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CBA Policies 2018
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Certified Business Architect(CBA)® Program Policies           

1.         The Certified Business Architect® program is owned and managed by the Business Architecture Guild. 

2.         Certified Business Architect® exam candidates must be Business Architecture Guild members in good standing.*

3.         Candidates passing the exam will remain certified for a period of 3 years with Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits earned during that timeframe towards renewal.

4.         CEU credits will be earned through outside training offerings, webinars, third party training offerings and other items to be identified periodically. 

5.         Candidates passing the certification exam will receive a certificate suitable for framing and be able to use the Certified Business Architect® and CBA® designation.

7.         Concerns related to the exam or the overall program will be addressed by the Guild’s Certification Committee.     

* Guild membership is required because our intention is to build a committed community of practitioners who are dedicated to the business architecture discipline and its usage—not just test takers.  In addition, the resources offered to Guild members such as the BIZBOK® Guide and webinars are critical to preparing and maintaining one’s certification.  


1. Persons Authorized to Use the Certification Mark


a.    Only members of the Guild in good standing are entitled to apply to use the CertificationMark.

b.    The Guild offers two levels of membership: Individual / Associate Membership and Corporate Membership. In order to attain membership of the Guild, persons must satisfy the following criteria:

  •  Must be involved in the field of business architecture;
  •  Must agree to the Terms & Conditions of Membership relating to the use of the website and the Guild’s materials.
  •  For corporate members, must agree to the Corporate Membership Terms and Conditions.
  •  Dues must be paid annually to maintain membership of the Guild. 

c.     Members of the Guild must have passed the Certification exam, in order to use the CertificationMark as an Authorized User.

d.     Authorized Users are those who have demonstrated, through examination, that they are competent in the field of business architecture. 


2.     Conditions of Use of the Certification Mark


a.     Authorized Users are authorized to use the CertificationMark in relation to the provision of business management, strategic and technology planning services and the development of processes for the analysis and the implementation of strategy plans and management projects.  

b.     Passing the Guild’s Certification program entitles the Authorized User to use the CertificationMark for a period of three years from issuance of the certificate. During this time period, Authorized Users are required to log continuing education unit credits in order to maintain certification and continue to use the CertificationMark past three years. Over each three year period, the Authorized User is required to log at least 25 credits. These credits can be attained from the following: 

    • Attending a Business Architecture Guild live or recorded webinar and passing a related quiz (Not all webinars qualify for CEUs. Exceptions will be marked).
    • Attending a Business Architecture Guild sponsored event, including but not limited to the Business Architecture Innovation Summit, Business Architecture Innovation Workshops or others to be determined.
    • Attending a Business Architecture Guild co-sponsored event as officially listed on the Guild event page website.
    • Attending a training course designated as part of the Guild Accredited Training Partner® (GATP®) program.
    • Volunteering in an official Business Architecture Guild sponsored, collaborative team program - Build the Guide and other publications.
    • Volunteering to assist with certain Guild operational activities - Guide the Guild
    • Volunteering to help social, charitable and environmental NGOs and non-profit organizations with their business architectures.

c.     Authorized Users must only use the CertificationMark in relation to the services covered by the CertificationMark, namely, “Business management, strategic and technology planning services and development of process for the analysis and the implementation of strategy plans and management projects.”

d.     It is a condition of use that the CertificationMark shall not be used without indicating that it is a certification mark. 

e.     In making use of the CertificationMark, Authorized Users shall not omit any part of it or make any additions to it or alter it in any other respect whatsoever, without the approval of the Guild.

f.      The Authorized User shall not be entitled to assign or sub-licence their right to use the CertificationMark, unless they have obtained explicit written consent from the Guild.

g.     The Authorized User shall not be entitled to apply for registration of the CertificationMark or a trade mark or service mark identical or resembling the CertificationMark.

h.     The Authorized User shall notify the Guild of any infringement or suspected infringement of the CertificationMark which may come to its notice but the Authorized User shall not be entitled to take action or call upon the Guild to take action in respect of any infringement.

a.     The area of permitted use of the CertificationMark by Authorized Users shall extend worldwide.

b.     In the event that an Authorized User shall cease to be a member of the Guild, the Authorized User will no longer be authorized to use the CertificationMark.


3.    Appeals

 In the event of a dispute arising due to any party being aggrieved by any action of the Guild which would result in a candidate not being certified by means of the Certification Mark, for example if an Authorized User is held not to meet requirements, the following process is invoked: 


a.   Aggrieved party will submit a formal appeal request to the Guild Certification Committee for review; the Committee will respond within 14 business days.

b.   If the aggrieved party is not satisfied with the response from the Committee, they have the right to appeal to an independent arbitration body. An adjudicator shall be appointed by mutual consent of both parties. 

c.   Both parties to the dispute will present the case for settlement to the Adjudicator and both parties will be bound by the decision of the Adjudicator.


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