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IBM Certified Administrator for SOA Solutions - WebSphere Process Server V7.0

Job Role Description / Target Audience

Note: This certification will be withdrawn on 11/30/2015.

This intermediate level certification is intended for system administrators that perform the installation, configuration and day-to-day tasks associated with ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the WebSphere Process Server runtime environment. This includes product installation, configuration and deployment of business processes and adapters, connecting to back-end resources and basic troubleshooting. These individuals tune the WebSphere Process Server runtime environment with respect to resource utilization, scaling, clustering and load balancing as appropriate.  These individuals also have a good grasp on fundamentals of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and are able to articulate business and technical values of SOA, identify the barriers to adopting SOA in their organization, can participate in crafting and enforcing SOA governance and help bridge the gap between business and technical teams.

This system administrator is generally self-sufficient, and is able to perform most of the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.

To attain the IBM Certified Administrator for SOA Solutions - WebSphere Process Server V7.0 certification, candidates must possess the skills outlined under Recommended Prerequisites below and pass 3 tests.  To prepare for this test, based on the job role and test objectives, click the links to the tests below, and refer to the Test preparation tab.

Recommended Prerequisite Skills

(Note: knowledge and skills one needs to possess before beginning to prepare for this job role certificationskills not measured on the exam

Test C2180-377:

  • Java Enterprise Edition 5 knowledge
  • network and operating system security concepts
  • basic Web application architecture and deployments
  • understanding of operating systems
  • server clustering and failover techniques
  • network or operating system administration and problem determination skills

Test C2180-608:

  • General knowledge of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (JEE) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • General administration knowledge of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 

Test C2160-669 or Test C2160-667:

  • Familiarity with SOA
  • Basic understanding of Web Services, messaging and other related technologies 
  • Basic understanding of business requirements


This certification requires 3 test(s).

Test(s) required:

Click on the link(s) below to see test details, test objectives, suggested training and sample tests.

  1. Test C2180-608 - IBM WebSphere Process Server V7.0, Deployment

  2. Test C2180-377 - IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0, Core Administration

  3. Any 1 of the following tests:

    1. Test C2160-667 - Architectural Design of SOA Solutions

    2. Test C2160-669 - SOA Fundamentals [2008]


  1. The following test-taking sequences are recommended:
    • 000-377 --> 000-608 --> (000-669 or 000-667)  
    • (000-669 or 000-667) --> 000-377 --> 000-608
  2. Each test:
    • contains questions requiring single and multiple answers.  For multiple-answer questions, you need to choose all required options to get the answer correct. You will be advised how many options make up the correct answer.  
    • is designed to provide diagnostic feedback on the Examination Score Report, correlating back to the test objectives, informing the test taker how he or she did on each section of the test. As a result, to maintain the integrity of each test, questions and answers are not distributed.


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