We agree with Forrester that the main challenge of IT and EA today is "the lack of IT and EA career paths, hinders hiring, certification and development choices"*
The LEADing Practice certification program international education standards and requirements from business and IT organizations education programs, such as ISO 9000/9001 and those identified in the EA University Alliance.
Each certification program is uniquely designed to incorporate a career path for the individual eXpert skills and career development. Development is about more than skill sets and certifications - it’s also about real career path - and elevating the job to the level of "profession".
The curriculum meets today’s market and organizations need for cross-disciplinary competencies with an emphasis on value, process, services and enterprise architecture as such value, process, service, enterprise architecture, information, technology and transformation. Ensuring that cross capability and skills with both business and IT modelling principles meet.
The LEADing Practice career path has 4 levels in which it offers the opportunity to become certified as an eXpert, Architect, LEAD Architect or a Chief Architect. The certification areas are offered as a specific competency career path, as company programs and skill taxonomy and as team project-oriented programs.
*Forrester, January 23, 2013