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Certification Exam

Pega Lead System Architecture Exam

60 Questions

2 hrs

Passing Score: 65%

Advanced Platform Pega Platform Pega Platform 8.6 English

The Certified Pega Lead System Architect certification program is intended for Certified Pega Senior System Architects with at least 12+ months of field experience. The Pega Architecture exam is the first exam in the CPLSA certification process.

The Pega Lead System Architecture version 8.6 exam focuses on design and architecture of Pega applications. The Lead System Architect role is broad in scope: The exam covers material throughout System Architect, Senior System Architect, and Lead System Architect course curriculum. The exam includes scenario questions, multiple choice questions, and drag/drop items. Pega Senior Certified System Architect certification in any version is required to start the PCLSA certification program.

Exam Code: PEGAPCLSA86V2

Language: English | Japanese | Spanish

Retirement Date: June 30, 2023 for English.  Japanese & Spanish retirement date TBD.


Lead System Architect

Exam topics (% of exam)

Pega Platform Design (12%)
Understand deployment options; how deployment choices affect design decisions
Incorporate application monitoring and performance
Use distributed application case interactions
Describe the design approach when architecting a Pega application; Center-Out Business architecture
Leverage Pega applications; Identify when to incorporate other Pega products
Develop with App Studio
Describe how Pega interacts with existing enterprise technologies
Application Design (13%)
Design an effective case structure; Design case hierarchy and relationships between cases; Case design patterns
Evaluate when to use ruleset, class, and circumstance specialization
Decide when to use pattern inheritance and organization hierarchy specialization
Analyze various approaches to specializing an application to support a specific set of requirements
Leverage versioning to support reuse
Identify the role of a COE in reuse
Data Model Design (15%)
Design a case data model to support reuse and integrity
Understand data model best practices
Extend an industry foundation model
Know the benefits of using an industry foundation data model
User Experience Design (7%)
Provide thought leadership in the area of UX; where UX fits into the design architecture
Identify application functionality that can impact UX
Understand how the Digital Experience (DX) API can be used to create custom UI
Design UX using Cosmos
Understand where Mashups are used and how they fit into the design of a Pega Platform solution
Understand the importance of using Design Templates to ensure App Studio compliance
Security Design (15%)
Determine the appropriate authentication model/strategy for a given use
Determine the appropriate authorization model for a given use (role vs. attribute-based)
Identify and configure roles and access groups for an application
Establish dependent roles hierarchy
Determine the rule security mode
Identify security risks and potential vulnerabilities
Detect and mitigate possible attacks
Secure a Pega application in production
Use security event logging
Use security best practices
Reporting Design (12%)
Design appropriate reporting strategy based on business need
Design reports for performance
Identify and solve performance problems in reports
Produce queries that reference ancestors within a case hierarchy
Produce queries based on generated or reformatted data
Produce queries that include SQL Functions; Complex SQL
Use associations, class joins, subreports
Asynchronous Processing Design (8%)
Evaluate and determine appropriate background processing design option
Design and configure asynchronous processing for integration
Optimize default agents for an application
Work Delegation Design (10%)
Identify when to use Push routing and Pull routing
Leverage work parties
Use and customize Get Next Work
Identify alternate ways to find work
Manage flow changes for cases in-flight
Use and manage problem flows to resolve flow issues
Deployment and Testing Design (8%)
Apply production deployment best practices
Define a release pipeline
Identify continuous integration and delivery tasks
Develop deployment strategies
Assess and monitor quality
Design and automate testing strategies
Create a custom guardrail warning
Establish quality measures and expectations on your team
Customize the rule check-in approval process

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