Jim May, 2015

This is not about how to tell your close friend “you have TOGAF”. This is really not a joke, it’s a serious issue.

When I first became certified I saw no reason to broadcast the fact and I am a person who values privacy. So I chose not to list the fact on The Open Group’s site.

This was several years ago. Being TOGAF certified was not a hot commodity in the hiring market. If you put the word TOGAF in Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder or just about any other hiring site you would get maybe 2-3 jobs that had the word in the listing. Today, in Q4 2015 you see 60-80 job postings in these sites that ask for TOGAF certification.
This still doesn’t compare to PMP or CISSP for demand but it is definitely on the rise.

As a result we see people declaring their TOGAF certification on sites like LinkedIn. Right now there are over 62,871 people on LinkedIn that are TOGAF certified.¬†That’s an impressive number.¬†Unfortunately about 20,000 of them are *ahem* lying…

You worked hard to gain certification. It might have been one of the most difficult weeks of your career so far. How can you protect the hard work you put in to your certification? I know at least two people who claim to be certified. I’m not about to challenge anyone or call them liars but I would suggest two practices that you may consider as a hiring candidate or as a hiring manager. As a candidate you might consider making your certification public on The Open Group’s site. You also can have The Open Group generate a .pdf of your certification which will have your name and certification number on it. The .pdf looks nice but could be forged. The format isn’t necessarily familiar to HR people.

The listing on The Open Group’s site is pretty much the gold standard. If you are a hiring manager you can confirm the certification by either looking up the candidate on The Open Group’s directory of certified individuals or asking for a code from the candidate. The Open Group allows a candidate who does not want to publish their certification to generate a number that a hiring manager can use to confirm your certification without needing to publicly expose the information.