Certified Service API Specialist

The Service API Specialist track is comprised of SOACP Modules 1, 2, 12, 13 and 14. 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 Service API Specialist has demonstrated proficiency with the design of service APIs, associated coupling types and both binary and non-binary protocols, as well as the management of service APIs and associated monetization and versioning requirements. A Certified Service API Specialist can also be referred to as a Certified Service API Design & Management Specialist. Depending on the exam format chosen, attaining the Service API Specialist 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 Service API Specialist 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 12: Fundamental Service API Design & Management

This course covers essential topics pertaining to modern-day service API design and management, including API roles, the API lifecycle, positive and negative API coupling types and fundamental API design and management patterns. Also covered are API proxies, API gateways and fundamental API versioning.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Introduction to APIs and API Roles
– Public, Private and Partner API Models
– API Granularity Levels
– Positive and Negative Service API Coupling Types
– Indirect Forms of Negative Service API Coupling
– Decoupled Service APIs, Service Façades and Service Agents
– Endpoint Redirection and Idempotent Capabilities
– Service API Proxy Design and Architecture
– Data Model Transformation, Data Format Transformation and Protocol Bridging
– API Gateways and API Management Platforms
– Intermediate Routing, Brokered Authentication and Multi-Channel Endpoints
– Common Service API Management Metrics
– Service API Versioning Basics
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 13: Advanced Service API Design & Management

This course delves into a series of advanced service API design and management patterns to provide techniques for accommodating complex requirements, coupling concerns and various evolutionary and versioning challenges. Text-based and binary data serialization protocols are explored, along with a number of Web-capable RPC protocols, including gRPC, GraphQL and Falcor.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Service API Monetization Models and Payment Models
– Service API Denormalization and Service Decomposition
– Service Mesh Environments and Service API Proxies
– Non-Binary Data Serialization with XML and JSON
– Binary Data Serialization with Protocol Buffers and Apache Avro
– Web-Capable RPC Protocols, including gRPC, GraphQL and Avro
– Proxy, Distributed and Decomposed Service API Capabilities
– Validation Abstraction and Partial Abstraction
– Service API Versioning Patterns and Uniform Contract Versioning
– Concurrent Service APIs, Dual Protocols and Legacy Wrappers
– Messaging Metadata and State Messaging
– Lightweight Endpoints and Entity Linking
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 14: Service API Design & Management Lab

As a continuation of course modules 12 and 13, this hands-on workshop allows attendees to apply the technologies, concepts, techniques and patterns previously covered in order to complete a set of lab exercises.
Participants are required to study a case study background and carry out a series of exercises to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of applying technologies and design patterns to design their own service API 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.SDM, a single combined exam for the entire Service API Specialist 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.SDM. Recommended for those who have already obtained a SOACP certification and would like to achieve the Service API Specialist Certification without having to be retested on SOACP Modules 1 and 2.
  • Complete one module-specific exam for each course module in Service API Specialist 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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