The International Association of Software Architects (IASA) recently launched the Certified IT Architect (CITA) certification and training programs. I have worked with many of the leaders of IASA for years and am very impressed with the training and certification program they are putting together.
Microsoft has worked with IASA to establish a process for converting the Microsoft Certified Architect certification to the CITA-P, professional architect certification. I was one of the early beta testers of this program and the process was very straight forward. I'm proud to say that I'm now CITA-P certified.
I have also served on several certification boards and continue to be very impressed with the level of candidates and board members that are in our profession. Between IASA and MCA, I have worked with 30+ architects from around the world and I have learned something on every encounter. I think the CITA program is off to a great start.
Because IASA is not vendor specific, the certification and training programs are vendor and technology agnostic, which is the way architecture training and certification should be. IASA is an organization of architects and aspiring architects, attempting to define and enhance the profession, so, we get to decide the agenda. One of the big gap that IASA is addressing is training. There are some very intensive classroom style trainings as well as a growing body of knowledge available online.
If you're an architect or aspiring architect, check out IASA at http://www.iasahome.org/