TOGAF® Certification: How to Get Started with Individual Certification

How can I achieve certification?

You first need to decide the level you would like to study for, and then after a period of study, attending a training course or by self-study, take the applicable examinations. After passing the examination(s) you are invited to enter into a trademark license agreement to complete the certification (see The Open Group Certification for People: Certification Policy for Examination-Based Programs).

What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited training?

Accredited training course providers are subject to an assessment both of the course and also their personnel and organization. In addition all accredited trainers include in their course fee the examination, either on site as part of the course or a voucher to attend a public test center. Some Accredited trainers also have permission to distribute official TOGAF materials, such as the official pdf copy of the standard with their course materials.

What are the available certifications?

  • TOGAF 9 Foundation: provides validation that the candidate has gained knowledge of the TOGAF terminology, structure, and basic concepts, and understands the core principles of Enterprise Architecture and the TOGAF standard.
  • TOGAF 9 Certified: provides validation that in addition to the knowledge and comprehension of TOGAF 9 Foundation,  the candidate is able to analyze and apply this knowledge.

How do the certifications relate to the Part 1, and Part 2 exams?

The exams are what you need to pass to reach a certification qualification. There are a number of examinations providing paths to become TOGAF 9 Certified.

What is the retake policy if i fail an Examination?

Candidates who fail an examination are not allowed to retake ANY TOGAF examination again for a period of one (1) month. A result received before one month will be VOID.

What are my options if I am TOGAF 8 Certified?

The upgrade path has now expired. Individuals who have qualified as TOGAF 8 Certified can obtain TOGAF 9 certification as detailed below.

What are the study paths to become TOGAF 9 Certified?

The paths to certification and applicable examinations are shown in the diagram below:


How can I find out about the syllabus and examinations?

Firstly to obtain a high level view, you should read the datasheets here for the appropriate level or path for certification you are considering. For detail of the syllabus see this page.

There are three examinations as follows:

  • TOGAF 9 Part 1 - Pass mark 55% (22 or more points out of a maximum of 40)

    This exam comprises 40 questions in simple multiple choice format, covering the Level 1 learning outcomes (see the Conformance Requirements for detail). Each correct answer scores a single point.

  • TOGAF 9 Part 2 - Pass mark 60% (24 or more points out of a maximum of 40)

    This exam comprises 8 complex scenario questions, with gradient scoring. This exam is open book and covers the complete Level 2 learning outcomes. The correct answer scores 5 points, the second best answer 3 points, the third best answer 1 point. The distracter scores zero points.

  • TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and 2 - This is a combined TOGAF 9 Part 1 and Part 2 examination for candidates who want to achieve Level 2 certification directly in a single examination. It consists of two sections, with pass marks as per the TOGAF 9 Part 1 and 2 examinations described above. Each section must be passed in order to obtain an overall pass mark. If you fail a section then no certification is awarded, however you only need retake the Examination(s) corresponding to the failed section(s).

What are the eligibility requirements for the Exams?

The following sections detail the eligibility requirements. Note that ineligible candidates will be disqualified from the exam and no fees refunded.

TOGAF 9 Part 1 exam

There are no prerequisites for the TOGAF 9 Part 1. Any and all candidates are thus eligible to take this examination.

TOGAF 9 Part 2 exam

A candidate must be certified to TOGAF 9 Foundation or have achieved a pass result for the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination on the same day at the same exam provider as they are taking the Part 2 examination.

For candidates not taking the Part 1 exam in the same session, a candidate must have a TOGAF 9 Foundation entry in the Directory of Certified People at or have passed at least the Part 1 section of the Combined examination.

Candidates are obliged to provide their Personal Conformation Code to the ATTC provider if they have set their directory entry to confidential.

TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and 2 exam

There are no prerequisites for the TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and 2 Exam. Any and all candidates are thus eligible to take this examination.

What is the difference between the Combined Part 1 and Part 2 Examination and taking the exams separately?

The Combined Part 1 and Part 2 examination is designed for candidates who want to go to TOGAF 9 Certified without the intermediate step of TOGAF 9 Foundation, and who want to take both papers in one examination session. If you take the exams separately and only pass Part 1 you will be awarded TOGAF 9 Foundation. If you take the Combined Exam, and fail a section, you will need to retake the failed section(s) before certification will be awarded.

If I fail can I retake an exam immediately?

No, the certification policy has a minimum period before you can retake an examination. This is currently one month. If you retake before that period your test result will be void. This applies to all TOGAF 9 examinations, so for example, if you fail the Part 1 section of the TOGAF 9 Combined Part 1 and Part 2 examination, you would still need to wait at least one month before taking the Part 1 examination, similarly for the Part 2.

How can I find a training course?

You can find an available accredited training course either by contacting a provider using the register link . Click on the course name entry and the detailed page should give you a web link to the company that offers the course. As part of the package of attending the qualifying course, the training organization may offer facilities to take the examination, or may supply vouchers for you to take the examination at an authorized examination center.

Are there self-study materials?

Two study guides are available. The first of which covers the TOGAF 9 Foundation. The second is the companion document covering the learning outcomes beyond the Foundation level for TOGAF 9 Certified.

How do I locate a test center?

If you attend an accredited course then the examination may be given as part of the course (check with your course provider), otherwise you can attend a test center.

More information about taking an examination

Can I take the exam online?

Many of The Open Group exams are available to be taken via online proctoring. See here for details.

How much does certification cost?

Certification is included in the exam fees. Certification exams are priced according to currency values in specific countries and regions (link to exam fees). Certification exam prices are subject to change. In some countries and regions, additional taxes may apply. Contact your test registration center for exact pricing.

What do the exams cover?

See the conformance requirements document for detailed information.

The topic areas are weighted so that there are more questions in key areas of the syllabus, for example in the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination the four topic areas: ADM Phases, ADM guidelines and techniques, Enterprise Continuum and Tools, and Architecture Governance comprise 60% of the questions.

The eleven topic areas covered by the TOGAF 9 Part 1 examination together with the number of questions per area in the examination follows:

  1. Basic Concepts (3 questions)
  2. Core Concepts (3 questions)
  3. Introduction to the ADM (3 questions)
  4. The Enterprise Continuum and Tools (4 questions)
  5. ADM Phases (9 questions)
  6. ADM Guidelines and Techniques (6 questions)
  7. Architecture Governance (4 questions)
  8. Architecture Views, Viewpoints and Stakeholders (2 questions)
  9. Building Blocks (2 questions)
  10. ADM Deliverables (2 questions)
  11. TOGAF Reference Models (2 questions)

The syllabus for the TOGAF 9 Part 2 examination is all the learning outcomes. The exam samples the learning outcomes with eight scenarios and eight questions.

The eight questions are drawn from the following topic areas:

  • ADM Phases: Project Establishment (phases Preliminary, A, Requirements Management)
  • ADM Phases: Architecture Definition (phases B,C,D)
  • ADM Phases: Transition Planning (phases E and F)
  • ADM Phases: Governance (phases G and H)
  • Adapting the ADM
  • Architecture Content Framework
  • TOGAF Reference Models
  • Architecture Capability Framework
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