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    Problem Report Number 0048
    Submitter's Classification Certification System problem
    State SA Review Inconclusive
    Resolution No Resolution Given
    Problem Resolution ID No Resolution ID Given
    Raised 2012-07-23 15:47
    Updated 2012-10-02 12:34
    Requirements Open CA Certification Conformance Requirements
    Certification Program Open CA Certification Program
    Problem Summary Lack of an agreed and documented procedure for the granting of Level 1
    certification to candidates who have applied at Level 2.
    Problem Text The following statement occurs on page 52 of the Open CA Board
    Member Handbook (Version 1.3) published on The Open Group's
    website. When dealing with the subject of the post interview consensus
    meeting, it says there is an option:?

    If you are evaluating a candidate who has applied for certification at Level
    2, Master Certified Architect, then
    * If the Candidate is agreed not to meet the requirements for Level 2
    * But there is a majority agreement by the Board that the Candidate
    DOES meet the requirements for Level 1
    Note this on the Board Report form and inform the CA

    This appears to be the only place in the published documentation of the
    Open CA program where this procedure is mentioned. Concern has often
    been expressed that such a procedure, if regularly followed, could
    encourage candidates to always apply for Level 2 in the knowledge that
    if they do not get Level 2 they can fall back to Level 1. This then imposes
    additional decisions on the Certification Board Members and is contrary to
    the philosophy that the candidates decide which level would apply to
    them and then provide the relevant information for the Board to validate

    As this option is now sometimes being applied, the situation needs to be
    clarified and the information recorded in the relevant places in the general
    documentation. The first question to be resolved is, should the option for
    rejected Level 2 candidates to be simultaneously assessed for Level 1
    compliance be applied: (A) always; (B) in exceptional circumstances; (C)

    If the answer is (A), then:-
    1. Board Member's review forms and the Board Synopsis form will need
    to be modified to provide for three possible answers rather than just
    Yes/No responses.
    2. All Board Members in the pool will need to be alerted that this option
    3. Candidate's documentation will need to be modified to make them
    aware of this option.
    4. It is possible that Accreditation documentation may also need to be

    If the answer is (B), then the four actions listed above will have to be
    undertaken, plus criteria and authorization will need to be resolved for
    identifying what are exceptional circumstances.

    If the answer is (C), then page 52 will have to be removed from the Open
    CA Board Member Handbook. Also, Board Members and Certification
    Authority staff will need to be informed that this option is no longer

    Review Information

    Review Type CA Review
    Start Date 2012-07-23 23:47
    Last Updated 2012-10-02 12:33
    Completed 2012-10-02 12:33
    Status Complete
    Review Recommendation Evaluation Process Deficiency (EPD)
    Review Response Option A as agreed by the SA

    Review Type SA Review
    Start Date 2012-10-02 20:33
    Last Updated 2012-10-02 12:34
    Completed 2012-10-02 12:34
    Status Complete
    Review Resolution Evaluation Process Deficiency (EPD)
    Review Conclusion Option A as agreed by the SA

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