Pega CSSA Exam certification

Certify for the exam “Certified Senior System Architect”

Why take the CSSA certification exam?

  • The most important use is that your market value increases
  • You would be recognized well among others.
  • If you have any plans to change your job, certification helps.
  • If you don’t have any plans to quit, get a pay rise in the next appraisal

 How must I prepare?

Understand the blueprint. To summarize:

  1. To take this test, you should have passed CSA (Certified System Architects)
  2. Take instructor led or e-learning classes (offered by Pega)
  3. CSSA exam is  70-question multiple response exam

General PRPC Architecture

PRPC and JEE architecture

WAR and EAR Deployments


– System Pulse

Interacting with the Database

– Persistence

– Transaction Model

– Deferred Operations Model

– Locking

– Threading Model


Services and Connectors


– Service Architecture

– Connector Architecture

Web Services

Connect SQL

File Listeners

Rule Resolution and Achieving Reusability

Rule Resolution

Enterprise Class Structure

– Reasons for Building an Enterprise Class Structure

– Enterprise Class Structure Best Practices

– Types of Reuse

– Reuse Techniques

– Enterprise Class Structure Layers

– Application Accelerator

Reusability and Specialization

– Importance of Rule Specialization and Reuse

– RuleSets and Rule Specialization

– Circumstancing

– Improving Reusability



– Authentication Types

– Enterprise Identity Management and Single Sign On

– PRPC Authentication Types

– PRPC Managed Authentication


– Access Groups

– User Profiles and Multiple Access Groups

– Access Roles

– Access Role Editor and Access Control

– Production Levels

– Access When and Access Deny Rules

– Privileges

Security and Encryption

User Interface

UI Theory

– Why UI is Important

– Human Factors

– UI Best Practices

– UI Design Decisions

PRPC UI Fundamentals

– Flow Design: Standard vs. Screen Flows

– Validation

– Basic UI Standards

– UI Implementation

Branding/Skinning Wizard

Widget Library

Implementation and Performance Tools

Implementation Tools

– Preflight

– Tracer

– Pega Log File and Alerts (including Log4J)

– Refactoring Tools

Performance Analysis Tools

– Preflight

– Performance Analyzer and Log Usage

– PRPC Alerts

– PegaRULES Log Analyzer

– Application Profiler

– DB Trace

PRPC Maintenance

System Management Application

Building for Performance


Reporting Basics

– Reporting Using PRPC

– Table and Column Basics

– Exposing Data

– List View Features

– Summary View Features

OOTB Reports

– Standard Report Types and Categories


Case Management

Flow Shapes



– Service Level Agreements

– Routing

– History



BRE Introduction

– BRE Basics

– Declaratives

Declarative Expressions

– Forward Chaining

– Backward Chaining

– Goal Seek

Triggers and OnChange

Declarative Pages

Rule Execution and Delegation Strategy

– Rule Delegation

– Function Alias

– BREs and Performance

Application Deployment

Creating a Rule-Admin-Product (R-A-P) File

RuleSet Versioning

Exporting and Importing a R-A-P File

Pega Log Files and Alerts