Certification Path

 (Presentation with Audio)

Path serves as the primary source for understanding how an architect advances through their career. By establishing a technical ladder for architects, an organization resolves to lay the foundation for more successful IT maintenance and projects.

IT Architect Body of Knowledge

The ITABoK features a matrix of five essential skills that have been found to support successful architecture initiatives across all architect roles in an enterprise. The ITABoK has been shaped by thousands of practicing architects from a variety of industries, geographies and specializations.

Engagement Model 

Iasa's engagement model describes all ways that architects touch a business or customer and determines the success or failure of an architecture team. Engagement is all about contribution to shareholder value. Iasa can work with your organization to develop custom training to address the specific needs of your team. Iasa's certification and course offerings are recognized as the global standard in architect education. Our programs ensure that architects have the skills and capabilities needed to grow professionally.


    The Iasa community is at the forefront in providing the most current skills training, best practices and business development strategies. Our courses and certification examinations are lead by the Iasa Board of Education, which is a volunteer, member-based board of certified architects who are responsible for setting our global curriculum, certification and education policies.   

    New to Iasa Training?

    Iasa recommends the Architect Core training first prior to moving to the specialization tracks.  

    Pre -work to Architect Core is the ITABoK- Free for Full Members (registration required)










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    Iasa certifications are the first global industry architect certifications that are completely vendor independent and run only by practicing architects. Iasa provides four levels of certification which describe the major milestones in an architect's career. 

    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.

    Certified IT Architect - Foundation = CITA-F

    Level 1 - Certified individuals will demonstrate awareness of the Foundation ITABoK through a multiple choice exam.

    Certified IT Architect - Associate = CITA-A

    Level 2 - Certified individuals will demonstrate  practical application of Associate ITABoK and their Specialization ITABoK through multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer and design challenge questions.

    Certified IT Architect - Specialist = CITA-S

    Level 3 - Certified individuals will demonstrate excellence and experience in applying skills and knowledge from ITABoK, Skills Taxonomy and Specialization through experience documentation, presentation and panel interviews.

    Certified IT Architect - Professional = CITA-P
    Level 4 - Certified individuals will demonstrate synthesis and industry leadership in the the Skills Taxonomy, their primary Specialization, depth in a particular Domain or Sub-Specialization, as well as significant contribution to industry through research, mentoring and other contributions. This will be demonstrated through experience documentation, presentation, contribution description and verification and panel interviews.