CITA-P = Certified Information Technology Architect - Professional Level
This CITA-P certification will enhance the credibility and capability of successful candidates and provide assurance to employers that CITA-Professionals are able to practice and lead large projects and programs.
The biggest distinguishing factor for the CITA-P certification is that it is validated by the community of practicing architects in the form of a professional association, rather than companies, vendors, or governments. This method of certification has historically been the only successful process for professionalization, as can be documented by other professions, Doctors, Lawyers, Building Architects, etc.
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.
The target experience profile of a successful CITA-Professional will be 10+ years of industry experience as an architect plus the depth learning from the CITA-A training which includes Business Technology Strategy (5-days) and a chosen specialization (5 days).
1. Register for the CITA-P board using the link provide at the bottom of this page.
2. Convey to Iasa whether or not your require a mentor or the name of your current mentor. If a mentor is already assigned, Iasa will contact to review expectations and obtain a mentor assessment. If you do not have a mentor, convey your specialty and meeting preferences and Iasa will assign a mentor to you. This process can take up to a month. Once your mentor assessment has been received by Iasa the review boards will be scheduled. This process can take up to 2 months to book. It is recommended that the candidate work on their candidate documentation and presentation in this timeframe.
3. Review the candidate manual linked below and submit your CITA-P candidate documentation in .pdf format.
You can download the candidate manual here.
Candidate Proficiency Document - Approximately 500 words for each of the foundation pillars and your specialization pillar, as well 50-100 words for each of the sub-capabilities. Please describe how you have incorporated mastery of the topic into your practice as an IT architect, increased your proficiency in the area, provided growth to people you mentor in the topic area. An additional 500 words describing your interactions with IT architects in other specialized area.
Candidate Experience Document - Approximately 2000-4000 words covering the following three topics; 1- Your first project as an architect. 2 -Your biggest failure on a project. 3 - The project of which you are most proud.
4. Take part in some of the optional offerings from the Iasa Community to help your chances of success.
Attend a mock review board, or view a sample of a mock board here.
Participate in Coaching sessions--many Iasa CITA-Ps work with other candidates in a series of coaching sessions, in person or over the phone to help individuals prepare for the arduous process. This can happen at the local chapter level, or Iasa global can help identify a coach if needed.
Many CITA-P candidates benefit from taking the IASA foundations course prior to taking the CITA-P to help align skills and level set terminology and roles. Register here for the Iasa Architect Core course.
5. Submit your final documentation.
Your final documentation package must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to your board review date. This gives ample time for the board members to review your documentation. If you are working with a coach or mentor, you may want to have them review it before submitting as you will not have an opportunity to modify once submitted.
6. Appear before the board.
You will present before a board that will include 4 CITA-Ps, at least 2 of which will be in your specialization (Software, Infrastructure, Information or Business). A 5th CITA-P will act as a moderator.
The 2 hour session will start with a 30 minute candidate presentation. This is your opportunity to take control of the board process, and build a compelling argument to justify your skills and experience.
Your presentation will be followed by a 40 minute question and answer session. Each board member will have 10 minutes to gather the evidence necessary to help you achieve the certification. They will be considering the documentation you submitted and attempting to form a broad opinion of your level of proficiency in relation to the Iasa body of knowledge.
There will be a 10 minute break. During the break the candidate will leave the room and the board members will discuss the evidence they have gathered and agree to an approach for gathering additional evidence they need to capture during the second half of the interview.
The break will be followed by a second 40 minute interview where each of the four board members will have an additional 10 minute question and answer period with you. During this portion of the process, questions will me more targeted in order to finalize their assessment of your domain knowledge and experience.
A candidate who has registered can cancel their board review at anytime. Depending on the cancellation time frame listed below, Iasa will retain partial or full CITA-P fees.
Within 1 month from registration date: Will receive a 100% refund to the candidate OR full transfer of fees within 12 months.
More than 1 month from registration date: Will receive no refund and 100% of the fee will be retained by Iasa OR full transfer of fees within 12 months. Candidate will need to repay and re-register if not transferring within 12 months.
What makes the CITA-P different from other IT Architect certification programs?
The biggest distinguishing factor for the CITA-P Certification is that it is validated by the community of practicing architects in the form of a professional association, rather than companies, vendors, or governments. This method of certification has historically been the only successful process for professionalization, as can be documented by other professions (i.e. doctors, lawyers, building architects, etc.).
How can hiring managers and HR departments verify CITA-P Certifications?
An online profile will be created as part of the CITA-P Community.
English is not my first language, will this hurt my ability to pass a board certification?
As local chapters have more and more architects go through certification, the Iasa community will be able to hold boards in local languages globally. This will also help limit the cost of travel.
How much does the certification cost?
How many years of experience to I need as an architect to take the CITA-P?
Typically, successful candidates have between 6-10 years of practical experience in the role of Architect.How do I maintain my certification and continuing education credits (CEU) requirements?
The easiest way to receive CEUs is through your local chapter events. Iasa also holds global conferences, e-summits and webinars. Iasa has also accredited many industry training and community events.
CITA-P will be required to take 20 CEUs per year. You can track and submit your CEUs here.
What will I receive after I pass?
You will be granted access to the online community, and will receive a framed certificate, and a CITA-P Statue. You will also have access to the CITA-P Logo to include on business cards and email signature.
What if I do not pass my CITA-P?
Many times candidates that do not pass find the process invaluable to their personal and professional growth. The board members will document the skills and experience that you will need to garner in order to pass in the future that can help lay out career path goals. You will be eligible to re-attempt your boards in 12 months or the next TechReady event.