SABSA Certification Levels

From Foundation level certification which requires a candidate to pass two test modules covering the major principles, design concepts, and management processes of Enterprise Security Architecture, up to Master level certification which demonstrates advanced competencies and leadership in a chosen area of specialism, the SABSA certification framework is suitable for Security Architects at all career levels.  There are three levels of qualification:

 SABSA Chartered Security Architect - Foundation Certificate (SCF) 

The SABSA Foundation Modules (F1 & F2) are The SABSA Institute’s official starting point for developing Security Architecture Competencies. They are designed to create a broad-spectrum of knowledge and understanding of the SABSA method, its frameworks, concepts, models & techniques. Theories and concepts are put to the test in ‘proof-of-concept’ style case study exercises and workshops so that candidates can understand how SABSA is best applied to meet the challenges of the real world.

Certification Process

Step 1 - Attend an official SABSA Foundation training course offered by a licensed provider.

Step 2 – Pass Foundation Examination Modules F1 and F2.

Examination Format & Pre-requisites

Examination candidates must attend an official training course and register through an official SABSA AEP.

Each of the two Foundation modules F1 and F2 consists of 48 multiple choice questions and candidates must score 75% or greater in each module to gain a Pass.

Each test module is of 60 minutes duration but candidates for whom English is not a first language may apply for an additional 15 minutes per module.

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SABSA Chartered Security Architect - Practitioner Certificate (SCP) 

Advanced Training modules required to obtain Practitioner certification expand a candidate’s delivery capability far beyond the knowledge of comprehension tested at Foundation level into a practical demonstration of the development and demonstration of competence to apply SABSA and achieve valuable results for the benefit of the organisation and the individual.

A successful candidate is required to demonstrate the competence and ability to:

  • Analyse and assess business problems and business-driven requirements;
  • Apply, modify and customise the SABSA method to strategise and innovate specific solutions to meet the unique requirements of their organisation, culture and sector;
  • Design and create the work-product required to establish and operationalise SABSA for the solution strategies in their unique environment;
  • Assess, evaluate and test concepts and theories by populating the work-product they design for real-world application;
  • Apply and measurably demonstrate their skills under the pressure of examinations.

 Certification Process

Step 1 - Attend any one official SABSA Advanced training course offered by a licensed provider.  The Advanced course module options are:

A1 – Advanced SABSA Risk, Assurance & Governance

A2 – Advanced SABSA Architecture Program Management

A3 – Advanced SABSA Architecture Design

A4 – Advanced SABSA Incident, Monitoring & Investigations Architecture

A5 – Advanced SABSA Business Continuity and Crisis Management

Step 2 – Pass the corresponding Advanced Examination Modules (A1 to A5).

Examination Format & Pre-requisites

Examination candidates must have previously attended an official SABSA Foundation training course prior to participating in an Advanced module.  The SCF certification is a pre-requisite to obtaining an SCP.

It is not possible to assess Advanced competency using multiple-choice testing techniques so Advanced module examinations take the form of demonstrable assignments.  Examination papers contain 5 questions from which candidates must choose 2 to answer.  Using examples from real working environments, or by creating a case study, or a combination of both, candidates are required to assess issues, evaluate solution approaches, and customise and apply the SABSA method and framework to create and populate appropriate SABSA work-products (techniques, tools, templates, models, frameworks, etc.).  

Answers are assessed exclusively against the competencies requested in the paper from competency level 3 (such as ‘Apply’) up to competency level 6 (such as ‘Invent’).  

Papers are dual marked by two SABSA Masters and candidates must score 75% or greater to gain a Pass.

Candidates have four weeks to return competed examination answers.

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SABSA Chartered Security Architect - Master Certificates (SCM) 

A SABSA Master certificate demonstrates the very highest levels of Security Architecture capability and leadership.  

 Certification Process

Step 1 - Attend a second official SABSA Advanced training course in addition to the module chosen for Practitioner level certification.  The Advanced course module options are:

A1 – Advanced SABSA Risk, Assurance & Governance

A2 – Advanced SABSA Architecture Program Management

A3 – Advanced SABSA Architecture Design

A4 – Advanced SABSA Incident, Monitoring & Investigations Architecture

A5 – Advanced SABSA Business Continuity and Crisis Management

Step 2 – Pass the corresponding Advanced Examination Modules (A1 to A5).

Step 3 – Submit a SABSA Master Thesis for assessment and gain a “Pass”.

Examination Format & Pre-requisites

Masters candidates must have previously obtained an SCP certification.

Read the SABSA Master Thesis guide for further information.

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