Enterprise Architecture Certification Process

Getting certified consists of:

  • Selecting your desired level of certification
  • Registering for a Practical Demonstration event including submission of your Registration Form
  • Providing payment in response to the AIEAP invoice
  • Participating in the practical demonstration event and completing the required architecture products

During the event you will:

  • Review source documentation for the problem statement provided by AIEAP
  • Develop at least the set of business and technical architecture products described below
  • Integrate these products into a Word document using the template provided by AIEAP
  • Deliver the Word document in electronic format to the Demonstration monitors

After completion

Your work will be evaluated by AIEAP and you will be notified of your satisfactory attainment of your desired level of certification – OR – receiving feedback on your submission with an explanation of areas of improvement.  This may take some amount of time, based on the number of applicants at your event and the quality of everyone’s work.  Patience may be needed.

Evaluation Criteria

Based on the premise that an architecture needs to provide information that supports senior leadership decision-making and needs to be understandable by non-architects, your submission will be generally evaluated for:

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  • Completeness – all required products are developed and are reasonably complete.
  • Traceability – the products “hang together,” i.e., one can relate the elements of the business process model to the system elements and the information or resource exchanges.
  • Story-telling – the collection of products tells a clear story of the requirement and solution to people who are not proficient with the development methodology or tool.  The products are visually appealing.

The evaluation criteria are broken down into three (3) basic areas: Style, Structural, and Alignment.

The style used in developing an architecture goes a long way towards determining if the architecture is readable or not.  The AIEAP evaluators will evaluate aspects such as:

  • Is everything labeled?
  • Is everything spelled correctly and grammatically correct?
  • Is there consistency in the artifact (color, font, names, etc.)?

They will look at the structure of the architecture to evaluate aspects such as:

  • Does everything have a definition?
  • Are all child diagrams, if any, provided?
  • Is everything attached to whatever it is supposed to be attached to?
  • Does each artifact show what it is supposed to show?

As they read through the architecture, the AIEAP evaluators will ask themselves:

  • Do all the artifacts of the architecture fit together with one another?
  • Is anything missing from any of the artifacts?

Required Products

Given a set of written source documentation, the candidate will develop the following architecture products within the defined time frame:

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  • A one-page graphic that enables senior leader, a business owner, or subject matter expert to tell the complete story addressed by the architecture.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFHigh-Level Concept Diagram (OV-1)
TOGAFGoal/Objective/Service Diagram
FEAFConcept Overview Diagram

· Description of organizational or resource entities and the information or resources exchanged among them.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFOperational Resource Flow Description (OV-2)
TOGAFBusiness Service/Information Diagram
FEAFNo equivalent example.

  • Description of the business process displaying the relationships between the entities involved in the business operations addressed by the architecture.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFBusiness Process Model (OV-6c) or Operational Activity Model (OV-5b)
TOGAFProcess Flow Diagram
FEAFBusiness Process Diagram

· Definition of the information or resources exchanged among the business processes.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFOperational Resource Flow Matrix (OV-3)
TOGAFGoal/Objective/Service Diagram
FEAFNo equivalent example.

  • Description of the systems and their interfaces that address the business process requirements.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFSystems/Services Interface Description (SV-1)
TOGAFInterface Catalog
FEAFApplication Interface Diagram

  • Description of the system/service functions – This diagram describes the functions and data exchanges that realize the system that supports the requirements established by the business process models.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFSystems/Services Functionality Description (SV-4)
TOGAFNo equivalent example.
FEAFApplication Service Matrix

  • Matrix of business processes to system functions – This matrix describes the relationships of the system functions that support the business processes.  Representative framework-specific examples include:

Framework

Diagram Title

DoDAFOperational Activity to Systems Traceability Matrix (SV-5)
TOGAFApplication/Function Matrix
FEAFNo equivalent example.

These products will be integrated into a Word document (compatible with MS Office 2007 or later for the PC) for submission using a template provided by AIEAP.

Please use the following forms for your application:

Click HERE to download a Word version of the Evaluation Criteria document.

Click HERE to download a Word version of the Architecture Submission template document.

Certificate Pricing by Level

Silver

$500$350 (retake)
  • A Silver level Enterprise Architect Practitioner has demonstrated the ability to independently produce architectures for a non-complex system or business process at an acceptable level of detail. He or she has demonstrated the technical skills needed to be a positive contributor to team objectives.

Gold

$1,000$800 (retake)
  • A Gold level Enterprise Architect Practitioner has demonstrated the ability to produce detailed architectures of complex systems or business processes from moderately complex source information. He or she has demonstrated the technical skills and understanding needed to provide technical leadership to a team.

Platinum

$1,500$1,200 (retake)
  • A Platinum level Enterprise Architect Practitioner has demonstrated the ability to develop detailed, highly complex architectures from complex or convoluted information sources. He or she has demonstrated the technical skills and understanding to provide technical leadership to a team, coach or mentor team mates, and to explain architecture products and concepts to non-architects.