Iasa Announces Certification Course for Senior-Most IT and Enterprise Architects

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Iasa, the world’s largest architect professional association, released a new training course to support senior architects called the CITA-P Prep (Certified IT Architect Professional Preparation). The program supports the senior most architects in the four specializations, Software, Infrastructure, Business and Information Architecture as well as Enterprise Architects.

We are seeing CITA-P show up on RFP requirements and job descriptions and this course presents an opportunity for senior architects to get ready for that reality

Iasa’s mission is to deliver an entire career path of an architect, and organizations must address a current-state workforce of varying experience and education levels, external service providers with differing skill sets, as well as focus on the next generation of technologists. Andy Ruth, VP of Education for Iasa said, “The CITA-P Preparation course was created for accomplished architects with experience building innovative enterprise technology solutions, and making the most strategic technology decisions for their organizations.”

As trusted advisors, outsourced CIOs and CTOs, these senior architects are the bridge between strategic business need and dynamic IT, yet many have not had training on the architect skillset or body of knowledge. The CITA-P Prep course contains many of the same concepts and objectives of the Iasa Core, such as level setting across the global profession and synchronizing the common skills taxonomy and vocabulary, but it is targeted to the experienced architect who will be going through the Board certification.

“Certification such as CITA-P delivers a much better guarantee of quality from both services providers and internal staff than self-certification by vendors. If an organization is to depend on the architectural services of a provider, they should first ensure the provider has qualified architects that go through a actual open process such as the CITA-P,” said Paul Preiss, CEO of Iasa. He continued, “We are seeing CITA-P show up on RFP requirements and job descriptions and this course presents an opportunity for senior architects to get ready for that reality.”

Rarely do senior architects have the opportunity to reflect on their own experience, career or capabilities; much less compare it against the set of criteria defined by a global profession or defend it in a room of peers. This course gives architects the opportunity to understand and vet their skills as an architect, work with other senior architects, and get feedback.

Participants receive a free one-year membership to Iasa and the opportunity to participate in the certification process at a discounted package rate.

For more information on the CITA-P Prep course, or the CITA-P Certification, visit http://www.iasaglobal.org

About CITA-P Certification
Earning a CITA-P validates your experience as an IT Architect on a global level. The certification is an industry standard, and the only truly global certification on the breadth of architectural skills and knowledge that is technology and vendor agnostic. Reflecting on one’s own career and defending it against a specific set of skills in front of a panel of peers will truly distinguish you as a professional architect. Additionally, receiving a CITA-P grants access to a global community of professional architects, and provides networking opportunities, knowledge share and debate with a network of industry thought leaders.

CITA-P Architects can be certified in one of the following specializations: Software, Infrastructure, Information, and Business. Most CITA-P candidates have between 6 and 10 years of experience as an architect.

About Iasa
The Iasa 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. For more information, visit http://www.iasaglobal.org

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