Which architect training and certificates?

TOGAF or BCS Enterprise and Solution Architecture (ESA)?

 

A customer who attended training courses in TOGAF, the Zachman Framework and then our ESA training emailed this feedback.

“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.”

Click here for some other course comments.

 

The TOGAF and ESA certification 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, principles and techniques – choose BCS ICESA.

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.

 

TOGAF - 4 weekdays or 2 weekends (on-site only)

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 and other IT projects.

The examination fee of c£400 ex VAT (depends on dollar to pound rate) is not included in the course

It is booked and paid for by you, and sat after the course in a Pearson Vue centre.

The examination and fee (£145 ex VAT) is included in the course, booked and paid by Avancier Ltd.

Focus on 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.

Focus of 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 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.

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

Now on-site only.

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.

Training course options

See the Training Calendar for weekday and weekend course variations.

If you have TOGAF certificates, you might be able to obtain the BCS practitioner certificate in a 2 day course, but will miss a lot by skipping the intermediate level training and may therefore fail the exam.

 

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.

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?

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.

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.

 

Enterprise and Solution Architecture (ESA) course variations

Our public courses in London run all three courses in parallel, but each course is also run on its own.

5 day IPCESA course

The combined IPCESA course includes examinations for BCS Intermediate and Practitioner certificates in ESA, which add up to a cost of £290 + VAT.

This course includes both class exercises and case study work. The practitioner exam is based on the case study.

Monday

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTS

Systems and architecture

Components and layers

Architecture terms and concepts

Enterprise & solution architect roles

CONTEXT & MOTIVATION

Principles

Scoping

Stakeholders and concerns

Goals and requirements

FRAMEWORKS & METHODOLOGY

Architecture processes

Architecture products

Architecture reference models

Tuesday

BUSINESS DOMAIN

Human activity systems

Functions/Capabilities

Processes/Scenarios

DATA DOMAIN

Data at rest - in stores

Data in motion - in flows

Data quality and interoperation

SOFTWARE DOMAIN

Modularity and decoupling

Design patterns

Interoperation & comm. styles

Wednesday

APPLICATIONS DOMAIN

Application services

Applications architecture

Integration tools and patterns

DESIGN FOR QUALITIES

Performance, availability,

recoverability, integrity,

security, etc.

INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY

Cloud computing

Network concepts

Solution technology definition

Thursday

Revision and exam preparation

Intermediate examination

Practitioner exam preparation

Friday

MIGRATION PLANNING

Migration path

Business case

The agile mindset

IMPLEMENTATION & GOVERNANCE

Waterfall / Iterative / Agile delivery

Change management

Governance

Practitioner examination

4 day ICESA course

The ICESA course includes one examination for the BCS Intermediate certificate in ESA, which costs £145 + VAT.

The focus is on understanding architectural terms and concepts. There are class exercises but no case study.

Monday

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTS

Systems and architecture

Components and layers

Architecture terms and concepts

Enterprise & solution architect roles

CONTEXT & MOTIVATION

Principles

Scoping

Stakeholders and concerns

Goals and requirements

FRAMEWORKS & METHODOLOGY

Architecture processes

Architecture products

Architecture reference models

Tuesday

BUSINESS DOMAIN

Human activity systems

Functions/Capabilities

Processes/Scenarios

DATA DOMAIN

Data at rest - in stores

Data in motion - in flows

Data quality and interoperation

SOFTWARE DOMAIN

Modularity and decoupling

Design patterns

Interoperation & comm. styles

Wednesday

APPLICATIONS DOMAIN

Application services

Applications architecture

Integration tools and patterns

DESIGN FOR QUALITIES

Performance, availability,

recoverability, integrity,

security, etc.

INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY

Cloud computing

Network concepts

Solution technology definition

Thursday

Revision and exam preparation

Revision and exam preparation

Intermediate examination

3 day ESA course

The ESA course includes no examination for a BCS certificate.

When run as a stand-alone course, it includes class exercises and case study work.

It concludes with an informal examination – based on the case study - that is optional.

Monday

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTS

Systems and architecture

Components and layers

Architecture terms and concepts

Enterprise & solution architect roles

CONTEXT & MOTIVATION

Principles

Scoping

Stakeholders and concerns

Goals and requirements

FRAMEWORKS & METHODOLOGY

Architecture processes

Architecture products

Architecture reference models

Tuesday

BUSINESS DOMAIN

Human activity systems

Functions/Capabilities

Processes/Scenarios

DATA DOMAIN

Data at rest - in stores

Data in motion - in flows

Data quality and interoperation

SOFTWARE DOMAIN

Modularity and decoupling

Design patterns

Interoperation & comm. styles

Wednesday

APPLICATIONS DOMAIN

Application services

Applications architecture

Integration tools and patterns

DESIGN FOR QUALITIES

Performance, availability,

recoverability, integrity,

security, etc.

Solution technology definition

MIGRATION PLANNING

Migration path

Business case

The agile mindset

Informal examination (optional)

 

No risk to you (your money is safe) booking

We never cancel a course place and date you have paid for – unless you ask us to.

We refund money in full if you cancel more than five days before a course.

We offer free retraining to anybody who fails an exam.

Payment is due a week before the course, or on booking within ten days of the course start date.

After you have paid, our policies protect you from the dodgy practices of some other training providers.

If others drop out and the class size reduces to one, then we offer you three options: a) go ahead with a 1-to-1 course, b) join a future course c) full money back immediately.

 

Self study?

We occasionally run a hybrid TOGAF self study/classroom course for people who have completed ICESA successfully.

The TOGAF course involves 1 day homework – 1 day classroom tutorial – 1 day homework – 1 classroom tutorial – 1 day exam revision – examination in a Pearson Vue centre.