Which architect training and certificates?

TOGAF or BCS Enterprise and Solution Architecture (ESA)?

The two certifications courses are compatible and overlap to a degree, but have different aims. For a management framework - a transformation process that promotes the role of architects – choose TOGAF. For more concrete guidance on architecture terms, concepts and techniques – choose BCS ESA. For a comprehensive education – attend both in either sequence. For dates and prices, read the Training Calendar at http://avancier.website.  For other advice, call Graham Berrisford on 020 8949 8077, or mobile 07711 884412.

 

Click here for a selection of course comments. Most who work on solution delivery projects find the ESA course more relevant to their work. One who attended TOGAF, Zachman and ESA training in that sequence commented that: “The ESA course covers the key length and breadth of solution and enterprise architecture concepts from foundation to advanced. It elaborates progressively, making it easier to comprehend architecture frameworks and methods. It suits both novices wanting progress their career and experienced professionals wanting to strengthen their skills and apply their knowledge across the architecture domains.”

TOGAF - 4 weekdays or 2 weekends

TOGAF primarily a management framework for architects working to design and plan changes to business systems. The course covers all the “learning outcomes” examiners can ask you about.

You pay for and sit TOGAF exams separately, after the course.

The material is more abstract than the BCS course – better suited to a non-technical audience.

BCS Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture (ICESA) - 4 weekdays or 2 weekends

This is a broader and more general course in the concepts, techniques, products and patterns that architects use (within or without TOGAF).

The course fees and days include exams for BCS professional certificates.

The material is more concrete than theTOGAF course, better suited to those working on software/IT projects.

TOGAF training

TOGAF training focuses on the Architecture Development Method (ADM); this is a management framework for planning and governing a substantial transformational change to business systems. TOGAF outlines documents and artefacts to support that process. Our courses include case study work featuring some TOGAF artefacts.

 

Audience

Those wanting a management framework for architects’ work. Training can serve as an introduction to architecture-level work for people with no technical background.

Almost everybody who attends the course passes the TOGAF examinations.

 

Training course options

See the Training Calendar for weekday and weekend course variations.

If you have BCS certificates, you can request a shorter TOGAF course including mock examinations. This is an ad hoc arrangement, not currently scheduled in the public training calendar.

 

Examinations for TOGAF certificates

The examinations are about TOGAF-specific processes and products.

Our TOGAF certification training courses prepare you for two multiple choice examinations;

·         the first asks 40 questions about TOGAF terms and concepts

·         the second asks 8 questions about the application of TOGAF to short practical scenarios.

 

TOGAF exams and fees are not included in Avancier’s training courses.

Most people purchase and sit the exams in the week after the course.

You sit the TOGAF exams in a Pearson Vue examination centre.

Check procedures at http://www.pearsonvue.com/theopengroup/

At the time of writing the price for the 2 exams is 495 US dollars

Check prices http://certification.opengroup.org/examinations/exam-fees.

 

Resits?

As far as we know, everybody who attends out training passes the TOGAF exams.

You can re-attend a training course with no additional training fee.

We have never yet been asked to schedule a revision day, but could do so if asked.

Enterprise and Solution Architecture (ESA) training

ESA training focuses on knowledge and skills relevant to solution and enterprise architect roles. It introduces the broad sweep of architecture terms and concepts, outlines architecture frameworks and includes practical exercises. It leads to examinations for BCS professional certificates.

 

Audience

Those in or approaching a solution/system architect role. Those who work under the governance of a strategy and architecture function.

Roles: those in Solution Development and Implementation, System Development and Management, System Design, Database/repository design, or Programming/software development, who want to move into an architect role. And those already in Enterprise Architect or Solution Architect role who want more formal education.

Those currently at SFIA level 4 or 5, or supervising lower level design work. Those in a more strategic role, at level 6 or 7 also benefit.

 

Training course options

See the Training Calendar for weekday and weekend course variations.

If you have TOGAF certificates, you can obtain the BCS practitioner certificate in a 2 day course, but will miss a lot by skipping the intermediate level training.

 

Examinations for BCS certificates in Enterprise & Solution Architecture

Our BCS ESA certification training courses lead to and include two multiple choice examinations;

·         the first asks 40 questions about architecture terms and concepts

·         the second asks 40 questions about the application of those concepts to a BCS-provided case study.

 

The BCS examination time and fees are included in Avancier’s training courses and revision days.

 

Resits?

Almost everybody who attends our training passes the intermediate level exams.

A few fail the practitioner level exam.

You can re-attend a training course with no additional training fee.

We have never yet been asked to schedule a revision day, but could do so if asked.

 

 

 

 

For dates and prices, read the Training Calendar at http://avancier.website.  

For advice, call Graham Berrisford on 020 8949 8077, or mobile 07711 884412