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Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

 

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Since 2002, the FEAC® Institute has been training, educating and certifying Enterprise Architects and business analysts in the practice of Enterprise Architecture and critical-thinking skills all around the globe. Over the years, we have certified thousands of Enterprise Architects in enterprise and business analysis using Information Technology and various Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodologies like FEAF, DoDAF, TOGAF and more. Countless FEAC graduates have gone on to high-level Government positions and executive-level private sector positions upon earning their CEA™ (Black Belt) designation. Only FEAC offers these designations with a world-class faculty of practitioners who are Enterprise Architects in the real world, and which has included current and former US Federal Chief Enterprise Architects.

You can take your career to the next level with our world-class Enterprise Architecture education by earning the coveted CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) Black Belt in Enterprise Architecture. Whether you are brand new to EA, or a seasoned IT professional needing a refresher, our courses will broaden your understanding of Enterprise Architecture and modeling.

 

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Any education or certification in Enterprise Architecture needs to be grounded in both frameworks (i.e. Ontologies) and methodologies. We offer education in Enterprise Architecture that gives students broad exposure to the Enterprise Ontology and a range of framework and methodology choices with specialization in the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF). Each of these Enterprise Architecture Frameworks has proven to have immediate applicability and impact in the private sector as well as the Federal space. FEAF and DoDAF are very powerful Frameworks and you don't have to be in Government to derive immediate EA impact from either of them! 

Newly re-designed, our Black Belt and Green Belt Programs now equip you to learn both Frameworks, with much more depth in analytics and problem solving using various tools from around the industry!

Based on years as EA educators and practitioners, we understand the need that Enterprise Architects have for a robust and complete set of artifacts through their own methodologies that will give any Private Sector Organization or Government agency EAs the ability to employ enterprise architecture and analyze their enterprise efforts with success. In addition to these frameworks (students choose which track for certification), we provide a comparative Frameworks overview that allows students to explore differences, similarities as well as recognized patterns between DODAF, FEAF, TOGAF, Zachman and more. We also provide an understanding of how to apply several different modeling languages such as BPMN, SysML, IDEF and others.

Enterprise Architecture can be your personal, analytical tool to help you make important decisions about your organization. Learn how EA can give you the tools for analysis to:

  • Interpret Business Needs
  • Translate Technical Complexities
  • Scope High-level Vision
  • Be a Political Guide
  • Identify, Model and Document Project Details and Requirements
  • Test and Validate Requirements and Analysis Models
  • Develop Teams
  • Represent Project Stakeholders
  • Identify and Model Process Requirements
  • Identify and Model Data Requirements
  • Identify Business Rules Requirements
  • Identify Test Requirements and understand Analysis for Decision Making
  • Learn to Manage Requirements and Joint Application Development
  • Scope Projects
  • Understand and write Use Cases
  • Improve Business Processes
  • Understand Technical Specifications
  • Analyze Cost to Benefit
  • Lead and Manage Projects
  • ...and More!

And no Enterprise Architecture would be complete without some understanding of the Zachman Framework, or Enterprise Ontology, which is the baseline for all Frameworks. Being owned and operated by Zachman International, you can be confident in the rigor of the instruction given and completeness in Enterprise Architecture education you receive.

Zachman Framework 3.0

Our certification courses are not just an exercise in test preparation. In addition to world-class instruction, we will guide you through a real-life practicum project. You pick the project, and your team will develop the models and architecture to solve real business problems in class. Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, the FEAC Institute's world-renown certification programs are the longest running EA programs in the country. This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning.

 

The FEAC Institute has been training and certifying Enterprise Architects since 2002 (read more). If you want to be the best... learn from the best!

 

Many organizations invest significant dollars in attempting to apply the discipline of Enterprise Architecture without the benefit of fully qualified staff to do the analysis and the EA modeling and program support activities to make it work. This increases the risk and likelihood of failure, for them and/or their clients. FEAC™ Certification of your staff ensures the keys to complex projects’ success residing in understanding and leveraging the culture of the organization, tying into the budgeting processes, developing a realistic Statement of Work (SOW), selling it internally, implementing and integrating program elements, and measuring progress. For the Government, it also involves linking Enterprise Architecture to the CPIC, Exhibits 300 & 53, security, and to other ongoing OMB directed initiatives.

Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, the FEAC Institute's world-renown certification programs are the longest running EA programs in the country. Only FEAC offers the CEA designation!

Live or totally online, we don't just prepare you to take a test. This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning. You'll do a real practicum project and solve real problems in class.

What sets our program apart from all others is the demonstration of competency. Because our CEA program takes place over 3 months, we take the time with you to develop your EA skill and ensure that your are competent to do Enterprise Architecture. We don't just show you what models look like, you will gain experience creating them yourself inside a real life project. This course is not just an exercise in test preparation.

In addition to world-class instruction, we will guide you through a real-life practicum project. You pick the project, then you and your team will develop the models to create the Architecture and solve real business problems in class. We also cover more technical aspects in the CEA program by introducing more advanced discussion topics such as Model Based System Engineering, Process Mining and the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF).

Finally, all of our curriculum is accredited by the California State University, so you can be sure that the rigor of the program, the curriculum and excellence are at the University level.

  • Certification through Demonstrated Competency
  • Real-life Practicum Project
  • Hand's-on Learning
  • Multiple paths to Certification
  • Advanced Discussion Topics
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Live or Virtual
  • University Accredited

Applicants must possess the ability to undertake college-level study. A general knowledge of business, program or IT planning and conceptual thinking abilities are desirable. Each course within these programs offers separate assignments and exams, but they are taught in relative consecutive order. Courses are often taken while students hold full-time jobs. While our courses are extremely intensive and require a great deal of effort outside of daily life, our seasoned faculty has the experience to guide you to completion of all necessary requirements for certification.


Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) or ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • CEA seal for use with your business cards and/or email signatures
  • CEA lapel pin and FEAC™ Institute baseball cap
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

 

Syllabi Program Description: 

 

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CEA Black Belt Courses and Descriptions:

The FEAC CEA is a competency-based program in which participants will learn the foundations of enterprise architecture and the value and utility of different frameworks, modeling notations, and techniques. We focus on the mechanics of developing an integrated enterprise architecture, and then take your knowledge gained and focus on how to use EA to solve issues faced by the enterprise. Additional discussions focus on how to present EA artifacts, manage your program, develop EA services, etc. Students completing the entire program achieve designation as a Certified Enterprise Architect (aka Blackbelt). Black Belt students will work with both DoDAF and FEA Frameworks.

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes. Our Black Belt program covers everything you see listed below.


Course Name:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C)

Course Description:

  • This course sets the stage for the other courses in the certification program by introducing the history, derivations, basic concepts, theories, methods, parts and documentation frameworks upon which enterprise architecture (EA) is based. EA is viewed as a program management discipline, with analysis and documentation processes used in a lifecycle. Approaches discussed span the private, public, defense, and international sectors, highlighting similarities and pointing out differences. Major EA concepts are introduced including EA scoping and purpose, executive involvement, governance, communications, value, and support for decision-making.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe "Enterprise" in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems (Services) and IT architectures
  • Describe Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, Shared Services, etc.
  • Determine Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Describe the process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • Understand techniques for "EA Thinking" and the Enterprise Architecture process
  • Understand and be able to create Principles for EA
  • Understand EA Building Blocks
  • Explain EA Return on Investment and EA Attribution of Benefits for Program Measurement.
  • Synergize Program Management to support Enterprise Architecture’s development, integration and implementation.
  • Describe how EA bridges the gap between Business and IT.
  • Identify and measure viable Enterprise Architecture projects.
  • Discuss how Enterprise Architecture Planning is still a viable process and establish principles for guiding Enterprise Architecture Projects/Programs.
  • Describe EA Governance throughout the EA Life Cycle

Course Name:

  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)

Course Description:

  • This course provides an overview of each of the models and artifacts for two dominant frameworks in the United States Government; DODAF and FEAF. Participants will learn enterprise architecture frameworks help to support a structured approach for the investigation and analysis of stakeholder concerns as a part of viewpoints and views. Concept exploration around the selection of model kinds and types includes identification of appropriate model notation(s). Students will learn how to create a set of core (e.g., required) enterprise architecture models/artifacts to help frame and address stakeholder concerns.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the FEAC concept of core architecture models/artifacts and their relationship to one another.
  • Demonstrate how to select supporting architecture models/artifacts to support the implementation
  • Identify the elements of an ontology and meta-models and how they support rigorous modeling
  • Describe the DoDAF Viewpoints and associated Views
  • Describe the FEAF Sub architecture domains and associated artifacts.
  • Select and develop views that support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design.
  • Demonstrate how to implement cybersecurity and risk management into architectural design

Course Name:

  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C)

Course Description:

  • Introduces the concepts and theories associated with organizational strategic planning as the basis for enterprise architecture, provides an examination of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office reference models, how to define business architecture utilizing business strategy, goals and objectives, the technological environment and external variables including location, organizational culture, and strategic business planning. Provides an understanding of how to plan and manage an EA project within an enterprise, including the development of a statement of work, scheduling, requirements analysis, risk management, the role of security and information assurance, and the formulation of architectural principles.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of the six-step DODAF architecture process
  • Identify the elements of the FEAF Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM) Demonstrate the use of architectures as a part of the deliberate planning process
  • Demonstrate how to select products and tailoring them for flexibility and fit for purpose
  • Identify the relationship of framework architecture products to business process improvement and system development methodologies
  • Describe Architecture governance and maintenance
  • Describe how to planning and schedule for architecture development Describe Integration of Security in DODAF and FEAF
  • Describe and evaluate EA Tools
  • Identify the elements of and the use of program management and its impact on EA project implementation
  • Develop an Architecture Statement of Work to include identification of stakeholders, their questions and the selection of architecture views to be developed.

Course Name:

  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C)

Course Description:

  • This course covers the development and integration of enterprise architecture related models and artifacts utilizing products from the FEAF and DOD Architecture Frameworks. This course covers the development of models using a variety of modeling techniques and notations providing broad exposure industry practices in developing architecture artifacts.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between models, diagrams, and pictures to include the importance of semantics and syntax as a part of formal modeling
  • Introduce the concept of modeling languages and their use in providing logical rigor along with consistency in interpretation
  • How to create relevant enterprise architecture core and supporting models
  • Describe EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in enterprise architecture
  • Identify and develop data models and relationships vs. entities.
  • Identify and develop activity models using different modeling languages
  • Describe and develop system and service architecture models using different modeling languages.
  • Identify the relationship between using different model languages as a part of conveying meaning to varying stakeholder groups.

Course Name:

  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C)

Course Description:

  • This course consists of demonstrating the ability to create, analyze and brief an integrated architecture description (IAD). Participants will also complete analysis of their IAD and brief the results to faculty as a part of their defense. Students will develop a work in progress (WIP) briefing in which they will present the status of their IAD. Students will be shown techniques for presenting enterprise architecture and how to develop specific messages for their target audience. Students will also receive knowledge how to conduct basic analysis techniques using enterprise architecture and apply it to their IAD as a part of addressing stakeholder questions. A written report will be developed by the students as a part of the providing background and findings from their analysis for non-enterprise architect audiences.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Construct and demonstrate knowledge of a technical enterprise architecture work-in-progress (wip) briefing. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective presentation of enterprise architecture models/artifacts to non-architect audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of enterprise architecture through the successful completion of the certification exam.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct basic visual analysis using architecture models/artifacts.

 


Paths to Certification:

Certification Paths Progressive nondetail

(Self-Paced, as long as you need)

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Certification Paths Accelerated nondetail

(12 Weeks, intense training)

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Certification Paths Challenge nondetail

(Can you do it?)

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Associate Certified Enterprise Architect (ACEA) Green Belt Program

Associate Certified Enterprise Architect (ACEA) Green Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

 

Since 2002, the FEAC® Institute has been training, educating and certifying Enterprise Architects and business analysts in the practice of Enterprise Architecture and critical-thinking skills all around the globe. Over the years, we have certified thousands of Enterprise Architects in enterprise and business analysis using Information Technology and various Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodologies like FEAF, DoDAF, TOGAF and more. Countless FEAC graduates have gone on to high-level Government positions and executive-level private sector positions upon earning their ACEA™ (Green Belt) designation. Only FEAC offers these designations with a world-class faculty of practitioners who are Enterprise Architects in the real world, and which has included current and former US Federal Chief Enterprise Architects.

You can take your career to the next level with our world-class Enterprise Architecture education by earning the coveted ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) Green Belt in Enterprise Architecture. Whether you are brand new to EA, or a seasoned IT professional needing a refresher, our courses will broaden your understanding of Enterprise Architecture and modeling.

 

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FEAC greenbelt

 

Any education or certification in Enterprise Architecture needs to be grounded in both frameworks (i.e. Ontologies) and methodologies. We offer education in Enterprise Architecture that gives students broad exposure to the Enterprise Ontology and a range of framework and methodology choices with specialization in the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF). Each of these Enterprise Architecture Frameworks has proven to have immediate applicability and impact in the private sector as well as the Federal space. FEAF and DoDAF are very powerful Frameworks and you don't have to be in Government to derive immediate EA impact from either of them! 

Newly re-designed, our Black Belt and Green Belt Programs now equip you to learn both Frameworks, with much more depth in analytics and problem solving using various tools from around the industry!

 

EA

 

Based on years as EA educators and practitioners, we understand the need that Enterprise Architects have for a robust and complete set of artifacts through their own methodologies that will give any Private Sector Organization or Government agency EAs the ability to employ enterprise architecture and analyze their enterprise efforts with success. In addition to these frameworks (students choose which track for certification), we provide a comparative Frameworks overview that allows students to explore differences, similarities as well as recognized patterns between DODAF, FEAF, TOGAF, Zachman and more. We also provide an understanding of how to apply several different modeling languages such as BPMN, SysML, IDEF and others.

Enterprise Architecture can be your personal, analytical tool to help you make important decisions about your organization. Learn how EA can give you the tools for analysis to:

  • Interpret Business Needs
  • Translate Technical Complexities
  • Scope High-level Vision
  • Be a Political Guide
  • Identify, Model and Document Project Details and Requirements
  • Test and Validate Requirements and Analysis Models
  • Develop Teams
  • Represent Project Stakeholders
  • Identify and Model Process Requirements
  • Identify and Model Data Requirements
  • Identify Business Rules Requirements
  • Identify Test Requirements and understand Analysis for Decision Making
  • Learn to Manage Requirements and Joint Application Development
  • Scope Projects
  • Understand and write Use Cases
  • Improve Business Processes
  • Understand Technical Specifications
  • Analyze Cost to Benefit
  • Lead and Manage Projects
  • ...and More!

And no Enterprise Architecture would be complete without some understanding of the Zachman Framework, or Enterprise Ontology, which is the baseline for all Frameworks. Being owned and operated by Zachman International, you can be confident in the rigor of the instruction given and completeness in Enterprise Architecture education you receive.

Zachman Framework 3.0

Our certification courses are not just an exercise in test preparation. In addition to world-class instruction, we will guide you through a real-life practicum project. You pick the project, and your team will develop the models and architecture to solve real business problems in class. Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, the FEAC Institute's world-renown certification programs are the longest running EA programs in the country. This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning.

 

The FEAC Institute has been training and certifying Enterprise Architects since 2002 (read more). If you want to be the best... learn from the best!

 

Many organizations invest significant dollars in attempting to apply the discipline of Enterprise Architecture without the benefit of fully qualified staff to do the analysis and the EA modeling and program support activities to make it work. This increases the risk and likelihood of failure, for them and/or their clients. FEAC™ Certification of your staff ensures the keys to complex projects’ success residing in understanding and leveraging the culture of the organization, tying into the budgeting processes, developing a realistic Statement of Work (SOW), selling it internally, implementing and integrating program elements, and measuring progress. For the Government, it also involves linking Enterprise Architecture to the CPIC, Exhibits 300 & 53, security, and to other ongoing OMB directed initiatives.

Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, the FEAC Institute's world-renown certification programs are the longest running EA programs in the country. Only FEAC offers the ACEA designation!

Live or totally online, we don't just prepare you to take a test. This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning. You'll do a real practicum project and solve real problems in class.

What sets our program apart from all others is the demonstration of competency. Because our program takes place over 1.5 months, we take the time with you to develop your EA skill and ensure that your are competent to do Enterprise Architecture. We don't just show you what models look like, you will gain experience creating them yourself inside a real life project. This course is not just an exercise in test preparation.

In addition to world-class instruction, we will guide you through a real-life practicum project. You pick the project, then you and your team will develop the models to create the Architecture and solve real business problems in class. We also cover more technical aspects in the CEA program by introducing more advanced discussion topics such as Model Based System Engineering, Process Mining and the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF).

Finally, all of our curriculum is accredited by the California State University, so you can be sure that the rigor of the program, the curriculum and excellence are at the University level.

  • Certification through Demonstrated Competency
  • Real-life Practicum Project
  • Hand's-on Learning
  • "Flipped" Classrooms
  • Advanced Discussion Topics
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Live or Virtual
  • University Accredited

Applicants must possess the ability to undertake college-level study. A general knowledge of business, program or IT planning and conceptual thinking abilities are desirable. Each course within these programs offers separate assignments and exams, but they are taught in relative consecutive order. Courses are often taken while students hold full-time jobs. While our courses are extremely intensive and require a great deal of effort outside of daily life, our seasoned faculty has the experience to guide you to completion of all necessary requirements for certification.


Course Format:

  • This course is presented totally on-line in our Virtual University. 

 

Schedule at-a-glance:

  • Weeks 1-2, Self-Study: online in the FEAC Virtual University. Course materials and assignments are reviewed and performed by the student on-line in the FEAC Virtual University in preparation for Instructor-lead session.
  • Week 3, Instructor-Led Session #1: Three days (24 contact hours) of instructor-led, hand's-on, facilitated sessions with exercises and demonstration, building skills and competency in the building of Enterprise Architecture artifacts, models and analysis. Students are required to attend this session via tele-presence.
  • Weeks 4-5, Self-Study and Cohort Practicum Engagement: online in the FEAC Virtual University. Team-based completion of assignments and practicum, accessing material and assignments online in the FEAC Virtual University. Students should plan to allocate 40-60 hours for assignments and practicum
  • Week 6, Instructor-Led Session #2: October 26-28, 2021: Three days (24 contact hours), student cohorts will present their practicum results and participate with industry speakers. ACEA candidates (Green Belt) present their practicum on the first day only of this week and will test online for completion of the certification. Students are required to attend this session via tele-presence.
 

Certifications and Rewards

  • ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • Digital ACEA badge for verification
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

 

Syllabi Program Description: 

 

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syllabus
 
 

ACEA Green Belt Courses and Descriptions:

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes.

The FEAC ACEA is a competency-based program in which participants will learn the foundations of enterprise architecture and the value and utility of different frameworks, modeling notations, and techniques. The full schedule is 7 weeks in length with focus on the mechanics of developing an integrated enterprise architecture. Students will work with both DoDAF and FEA Frameworks.

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes. Our Green Belt program covers everything you see listed below.

 

Course Name:

  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration

Course Description:

  • This course covers the development and integration of enterprise architecture related models and artifacts utilizing products from the FEAF and DOD Architecture Frameworks. This course covers the development of models using a variety of modeling techniques and notations providing broad exposure industry practices in developing architecture artifacts.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between models, diagrams, and pictures to include the importance of semantics and syntax as a part of formal modeling
  • Introduce the concept of modeling languages and their use in providing logical rigor along with consistency in interpretation
  • How to create relevant enterprise architecture core and supporting models
  • Describe EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in enterprise architecture
  • Identify and develop data models and relationships vs. entities.
  • Identify and develop activity models using different modeling languages
  • Describe and develop system and service architecture models using different modeling languages.

Course Name:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics

Course Description:

  • This course sets the stage for the other courses in the certification program by introducing the history, derivations, basic concepts, theories, methods, parts and documentation frameworks upon which enterprise architecture (EA) is based. EA is viewed as a program management discipline, with analysis and documentation processes used in a lifecycle. Approaches discussed span the private, public, defense, and international sectors, highlighting similarities and pointing out differences. Major EA concepts are introduced including EA scoping and purpose, executive involvement, governance, communications, value, and support for decision-making.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe "Enterprise" in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems (Services) and IT architectures
  • Describe Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, Shared Services, etc.
  • Determine Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Describe the process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • Understand techniques for "EA Thinking" and the Enterprise Architecture process
  • Understand and be able to create Principles for EA
  • Understand EA Building Blocks

Course Name:

  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation

Course Description:

  • This course provides an overview of each of the models and artifacts for two dominant frameworks in the United States Government; DODAF and FEAF. Participants will learn enterprise architecture frameworks help to support a structured approach for the investigation and analysis of stakeholder concerns as a part of viewpoints and views. Concept exploration around the selection of model kinds and types includes identification of appropriate model notation(s). Students will learn how to create a set of core (e.g., required) enterprise architecture models/artifacts to help frame and address stakeholder concerns.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the FEAC concept of core architecture models/artifacts and their relationship to one another.
  • Demonstrate how to select supporting architecture models/artifacts to support the implementation
  • Identify the elements of an ontology and meta-models and how they support rigorous modeling
  • Describe the DoDAF Viewpoints and associated Views
  • Describe the FEAF Sub architecture domains and associated artifacts.

Course Name:

  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use

Course Description:

  • Introduces the concepts and theories associated with organizational strategic planning as the basis for enterprise architecture, provides an examination of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office reference models, how to define business architecture utilizing business strategy, goals and objectives, the technological environment and external variables including location, organizational culture, and strategic business planning. Provides an understanding of how to plan and manage an EA project within an enterprise, including the development of a statement of work, scheduling, requirements analysis, risk management, the role of security and information assurance, and the formulation of architectural principles.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of the six-step DODAF architecture process
  • Identify the elements of the FEAF Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM) Demonstrate the use of architectures as a part of the deliberate planning process
  • Demonstrate how to select products and tailoring them for flexibility and fit for purpose
  • Identify the relationship of framework architecture products to business process improvement and system development methodologies

Course Name:

  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis

Course Description:

  • This course consists of demonstrating the ability to create, analyze and brief an integrated architecture description (IAD). Participants will also complete analysis of their IAD and brief the results to faculty as a part of their defense. Students will develop a work in progress (WIP) briefing in which they will present the status of their IAD. Students will be shown techniques for presenting enterprise architecture and how to develop specific messages for their target audience. Students will also receive knowledge how to conduct basic analysis techniques using enterprise architecture and apply it to their IAD as a part of addressing stakeholder questions. A written report will be developed by the students as a part of the providing background and findings from their analysis for non-enterprise architect audiences.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Construct and demonstrate knowledge of a technical enterprise architecture work-in-progress (wip) briefing. 

 

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DoDAF Learning

Prerequisites:

  • There are no prerequisites for any of the sessions.

Other Offers:

  • Any student interested in staying in the current session, but upgrading their registration to the next level (i.e.: upgrade from Yellow Belt to Green Belt, or Green Belt to Black Belt, etc), please contact us, or tell one of our faculty on site that you would like to upgrade. We will upgrade you and bill you the difference.
  • All discounts may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.

 


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  • Registration allows us to use the name of your organization in our future marketing activities as our customer.

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  • The following cancellation fees apply for cancellation of registrations received in writing via fax, email or phone:
    • 25 days prior to the scheduled date: 10% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
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    • 5 days prior to the scheduled date: no refund of monies paid.
  • Registrations are transferrable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.

Note: the above cancellation policy is applicable for confirmed but unpaid registrations as well. There will be NO exceptions to this policy for any reason.

The FEAC Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event, to change the location of an event. In the event that the FEAC Institute postpones a conference, delegate payments at the postponement date will be credited towards the rescheduled date. If the delegate is unable to attend the rescheduled event, the delegate will receive 100% credit representing payments made towards a future FEAC Institute events or you may send a replacement. No refunds will be available for cancellations or postponements.

The FEAC Institute is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement, or cancellation of an event due to causes beyond its control including without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes, terrorism or hostilities.

 

Progressive Path

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

 

Progressive Path to CEA Certification

 

 Certification Paths Progressive

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To start your CEA Black Belt Certification, see our available dates in the Progressive Path here:

Training Dates


Course Format:

Our Progressive Path is designed for those who would like a little more time to complete their CEA Black Belt Certification in a more self-paced environment. There will be no physical location attendance needed other than several on-line, instructor-led sessions.

Upon successful completion of all five courses, CEA Black Belt Certification is awarded.  


Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) or ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • Digital CEA badge with verification
  • CEA lapel pin and FEAC™ Institute baseball cap
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

 

Syllabi Program Description: 

 

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CEA Black Belt Courses and Descriptions:

The FEAC CEA is a competency-based program in which participants will learn the foundations of enterprise architecture and the value and utility of different frameworks, modeling notations, and techniques. We focus on the mechanics of developing an integrated enterprise architecture, and then take your knowledge gained and focus on how to use EA to solve issues faced by the enterprise. Additional discussions focus on how to present EA artifacts, manage your program, develop EA services, etc. Black Belt students will work with both DoDAF and FEA Frameworks.

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes. To complete your Black Belt Certification, each of the courses are required but can be taken at a progressive pace:

 


Course Name:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C)

Course Description:

  • This course sets the stage for the other courses in the certification program by introducing the history, derivations, basic concepts, theories, methods, parts and documentation frameworks upon which enterprise architecture (EA) is based. EA is viewed as a program management discipline, with analysis and documentation processes used in a lifecycle. Approaches discussed span the private, public, defense, and international sectors, highlighting similarities and pointing out differences. Major EA concepts are introduced including EA scoping and purpose, executive involvement, governance, communications, value, and support for decision-making.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe "Enterprise" in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems (Services) and IT architectures
  • Describe Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, Shared Services, etc.
  • Determine Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Describe the process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • Understand techniques for "EA Thinking" and the Enterprise Architecture process
  • Understand and be able to create Principles for EA
  • Understand EA Building Blocks
  • Explain EA Return on Investment and EA Attribution of Benefits for Program Measurement.
  • Synergize Program Management to support Enterprise Architecture’s development, integration and implementation.
  • Describe how EA bridges the gap between Business and IT.
  • Identify and measure viable Enterprise Architecture projects.
  • Discuss how Enterprise Architecture Planning is still a viable process and establish principles for guiding Enterprise Architecture Projects/Programs.
  • Describe EA Governance throughout the EA Life Cycle

Course Name:

  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)

Course Description:

  • This course provides an overview of each of the models and artifacts for two dominant frameworks in the United States Government; DODAF and FEAF. Participants will learn enterprise architecture frameworks help to support a structured approach for the investigation and analysis of stakeholder concerns as a part of viewpoints and views. Concept exploration around the selection of model kinds and types includes identification of appropriate model notation(s). Students will learn how to create a set of core (e.g., required) enterprise architecture models/artifacts to help frame and address stakeholder concerns.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the FEAC concept of core architecture models/artifacts and their relationship to one another.
  • Demonstrate how to select supporting architecture models/artifacts to support the implementation
  • Identify the elements of an ontology and meta-models and how they support rigorous modeling
  • Describe the DoDAF Viewpoints and associated Views
  • Describe the FEAF Sub architecture domains and associated artifacts.
  • Select and develop views that support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design.
  • Demonstrate how to implement cybersecurity and risk management into architectural design

Course Name:

  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C)

Course Description:

  • Introduces the concepts and theories associated with organizational strategic planning as the basis for enterprise architecture, provides an examination of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office reference models, how to define business architecture utilizing business strategy, goals and objectives, the technological environment and external variables including location, organizational culture, and strategic business planning. Provides an understanding of how to plan and manage an EA project within an enterprise, including the development of a statement of work, scheduling, requirements analysis, risk management, the role of security and information assurance, and the formulation of architectural principles.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of the six-step DODAF architecture process
  • Identify the elements of the FEAF Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM) Demonstrate the use of architectures as a part of the deliberate planning process
  • Demonstrate how to select products and tailoring them for flexibility and fit for purpose
  • Identify the relationship of framework architecture products to business process improvement and system development methodologies
  • Describe Architecture governance and maintenance
  • Describe how to planning and schedule for architecture development Describe Integration of Security in DODAF and FEAF
  • Describe and evaluate EA Tools
  • Identify the elements of and the use of program management and its impact on EA project implementation
  • Develop an Architecture Statement of Work to include identification of stakeholders, their questions and the selection of architecture views to be developed.

Course Name:

  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C)

Course Description:

  • This course covers the development and integration of enterprise architecture related models and artifacts utilizing products from the FEAF and DOD Architecture Frameworks. This course covers the development of models using a variety of modeling techniques and notations providing broad exposure industry practices in developing architecture artifacts.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between models, diagrams, and pictures to include the importance of semantics and syntax as a part of formal modeling
  • Introduce the concept of modeling languages and their use in providing logical rigor along with consistency in interpretation
  • How to create relevant enterprise architecture core and supporting models
  • Describe EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in enterprise architecture
  • Identify and develop data models and relationships vs. entities.
  • Identify and develop activity models using different modeling languages
  • Describe and develop system and service architecture models using different modeling languages.
  • Identify the relationship between using different model languages as a part of conveying meaning to varying stakeholder groups.

Course Name:

  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C)

Course Description:

  • This course consists of demonstrating the ability to create, analyze and brief an integrated architecture description (IAD). Participants will also complete analysis of their IAD and brief the results to faculty as a part of their defense. Students will develop a work in progress (WIP) briefing in which they will present the status of their IAD. Students will be shown techniques for presenting enterprise architecture and how to develop specific messages for their target audience. Students will also receive knowledge how to conduct basic analysis techniques using enterprise architecture and apply it to their IAD as a part of addressing stakeholder questions. A written report will be developed by the students as a part of the providing background and findings from their analysis for non-enterprise architect audiences.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Construct and demonstrate knowledge of a technical enterprise architecture work-in-progress (wip) briefing. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective presentation of enterprise architecture models/artifacts to non-architect audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of enterprise architecture through the successful completion of the certification exam.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct basic visual analysis using architecture models/artifacts.

 

FEAF Learning
DoDAF Learning

Format:

  • All work is done on-line and in our Virtual University.
  • All course materials and assignments are available and performed in our Virtual University.
  • Assignments are due weekly.
  • There will be three, one hour instructor-led sessions to be scheduled throughout each course.
  • Successful completion of each course will be credited to the student as part of full, CEA Black Belt Certification.

Prerequisites:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C) - no prerequisite
  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C) - no prerequisite
  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C) - no prerequisite
  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C) - EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C) and Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)
  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C) - each of the previous four courses are a prerequiste

Physical Location:

  • There is no physical location attendance required for this each course. All work is done on-line and in our Virtual University. 
  • Upon sucessful registration and payment, course access is granted the folllowing business Monday.

 


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Training Dates

 


Registration Policies:

  • All confirmed registrations must be paid in advance.
    • Special arrangements can be made for select government agencies. Please contact us for these special arrangements.
  • All early bird registrations must be paid by the cut off date, or else invoice will be adjusted to regular price.
  • You can register for any course or seminar by clicking the "register" button or "view all events" button. All payments made on-line are to be made in USD.
  • Registrations are transferable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Confirmation of registrations will be subject to availability and timely receipt of payment.
  • Prices stated here include tax. Import duties and/or local taxes/GST/VAT, if applicable, are NOT INCLUDED in prices and must be borne by the registrant.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For cancellation, please refer to the "Cancellation Policy" section below.
  • Registration allows us to use the name of your organization in our future marketing activities as our customer.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The following cancellation fees apply for cancellation of registrations received in writing via fax, email or phone:
    • 25 days prior to the scheduled date: 10% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 15 days prior to the scheduled date: 20% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 5 days prior to the scheduled date: no refund of monies paid.
  • Registrations are transferrable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.

Note: the above cancellation policy is applicable for confirmed but unpaid registrations as well. There will be NO exceptions to this policy for any reason.

The FEAC Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event, to change the location of an event. In the event that the FEAC Institute postpones a conference, delegate payments at the postponement date will be credited towards the rescheduled date. If the delegate is unable to attend the rescheduled event, the delegate will receive 100% credit representing payments made towards a future FEAC Institute events or you may send a replacement. No refunds will be available for cancellations or postponements.

The FEAC Institute is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement, or cancellation of an event due to causes beyond its control including without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes, terrorism or hostilities.

 

Accelerated Path

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

 

Accelerated Path to CEA Certification

 

Certification Paths Accelerated 

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Course Format:

  • This course is presented totally on-line in our Virtual University.

 

Schedule at-a-glance:

  • Weeks 1-2, Self-Study: online in the FEAC Virtual University. Course materials and assignments are reviewed and performed by the student on-line in the FEAC Virtual University in preparation for Instructor-lead session.
  • Week 3, Instructor-Led Session #1: Three days (24 contact hours) of instructor-led, hand's-on, facilitated sessions with exercises and demonstration, building skills and competency in the building of Enterprise Architecture artifacts, models and analysis. Students are required to attend this session via tele-presence.
  • Weeks 4-5, Self-Study and Cohort Practicum Engagement: online in the FEAC Virtual University. Team-based completion of assignments and practicum, accessing material and assignments online in the FEAC Virtual University. Students should plan to allocate 40-60 hours for assignments and practicum.
  • Week 6, Instructor-Led Session #2: Three days (24 contact hours), student cohorts will present their practicum results and participate with industry speakers. ACEA candidates (Green Belt) present their practicum on the first day only of this week and will test online for completion of the certification. Students are required to attend this session via tele-presence.
  • Weeks 7-11, Self-Study and Cohort Practicum Engagement: online in the FEAC Virtual University. CEA Black Belt candidates will continue team-based completion of assignments and practicum, completion of additional assignments and refinement of practicum efforts in the FEAC Virtual University. Students should plan to allocate 40-60 hours for assignments and practicum.
  • Week 12, CEA Black Belt Practicum Defense and Certification: Final week's schedule TBD depending on how many cohorts will present. Usually this only requires 1-2 days. Cohorts will defend their practicums and take their final examination for CEA Certifications. Students are required to attend presentations via tele-presence.
 

Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) or ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • Digital CEA badge for verification
  • CEA lapel pin and FEAC™ Institute baseball cap
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

 

Syllabi Program Description: 

 

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CEA Black Belt Courses and Descriptions:

The FEAC CEA is a competency-based program in which participants will learn the foundations of enterprise architecture and the value and utility of different frameworks, modeling notations, and techniques. The full schedule is 12 weeks in length. The focus of the first seven weeks of the program is on the mechanics of developing an integrated enterprise architecture. The final five weeks of the program takes the knowledge gained in the first seven weeks and focuses on how to use EA to solve issues faced by the enterprise. Additional discussions focus on how to present EA artifacts, manage your program, develop EA services, etc. Students completing the entire twelve-week program achieve designation as a Certified Enterprise Architect (aka Blackbelt). Black Belt students will work with both DoDAF and FEA Frameworks.

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes. Our Black Belt program covers everything you see listed below.

 

Course Name:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C)

Course Description:

  • This course sets the stage for the other courses in the certification program by introducing the history, derivations, basic concepts, theories, methods, parts and documentation frameworks upon which enterprise architecture (EA) is based. EA is viewed as a program management discipline, with analysis and documentation processes used in a lifecycle. Approaches discussed span the private, public, defense, and international sectors, highlighting similarities and pointing out differences. Major EA concepts are introduced including EA scoping and purpose, executive involvement, governance, communications, value, and support for decision-making.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe "Enterprise" in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems (Services) and IT architectures
  • Describe Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, Shared Services, etc.
  • Determine Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Describe the process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • Understand techniques for "EA Thinking" and the Enterprise Architecture process
  • Understand and be able to create Principles for EA
  • Understand EA Building Blocks
  • Explain EA Return on Investment and EA Attribution of Benefits for Program Measurement.
  • Synergize Program Management to support Enterprise Architecture’s development, integration and implementation.
  • Describe how EA bridges the gap between Business and IT.
  • Identify and measure viable Enterprise Architecture projects.
  • Discuss how Enterprise Architecture Planning is still a viable process and establish principles for guiding Enterprise Architecture Projects/Programs.
  • Describe EA Governance throughout the EA Life Cycle

Course Name:

  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)

Course Description:

  • This course provides an overview of each of the models and artifacts for two dominant frameworks in the United States Government; DODAF and FEAF. Participants will learn enterprise architecture frameworks help to support a structured approach for the investigation and analysis of stakeholder concerns as a part of viewpoints and views. Concept exploration around the selection of model kinds and types includes identification of appropriate model notation(s). Students will learn how to create a set of core (e.g., required) enterprise architecture models/artifacts to help frame and address stakeholder concerns.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the FEAC concept of core architecture models/artifacts and their relationship to one another.
  • Demonstrate how to select supporting architecture models/artifacts to support the implementation
  • Identify the elements of an ontology and meta-models and how they support rigorous modeling
  • Describe the DoDAF Viewpoints and associated Views
  • Describe the FEAF Sub architecture domains and associated artifacts.
  • Select and develop views that support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design.
  • Demonstrate how to implement cybersecurity and risk management into architectural design

Course Name:

  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C)

Course Description:

  • Introduces the concepts and theories associated with organizational strategic planning as the basis for enterprise architecture, provides an examination of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office reference models, how to define business architecture utilizing business strategy, goals and objectives, the technological environment and external variables including location, organizational culture, and strategic business planning. Provides an understanding of how to plan and manage an EA project within an enterprise, including the development of a statement of work, scheduling, requirements analysis, risk management, the role of security and information assurance, and the formulation of architectural principles.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of the six-step DODAF architecture process
  • Identify the elements of the FEAF Collaborative Planning Methodology (CPM) Demonstrate the use of architectures as a part of the deliberate planning process
  • Demonstrate how to select products and tailoring them for flexibility and fit for purpose
  • Identify the relationship of framework architecture products to business process improvement and system development methodologies
  • Describe Architecture governance and maintenance
  • Describe how to planning and schedule for architecture development Describe Integration of Security in DODAF and FEAF
  • Describe and evaluate EA Tools
  • Identify the elements of and the use of program management and its impact on EA project implementation
  • Develop an Architecture Statement of Work to include identification of stakeholders, their questions and the selection of architecture views to be developed.

Course Name:

  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C)

Course Description:

  • This course covers the development and integration of enterprise architecture related models and artifacts utilizing products from the FEAF and DOD Architecture Frameworks. This course covers the development of models using a variety of modeling techniques and notations providing broad exposure industry practices in developing architecture artifacts.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between models, diagrams, and pictures to include the importance of semantics and syntax as a part of formal modeling
  • Introduce the concept of modeling languages and their use in providing logical rigor along with consistency in interpretation
  • How to create relevant enterprise architecture core and supporting models
  • Describe EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in enterprise architecture
  • Identify and develop data models and relationships vs. entities.
  • Identify and develop activity models using different modeling languages
  • Describe and develop system and service architecture models using different modeling languages.
  • Identify the relationship between using different model languages as a part of conveying meaning to varying stakeholder groups.

Course Name:

  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C)

Course Description:

  • This course consists of demonstrating the ability to create, analyze and brief an integrated architecture description (IAD). Participants will also complete analysis of their IAD and brief the results to faculty as a part of their defense. Students will develop a work in progress (WIP) briefing in which they will present the status of their IAD. Students will be shown techniques for presenting enterprise architecture and how to develop specific messages for their target audience. Students will also receive knowledge how to conduct basic analysis techniques using enterprise architecture and apply it to their IAD as a part of addressing stakeholder questions. A written report will be developed by the students as a part of the providing background and findings from their analysis for non-enterprise architect audiences.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Construct and demonstrate knowledge of a technical enterprise architecture work-in-progress (wip) briefing. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective presentation of enterprise architecture models/artifacts to non-architect audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of enterprise architecture through the successful completion of the certification exam.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct basic visual analysis using architecture models/artifacts.

 

FEAF Learning
DoDAF Learning

Prerequisites:

  • There are no prerequisites for any of the sessions. 

Other Offers:

  • CEA BLACK BELT Completion: If you are a current ACEA who previously took our Green Belt program, and would like to complete your CEA Black Belt, you are eligible for 50% off the CEA course. Register for the CEA Black Belt course and use Discount Code: BBCOMPLETE upon checkout.
  • Any student interested in staying in the current session, but upgrading their registration to the next level (i.e.: upgrade from Yellow Belt to Green Belt, or from Green Belt to Black Belt, etc), please contact us, or tell one of our faculty on site that you would like to upgrade. We will upgrade you and bill you the difference.
  • All discounts may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.

 


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Spring 2022 Session
April 18 - July 8, 2022
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Fall 2022 Session
September 12 - December 2, 2022
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Registration Policies:

  • All confirmed registrations must be paid in advance.
    • Special arrangements can be made for select government agencies. Please contact us for these special arrangements.
  • All early bird registrations must be paid by the cut off date, or else invoice will be adjusted to regular price.
  • You can register for any course or seminar by clicking the "register" button or "view all events" button. All payments made on-line are to be made in USD.
  • Registrations are transferable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Confirmation of registrations will be subject to availability and timely receipt of payment.
  • Prices stated here include tax. Import duties and/or local taxes/GST/VAT, if applicable, are NOT INCLUDED in prices and must be borne by the registrant.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For cancellation, please refer to the "Cancellation Policy" section below.
  • Registration allows us to use the name of your organization in our future marketing activities as our customer.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The following cancellation fees apply for cancellation of registrations received in writing via fax, email or phone:
    • 25 days prior to the scheduled date: 10% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 15 days prior to the scheduled date: 20% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 5 days prior to the scheduled date: no refund of monies paid.
  • Registrations are transferrable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.

Note: the above cancellation policy is applicable for confirmed but unpaid registrations as well. There will be NO exceptions to this policy for any reason.

The FEAC Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event, to change the location of an event. In the event that the FEAC Institute postpones a conference, delegate payments at the postponement date will be credited towards the rescheduled date. If the delegate is unable to attend the rescheduled event, the delegate will receive 100% credit representing payments made towards a future FEAC Institute events or you may send a replacement. No refunds will be available for cancellations or postponements.

The FEAC Institute is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement, or cancellation of an event due to causes beyond its control including without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes, terrorism or hostilities.

 

Challenge Path

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

 

Challenge Path to CEA Certification

 

Certification Paths Accelerated

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Format:

Our Challenge Path to CEA Certification is for those experienced individuals who desire the Certified Enterprise Architect designation and who believe they already possess the necessary skills to pass the examination and practicum project without instruction.

Upon registration, candidates must pay the non-refundable $299US Application Fee (to be applied to overall cost of course) in order to initiate our professional reference check for acceptance into the Challenge Path to Certification. The following link is an example pdf of the application so that you can prepare for the questions. Upon registration, you will receive a link to the actual application to be filled out online: Application Example

Upon acceptance, candidates must pay the non-refundable $299US Examination Fee (to be applied to overall cost of course) and pass the comprehensive examination. Candidates are allowed one make-up examination for technical difficulties and must wait 6 weeks to re-take the exam if passing grade is not achieved.

Upon passing the examination, candidates will enter the final phase of the Challenge Path and must pay the balance of fees due (less the Application and Examination Fees). Candidates will be given 6 weeks to complete their Practicum Project: and integrated architecture description and analysis based on a directed problem set.


Cost:

  • Total Cost:
    • $5999
  • Cost Breakdown:
    • $299 Application Fee (Non-refundable)
    • $299 Examination Fee (Non-refundable)
    • $5,401 Challenge Path Balance

Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • CEA logo for use with your business cards and/or email signatures
  • CEA lapel pin and FEAC™ Institute baseball cap
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

Format:

  • The Challenge Path is totally self-paced and done completely on-line in our Virtual University

Prerequisites:

  • Candidates must provide the necessary experience in the Enterprise Architecture space and community to be considered for the Challenge Path

 

 

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Certified Enterprise Architect Practitioner (CEAP) Yellow Belt Program

Certified Enterprise Architect Practitioner (CEAP) Yellow Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

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Are you looking to up-skill and learn how to be part of strategic change in your organization?

If so, you’re going to want to read on…

 


 

What is the CEAP Yellow Belt Program?

The FEAC Institute CEAP (Certified Enterprise Architect Practitioner) Yellow Belt program is your opportunity to build hands-on competency in addressing real problems that face your organization by understanding client and stakeholder concerns using models and analytical techniques.

We take a “learning by doing” and hands-on approach to our courses. Using proven methodologies and our approach to guided, practical learning, our experienced architects will mentor you while you learn by doing a real-life EA project using multiple Enterprise Architecture tools in hands-on practice. You will have all the help you need to get going with our provided, digital desktop and quick-start methodology.

Using a mix of video and facilitated sessions with real enterprise architecture modeling tools, you will move beyond speadsheets, visio diagrams and powerpoint drawings to develop knowledge of model-driven architecture. We are a vendor and framework neutral EA education company. Come learn how tools and frameworks support enterprise decision making as we provide multiple resource access to build your competency with hands on assignments and worksheets.

The Yellow Belt program will guide you in the skills you need to tailor these methodologies, tools and practice to become an internal consultant and meet your organization’s needs. We will show you how to diagnose real-world business challenges. You’ll then be able to use Enterprise Architecture to document your findings and structure stakeholder concerns into the language of architecture.

You will learn how to employ meta-models, views, and viewpoints while using actual EA tools and architecture description languages (ADL).

Sound good so far?

 

 

What should you expect to know at the end of the 3-week course?

How to:

  • Apply an Architecture Description Language (ADL) to create rigorous models.
  • Translate stakeholder concerns into the language of enterprise architecture and establish requirements traceability.
  • Practice enterprise architecture planning to address enterprise challenges (i.e., application rationalization, organizational transformation, etc.)
  • Develop architecture deliverables using actual EA tools in FEAC’s hands-on virtual machine environment.
  • Evaluate enterprise architecture frameworks (e.g., DoDAF, FEAF, UAF, etc.) for organizational suitability.
  • Define framework viewpoints as a part of managing stakeholder concerns.

 

 

What you can expect from us?

Whether you take our courses in person, or totally online, we are here to help guide and prepare you for more than just taking a test. Build your competency in three weeks with help from your EA coach.

This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning.

You'll solve real business problems, with real EA tools.

We don't just show you what models look like; you will gain experience creating them. We will develop your EA skill and competence to a point we are sure you know what to do and that you can take that knowledge back to your organization as the expert.

Below are just some of the benefits you get when you learn with us here at FEAC:

  • Active coaching and mentorship
  • Quick-start methodology
  • Virtual Desktop with EA tool assets
  • Real-life Practicum Project
  • Hands-on Learning
  • "Flipped" Classrooms
  • Advanced Discussion Topics
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Live or Virtual
  • University Accredited

 

 

What do you need to have to be able to benefit from this course?

To take this course, you need to have:

  • the ability to undertake college-level study (our curriculum is accredited by California State University and therefore the program is written at a university level)
  • General knowledge of business, program or IT planning
  • Conceptual thinking abilities (desirable)

 

 

Our promise to you

Our courses are immersive. Participants should look to dedicate 6-8 hours of time per week. 

We understand that our students are often taking these courses while holding a full-time job and that this comes with sacrifice and a cost to you and your family.

In acknowledgement of this, we have a faculty that has the experience to actively coach you through to completion of all necessary requirements for certification. We are here to help you complete the course.

We are dedicated to seeing you succeed.

Want to know some more information? We are always glad to hear your questions! Please contact us and we will be happy to help!

 

 The FEAC Institute has been training and certifying Enterprise Architects since 2002 (read more).
If you want to be the best... we can help!

 


Below are some details you may want to know:

Course Format:

  • This course is an immersive totally online experience. Both synchronous and asynchronous styles of learning.
  • Self-study lessons are supported by a live instructor available through office hours and scheduled one on one engagement. 

 

Schedule at-a-glance:

  • Week 1: Students are given access to course materials and tools. Focus is on introduction to the practice of enterprise architecture. Students learn how to use enterpise architecture to address organizational challenges. Student identify a focus of their architecture development efforts and develop their first artifacts. 
  • Week 2: Students Architecting for success. Introduction to and development of Minimum Viable Architecture (MVA) artifacts. 
  • Week 3: Students continue developing MVA artifacts to address their identifed enterprise challenge. Additional lectures are provided on how to extend the MVA with additional models.
  • Optional office hours are held each Friday. Office hours allow open engagement with an instructor to address student questions and challenges. Additional one on one working sessions are avaible to be scheduled. 
 

Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEAP (Certified Enterprise Architect Practitioner) designation from our Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic format
  • Digital CEAP badge with verification
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events

Prerequisites:

  • There are no course prerequisites.  

Other Offers:

  • Discounts are available for team enrollments of five or more. 
  • All discounts may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.

 


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          NEW in 2022, the Yellow Belt is now offered on a rolling enrollment basis. Register today and start the following Monday!

                                    Register now by clicking here: Yes, I want a hands on learning experience!

 

Reserve your spot today!


Registration Policies:

  • All confirmed registrations must be paid in advance.
    • Special arrangements can be made for select government agencies. Please contact us for these special arrangements.
  • All early bird registrations must be paid by the cut off date, or else invoice will be adjusted to regular price.
  • You can register for any course or seminar by clicking the "register" button or "view all events" button. All payments made on-line are to be made in USD.
  • Registrations are transferable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Confirmation of registrations will be subject to availability and timely receipt of payment.
  • Prices stated here include tax. Import duties and/or local taxes/GST/VAT, if applicable, are NOT INCLUDED in prices and must be borne by the registrant.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For cancellation, please refer to the "Cancellation Policy" section below.
  • Registration allows us to use the name of your organization in our future marketing activities as our customer.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The following cancellation fees apply for cancellation of registrations received in writing via fax, email or phone:
    • 25 days prior to the scheduled date: 10% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 15 days prior to the scheduled date: 20% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 5 days prior to the scheduled date: no refund of monies paid.
  • Registrations are transferrable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.

Note: the above cancellation policy is applicable for confirmed but unpaid registrations as well. There will be NO exceptions to this policy for any reason.

The FEAC Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event, to change the location of an event. In the event that the FEAC Institute postpones a conference, delegate payments at the postponement date will be credited towards the rescheduled date. If the delegate is unable to attend the rescheduled event, the delegate will receive 100% credit representing payments made towards a future FEAC Institute events or you may send a replacement. No refunds will be available for cancellations or postponements.

The FEAC Institute is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement, or cancellation of an event due to causes beyond its control including without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes, terrorism or hostilities.

 

Enterprise Architecture Skills Workshops

Enterprise Architecture Skills Workshops
November 7-9, 2017

Three Days. Six Sessions. In Class or Online. Learn only what you need!


The FEAC Institute has been training and certifying Enterprise Architects since 2002 (read more). If you want to be the best... learn from the best!

 

Learn with FEAC

 

Our three-day Enterprise Architecture Skills Workshops are intended to give you the practical skills you need to build your confidence and credentials as a professional. We have developed short and focused workshops addressing some of the more common challenge areas being faced by professionals at varying levels of expertise. You can choose to attend one or two or all six workshops.  Each is designed to be a stand alone session with actionable information, templates and copies of the materials provided to all participants. 

Morning sessions begin at at 8:30am sharp and conclude at 11:30am. This leaves plenty of time for you to head back to work OR jump to a nearby resturant for a quick bite and return for an afternoon session. Our afternoon session starts promptly at 12:30pm and conclude at 3:30pm allowing you time to get over to the metro or quickly back onto I-66. Coffee and light breakfast items will be available in the morning as well as light snacks in the afternoon. OR you can avoid the whole challenge of commuting and simply participate online (home or office). Our courses are specifically designed to allow online participants to experience the same level of engagement by our education staff. The choice is yours.  

Our workshops can also qualify you for either Enterprise Architecture Development Units (EADU), Professional Development Units (PDU) or Continuing Development Units (CDU). A certificate of attendance will be provided along with submisson information immediately upon conclusion of the course. 

We have also value priced these offerings so that you can afford to attend mulitple course areas or attend in group from your organization. 

 


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Pricing:

  • $199 US per Session

Discounts:

  • We offer early bird discounts. Register by September 15, 2017 and save $50 per ticket!
  • Register for 3 Sessions and save 5%. Register for all 6 Sessions and save 10%!
  • Discounts may not be combined.

Format:

  • These courses are available as both in-seat, on location and now as a virtual, online session (more info)! (You have to be on-line at the same time as the other students are in class- but you can be in your pajamas!) Please select how you would like to take the course at registration.

Prerequisites:

  • There are no prerequisites for any of the sessions. Some browse our resources and blog sections.

A few things you need to know:

  • Morning sessions begin at at 8:30am sharp and conclude at 11:30am.
  • Afternoon session starts promptly at 12:30pm and conclude at 3:30pm
  • There is a wireless internet connection available but we ask you to refrain from surfing during class lectures.
  • Dress is casual.
  • The room number will be posted at the entrances of the Building.
  • Coffee and light breakfast items will be available in the morning as well as light snacks in the afternoon.
  • For lunch, restaurants are within walking distance and guidance will be provided. There is a nice Indian restaurant, a Starbucks, Baja Fresh and Subway across the street. There is also an eating area on the first floor by the elevators. There is a microwave there and vending machines that include coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

Physical Location:

  • UVA/VT Northern VA campus located at:
  • Room number will be posted at the entrances of the Building.
  • There are several hotels close by. One thing to keep in mind if you are NOT driving or renting a car. The Falls Church Metro Station (ORANGE LINE) is about 100 yards from the UVA Northern Campus. So as long as the hotel you pick is close to an ORANGE LINE Metro Station, you can take the Metro each day to Falls Church, walk 100 yards uphill and to the right to the clearly visible UVA building.
  • If you are driving, there is plenty parking at UVA available for you at a cost of $4.50 all day. To get there make a left left from Haycock Road at the traffic light (coming from Route 7). At the stop sign (30 yards) do not turn right or you end up at the Metro Station but continue straight as if you are going to the new Metro garage down on the right. Actually you can see the Parking lot you are going to on the left at the stop sign but there is a chain across the entrance. You can not enter there. About 100 yards after the stop sign you need to turn left into the UVA/VT parking lot (NOT THE METRO GARAGE BUILDING ON THE RIGHT) and drive all the way up to the UVA Brick Building.

Payments:

  • We accept all major credit cards
  • Purchase Orders or Government form SF-182: Use "Pay Later" option upon checkout.

Registration Policies:

  • All confirmed registrations must be paid in advance.
    • Special arrangements can be made for select government agencies. Please contact us for these special arrangements.
  • All early bird registrations must be paid by the cut off date, or else invoice will be adjusted to regular price.
  • You can register for any course or seminar by clicking the "register" button or "view all events" button. All payments made on-line are to be made in USD.
  • Registrations are transferable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Confirmation of registrations will be subject to availability and timely receipt of payment.
  • Prices stated here include tax. Import duties and/or local taxes/GST/VAT, if applicable, are NOT INCLUDED in prices and must be borne by the registrant.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For cancellation, please refer to the "Cancellation Policy" section below.
  • Registration allows us to use the name of your organization in our future marketing activities as our customer.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The following cancellation fees apply for cancellation of registrations received in writing via fax, email or phone:
    • 25 days prior to the scheduled date: 10% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 15 days prior to the scheduled date: 20% of total the registration fee will be levied to cover administration costs. In addition, a refund charge of $25 USD is also applicable.
    • 5 days prior to the scheduled date: no refund of monies paid.
  • Registrations are transferrable within your organization (to a colleague) on request until 2 days before the event date.
  • Registrations may also be transferred to a future course date if student are unable to attend.

Note: the above cancellation policy is applicable for confirmed but unpaid registrations as well. There will be NO exceptions to this policy for any reason.

The FEAC Institute reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event, to change the location of an event. In the event that the FEAC Institute postpones a conference, delegate payments at the postponement date will be credited towards the rescheduled date. If the delegate is unable to attend the rescheduled event, the delegate will receive 100% credit representing payments made towards a future FEAC Institute events or you may send a replacement. No refunds will be available for cancellations or postponements.

The FEAC Institute is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement, or cancellation of an event due to causes beyond its control including without limitation, acts of God, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes, terrorism or hostilities.

Annual EA Conference and Exposition Nov 7-8, 2011, Ritz Carlton Tysons

1105 Group and FEAC Sponsored 9th Annual Enterprise Architecture Conference and Exposition is Approaching November 7 & 8th at the Ritz-Carleton at Tysons Corner, VA. Register now for the Government Enterprise Architecture Conference & Expo: a two-day conference program where

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GTRA Council Meeting Dec 4, 2011

FEAC Institute Discount for Government Attendees $399 Discount pass (Regular: $999) Includes: Full access to ALL sessions, networking functions, receptions, banquets and entertainment CEUs from (ISC)

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