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


Pega PRPC Installation procedure

these are the major steps to install Pega PRPC.

These are to be kept in mind by software administration team.

Install JDK 1.5 or higher
Install SQL Server or Oracle DB 9i ( > 9.01 )
Run PEGARULES SCHEMA i.e .sql to create pega rule databases

Install Websphere or Jboss application server or Tomcat Server

If Tomcat,
—> Use unique port
—> Goto Tomcat Manager ( Manager Servlet)
—> Copy classes12.jar/xerces.jar under Tomcat\common\lib
—> Deploy prweb.war under \Tomcat\webapps\prweb
—> Open \Tomcat\webapps\prweb\WEB-INF\classes\pegarules.xml
—> Enable JDBC driver, change UserId,Passaword which were used for installation of oracle

Copy all jars prpc jars,commons logging jars,classes12.jar,xerces.jar under defaultdeploycommonlib
Deploy prweb.war under defaultdeployprweb
Open defaultdeployprwebWEB-INFclassespegarules.xml
Enable JDBC driver, change UserId,Passaword which were used for installation of oracle Start the Application server
Access server using the following URL: http://hostname:port/
Access server using the following URL: http://hostname:port/prweb/PRServlet

login with Admin rights
Install Microsft VISIO
In Internet Explorer, Goto Tools–>Internet Options–>Security–>Custom level, enable all the radio buttons

Hope this Installation procedure was useful.