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Business Architecture in Practice FAQ's

TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 Credential Program

What are the purpose of The Open Group Credentials?

Credentials are an addition to The Open Group Certification programme. They lead to the award of an Open Badge.

Credentials are being developed for a number of topic areas. Initially, knowledge-based credentials are being developed. In the future, it will be possible to build certifications from related sets of credentials

What is the purpose of TOGAF® Business Architecture Level 1 Credential?

The purpose of the TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 credential is to provide validation that individuals have knowledge and understanding of Business Modeling, Business Capabilities, TOGAF Business Scenarios, Information Mapping, and Value Streams and how to apply them in the development of a Business Architecture based on the TOGAF® Standard, Version 9.2.

The learning objectives for this credential focus on knowledge and comprehension. This credential leads to the award of an Open Badge.

What is the value of the TOGAF® Business Architecture Level 1 Credential?

Individuals who earn this credential will have demonstrated their understanding of:

  • The topic of Business Modeling and how it relates to Enterprise Architecture within a TOGAFcontext
  • The concept of Business Capabilities and how they can be modeled
  • Value Streams and value stream mapping
  • Information Mapping
  • How to apply the TOGAF Business Scenario method
  • How a Business Architecture can be developed with the TOGAF Architecture Development Method(ADM)
How can I achieve a TOGAF® Business Architecture Level 1 Credential?

Attend a Real IRM TOGAF training course and successfully complete the applicable examination.

Real IRM As TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 Credential Training Provider

Why should I choose Real IRM for my TOGAF training and certification?

Real IRM is an Accredited Training Course Provider and thus our TOGAF courses and our trainers are subject to monitoring and audit by The Open Group.
Real IRM is the exclusive representative of The Open Group in South Africa. We introduced TOGAF in South Africa and contributed extensively to the development of the TOGAF 9 standard through collaboration with local Open Group members.
We presented the first TOGAF certification course in South Africa and now present a number of public and client courses each month, making us the top TOGAF training provider in Africa.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our courses.
Our trainers are highly knowledgeable and experienced both as consultants and as course-presenters.
Our course material and hand-outs are comprehensive and our teaching-style is participative and interactive for an enjoyable learning experience.

How much does certification cost?

Your certification exam vouchers are included in your course fees, so there is no additional charge.

Where do I find details of Real IRM’s TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 course?

TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 Certification Exams

How long is my exam voucher valid?

For one year.

Is this an open-book exam?


What is the format of the examination?

The examination consists of 30 questions in simple multiple-choice format.

What is the pass score for the exam?

The examination consists of 30 questions in simple multiple-choice format with a 60% pass mark (18/30).

How long is the examination?

30 questions/45 minutes

What are the prerequisites for the exam?


What does the exam cover?
  • Introduction to the TOGAF Standard
  • Key Terminology Unit
  • 1: Business Modelling Unit
  • 2: Business Capabilities Unit
  • 3: Value Streams Unit
  • 4: TOGAF Business Scenarios Unit
  • 5: Information Mapping Unit
  • 6: Developing a Business Architecture with the TOGAF ADM
How is the exam delivered?
  • At your home or in your office using Online Proctored delivery.
  • Pearson VUE test centers.
  • Authorized accredited training organisations are able to provide access to this examination on-site.
How long is the credential valid?

The duration of this credential is indefinite – this credential is for a given version of the Body of Knowledge and does not expire. There are no renewal requirements.

Will I receive a certificate?

You will receive an Open Badge that can be shared on social media, such as LinkedIn. You are also able to print your achievement from your account at The Open Group badge provider.

The Open Group's Open Badges FAQ's

What are Open Badges?

Open Badges are a means for an individual to display, and an organization to easily verify certifications, achievements and credentials in a very visual manner online. For example, such digital badges are used in popular social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, as well as embedded into your own websites, e-mail footers or resumes.
Open Badges are represented with a digital image which contains verified metadata that describes an individual’s qualifications and the process required to earn them. It is a qualification, achievement, quality, or aspect of a person’s background, especially when used to indicate their suitability for something.

What are the benefits to individuals?

Every credential and profile on Acclaim has a unique URL that can be embedded into a resume, website or social media profile. This means, that when you achieve a new certification, you can very easily communicate this with your peers and professional colleagues.
Similarly, when you are ready for your next career move, Open Badges allow you to more easily communicate your Open Group Certifications to prospective employers.

As well as being able to display your achievements, this also helps you as an individual, stand out from other candidates, when applying for your next career move.

What are the benefits to organisations?

For an organisation, Open Badges help eliminate some guesswork during the recruitment process. The badges improve and enable verification of potential candidates’ credentials due to the more detailed information regarding any certification with the Acclaim system. This also allows recruiters and employers to get a much clearer idea of the context of any certifications an individual has.

What is the difference between a Certification from The Open Group and an Open Badge?

The Open Group Certification is earned only after successfully completing the certification exam with a passing score (for knowledge based certifications such as TOGAF 9, ArchiMate, IT4IT, and Open FAIR) or passing the peer review assessment (for skills and assessment based certifications such as Open CA, Open CDS, and Open CTS).

Open Badges for certification are a web-enabled, digital representation of that certification, enriched with a standardized set of metadata that verify your achievement. You will be granted the Open Badge after completion of the certification.

When will I get my badge?

The Open Group issues badges for all new certifications and credentials within 7-10 days of a certification being completed. This includes the Open CA, Open CDS, Open CTS, ArchiMate 2, ArchiMate 3, Open FAIR, IT4IT, and TOGAF 9 certifications. The Open Group issues badges for achievements within 28 days.

All first time eligible individuals are first invited to opt-in. This invitation requires you to grant permission to The Open Group to pass your certification record details to Credly. Once you have opted in, you should receive your first badge within 6 business days. For additional questions or support email The Open Group at (please include your Certification ID).

How can I claim my badge?

For your first badge you will need to respond to the opt-in invitation for the badging programme. Once you have done so, then further badges will be processed within 7-10 days after a certification or credential is complete, and 28 days for an achievement.
If you want to check on status of your badge issuance, please contact The Open Group at with your Certification ID if you have it.

What is Acclaim?

Acclaim is a product of Credly. Credly is leading the digital credential movement, making talent more visible and opportunity more accessible. Acclaim works with credible organisations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

You will receive an email notification from Acclaim ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Acclaim. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Is there a fee to use Acclaim?

No. This is a service The Open Group provides to you as part of your certification, at no cost.

What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Where and how can I share my badge through Acclaim?

You can share your badge directly from the Acclaim platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature. You can download your badge and link it anywhere online. For more details see the Acclaim support pages.

Can I print my badge?

Yes, one of the share options at Acclaim allows you to save to pdf

How does my badge get displayed?

We have partnered with Credly, using their Acclaim badging platform, to translate your certifications, credentials, and achievements into badges. The technology used is based on the Open Badge Standards defined by Mozilla. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.