Certification Program

Archer Professional Exam Guide

Important Note: All RSA exams currently offered through Pearson Vue testing centers will offer a final exam date of August 31, 2021. Following that, there will be a period in which no exams are offered, as we transition to a new platform. At this time, we do not yet have a new go-live date, but trust it will be prior to the end of the year. 

The Archer Professional examination is based on the critical job functions that an individual would typically be expected to perform with competence when providing Archer deployment and administrative services.


An Archer Professional is a person who works in a technical support, technical sales, professional services and/or other technical implementation role within Archer, within an Archer partner organization, or within an organization using Archer.


The major job functions expected of an Archer Professional typically consist of three major areas of job role responsibility:

  • Business logic and configuration of Archer to meet business needs
  • Understanding the basics of integration
  • Troubleshooting strategies to solve common issues


Candidate Background and Experience
An Archer Professional candidate should have completed the Archer Associate track and passed the Archer Associate exam. Candidates should also have an understanding of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) concepts, as well as be familiar with the Archer solution areas.


Examination Domains

The Archer Professional exam is comprised of three major Domains (subject areas). Each Domain is represented by a series of questions designed to evaluate competence and knowledge of elements relating to that domain. The following table describes the proportion of the examination that relates to each domain.



Domain % of Examination
1.0: Business Logic and Configuration 40%
2.0: Integration 30%
3.0: Troubleshooting Strategies 30%
Total 100%


Domain 1.0: Business Logic and Configuration
The Archer Professional must have a solid understanding of how to configure Archer to meet business needs and a general understanding of deployment.


Content Areas

  • Deployment
    • RSA Archer Services and their responsibilities
    • Archer Control Panel
  • Business Logic
    • Advanced Workflow nodes and options
    • Advanced Searching and Reporting
    • Purpose of Issues Management and Business Impact Analysis
  • Configuration
    • Scheduled Report Distributions
    • Data Publications
    • Mail Merge
    • Questionnaires
    • Sub-forms



Domain 2.0: Integration

The Archer Professional must understand how Archer can bring data into the platform through data feeds, data import, and the API.


Content Areas

  • Data Feeds
    • Settings and Options
    • Lookup Translations
  • Data Import
    • Importing into Sub-Forms
    • Importing into values list fields
  • XML Notifications



Domain 3.0: Troubleshooting Strategies
The Archer Professional must understand the platform well enough to diagnose common issues that arise from configuration errors or environmental variabilities.


Content Areas

  • Application-level Troubleshooting
    • Questionnaires
    • Advanced Workflow
    • Data-Driven Events
    • Calculations
  • System-level Troubleshooting
    • Services
    • Log Files



Examination Preparation


Product Training

Although Archer product training is not a strict requirement in preparation for the Archer Professional Examination, it is highly recommended. 


For full and detailed descriptions of Archer course offerings, visit: https://community.rsa.com/community/training/archer  Use the Level filter at the top of the page to narrow the course listing by desired certification exam level.


Product Experience
Many of the areas addressed by the Archer Professional exam will be familiar to the candidate who has worked with the Archer product. 


The Archer Professional exam content areas cover a wide range of product functions because an Archer Professional 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 Archer implementation.


Examination Details


Testing Centers, Locations, and Registration

The 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 Archer Associate exam code is 050-6201-ARCHERPRO01.


Exam Questions

The Archer Professional 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.


Exam Costs
The fee for taking the exam is US$ 150.00.


Language Availability
The Archer Professional 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

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