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Certified Senior System Architect

This certification exam is for Certified System Architects (CSAs) who are ready to further their Pega skills and knowledge.

The Certified Senior System Architect (CSSA) 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, performance tuning and system maintenance techniques, and addressing application security/access requirements. NOTE: The CSSA 7.2 exam was retired on December 31, 2018. It is currently available in French, Japanese, and Portuguese Brazilian only.


Exam Topics (% of exam)

Application Administration (10%)

  • Securing an application
  • Configuring batch processes
  • Application Migration

Application Debugging (8%)

  • Reviewing log files
  • Unit testing
  • Analyzing application performance
  • App DB Trace
  • Performance Analyzer (PAL)
  • Performance Profiler

Application Design (20%)

  • Creating new applications and new application versions
  • Rulesets
  • Rule Resolution
  • Enterprise Class Structure
  • Reusability and Specialization

Case Design (Includes Process Design) (28%)

  • Temporary cases
  • Duplicate cases
  • Organization records
  • Cascading approvals
  • Prioritization of user assignments
  • Circumstancing rules on multiple variables
  • Rule delegation
  • Parallel processing
  • Screen flows
  • Flow action pre- and post- processing

Data Management (10%)

  • Creating and testing services
  • External Database integration
  • Integration error handling
  • Simulating integration data
  • Managing integration settings

Data Model Design (8%)

  • Data values – localizable lists
  • Data access patterns

Decision Design (5%)

  • Incorporating Next-Best-Action processing into applications
  • Proposition Management
  • Decision and Run Interaction flow shapes
  • Decision Management rule types
  • Decision components, strategies

Report Design (3%)

  • Customizing the look and feel of an application
  • Combining data from multiple classes
  • Associations and joins
  • Incorporating data from sub-reports
  • Relationship of class mappings to database joins

UI Design (8%)

  • User portal customization
  • Mobile-ready application design
  • Customizing the look and feel of an application
  • Format

    • 90 minutes
    • 63 questions

  • Passing Score


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