Why we need Certification for IT Architects

We all know the world of IT is changing rapidly and the need to do more with less has never been more significant. But as we emerge from these economically challenging times business is re-awakening and seeking new opportunities and to drive innovation once again. However, increasingly this just highlights the gap between business and IT all the more. IT needs to respond and increasingly it’s turning to its architects to make this happen, to drive new innovations without the typical consequence of increasing cost in management, maintenance and complexity.

IASA Foundation Pillars

IASA is now 7 years old and has existed in the UK for 5 of them. It is a not for profit international association of local autonomous chapters based in many of the major countries and cities around the world. IASA has seen continued growth during this time having over 8,000 members world-wide with over 400 in the UK and boasts the 3rd largest group on Linked In. This continual growth is demonstrative of the interest and demand for architects within the IT profession and reflects the importance of IT in enabling business transformation and success.

At the recent Microsoft Architect Insight Conference in the UK it was my very great pleasure to announce that the recently ratified IASA architect certification program will be available to the UK IT architect community this June. In association with Microsoft and in partnership with the professional training company Skills Matter we plan to offer both IASA Foundation training and accreditation along with the IASA Certified IT Architect Professional level board review. These fit into a training and education model based around the IASA body of knowledge which is underpinned by the IASA 5 foundational pillars of architect professionalism.

The CITA-Professional board will allow IT architects from enterprise, solutions and infrastructure to demonstrate their proficiency through a robust peer-review based interview and is certainly not a simple case of answering multi-choice questions. It requires a large amount of preparation, much more than most would do for a job interview, and from those that have been through it CITA-P is certainly an experience that they have enjoyed and found to be incredibly valuable. As Wayne Filin-Matthews, one of the first UK Certified IT Architect Professionals (CITA-P) said, “Certification is something the architectural community has been missing for a long time, not only has it helped me understand areas I needed to improve, but to be recognised by my peers really is rewarding”.

IASA UK will be running the first CITA-Professional Boards on 26-27 June & 20-21 September and IASA-Foundation Gold training on 28 June – 2 July (IASA Foundation Gold Training) and 13 – 17 September 2010.


For more information on IASA Certification visit http://www.iasahome.org/web/home/certification or email unitedkingdom@iasahome.org


Comments (1)

  1. John Brondum says:

    The Open Group has run a peer reviewed, technology independent IT Architect professions certification since early 2006. You can apply directly with The Open Group or via an Accredited Certification Program. The later is aimed at employers as a way to add value to their IT Architect team or community – IBM, HP and CA are among those who offer ACPs.

    More info: http://www.opengroup.org/itac/

    And no, this is not to be confused with their TOGAF certification.