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 (US $)
Professional Communication $50
Professional Development / Community Contribution $50
Experience Profile $300


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). For Architect or Technical Specialist certification, see the fees in the next section.

Certification Level Fee (US $)
Level 1 $400
Level 2 $500
Level 3 $550


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

The fees below are applicable for Architect and Technical Specialist certifications, which are currently available through the 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.



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.

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.

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