According to this article, Matt Deacon is suggesting that a single unified architect certification be created. On the face of it, this seems like a good idea. The challenge that has to be overcome first is a single unified view of what an architect does. And if we can get to that view – which may include definitions of different types of architect – we’ll have moved architecture as a discipline a good way forward. Which has to be a good thing. As it stands now, I hold an ISEB Certificate in Architecture – which is predicated on a particular view of what architects do. How it stacks up against other certifications – Microsoft’s, Sun’s, TOGAF’s, BEA’s etc. – is a matter of opinion and debate. Personally, I prefer the TOGAF, Microsoft and ISEB approach which emphasize what I consider to be architectural skills as opposed to platform/vendor specific specialisms.