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Certification Exam

Certified Pega System Architect

60 Questions

1 hr 30 mins

Passing Score: 65%

Beginner Platform Pega Platform Pega Platform 8.6 English

The Certified Pega System Architect version 8.6 certification is for developers and technical staff members who want to learn how to develop Pega applications. This certification is the first level in the System Architect certification path and provides a baseline measurement on your knowledge of Pega applications. The PCSA Version 8.6 exam includes scenario questions, multiple choice questions and drag/drop items. 

Exam Code: PEGAPCSA86V1

Languages: English | French | German | Japanese | Portuguese-Brazilian | Spanish

Retirement date: September 30, 2022


System Architect

Exam topics (% of exam)

Case Management (28%)
Design a case lifecycle, stages, set case statuses, add instructions to tasks
Add a service level agreement; configure urgency, goals, deadlines, passed deadlines
Route assignments to users, work groups, work queues
Configure approval processes; cascading approvals, authority matrix
Configure and send email correspondence
Identify duplicate cases
Identify and add optional actions
Automate workflow decisions using conditions
Pause and resume case processing; wait steps
Skip a stage or process
Configure child cases
Understand when to use automation shapes
Automate decisions using decision tables and decision trees
Create and manage teams of users
Data and Integration (18%)
Configure data types, create data objects, data relationships, and field types
Identify and create calculated values
Validate data; create and configure data validation rules by using business logic
Manipulate application data, set default property values, configure data transforms
Access sourced data in a case; refresh strategies; populate user interface controls
Save data to a system of record
Simulate and add external data sources
Capture and present data; fields and views
View data in memory; clipboard tool, pyWorkPage
Security (7%)
Manage user and role assignments
Configure security policies
Track and audit changes to data
DevOps (7%)
Use unit test rules
Create and execute scenario-based test cases
Identify best practices for configuring unit tests
User Experience (16%)
Customize user interface elements, dashboards, portal content, configure action sets
Customize form appearance, visibility settings, controls
Add and remove fields
Group fields in views
Display list data in views; configure repeating dynamic layouts
Localize application content
Enable accessibility features in an application
Application Development (12%)
Manage application development; user stories, feedback, bugs
Use the Estimator to scope a Pega Platform project
Create and maintain rules, rulesets, classes, inheritance
Debug application errors
Reporting (7%)
Create business reports
Identify types of reports
Use columns and filters
Describe the benefits of using Insights
Mobility (5%)
Configure mobile app channels
Use of Pega Mobile Preview

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The Certified Pega System Architect exam is proctored by Pearson VUE.
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There are two exam delivery options:

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