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The Open Group Professional Certification for the Trusted Technology Practitioner Profession (Open CTTP)

The Open Group Open Certified Trusted Technology Practitioner (Open CTTP) certification is an independent global certification for qualifying the skills, knowledge, and experience of Trusted Technology Practitioners.

Open CTTP certification verifies that professionals have the qualities and skills needed to enable the application of effective Trusted Technology security practices, such as those described in the O-TTPS: ISO/IEC 20243. The key skill and contribution Trusted Technology Practitioners bring to their pursuits is the ability to advise ICT product development or manufacturing teams on how to effectively mitigate technology supply chain risks including maliciously tainted and counterfeit components.

This certification requires applicants to demonstrate skills and experience against a set of conformance requirements through written applications and peer interviews. There are no training courses to attend and no written exams to complete.

There are currently three levels of certification for Trusted Technology Practitioners:


  • Level 1: Certified Trusted Technology Practitioner
  • Level 2: Master Trusted Technology Practitioner
  • Level 3: Distinguished Trusted Technology Practitioner

Why become an Open Certified Trusted Technology Practitioner?

Here, Geoff Wilkerson, Product Security Engineer, Seagate Technology, discusses the importance and benefits of Open CTTP.

  • A Stepwise Path to Certification

    Certification is awarded through experience-based profile assessment against a set of conformance requirements by recognized industry experts within their appropriate field, so no course to attend and no examination is required.


    Certification is broken down into three stages – this allows candidates to manage their certification at a pace that is most suitable to themselves and start to show evidence for their expertise more quickly:


    • Step One - submit five separate Milestones, which are then evaluated independently. (Upon successful completion of a Milestone, a Milestone badge is awarded.)
    • Step Two - compete the experience application
    • Step Three - attend a board review. (Upon successful completion of the board, the full Certification and Certification badge is awarded)Stepwise Path.png


  • Benefits for Individuals

    For individuals, The Open Professions certification represents an ideal mechanism for demonstrating knowledge, success and overall business capabilities. Open CTTP certification can significantly enhance and affirm your professional skills, improve your prospects for rewarding assignments, accelerate career advancement, and result in greater peer recognition.


    Open Professions are regularly at the top of the most in-demand skills in the Foote Partners’ quarterly pay-review reports, with an above-average pay premium for professionals.


  • Benefits for Organizations

    For organizations, Open CTTP certification provides an independent, global, experience-based benchmark for identifying, assessing and selecting the most qualified individuals for critical roles and responsibilities. Specifying Open CTTP certified individuals in procurement and project proposals can considerably reduce recruitment time and cost, and result in higher project success rates.

    Open CTTP certification can help to optimize the staff recruitment and retention process and motivate staff to acquire this widely recognized industry standard to authenticate their skills and experience.

    Organizations can also utilize The Open Group materials to build their own professional certification programs and apply the Open CTTP certification structure to enhance their own learning and development programs.

    In a marketplace where confidence is a key purchasing factor, suppliers can demonstrate their expertise by showing that they use certified Solution and Enterprise Architects for specific projects. Open CTTP certification is a powerful competitive differentiator that provides your customers with reliable assurance of the skills and capabilities of your IT professionals and of the quality and interoperability of your products.