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April 24th, 2006: Certification


The word certification is used in many ways, today. One of them is to get certified if you get a certificate from a training, course or education program. The fact someone passed an exam afterwards and got a certificate would mean this person is certified. Another way to get certified is to undergo a personal evaluation based on a number of criteria. Such an evaluation usually is repeated after a certain period of time.

In the information- and IT-sector the following certification institutes are known (status july 2006):

  1. Certification based on Knowledge, Skills/Competence/Ability and Personal Aptitude and Being:


  2. Certification based on specific training:
    • Zachman Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF).
    • FEAC Institute. Washington based. faculty with instructors (currently practitioners) with experience in Government and the private Sector. Students take an Enterprise Architecture comprehensive written Certification Examination that qualifies them as Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) with a specialty in either the FEA(F) or DoDAF.


  3. Certification based on psychological analysis, followed by training based on the results:
    • ERIA. Dutch operation supported and promotoed by Capgemini. Repeats every 3 years


  4. Certification for a certain method or way of working based on training:
    • TOGAF certification. The Open Group is a vendor- and technology-neutral consortium, mainly formed by IBM, HP, Hitachi, Fujitsu, NEC and Capgemini. TOGAF is the Architecture Framework of The Open Group.


  1. Certification based on knowledge and skill on specific kinds of technology:
    • Microsoft certification. Repeats every 3 years.
    • J2EE certification.
    • The Human Interface Group - Amelior certification.
    • many more...


Necessity of Certification

Certification should have 2 main purposes:

  1. To enable a professional to see what professional and personal level (s)he is on. To enable this professional, based on this certification, to get ahead professionally.
  2. To show comparable professional ability based on a reliably managed and maintained set of rules etc. This comparison is mainly interesting for employers and marketplace.

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