The RSA Archer Associate examination is based on the critical job functions that an individual would typically be expected to perform with competence when providing RSA Archer deployment services.
An RSA Archer Associate is a person who works in a technical support, technical sales, professional services and/or other technical implementation role within RSA, within an RSA Partner organization, or within an organization using RSA Archer.
The major job functions expected of an RSA Archer Associate typically consist of four major areas of job role responsibility:
- General knowledge about RSA Archer solutions
- Aptitude with managing common RSA Archer application configurations
- Familiarity with RSA Archer communication strategies
- Understanding the basics RSA Archer access control
Candidate Background and Experience
An RSA Archer Associate candidate should have completed the RSA Archer 6 Administration I course, or have a minimum of six months experience working with the RSA Archer Platform. Candidates should also have a basic understanding of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) concepts, as well as RSA Archer solutions areas.
The RSA Archer Associate examination is comprised of four major Domains (subject areas). Each Domain is represented by a series of questions designed to evaluate competence and knowledge of the elements relating to that domain. The following table describes the proportion of the examination that relates to each domain:
|Domain||% of Examination|
|1.0: RSA Archer Solution Knowledge||25 %|
|2.0: Application Configuration||35 %|
|3.0: Communication Strategies||25%|
|4.0: Access Control||15%|
Domain 1.0: RSA Archer Solution Knowledge
The RSA Archer Associate must have fundamental knowledge of RSA Archer solutions to explain how Archer assists in the maturity of an organization’s GRC program.
- RSA Archer Business Solutions
- High-level solution concepts and goals
Domain 2.0: Application Configuration
RSA Archer Associates must understand how to configure fields, applications, dashboards, and workspaces within RSA Archer. Configuring RSA Archer with the end users in mind is an important component for successful user adoption. RSA Archer Associates should also be able to import data into an instance of RSA Archer to assist with data migration from legacy systems.
- Application-level configurations
- Data-Driven Events and Workflows
- Layout Objects and User Experience
- Field Options
- Required fields
- Data Import
Domain 3.0: Communication Strategies
The RSA Archer Associate must understand and be able to configure the various notification types with RSA Archer. The RSA Archer Associate is expected to know how to perform advanced searches within Archer and create statistical reports in order to assist in communicating relevant data in a digestible format.
- Subscription Notifications
- Advanced Search
- Conducting statistical reports
- Report Management
- Charting options
- Workspaces and Dashboards
Domain 4.0: Access Control
An RSA Archer Associate is expected to have a fundamental understanding of access control in RSA Archer to ensure the right people see the right data at the right time.
- Security Parameters
- Access Roles and Groups
- Record permission options and page privileges
Although RSA Archer product training is not a strict requirement in preparation for the RSA Archer Associate Examination, it is highly recommended.
For full and detailed descriptions of RSA Archer course offerings, visit: https://community.rsa.com/community/training/archer-grc-training.
Many of the areas addressed by the RSA Archer Associate exam will be familiar to the candidate who has worked with the RSA Archer product.
The RSA Archer Associate exam content areas cover a wide range of RSA Archer product functions because an RSA Archer Associate may be called upon to perform deployments, work closely with and educate system administrators and other personnel, and maintain the day-to-day operation of an RSA Archer implementation.
Testing Centers, Locations, and Registration
The RSA Archer Administrator examination is administered by the Pearson VUE organization – an internationally known examination provider. Examination centers are located worldwide. Visit the Pearson VUE web site (www.pearsonvue.com/rsa/) and use the Test Center Locator to find a testing facility convenient to you.
You may also use the Pearson VUE site to create a personal login account and register for an exam. The RSA Archer Associate exam code is 050-6201-ARCHERASC01.
The RSA Archer Associate exam consists of 70 questions to be completed in 85 minutes. The exam consists of multiple-choice, multiple-response, or true/false type questions. The exam is computer-based and closed book – you may not utilize any printed material, personal computers, calculators, cell phones, etc. during the test.
The minimum passing score is 70%. Test results are calculated automatically at the conclusion of the test and testing center personnel can often provide you with an authorized copy of your results before you leave the testing center.
The fee for taking the exam is US$ 150.00.
The RSA Archer Associate exam is available in North American English.
What to expect at the Testing Center
You must present two forms of identification; one of which is a photo identification.
You will be required to electronically accept the terms of an RSA Certification Program Non-Disclosure Agreement before beginning the examination. You are given an additional 5 minutes above and beyond the examination time to read this agreement before accepting.
Re-taking the Exam
There is no limit on the number of times that you can re-take the certification exam. However, to maintain integrity and confidentiality of the test items, 14 days is the required elapsed time before retaking the test a third time. Please note that you must pay the full exam fee each time that you retake the