Welcome to the The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) Program web site
The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) Program is designed
to validate the existence of those qualities and skills in a
professional that enable the effective practice of IT architecture. The
program is skills and experience-based and goes beyond
validating the mastery of any specific knowledge base.
The program includes a framework for accreditation of third
parties to establish IT Architect certification programs affiliated to
The Open Group. The framework of accreditation and certification is
specifically intended to standardize the process and criteria for IT
Architect professional certification and establish a foundation for the
required skills and experience necessary to achieve such a distinction.
The program was designed to be flexible and extensible so that
the framework may be adopted by any industry, country, or
The Open Group supports two different routes to certification:
The first route is direct certification by The Open Group.
The second is indirect, through third-party programs accredited by The Open Group. Accredited Certification Programs are abbreviated to ACPs.
The following diagram shows the outline certification process for
The Conformance Requirements for certification apply
equally to the direct and indirect routes to certification.
The program is based upon four key documents:
The Certification Policy, which sets out the policies and processes by which an individual may achieve certification.
The Conformance Requirements, in which the skills and experience that a
Certified Architect must possess are documented
The Accreditation Policy, which sets out the policies and processes by
which an organization may achieve accreditation
The Accreditation Requirements, in which the criteria that must be
met by an ACP are documented