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New Pega Certification exams available in Q2 2021: What you can do to stay current

Carrie Bartels, 4 minute read

Pega’s exam-writing teams have been busy this quarter. If you like to stay current with learning Pega technology, Pega version 8.6 Certification exams are now available. Continue reading to learn which new exams are available in Q2, info on study tips, the frequently asked question of the quarter, and what to look forward to in Q3 2021. 

New 8.6 Pega Certification exams available 

Pega System Architect, Senior System Architect, Business Architect, Data Scientist, and Decisioning Consultant 8.6 exams are now available in Pearson VUE

View the Pega Academy Certifications page to find information pages for each exam, including exam topics, passing scores, types of questions, and formats to expect. 

Does this mean the Pega 8.5 exams are retiring soon? 

Retirement dates are not yet established for the 8.5 exams. However, as mentioned in our Q1 certification blog, Pega Certification always provides at least three months’ notice prior to retiring an exam. Exam retirement announcements can always be found on the Pega Academy Certifications page and on Pega’s Pearson VUE main page. Stay tuned for updates! 

Exam study tip for the quarter  

Preparing to take a certification exam? Completing the Pega Academy training Mission that corresponds to the certification exam is an excellent way to prepare. You can always find links to the corresponding training Mission on the exam information pages found on our Pega Academy Certifications page. Pega Academy Missions are online, self-paced trainings that are free to enroll in! You only need to have an active Pega account, which is also free and available to everyone, to complete the Missions, Mission quizzes, challenges, Mission exercises, and Mission tests. You can use the Mission test at the end of each Mission as a practice test, and you can retake the Mission test as many times as you need to ensure you fully understand the content. While passing the Mission test does not guarantee a passing score on the exam, and the Mission test questions are not 1-to-1 with actual certification exam questions, it does help you understand the question formats that will be on the exam. Keep in mind that Pega does not recommend or endorse any study materials from third-party vendors

In addition, the Pega education team offers test prep sessions occasionally. You can view the schedule for test prep sessions on the Pega instructor-led training page

More study tips will be included in upcoming quarterly certification blogs! 

Did you know? Exam delivery options… 

In addition to going to a Pearson VUE test center to take your exam, you can also take Pega Certification exams from the comfort of your own home, where you are monitored by a Pearson VUE proctor using your device’s webcam and audio. This at-home exam delivery method is called OnVUE exam delivery. You can find out all about OnVUE exam delivery on Pega’s Pearson VUE OnVUE information page. Keep in mind that this exam delivery method does have some strict guidelines and procedures, and you need to take your exam in a quiet, uninterrupted room in your home. Again, check out the Pearson VUE OnVUE information page for information on what to expect for an OnVUE exam delivery, system requirements, policies, procedures, and OnVUE delivery frequently asked questions. 

Frequently asked question of the quarter 

Can I take a Pega exam again if I fail the first attempt? 

Yes! The Pega Certification retake policy allows you to take an exam version up to three times within a 12-month period (not a calendar year), beginning at the date of your first attempt.  

Be aware of the waiting period between attempts, however. There is a waiting period of three calendar days between a first and second attempt, and a waiting period of 14 calendar days between the second and third attempts. A fourth attempt, if needed, needs to be at least 12 months from the date of your first attempt. The retake policy applies to each exam version – for example, an exam candidate can make three attempts to pass the PCSA 8.5 exam and three new attempts to pass the PCSA 8.6 exam.  

Look for more frequently asked questions in upcoming posts on the Pega Community Blog. In the meantime, you can always find answers to frequently asked questions and other policy information on the Pega Academy FAQs and Policies page

What’s coming up in Pega Certification  

A new Pega Certified Robotics System Architect exam version is planned for Q3 2021 timeframe. Check back on the Pega Academy Certifications page and the Pearson VUE main page for more details.

Have questions?   

You can always email with any certification-related questions, or check out our Pega Academy FAQ page.

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About the Author

Carrie Bartels is Certification Programs Manager at Pegasystems

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