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


An RSA Archer Professional is a person who works in a technical support, 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 Professional typically consist of three major areas of job role responsibility:

  • Business Logic and Configuration of RSA Archer to meet business needs
  • Understanding the basics of Integration
  • Troubleshooting Strategies to solve common issues


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


Examination Domains

The RSA Archer Professional examination is comprised of three 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: Business Logic and Configuration 40 %
2.0: Integration 30 %
3.0: Troubleshooting Strategies 30%
Total: 100%


Domain 1.0: Business Logic and Configuration
The RSA Archer Professional must have a solid understanding of how to configure RSA 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
RSA Archer Professionals must understand how RSA Archer can bring data onto 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 RSA 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 RSA Archer product training is not a strict requirement in preparation for the RSA Archer Professional 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.


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


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


Examination Details


Testing Centers, Locations, and Registration


The RSA Archer Professional 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 Professional exam code is 050-6201-ARCHERPRO01.


Exam Questions


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.


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


Language Availability
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

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