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Certification Exam

Pega Certified Senior System Architect

60 Questions

1 hr 30 mins

Passing Score: 70%

Intermediate Platform Pega Platform Pega Platform 8.6 English

The Pega Certified Senior System Architect (PCSSA) certification validates the ability to use Pega to design and build for reusability across multiple lines of business. It includes applying best practices, understanding application debugging and performance tuning, and addressing security/access requirements in an application. The PCSSA version 8.6 exam includes scenario questions, multiple choice questions and drag/drop items. If multiple answers are required, the text states how many responses are needed. Pega Certified System Architect (P/CSA) certification in any version is required to begin the PCSSA certification program.

Exam Code: PEGAPCSSA86V1

Language: English

Retirement Date: N/A


Senior System Architect

Exam topics (% of exam)

Application Development (17%)
Define the Enterprise Class Structure
Create an application with the New Application wizard
Understand the rule resolution process; Adjust rule availability
Identify how circumstancing affects application behavior
Circumstance rules on a single variable or multiple variables
Differentiate between a queue processor and a job scheduler
Identify the role and elements of activities in case processing
Automate actions when a property value changes
Promote rule reuse with relevant records
Review Log Files: Distinguish system events and performance events
Case Management (12%)
Differentiate between work groups, work queues, and organizational structures
Configure parallel processing for cases
Manage concurrent case access; Locking strategies
Configure flow action pre- and post- processing
Extend service-level agreement configurations
Data and Integration (16%)
Configure Field Values
Validate data against a pattern
Identify use cases for Keyed Data Pages
Exchange data with other applications
Manage integration settings
Address integration errors in connectors
Expose an application with a web service
Create and set application variables
User Experience (8%)
Create and customize Pega Web Mashups
Configure Pega Web Mashup authentication
Reporting (7%)
Design reports with multiple sources; associations and joins
Performance (10%)
Measure System Performance; use of performance-related tools
Debug system performance
Security (15%)
Distinguish between role-based and attribute-based access controls
Identify the role of access control policies in securing an application
Organize and manage case attachments
Secure data with client-based access control
Deployments (10%)
Identify the role and impacts of application versioning; Use of ruleset skimming
Configure and validate application rulesets
Branch rulesets for parallel development
Migrate an application; Use of product rules
Mobility (5%)
Differentiate between the delivery options for mobile devices
Design applications for mobile use; use of certificate sets

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