Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency


Progressive Path to CEA Certification


 Certification Paths Progressive

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To start your CEA Black Belt Certification, see our available dates in the Progressive Path here:

Training Dates

Course Format:

Our Progressive Path is designed for those who would like a little more time to complete their CEA Black Belt Certification in a more self-paced environment. There will be no physical location attendance needed other than several on-line, instructor-led sessions.

Upon successful completion of all five courses, CEA Black Belt Certification is awarded.  

Certifications and Rewards:

  • CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) or ACEA (Associate Certified Enterprise Architect) designation from our CEA Accrediting Examination Board
  • FEAC Diploma in electronic or printed format
  • Certification Verification on the FEAC web site here
  • Digital CEA badge with verification
  • CEA lapel pin and FEAC™ Institute baseball cap
  • Ability to join a large network of FEAC™ Alumni who participate in invited forums, conferences and other FEAC™ sponsored events


Syllabi Program Description: 


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CEA Black Belt Courses and Descriptions:

The FEAC CEA 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. We focus on the mechanics of developing an integrated enterprise architecture, and then take your knowledge gained and focus on how to use EA to solve issues faced by the enterprise. Additional discussions focus on how to present EA artifacts, manage your program, develop EA services, etc. Black Belt students will work with both DoDAF and FEA Frameworks.

Our programs are spread over five courses. Following are course descriptions and learning outcomes. To complete your Black Belt Certification, each of the courses are required but can be taken at a progressive pace:


Course Name:

  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C)

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
  • Explain EA Return on Investment and EA Attribution of Benefits for Program Measurement.
  • Synergize Program Management to support Enterprise Architecture’s development, integration and implementation.
  • Describe how EA bridges the gap between Business and IT.
  • Identify and measure viable Enterprise Architecture projects.
  • Discuss how Enterprise Architecture Planning is still a viable process and establish principles for guiding Enterprise Architecture Projects/Programs.
  • Describe EA Governance throughout the EA Life Cycle

Course Name:

  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)

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.
  • Select and develop views that support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design.
  • Demonstrate how to implement cybersecurity and risk management into architectural design

Course Name:

  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C)

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
  • Describe Architecture governance and maintenance
  • Describe how to planning and schedule for architecture development Describe Integration of Security in DODAF and FEAF
  • Describe and evaluate EA Tools
  • Identify the elements of and the use of program management and its impact on EA project implementation
  • Develop an Architecture Statement of Work to include identification of stakeholders, their questions and the selection of architecture views to be developed.

Course Name:

  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C)

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.
  • Identify the relationship between using different model languages as a part of conveying meaning to varying stakeholder groups.

Course Name:

  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C)

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. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective presentation of enterprise architecture models/artifacts to non-architect audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of enterprise architecture through the successful completion of the certification exam.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct basic visual analysis using architecture models/artifacts.


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  • All work is done on-line and in our Virtual University.
  • All course materials and assignments are available and performed in our Virtual University.
  • Assignments are due weekly.
  • There will be three, one hour instructor-led sessions to be scheduled throughout each course.
  • Successful completion of each course will be credited to the student as part of full, CEA Black Belt Certification.


  • EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C) - no prerequisite
  • Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C) - no prerequisite
  • Planning for Architecture Development and Use (504C) - no prerequisite
  • Architecture Modeling, Analysis and Integration (505C) - EA Concepts and Framework Basics (502C) and Framework Models, Views and Implementation (503C)
  • Enterprise Architecture Practicum and Thesis (506C) - each of the previous four courses are a prerequiste

Physical Location:

  • There is no physical location attendance required for this each course. All work is done on-line and in our Virtual University. 
  • Upon sucessful registration and payment, course access is granted the folllowing business Monday.


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