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Pega Architecture Exam

The Certified Lead System Architect (CLSA) certification is intended for Certified Senior System Architects (CSSAs) with at least 12+ months of field experience. The Pega Architecture exam is the second exam in the CLSA certification process.

The Pega Architecture exam is the second of three required exams for CLSA certification, and focuses on design and architecture of Pega applications. The LSA role is broad in scope: The exam covers material throughout the entire SA, SSA, advanced topics, & LSA course curriculum. This exam includes scenario questions, multiple choice questions and drag/drop items. If multiple answers are required, the text states how many responses are needed. NOTE: This exam will be retired on November 30, 2019.


Exam Topics (% of exam)

Enterprise Design (17%)

  • How Pega fits into the technical landscape of the organization
  • Design scope of application; identify opportunities for re-use
  • Refactor an application built in Pega Express
  • Assess need for a framework application
  • Determine application infrastructure requirements
  • Identify when to incorporate other Pega products

Case Design (13%)

  • Design case hierarchy and relationships between cases
  • Define case locking strategy
  • Design for case level and assignment level SLAs
  • Recommend appropriate data propagation approach vs. shared dat
  • Design Get Next (Get Most Urgent) work algorithm
  • Sharing work
  • Evaluate when to use activities, APIs, and functions

Data Model Design (8%)

  • Design and extend the application data model
  • Design data reuse layers and identify relevant records
  • Define mapping between source systems and Pega

User Experience (8%)

  • Provide thought leadership in the area of UX
  • Determine where UX fits into the design architecture
  • Design the user experience to optimize performance
  • Design for mobile and offline usage

Security (13%)

  • Determine the best authorization strategy
  • Perform a security assessment; identify and fix issues
  • Identify security loopholes

Reporting Strategy Design (7%)

  • Design appropriate reporting strategy based on business need
  • Identify need for custom SQL functions
  • Design reports for performance
  • Identify/solve performance problems in reports

Background Processing (10%)

  • Identify proper techniques to handle background processing
  • Design for separate nodes; asynchronous processing
  • Optimize standard agents

Performance (9%)

  • Diagnose cause of an issue happening only in one environment
  • Diagnose cause of an issue after weeks of application running

Deployment (15%)

  • Apply Production Deployment best practices, including DevOps
  • Design and automate a Testing strategy, including DevOps
  • Assess and monitor application quality
  • Format

    • 120 minutes
    • 60 questions

  • Passing Score


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