Level 3 Credential

The Level 3 Credential exam verifies a developer's experience with delivering solutions which follow Appian's best practices for designing applications including being scalable, maintainable, and efficient.

Credential Eligibility

Passing the Level 1 Credential Exam and Level 2 Credential Exam (recommended)

Successfully completing the Appian Developer and Advanced Developer courses (recommended)

At least 12 months of recent development leadership is necessary to pass the interview. Leadership on a project can include the following activities:

  • Conducting discovery sessions, integration planning, and initiation sprints
  • Collaborating with stakeholders about business needs and how they can be implemented in Appian
  • Conducting requirement prioritization and clarification discussions (e.g., user story grooming), including assessment of effort against business value
  • Demonstrating achieved value to business and technical stakeholders, such as during sprint reviews or other demos
  • Being accountable or responsible for setting technical design and architecture direction and making trade-off decisions during the development life cycle
  • Owning technical quality and best practices for an application you can share and discuss during the interview

If you have questions about eligibility and the process, please contact A-Scores@appian.com.

Exam Details

The exam is composed of two parts:

Part 1: 35 multiple choice questions testing a thorough understanding of Appian concepts. Participants must complete the exam (once started) within 30 minutes.

Part 2: A live interview with an Appian Architect to review your Appian project experience. The interview is structured like a design review. We will look for the following materials relating to the selected project at least a week before the scheduled interview date:

Business Case - describe the customer situation/problem, project goals and solution that was delivered

Business Impact – how many people were impacted by application (should be more than one, preferably LOB users)

Project Responsibilities - provide an overview of your role and responsibilities as it relates to the project

User Experience - provide an overview of the user experience – how does the user interact with the system. Submit any diagrams and/or screenshots that will illustrate how the user interacts with the system

Design Artifacts (that can be provided with customer consent) that provide a sufficient overview of the solution. This may include, but not limited to:

  • Diagrams/screenshots of the solution
  • Design document of the solution
  • Process model documentation (if available) or screenshots

Integration to other systems with details of system/integration design

Data Model - ERD and any accompanying materials, explanations

Health Check Results - If Health Check (HC) was not used, please provide other metrics and explain why HC was not executed.

Credential will be awarded upon receiving a passing grade on both portions of the exam.

The awarded credential is valid for 18 months.

Grading Criteria & Assumptions

Participants must complete and pass Part 1 of the exam before continuing to Part 2. If you do not pass Part 1, you will not be prompted to schedule an interview for Part 2.

The Appian Architect will examine the following aspects of the project summary you provide for the interview:

  • Performance and scalability of the application
  • Maintainability
  • User experience
  • Adherence to best practices
  • Bonus: wow factor/technical coolness/innovation in design and whether the app showcase our latest technology

The exam will be graded and a final score provided as soon as possible.

A grade of 70% or greater is needed on both the portions of the exam (written test and interview) to be awarded the Level 3 Credential.

Appian cannot share the correct answers nor provide any additional feedback. If the applicant fails, he or she is free to sign-up and retake the exam but must pay the exam fee again and wait 30 days.

Topics Included in Examination

Application Concepts

Appian Object Design

Appian and Agile terminology

Designer Interfaces

Application and Object-Level Security

Application Deployment Best Practices

Administrative Functions

Document Management

Application Usability Best Practices

Advanced Interface and Process Management

Advanced Data Structures

Integration Objects

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