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Pega Architecture Exam

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

The Pega Architecture exam 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. The exam includes scenario questions, multiple choice questions and drag/drop items. PCLSA certification requires passing the Pega Architecture Exam and an Application design/build. Exam Code: PEGAPCLSA80V1_2020. Language: English.


Exam Topics (% of exam)

Enterprise Design (17%)

  • How Pega fits into the technical landscape of the organization
  • Design for architecting Pega for the enterprise
  • Determine application infrastructure requirements
  • Identify when to incorporate other Pega products
  • Architect an environment with high availability
  • Diagnose cause of an issue happening only in one environment
  • Diagnose cause of an issue after weeks of application running

Case Design (13%)

  • Design case hierarchy and relationships between cases
  • Evaluate when to use subcase and subflow processing
  • Define case locking strategy
  • Design for case level and assignment level SLAs
  • Recommend appropriate data propagation approach vs. shared data
  • Design Get Next Work algorithm
  • Evaluate when to use push routing and pull routing
  • 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 Design (8%)

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

Security (13%)

  • Determine the best authentication strategy
  • Determine the appropriate authorization model for a given use
  • Perform a security assessment; identify and fix issues
  • Use security best practices
  • Identify security risks

Reporting (8%)

  • 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%)

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

Asset Design and Reuse (8%)

  • Specialize an application by overriding rulesets
  • Assess need for extending an existing application
  • Identify opportunities for re-using assets
  • Refactor an application built in Pega Express

Deployment and Testing (15%)

  • Apply Production Deployment best practices, including DevOps
  • Design and automate a Testing strategy
  • Assess and monitor application quality
  • Establish quality measures and expectations on your team
  • Customize the rule check-in approval process
  • Format

    • 120 minutes
    • 60 questions

  • Passing Score


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