-choice examination designed to ensure architects' knowledge and understanding of the IT Architect Body of Knowledge (ITABoK). 

Example of a certification path is below:

Step 1: Register and complete the Iasa Architect Core course (self study ~materials only~ option available)= $2,000-$3,000 (depending on membership and delivery method)

Step 2: Register and complete the CITA-F online anytime exam = $300

Receive CITA-Foundation certification if the exam is passed and proctored by Iasa. (minimum cost $2,300 - maximum cost $3,300) * Special group discount and corporate pricing available for courses.

Learn more about the CITA-F process and examination schedule.
 

CITA-A

The CITA-A (previously named IAC) is supported by the Iasa Associate Training Program. The CITA-A certification is obtained by passing 2 separate exams; 1 based off of your specialization and 1 based off of the BTS course. Students will be given five hours total (2.5 hours each) to complete the exams which are deployed separately online. 

Questions based on Iasa's Business Technology Strategy associate course curriculum and curriculum found in the Iasa associate specialization courses (BusinessInfrastructureInformation, Solution or Software).

 Although the questions are multiple choice they will require utilizing the skills acquired in the associate course material to find solutions to posed scenarios, so it is advisable to bring a paper and pen to work out answers. 

Example of a certification path is below:

Step 1: Register and complete an online associate level specialization course (BusinessInfrastructureInformationSolution, Software)
= $1,750-$2.600 (depending on membership and delivery method)

Step 2: Register and complete your specialization course online anytime exam (70% is passing score) = $300

Step 3: Register and complete Business Technology Strategy course (self study ~materials only~ option available) = $500-$2600 (depending on membership and delivery method)

Step 4: Register and complete BTS online anytime exam (70% is passing score) = $300

Receive CITA-Associate certification if both exams are passed. (minimum cost $2,850 - maximum cost $5,800) * Special group discount and corporate pricing available for courses.


Learn more about the CITA-A process and examination schedule.
 

CITA-S

The CITA-S certified architects are fully qualified to lead small-medium sized projects and initiatives within their specialization. CITA-S candidates generally have over 6 years of experience as an architect in one of the four architect specializations: Business, Infrastructure, Information or Software Architecture.

Certification consists of both a written and oral exam and is awarded to candidates who pass a 2 person board certification process in which they defend their professional success and accomplishments as an architect.

Learn more about the CITA-S process and examination schedule.

 
CITA-P

CITA-P (Certified Information Technology Architect Professional) certified architects are fully qualified to lead large projects and initiatives within their specialization. CITA-P candidates generally have over seven years of experience as an architect in one of the four architect specializations: Business, Infrastructure, Information or Software Architecture. 

Certification consists of both a written and oral exam and is awarded to candidates who pass a rigorous board certification process in which they defend their professional success and accomplishments as an architect.

Learn more about the CITA-P process and examination schedule.