Last year I received an email from The Open Group...
Your TOGAF 8 Certified status is due to expire ... In order to renew your TOGAF Certified for a further two year period you are required to pay a $300 fee.
So what is the value of renewing?
The only answer that I can find is that for $300 I would have the privelege of having my name listed on the TOGAF website and the opportunity to use the TOGAF logo. I decided to pass...
By way of comparison, I am a chartered member of the British Computer Society which entitles me to the letters MCBS CITP, the cost is very similar. The benefits include:
- Professional Recognition
- Professional Development
- BCS Online Library
- Networking Opportunities
- Careers Advice Services
- Software Discounts
- Member's email forwarding facility
- Use of Post Nominals & Logo
The Open Group is far less prestigious and in contrast provides very limited value. I have no objection to paying for membership but the current value proposition is very weak. I have contributed many ideas informally to TOGAF through colleagues working on TOGAF with no recognition or reward, I now find the Open Group grabbing money when giving little in return. I think this policy is damaging to TOGAF and will potentially result in TOGAF being discredited which will be a shame.
For the Open Group to warrant such a fee it should open up the Open Group to TOGAF certified professionals to allow them to contribute fully on a formal basis eg everyone who is certified should be an Architecture Forum Member - why not? An Open Group or TOGAF email address would not be too much to ask either.
I passed these views on to the Open Group a while back and was told that they were considering my points. Nothing has happened...