Certified SOA Architect

The SOA Architect track is comprised of SOACP Modules 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8. 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 SOA Architect has demonstrated proficiency in the technology architecture models and mechanics of service, microservice and service composition implementations, through the mastery of patterns, principles, practices and industry-standard technologies required to engineer modern-day services-based solutions. Depending on the exam format chosen, attaining the SOA 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 SOA 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 3: Design & Architecture with SOA, Services & Microservices

This course delves into the service-oriented architectural model and the service-orientation design paradigm and establishes the unique characteristics and dynamics that constitute service-oriented solution logic. The course raises a series of distinct considerations for designing service-oriented solutions with microservices, as well as REST services and Web services.
The following primary topics are covered:
– Fundamental Application Design with SOA
– Service-Orientation vs. “Silo”-Based Design
– Service-Oriented Application Design with Microservices
– Understanding Services and Service Capabilities
– Understanding the Functional Context of Microservices
– Complex Service Composition Design, Composition Runtime Roles and Responsibilities
– Composition with Microservices
– Distinguishing Characteristics of the SOA Model
– The Eight Design Principles of Service-Orientation
– Contract-First Design, Standardized Service Contracts and Uniform Contracts
– Service Loose Coupling and Coupling Types, Service Abstraction and Information Hiding
– Service Reusability and Agnostic Design, Service Autonomy and Runtime Control
– Service Statelessness and State Deferral, Service Discoverability and Interpretability
– Design Guidelines for REST Services
– Design Guidelines for Web Services
– Design Guidelines for Microservices
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 7: Advanced SOA Design & Architecture with Services & Microservices

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the overarching models and underlying mechanics of service-oriented technology architecture. A wide range of topic areas is covered to provide techniques, insights and perspectives of the inner workings of service and composition architectures, including messaging, microservice deployments, service contracts, API gateways, containerization and many more.
The following primary topics are covered:
– SOA vs. Traditional Architectures
– Understanding Service and Composition Architectures
– Logic Centralization, Schema Centralization and Canonicl Schemas
– Dual Protocols, Canonical Resources and Inventory Endpoints
– Contract Centralization, Official Endpoints and Services with Concurrent Contracts
– Lightweight Endpoints, Reusable and Uniform Contracts
– Service Façades, Legacy Wrappers and Service Data Replication
– Microservice Deployments and Containerization
– Redundant Implementations, Content Negotiation and Idempotent Capabilities
– Messaging Metadata, State Messaging and Event-Driven Messaging
– Service Instance Routing, Endpoint Redirection, Service Agents and Intermediate Routing
– API Gateways and Asynchronous Queuing
– Data Format Transformation, Data Model Transformation and Protocol Bridging
– Service Brokers and the Enterprise Service Bus
– Orchestration and Compensating Service Transactions
– Composition Autonomy, Entity Linking and State Repositories
Duration: 1 Day

SOACP Module 8: SOA Design & Architecture Lab with Services & Microservices

As a continuation of course modules 3 and 7, this hands-on workshop allows attendees to apply the technologies, concepts, techniques, patterns and principles previously covered in order to complete a set of 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.SAR, a single combined exam for the entire SOA 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.SAR. Recommended for those who have already obtained a SOACP certification and would like to achieve the SOA Architect Certification without having to be retested on SOACP Modules 1 and 2.
  • Complete one module-specific exam for each course module in SOA 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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