Open Professions Milestone Badge and Certification Fees

Milestone Badge Fees

The Milestone Badge Fees are per badge registration and due at the time the Milestone Badge Application Form is submitted to the Certification Authority.

Milestone Badge Fee per Badge (US $)
Professional Communication $50
Professional Development / Community Contribution $50
Experience Profile* $300


* - For Level 1 certification, you need to have 2 Experience Profile Milestone badges and for certification at Levels 2 and 3, you need to have 3 Experience Profile Milestone badges.

Certification Fees

Milestone Badge Based Certification (Stepwise) Fees

The Certification Fees are per certification registration and due at the time the Experience Application Form is submitted to the Certification Authority. Candidate must hold the requisite Milestone Badges, as defined in the applicable Configuration Document, in order to register for certification.

At present, the Milestone Badge approach to certification is available for the Data Scientist profession (Open CDS) and will be launching in fall of 2020 for the Architect (Open CA), Trusted Technology Practitioner profession (Open CTTP) and Technical Specialist (Open CTS) professions.

Certification Level Fee (US $) Milestone Badge Prerequisites
Level 1 $400 1 - Professional Communication, 1- Professional Development, 2- Experience Profile
Level 2 $500 1 - Professional Communication, 1- Professional Development, 3- Experience Profile
Level 3 $550 1- Professional Development, 3- Experience Profile

The above fees are due in addition to the fees the for prerequisite Milestone Badges. The total cost to achieve certification is $1100 for Level 1 and $1500 for Levels 2 and 3, inclusive fo the Milestone Badge fees and the Certification fee.


Open CA and Open CTS Certification
Complete Certification Package Based Certification (One Step)

The fees below are applicable for Architect and Technical Specialist certifications obtained through the single application / Certification Package approach.

Description Fees Payable (US $) Payment Due
Certification Fee
(per Candidate for a 3-year certification period)
$1,250 Upon application for certification.
Annual Fee for program participation
(per certification)
$175 per year Discontinued effective July 1, 2019.
Re-certification Fee
(per certification for a further 3-year period)
$250 Upon application for re-certification at the same certification level and discipline/speciality.



Initial certification is valid for a period of 3 years. Re-certification is required three years from the prior certification or re-certification date and incurs a re-certification fee. Certification at a new level or in a different discipline/speciality is considered a new certification.

If your Annual Fee was due anytime up to and including June 30, 2019, you are required to pay the fee in order to maintain your certification. If your certification has been deactivated due to failure to pay your Annual Fee, click here to see how to pay the fee and re-instate your certification.

The fees are payable in US dollars by credit card or Paypal at the time of registration. Fees are not refundable. The fees listed above are quoted net of all applicable taxes and duties which, where appropriate, will be payable by the Candidate to the Certification Authority (or to the relevant tax authorities as applicable). The Open Group reserves the right to change these fees without notice.

These fees are applicable to individuals registering directly with The Open Group. People employed by an organization with an Accredited Certification Program should consult their program representatives regarding their organization's fee arrangement.

Certification Program Accreditation

The Certification Authority charges fees for the accreditation of professional certification programs. For more information please contact the Certification Authority.

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