IASA Successfully Completes First Overseas Certification of IT Architects

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IASA, the world's largest association for IT architects, successfully completed its first overseas board certification for professional IT Architects (CITA-P) when three Swedes completed the process earlier this month in Stockholm.

In IASA, we have created a common skills taxonomy, training/career path and validation/certification at various levels, that is driven by the community itself

Lajos Farkas, a Software Architect for Lafadata, became one of 22 Certified Professional Architects in the world by completing the CITA-P. “It was grueling, but feels absolutely fantastic” Farkas said of the process that required him to present and defend his experience and skills in front of a panel of experts for nearly two hours. Farkas continued, “I think it is an amazing process, it allowed me to demonstrate what I can do.”

The CITA-P board certification was introduced by the IASA Board of Education, an international board of independent practitioners, from research and deliberation that took over 5 years to perfect. Andy Ruth, the Vice President of Education at IASA, who was responsible for launching a similar certification for Microsoft in 2004 was instrumental in delivering the entire program.

According to Ruth, the profession should be self-described and self managed by the practitioners in the form of a professional association, as in other industries--medical, legal, etc. “In IASA, we have created a common skills taxonomy, training/career path and validation/certification at various levels, that is driven by the community itself.”

Paul Preiss, CEO of IASA stated “The ability to have a board that meets global standards but accommodates for local language, culture and leadership has long been a dream of IASA.” He continued, “This marks the first step towards a truly professionally-led global certification for IT Architects. It challenges and validates an individual’s experience, skills and knowledge through a peer review process similar to other professions. No other certification puts the practitioner ahead of the employer.”

Coupled with IASA foundation training, one of the few programs available in the world for training IT architects, the CITA-P provides companies a means to ensure their architects have the skills necessary to fulfill their role as business technology strategists. Upcoming boards are being scheduled in Ireland and India, as well as most major cities in the US, the certification is spreading quickly. For more information on IASA or the CITA-P, visit http://www.isasahome.org.

About IASA
The International Association of Software Architects is the premier association focused on the IT architecture profession through the advancement of best practices, education and certification. Established in 2002, IASA delivers programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. A non-profit business association, IASA is dedicated to the advancement and sharing of issues related to software, infrastructure, Information, and business architecture in the enterprise, product, education and government sectors.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the association is committed to improving the quality of the IT architecture industry by developing and delivering standards, education and accredited certification programs and services that optimize the development of the architecture profession. IASA has 30 Chapters in more than 40 countries, and has a member base and readership of 35,000 worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.iasahome.org.

Contact: Colin Cairns, 512-909-9855 or ccairns(at)iasahome(dot)org

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