The Open Group IT Architect
Certification Program

ACP Conformance Statement

Version 1.0
July 12, 2005



Note to submitter: This form contains a series of questions that need to be answered. Please complete ALL the fields in the questionnaire below to produce a Conformance Statement for your Third Party Information Technology Architect Certification Program. Your completed form should be submitted to the Certification Authority when you register for certification. Please ensure that you use the current version of the questionnaire (available on the Certification Authority's web site) for your submission. See "The Guide to Accreditation within The Open Group IT Architect Certification Program" for more information. Please note that all information in this Conformance Statement will appear on the public Certification Register, except for Revision History, which shows the changes in this Conformance Statement from prior versions and is contained at the end of this document.


1. Submitter Information

Enter the full name of the Organization that is registering this Third Party Information Technology Architect Certification Program and the name of the author of this Conformance Statement.

Organization: CA, Inc.

Author: Kenneth Meltsner, PhD and Kathleen Whitman


2. Program Information

Enter the Location of the Certification Program where the on site assessment will take place and the name of the Certification Program Manager with overall responsibility for the Quality and integrity of the Certification Program.

Program Location: Islandia, NY

Certification Program
Manager Name:
Alison Firth

Enter the name and title of the current Certification Board members.

Name Title
Brian Hughes Chief Architect
Kenneth Meltsner, PhD Principal Architect, Technology Services
Piers McMahon Principal Architect, Technology Services

Enter the name Title and roles of other staff with responsibilities under the program

Name Title Role

3. Scope of ACP Accreditation

Select each level in which the ACP will certify individuals.

Level 1: Certified IT Architect
Level 2: Master Certified IT Architect
Level 3: Distinguished Certified Chief/Lead IT Architect
Level 3: Distinguished Certified Enterprise Architect
Level 3: Distinguished Certified IT Architect Profession Leader


4. Third Party Accreditation

Has the certification program been subject to any accreditation or certification by a third party?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If YES, State the name of the accreditation body the date of the accreditation and the expiration date of the certification.

Name of Body Date of accreditation or certification Date of expiry

Rationale:

The addition of this option to the ACP accreditation policy is pending.

Reference:

TBD


5. Implementation details

Question 1: Does the ACP have extended certification requirements?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If YES, provide brief details below.

IT Architects at CA, Inc. are expected to understand company technology products and organizational structure, in addition to general IT Architecture.

Rationale:

Beyond the Conformance Requirements for a Certified IT Architect, third parties operating Accredited Certification Programs (ACP's) may levy additional requirements on their Candidates in order to satisfy their internal skills requirements. Such additional requirements are called extended certification requirements or simply extended requirements.

Reference:

IT Architect Certification: Accreditation Requirements, section 1.1 "Introduction"


Question 2: Does the Third Party Information Technology Architect Certification Program documentation include special procedures for extended certification requirements?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If YES, provide brief details below.

IT Architects at CA, Inc. must successfully complete company Architect Academy training every 2 years.

Rationale:

The Accredited Certification Program's documentation should be consistent with the IT Architecture Certification documentation, which is to say it should contain no contradictions or omissions. It may possibly define special procedures for extended certification requirements.

Reference:

IT Architect Certification: Accreditation Requirements, section 4.2 "Program Documentation"


Question 3: Are the Third Party Information Technology Architect Certification Program procedures a verbatim copy of those of the Certification Authority unchanged?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If NO, provide brief details below.

The Open Group’s ITAC Conformance Requirements are included by reference in the CA, Inc. certification process. The CA, Inc. Architect certification and training efforts are part of a larger training program that pre-dates the ITAC program. When necessary, process steps have been added when required to match company certification requirements with ITAC Certification requirements.

Rationale:

The Accredited Certification Program's documentation should be consistent with the IT Architecture Certification documentation, which is to say it should contain no contradictions or omissions.

Reference:

IT Architect Certification: Accreditation Requirements, section 4.2 "Program Documentation"


Question 4: Does the program use the Certification Board evaluation template and web site provided by the CA?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If NO, provide brief details below.

CA, Inc. uses the Candidate Profile Template as a supplement to the information taken from CA's internal systems for learning management, performance management, and project documentation. This includes "best practices" and internal-only architect documents.

Rationale:

The ACP is at liberty to make use of these resources but is not constrained to do so provided that the Accredited Certification Program's documentation is consistent with the IT Architecture Certification documentation, which is to say it should contain no contradictions or omissions.

Reference:

None: The IT Architect Certification: Accreditation Requirements Document is silent on the use of these available resources


Question 5: Does the Certification Program Manager, on occasion, or customarily, serve on the Certification Board?

Select "Yes" or "No", as appropriate.

If YES, provide brief details below of the methods and procedure to ensure he or she does so without conflict of interest particularly in the context of any subsequent appeals:-

Rationale:

The Certification Program Manager may serve on the certification board but must do so without conflict of interest particularly in the context of any subsequent appeals.

Reference:

IT Architect Certification: Accreditation Requirements, section 4.3.1 "Roles duties and experience of the Applicant's ACP staff"


End of CSQ for ITAC ACP Accreditation.



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