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Architects Certification, Rules & Criteria
number and variety of certification initiatives and
schemes is increasing all the time. This section covers
some of the most popular schemes and aims to clarify
what the different letters stand for and give a brief
description of what knowledge and skills someone with
that certification is likely to have. For less common
certification schemes, links are provided to the relevant
web pages. The software architects & system designers
subsection is the result of an effort of the Institute
For Enterprise Architecture Developments and the Oxford
University Computing Services.
architects certification overview is intended to be
a resource both for architects wanting to gain a certification
and for potential architects showing their career
Terminology & Certification Levels
& Profile of the Enterprise Architect
of all . . . It is not a Saint that can
solve all your issues.
can’t become an Enterprise Architect after
following a course or training.
Architects have a long experience in business
as well as in technology areas.
Architects must have different capabilities.
Architects must play different roles.
Architects are familiar with different methodologies
Architects are Communicators.
business objectives, drivers & principles
Good sense of business and technical strategy
to envision the “right” enterprise architectural
approach to the problem set
Creating visualisations & models, supports
Ability to communicate and mentor others
“Selling” and leadership qualities
the Enterprise Architectural vision
Conceptualising and experimenting with alternative
Creating models and component and interface
Validating the architecture against requirements
of an Effective Enterprise Architect
Meta Group (18 May 2005)
the whole article at
personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills
are most commonly found in effective enterprise
architects? Although not at all intuitive, several
traits are even more important than knowledge
of enterprise architecture.
select the right people, hiring managers and
EA team leaders must understand the most important
competencies to seek in enterprise architect
candidates. We have observed that the wrong
people attempting to apply the right process
will still struggle to make it work. It is critical
to spend time engaging the right people for
this important function. As the META Trend states,
by 2008, 40% of enterprise architects will have
primary expertise in business strategy or process
engineering and may no longer be found within
the IT organization. This reflects the rising
importance of the enterprise business architecture
and the need for a more balanced skill set (beyond
Characteristics of Enterprise Architects
• Enthusiastic: A passion for life, work,
and EA goes a long way. Far too many architects
are rendered much less effective simply due
to a lack of enthusiasm in their communication
• Technology-agnostic: Unfortunately,
many strong technical people are also quite
biased in their views toward vendors/products
and tend to “go with what they know.”
Architects must be vendor/product-neutral and
maintain an objective perspective.
• General in technology outlook: It is
important to understand enough about the broad
range of technologies that an architect can
engage in discussion with technical experts
and not be swayed by inappropriately biased
personal agendas in technical decisions.
• Well-respected and influential: Architects
need the support of senior IT and business managers
and the ability to influence them as well as
the IT organization at large. Those that are
already well respected and have influence have
an advantage. New hires must establish this
credibility early. It should be noted that influential
persons are not always in management positions.
• Able to represent a constituency: Members
of an EA team have a constituency - part of
the organization they represent in the process.
Some individuals are too focused on their own
agenda to properly represent others. Although
it is fine to assertively share an individual
opinion, he or she must yield to the position
that best represents and serves his or her constituents.
• Articulate and persuasive: Enterprise
architects must spend substantial time communicating
and educating. Therefore, it is important that
they have the skills to clearly communicate
ideas in a persuasive, compelling manner.
• Persistent: Enterprise architects are
strategically inspired change agents. People
tend to resist change (in most areas), and we
certainly find this with the behavioral change
being introduced by an EA program. Therefore,
it is critical to be persistent in pursuit of
• Good at “helicoptering”:
Effective enterprise architects have the rare
ability to zoom out and be able to conduct a
worthwhile discussion about business strategy
with the CEO and, a minute later, be in a technical
expert’s office with a zoomed-in mindset
discussing technical details without getting
• Strategic: Strategic ideas are, by definition,
those that contribute to defining or fulfilling
the transformations described in the business
strategy of the enterprise while tactical issues
pertain to executing well with operations. Architects
must be strategically driven, while recognizing
the need to have balance in the organization
with effective, tactical operations.
• Focused on what is truly best for the
organization (limited personal agendas): Although
it is human nature to have a personal agenda,
the best enterprise architects are leading or
participating in an EA process designed to yield
whatever will best serve the enterprise (even
at the discomfort on one or many along the way).
• Knowledgeable of the business: It is
important to avoid the trap of technology for
the sake of technology. Enterprise architects
are leaders and therefore must have a strong
interest in and understanding of the business,
its strategic direction, dysfunctions, strengths,
etc. It is not good enough to be a superior
• Able to facilitate: Enterprise architects
are frequently counted on to facilitate content
development meetings or lead subcommittees.
In this capacity, effective group facilitation
skills are important.
• Able to negotiate: It is important to
seek the win-win positions/solutions on issues
as architecture content is developed. There
are difficult decisions to be made. Emotion
can get in the way. Effective negotiation skills
are invaluable for peacefully resolving these
situations with powerful decisions to benefit
• Focused on the long term: The idea is
to take a series of short-term steps that not
only deliver near-term value, but also contribute
toward achieving a longer-term vision for the
enterprise. This demands focus on identifying
and driving toward that longer-term goal.
• Able to effectively use the whiteboard:
Architects are visual people and tend to feel
compelled to draw diagrams in their communication.
Some people even like to use this reality in
• Able to lead: Taking the initiative
to persuade, inspire, motivate, and influence
others, plus the ability to make quality decisions
with a high level of stakeholder buy-in.
• Able to be taught: It should be noted
that a strong understanding of EA is not on
this list. This is not an oversight. We have
learned that if a person possesses all or most
of the aforementioned traits, and he or she
is “teachable,” then he or she can
learn EA best practices quickly and rapidly
Line: Managers/executives must focus on seeking
the right mix of knowledge/skills in filling
enterprise architecture full-time or part-time
roles. Most of these key characteristics are
Business Impact: When the right people are selected
to fill enterprise architecture roles, the time
to business value from enterprise architecture
is improved and much more likely sustained.
Enterprise Architect (CEA)
BECOMING AN EA PROFESSIONAL PRACTITIONER?
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Organization requires every aspect of the organization
be considered when creating an integrated Enterprise
Architecture, not just IT but mainly the business.
utilizing FEAC Certified Enterprise Architects
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all business drivers, marketing and sometimes
congressional requirements are met, especially
FEAC Certified EA will have the skills to initiate,
sell, cost-justify, procure, select and manage
the right team and necessary toolset to insure
is the 21st Century way to manage more intelligently
and pragmatically and strategically
Certified Architect will have what it takes
to enable their Agency to manage projected changes,
effectuate eGovernment and leverage all other
significant investments through every IT project's
life cycle from conceptualization, evaluation,
implementation, maintenance, steady state through
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FEAC Institute provides project based training
and education leading to certification in the
Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Department
of Defense Architecture, and Commercial EA development.
our pages to find out details about our exciting
practitioner based offerings:
FEDERAL ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM addresses the FEA Reference
Models, how to build business and technology
oriented EAs, how to integrate the FEA with
the Zachman Framework (FW), describes Clinger-Cohen
compliance, CPIC, Exhibit 300 & 53s, governance,
performance metrics, and security integration.
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
offers hands on experience with the products
for the integrated architecture views, and provides
an overview on the GIG, Network Centric Warfare,
LISI, the CADM and many other Service issues.
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
(CEAC) will be taught in the context
of the Views and product composites, TOAGF and
the Zachman FW, how it maps to an overall EA,
the Reference Models, CPIC, Knowledge Management,
EA and Business Decision Support made visible,
case studies and much more. This program is
available for companies wanting to buy a specialized
commercial EA certification track. However for
individuals starting in the fall 2008 we have
incorporated TOGAF certification as part of
the overall EA FEA(F) Certification program.
We can answer any questions regarding our project
and practitioner intensive 5 Graduate level
course program. We have had tremendous success
graduating practitioners in EA and bringing
a piece of an EA back to their company, yet
being only two but separate weeks in class in
a time span of 3 months. The rest of the time
you are at work maybe working your FEAC EA project
as it combines with your work.
You can get 1/3 towards an MS, get 200 PDUs
and gain EA EXPERIENCE all at the same time!
We accept partial payment plans, split payments
We have BIG volume discounts for your organization
Check out our EAZone
and EAZone Journal, it’s absolutely
mindboggling to see what our Cease have accomplished
in 3 months time. There are other papers also
and all of it is free
Certified Enterprise Architects are the most
respected EA Professionals and EA experts anywhere!
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Enterprise Architecture Center of
Excellence (EACOE) is an independent
industry-wide practitioner-based source for
the purpose of advancing the implementation
and understanding of Enterprise Architecture:
To help business and information technology
teams understand Enterprise Architecture;
To help teams implement Enterprise Architectures,
To certify Enterprise Architects with consistent
measures of success.
this end, the mission of EACOE is to advance
the professionalism, practitioning, and the
body of knowledge related to Enterprise Architecture,
and to provide its members with a professional
exchange forum of knowledge and experience
in the use, implementation, and advancement
of Enterprise Architecture.
more info go to: http://eacoe.org/index2.shtml
of Enterprise Architecture
University one of Australia’s leading
educational institutions is proud to annouce
their Enterprise Architecture Master program.
extensive consultation with companies represented
on the school’s industry advisory committee
and other Australian and international organisations,
the school is pleased to announce that applications
are now being accepted for this exciting new
program commencing semester 1, 2006.
Master of Technology (Enterprise Architecture)
is a high-level IT postgraduate by coursework
program, specifically designed for ICT professionals
who wish to advance their career to the role
of Enterprise Architect within an organisation.
here the RMIT
Enterprise Architecture flyer.
Open Group - IT Architect Certification Program
Open Group’s IT Architect Certification
program is the premier, global certification
program for certifying skills and experience
in the IT architecture community. Based on
the proven best practices in the industry,
it sets an independent, industry-wide standard
for IT Architects and creates a foundation
for trust between suppliers and customers.
IT Architect Certification program was developed
by members of The Open Group, a technology-
and vendor-neutral consortium, in response
to the growing demand for highly experienced
IT architects with proven track record of
the program, practicing IT Architects can
achieve the IT Architect Certification based
on demonstrating substantial skills, experience
and success in architecting solutions across
the whole lifecycle.
USA Chief Information Officer Certificate Program
USA CIO Certificate Program, sponsored by the USA
DoD CIO, is a rich up-to-date source of graduate education
for federal CIOs to tap in developing their agency
personnel. The program responds to the requirements
set forth in the Clinger-Cohen Act [of 1996], and
establishes an official certificate to recognize that
an individual has received education in the federal
CIO competencies. The DoD CIO and the Director, IRM
College, sign the certificate. Additionally, students
may apply their certificates, equivalent to fifteen
graduate level credit hours, toward selected Master's
or Doctoral degree programs at partner institutions.
The CIO Certificate Program is organized around eleven
subject areas directly related to CIO competencies
identified by the federal CIO Council
Each subject area is articulated as one or more courses
in a particular subject or topic. Some courses are
designed to be primary offerings, while others are
counted as enrichment courses in student programs.
IRM College was established November 10, 1988 by
Joint Memorandum of the USA DoD Comptroller and
the USA President of the National Defense University,
responding to Congressional direction to establish
a graduate-level institution to educate leaders
with IRM responsibilities.
Architects & System Designers
Certification Schemes, Rules & Criteria
vendors of software development tools and infrastructure
solutions have their own certification schemes. The
list below delivers an overview of the most common
certification schemes in the market. However it is
possible that we are missing some certification programs.
In that case, please help us to enhance this list
and mail your info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
from Vendors Official Page