Certified Microservice Architect

The Microservice Architect track is comprised of SOACP Modules 1, 2, 9, 10 and 11. The final course module consists of a series of lab exercises that require participants to apply their knowledge of the preceding courses in order to fulfill project requirements and solve real world problems. Completion of these courses as part of a virtual or on-site workshop results in each participant receiving an official digital Certificate of Completion, as well as a digital Training Badge from Acclaim/Credly.



A Certified Microservice Architect has demonstrated proficiency in the technology architecture models and mechanics of microservice implementations and containerization environments, through the mastery of patterns, practices and industry-standard technologies required to engineer contemporary microservices. Depending on the exam format chosen, attaining the Microservice Architect Certification can require passing a single exam or multiple exams. Those who achieve this certification receive an official digital Certificate of Excellence, as well as a digital Certification Badge from Acclaim/Credly with an account that supports the online verification of certification status.


The Microservice Architect certification track is associated with the following courses and the courses can be delivered via instructor-led training.

SOACP Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices

This course provides an easy to understand, end-to-end overview of contemporary service concepts and technologies pertaining to modern-day microservices and service-oriented computing, as well as business and technology-related topics pertaining to service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The following primary topics are covered:
– Business and Technology Drivers for SOA, Services and Microservices
– Strategic Goals and Benefits of Service-Oriented Computing
– Plain English Introduction to Services and Microservices
– Fundamental Characteristics of a Service-Oriented Architecture
– Understanding Service-Orientation as a Design Paradigm, including the Four Pillars of Service-Orientation
– Introduction to Service Layers, Service Models and Service Compositions
– Service Inventories, Service Layers and Service API Governance and Management
– Introduction to Common Service Technologies, including API Gateways, Virtualization, Containerization
– Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud Services
– Adoption Impacts, including considerations for Governance, Infrastructure, Performance and Standardization
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 2: Service Technology Concepts

This course focuses on modern service technologies, models and concepts that have established de facto implementation mediums for building contemporary services-based solutions. Also covered are fundamental terms, concepts and models pertaining to cloud computing and cloud-based services.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Comparing Service Implementation Mediums
– Service Roles and Service Agents
– Message Exchange Patterns and Service Activities
– Basic XML, XML Schema, JSON and JSON Schema Concepts
– HTTP Methods, Response Codes and Headers
– Basic REST Service Concepts, including Properties and Constraints
– REST Services, Contracts, Resources and Messaging
– Hypermedia and Late Binding
– Basic WSDL and SOAP Concepts
– WS-* Technologies
– Web Service Contracts, Messaging and Registries
– Cloud Computing Concepts
– Vertical and Horizontal Scaling
– Multitenancy, Elasticity and Resiliency
– On-Demand Usage, Ubiquitous Access and Measured Usage
– Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds
– IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 9: Fundamental Microservice Architecture & Containerization

This course establishes foundational microservice architecture and design principles, and further introduces containerization concepts and container characteristics, along with a series of enabling technologies and technology drivers for cloud-based microservices. A set of fundamental design patterns are provided and the course concludes with an overview of DevOps process and practices.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Introduction to Microservice Architecture
– Common Microservice Design Challenges
– Microservices and Design Granularity
– Microservice Guiding Design Principles
– Introduction to Containerization
– Containerization vs. Virtualization
– Fundamental Container Architecture Elements
– Container Engines, Build Files, Images and Networking
– Microservice Automation, Logging and Monitoring
– Microservice Instance Registration
– Scaling Technology, Basic Scalability Types and Mechanisms
– Technology Drivers for Cloud-based Microservice Deployments
– Micro Task Abstraction and Micro Task Segregation
– Rich Containers and Logical Pod Containers
– DevOps Practices and Benefits
– DevOps Stages and Toolchains
– Domain-Driven Design and Microservices
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 10: Advanced Microservice Architecture & Containerization

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the practices, models and technology architectures behind microservices and containerization.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Microservice Compositions and Compositor Services
– Autonomous Proxy Services
– Shared Isolated Databases
– Microservice Layers and Isolation Levels
– Pre-Defined Data Views
– Microservice Instance Registrations
– Workload Distribution and Service Load Balancing
– Synchronized Cross-Instance Events
– Event-Driven Messaging for Microservices
– Atomic Event Processing and Appended Events
– Centralized Isolated State Databases
– Container Chains
– Single-Node Multi-Containers
– Multi-Container Isolation Control
– Volatile Container Configurations
– Serverless Microservice Deployments
– Dynamic Scalability Models
– Micro Scatter-Gather Compositions
– Leader Node Election for Microservice Instances
– Redundant Microservice Implementations
– Microservice Composition Autonomy
– Container Sidecars
– Microservice Ambassadors
– Log Aggregation for Microservices
– Distributed Diagnostics for Microservices
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 11: Microservice Architecture & Containerization Lab

As a continuation of course modules 9 and 10, this hands-on workshop allows attendees to apply the concepts, processes, techniques, patterns and principles previously covered in order to a complete a set of architectural and design exercises.
Participants are required to study case study backgrounds and carry out a series of exercises to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of applying design patterns to design their own services and service-oriented solutions.
Duration: 1 Day

  • There are no formal prerequisites for the certification exam

You can take exams anywhere in the world via Pearson VUE testing centers, Pearson VUE online proctoring and Arcitura on-site exam proctoring at your location.
You are provided with three flexible exam format options:

  • Complete Exam S90.MSA, a single combined exam for the entire Microservice Architect certification track. Recommended for those who want to only take a single exam that encompasses all course modules within this track.
  • Complete the partial version of Exam S90.MSA. Recommended for those who have already obtained a SOACP certification and would like to achieve the Microservice Architect Certification without having to be retested on SOACP Modules 1 and 2.
  • Complete one module-specific exam for each course module in Microservice Architect Certification track. This is recommended for those who want to progress gradually through the track and who would like to be assessed after each course module before proceeding to the next.

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    • Targeted learning for real projects

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