Associate Certified Enterprise Architect (ACEA) Green Belt Program

Fall 2019 Sessions
September 16 - November 5, 2019
Registration Open Until September 24

Certification through Demonstrated Competency

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!

Take your career to the next level with the coveted ACEA (Assocaite Certified Enterprise Architect) Green Belt certification in Enterprise Architecture. Whether you are brand new to EA, a Business Analyst needing a deeper understand of your Enterprise or a seasoned IT professional needing a refresher, our courses will broaden your understanding of Enterprise Architecture and modeling.

Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for working EAs, Business Analysts and IT Professionals, 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, the you and your team will develop the models and architecture to create the Architecture and solve real business problems in class.

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 Anaylsis
  • Live or Virtual
  • University Accredited

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 have 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 Program now equips you to learn both Frameworks, with much more depth in analytics and problem solving using various tools from around the industry! Check out descriptions and syllabi for both Frameworks below!

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
  • Tools from around the industry
  • ...and More!


Associate Certified Enterprise Architect
Green Belt in Enterprise Architecture
Fall 2019 Sessions
September 16 - November 5, 2019


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Click here to register for the Green Belt Fall 2019 - Space is limited!

1st Early Bird! Register by June 21 and save 15%!

2nd Early Bird! Register by July 19 and save 10%!

3rd Early Bird! Register by August 16 and save 5%!


Schedule at-a-glance:

ACEA Schedule 

Self-Study opens September 16; however course registration is available up to one week prior to the 1st Instructor-Lead session.

Registration cut-off is September 24, 2019.

Destailed Schedule:


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  • Session 1 Self-study: September 16-30, 2019: online in the FEAC Virtual University (course registration still available during this time). Course materials and assignments are reviewed and performed by the student on-line in the FEAC Virtual University in preparation for Instructor-lead session.
  • Session 1 Instructor-lead Session: October 1-3, 2019: virtually or in-seat at the UVA/VT Northern VA Center in Falls Church (Student choice). Three days (24 contact hours) of instructor-lead, hand's-on, facilitated sessions with exercises and demonstration, building skills and competency in the building of Enterprise Architecture artifacts, models and analysis. Students may attend either the physical, classroom environment or via tele-presence (online).
  • Session 1 Cohort Engagement: October 4-November 4, 2019: 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.
  • Session 2 Instructor-lead Session: November 5, 2019: virtually or in-seat at the UVA/VT Northern VA Center in Falls Church (Student Choice). Student cohorts will present their practicum results and participate with industry speakers. ACEA candidates (Green Belt) present their practicum and will test online for completion of the certification.

Note: the actual duration of session 1 and session 2 Cohort Engagements may vary depending on U.S. Federal Holiday and Faculty Availability. They may be longer or shorter by one week. 

You will be given access to the FEAC Virtual University on September 16. There is required self-study and lecture to prepare you for class on October 1. We look forward to seeing you on October 1 at the UVA location (details below) or online, virtually on October 1 as well if you choose this option.

Need to split up your payment for fiscal year considerations? No problem! Just contact us to make arrangements.  


Syllabi Program Description: 



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 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. 


FEAF Learning
DoDAF Learning


  • We offer early bird discounts. See our Training Dates page for specific early bird pricing.
  • After July 19, Government Employees are eligible to receive a $500 discount for a total of $5,500 US on the FEAF ACEA Green Belt Course. You must have a valid Government email address.
  • Discounts may not be combined.


  • 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.


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

A few things you need to know:

  • We start every day at 8:00 AM and will finish at about 4:30 PM Eastern Time.
  • All class materials will be available to you for download from our Virtual University. You will receive access to that shortly.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • We are moving our live location to a location around the Washington DC Metro area. Final location TBD.

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 3-Day to 5-Day, or from 5-Day to ACEA, or ACEA to CEA, 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.


  • We accept all major credit cards
  • Purchase Orders or Government form SF-182: Use "Pay Later" option upon checkout and select "Purchase Order," or "Invoice Me."
  • Need to split up your payment for fiscal year considerations? No problem! Just contact us to make arrangements (payments must be made by your organization).


  • We start every day at 8:00 AM and will finish at about 4:30 PM.
  • All class materials will be available for download from our Virtual University. Each student will receive access roughly 1 week prior to course start.
  • There is wireless internet connection available the class - please refrain from surfing during class sessions
  • Dress is casual.
  • Lunch: restaurants are within walking distance and guidance will be provided.

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Click here to register for the Green Belt Fall 2019 - Space is limited!

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.



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