Training course descriptions

Code

Price

Days

Most courses introduce the architecture modelling language

TOGAF®

£1,095

4

First-rate education which includes case study and mock exams.

TOGAF® wknd

£1,095

4

Same as above, run over two weekends.

IPCESA

£1,975

5

Combined Intermediate & Practitioner E&SA Certificates

ICESA

£1,375

4

Intermediate E&SA Certificate. Weekday and weekend options

ESA

£950

3

Solution Architecture in an EA context (no examination)

PCESA

£950

2

Practitioner E&SA Certificate. Weekend option.

ARCHMODELS

£295

1

Use of ArchiMate® and other notations with architecture frameworks

STA

£295

1

System Theory for Enterprise and Business Architects.

TOGAF®: Level 1 and 2 Certificates – 4 weekdays or 2 weekends

This top-quality course covers all the learning outcomes for TOGAF certificate examinations.

Pearson Vue examination centres run the examinations separately.

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IPCESA: Combined (Intermediate + Practitioner) Certificates in Enterprise and Solution Architecture – 5 weekdays or 3 weekends

This 5 day accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure. It concludes with two BCS professional certificate examinations.

After the course, attendees will understand many terms, concepts, processes and products used by enterprise and solution architects, understand what it means to apply architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, and understand the place of modelling languages such as UML and ArchiMate. They will be able to fill the gap between high-level management frameworks and low-level software development lifecycles. The course includes class exercises and case study work.

The course concludes with two formal examinations set and marked by the BCS, who later send the exam results directly to delegates. The BCS Intermediate and Practitioner level Professional Certificates in Enterprise and Solution Architecture are well-respected qualifications that help people understand a variety of architecture frameworks.

Target Audience: The course is designed primarily for people in or approaching a career as a solution architect. It suits software architects, other technical specialists, business analysts and technical team managers who want to broaden their horizons. But it also suits anybody interested in the terms, concepts and practice of architecture; especially people wanting to act in an architect role, and their stakeholders. It is recommended that attendees have seven years’ experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.

Approach: The course is intensive. It includes presentations, discussions, class exercises and exam preparation. It concludes with two examinations for the BCS professional certificates. Each is a formal 60 minute exam, comprising 40 multiple choice questions, run by a BCS representative. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations.  The examinable reference model will be given to you in the course manual. Some pre-reading may be advised before the course.

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ICESA: Intermediate Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture – 4 weekdays or 2 weekends

This course is a subset of IPCESA above, without the Practitioner case study, the Practitioner elements of the syllabus and the Practitioner examination.

This 4 day accredited course spans the breath of architecture concepts from business through data and applications and software to infrastructure. It concludes with one BCS professional certificate examinations.

After the course, attendees will understand many terms, concepts, processes and products used by enterprise and solution architects, understand what it means to apply architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and Zachman, and understand the place of modelling languages such as UML and ArchiMate. They will be able to fill the gap between high-level management frameworks and low-level software development lifecycles. The course includes class exercises.

The course concludes with a formal examination set and marked by the BCS, who later send the exam result directly to delegates. The BCS Intermediate level Professional Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture is a well-respected qualification that helps people understand a variety of architecture frameworks.

Target Audience: The course is designed primarily for people in or approaching a career as a solution architect. It suits software architects, other technical specialists, business analysts and technical team managers who want to broaden their horizons. But it also suits anybody interested in the terms, concepts and practice of architecture; especially people wanting to act in an architect role, and their stakeholders. It is recommended that attendees have four years’ experience of IS/IT work including contact with architects and architecture descriptions.

Approach: The course is intensive. It includes presentations, discussions, class exercises and exam preparation. It concludes with one examinations for the BCS professional certificate. This is a formal 60 minute exam, comprising 40 multiple choice questions, run by a BCS representative. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations.  The examinable reference model will be given to you in the course manual. Some pre-reading may be advised before the course.

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ESA: Solution Architecture in an EA context – 3 days – featuring Avancier Methods and ArchiMate

This 3 day course is the same as IPCESA above, but without the BCS examinations or preparation for them, and one day shorter.

Timetable

 

PCESA: Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture – 2 days

This 2 day course is focused on the Practitioner case study, and the supplementary Practitioner elements of the syllabus, with a little revision of the Intermediate elements of the syllabus.

 

ARCHMODELS: Use of ArchiMate® and other notations with architecture frameworks – 1 day

Introducing TOGAF, ArchiMate and similar. Helping you to make informed choices about further education and practical use.

Target Audience: Anybody who wants to use ArchiMate in the context of an architecture framework, or wants a heads up about training to ArchiMate or TOGAF certificates.

Approach: A mix of lectures, exercises and discussions. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations. Exercise specifications will be provided on paper. The tutor’s slides will be posted on the Avancier web site.

Topics: Introduces the ArchiMate and other modelling languages in the context of TOGAF and other architecture frameworks. Includes exercises.

 

STA: System Theory for Enterprise and Business Architects – 1 day

A unique and special one day tutorial from a thought leader.

Target Audience: Anybody with an interest in the theories that underpin modern enterprise, business, data and software architecture, and how those theories fit together - or don’t.

Approach: A series of presentations, with as much discussion as time allows. "Thanks for the session today - very interesting. “  “Good overview of complex area.”  "Your endeavour to marry up Systems Theory and EA is admirable."  “excellent…. I was interested in system dynamics and the way you have integrated it with the rest.”  “Thank you for the inspiring ideas on the course.”

Topics: Set and type theories for architects. Information and description theories for architects. A social system thinking history. The schism in systems thinking. A selection of ideas (Ashby's law, Beer, Maturana, Luhmann, System Dynamics). System classifications. System properties. GST and cybernetics for architects. Abstraction of architecture from detailed design. Application of these ideas in EA sources and standards like the Zachman Framework, TOGAF and ArchiMate.

 

DAE: Data Architecture in an EA context – 1 day

A gentle introduction to data architecture terms, concepts and techniques, and their role in modern EA frameworks. Helping you to make informed choices about further education and practical use.

Target Audience: Any data architects who work in or alongside an EA function. People acting in data architect and data analysis roles, their stakeholders and managers. Others who may benefit include enterprise and solution architects

Approach: The course includes presentations, discussions, and some simple exercises. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations. Some paper materials may be provided, but most of the tutor’s slides will be posted on the Avancier web site.

Topics: The place of data architecture in architecture frameworks. Data at rest: logical and conceptual data models. Data in motion: data flows and canonical data models. Data dissemination and implications for application integration.

 

SAA: Software Architecture - for Enterprise Architects and others  – 1 day

An introduction to the general principles and patterns of modular software design (including some patterns that can be seen in the human activity systems). No professional programming experience is required for this tutorial.

Target Audience: Architects, analysts and managers who are not developers, but are interested in principles and patterns of software design, because they want to understand developers concerns and/or the implications of software architecture for enterprise and solution architecture. Also, and equally, developers wanting an introduction to design patterns.

Approach: The course includes presentations, discussions, and some simple exercises. There are no coding exercises and almost no program code is shown. You may bring mobile devices, but must switch them off during presentations.

Topics: Use Cases as requirements. A history of programming to OOD, CBD, SOA, EAI, REST. Design concerns & qualities. Design for NFRs. Flexibility v. performance. Layered software architecture. Communication styles. Basic OO design patterns. Service-Oriented Architecture, Event-Driven Architecture. Integrity challenges. Eventual consistency. CAP theorem. ACID v. BASE. Integrity v. throughput. Design by contract. Defensive design. Domain-Driven Design. Transaction script. Command-query responsibility segregation. Event sourcing. Scoping transactions and data stores. Microservices.

 

 

 

 

ESA course timetables

The 3 day ESA course includes no examinations (finishes 4 pm on the last day).

The 4 day ICESA course finishes with the BCS Intermediate level exam (finishes 4 pm on the last day).

The 5 day Combined IPCESA course finishes with the BCS Practitioner level exam.

If you want to attend the PCESA course alone, then look at the weekend PCESA dates in the Training calendar.

 

 

 

 

Combined IPCESA course (= ESA + ICESA + PCESA)

IPCESA

ICESA

ESA

Monday

ARCHITECTURE & ARCHITECTS

Architects and systems

Components and design patters

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

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Interoperation & communication 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

Intermediate 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