CEA Black Belt Program

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) Black Belt Program

Certification through Demonstrated Competency






Since 2002, the FEAC® Institute has been training, educating and certifying Enterprise Architects and business analysts in the practice of Enterprise Architecture and critical-thinking skills all around the globe. Over the years, we have certified thousands of Enterprise Architects in enterprise and business analysis using Information Technology and various Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodologies like FEAF, DoDAF, TOGAF and more. Countless FEAC graduates have gone on to high-level Government positions and executive-level private sector positions upon earning their CEA™ (Black Belt) designation. Only FEAC offers these designations with a world-class faculty of practitioners who are Enterprise Architects in the real world, and which has included current and former US Federal Chief Enterprise Architects.

You can take your career to the next level with our world-class Enterprise Architecture education by earning the coveted CEA (Certified Enterprise Architect) Black Belt in Enterprise Architecture. Whether you are brand new to EA, or a seasoned IT professional needing a refresher, our courses will broaden your understanding of Enterprise Architecture and modeling.


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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 has 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 and Green Belt Programs now equip you to learn both Frameworks, with much more depth in analytics and problem solving using various tools from around the industry!

Based on years as EA educators and practitioners, we understand the need that Enterprise Architects have for a robust and complete set of artifacts through their own methodologies that will give any Private Sector Organization or Government agency EAs the ability to employ enterprise architecture and analyze their enterprise efforts with success. In addition to these frameworks (students choose which track for certification), we provide a comparative Frameworks overview that allows students to explore differences, similarities as well as recognized patterns between DODAF, FEAF, TOGAF, Zachman and more. We also provide an understanding of how to apply several different modeling languages such as BPMN, SysML, IDEF and others.

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
  • ...and More!

And no Enterprise Architecture would be complete without some understanding of the Zachman Framework, or Enterprise Ontology, which is the baseline for all Frameworks. Being owned and operated by Zachman International, you can be confident in the rigor of the instruction given and completeness in Enterprise Architecture education you receive.

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Our certification courses are 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, and your team will develop the models and architecture to solve real business problems in class. Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, the FEAC Institute's world-renown certification programs are the longest running EA programs in the country. This is real, University-backed Enterprise Architecture and competency-based learning.


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!


Many organizations invest significant dollars in attempting to apply the discipline of Enterprise Architecture without the benefit of fully qualified staff to do the analysis and the EA modeling and program support activities to make it work. This increases the risk and likelihood of failure, for them and/or their clients. FEAC™ Certification of your staff ensures the keys to complex projects’ success residing in understanding and leveraging the culture of the organization, tying into the budgeting processes, developing a realistic Statement of Work (SOW), selling it internally, implementing and integrating program elements, and measuring progress. For the Government, it also involves linking Enterprise Architecture to the CPIC, Exhibits 300 & 53, security, and to other ongoing OMB directed initiatives.

Designed to be practical and immediately applicable for the working IT Professional, 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, then you and your team will develop the models to create the Architecture and solve real business problems in class. We also cover more technical aspects in the CEA program by introducing more advanced discussion topics such as Model Based System Engineering, Process Mining and the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF).

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
  • Multiple paths to Certification
  • Advanced Discussion Topics
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Live or Virtual
  • University Accredited

Applicants must possess the ability to undertake college-level study. A general knowledge of business, program or IT planning and conceptual thinking abilities are desirable. Each course within these programs offers separate assignments and exams, but they are taught in relative consecutive order. Courses are often taken while students hold full-time jobs. While our courses are extremely intensive and require a great deal of effort outside of daily life, our seasoned faculty has the experience to guide you to completion of all necessary requirements for certification.

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
  • CEA seal for use with your business cards and/or email signatures
  • 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. Students completing the entire program achieve designation as a Certified Enterprise Architect (aka Blackbelt). 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. Our Black Belt program covers everything you see listed below.

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.


Paths to Certification:

Certification Paths Progressive nondetail

(Self-Paced, as long as you need)

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Certification Paths Accelerated nondetail

(12 Weeks, intense training)

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Certification Paths Challenge nondetail

(Can you do it?)

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