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BCS Professional Certificate in Business Architecture

The course focus is on business rather than technology and is aimed at business managers, business analysts, project managers and change managers who wish to undertake a practical exploration of the key concepts and techniques involved in Business Architecture.

Course Timing

The course takes place over 3 days. Lunch is provided free of charge to participants. 

Day 1 - 09:30 start / 17:00 finish

  • The context for Business Architecture
  • Business Architecture Frameworks
  • Motivation view of Business Architecture
Day 2 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • Organisational view of Business Architecture
  • Process view of Business Architecture
Day 3 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • People view of Business Architecture
  • Information and Technology views of Business Architecture
  • Using Business Architecture to manage change

Reference Manual

A comprehensive course manual, containing detailed information about business architecture, and providing references for further reading, is provided to each person who attends this course        

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Learning Objectives

This course prepares participants to sit the examination leading to the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Architecture which is held on the final afternoon of the course.

Course Content


1.   Context for Business Architecture


  • What is Business Architecture?
  • Drivers for developing a Business Architecture
  • Why Business Architecture is key to effective business change
  • Relationship between Business Architecture and other architectures
  • The business change life cycle
  • The role of the business architect
  • Other roles involved in Business Architecture work


2.   Business Architecture frameworks


  • The components of a Business Architecture
  • Zachman’s architecture framework
  • The Business Architecture Guild framework
  • The POPIT™ model


3.   Motivation view of Business Architecture


  • Business motivation analysis
  • OMG business motivation model
  • Values, ethos, strategy, goals • CSFs and KPIs
  • Balanced business scorecard
  • McKinsey’s 7-S model


4.   Organisational/capability view of Business Architecture


  • Business Models
  • Business capabilities and business capability modelling
  • Value systems

5.   Process/value view of Business Architecture


  • Value chain analysis and value propositions
  • Value stream analysis
  • Value network analysis
  • Business services
  • Business processes, business events and business rules


6.   People/competecy view of Business Architecture


  • Roles, responsibilities and relationships
  • Competency frameworks
  • Management activities and standards
  • Analysing people and performance
  • Business culture


7.   Information view of Business Architecture


  • The importance of the information view
  • Business information modelling
  • Business intelligence
  • Information and security


8.   Technology view of Business Architecture


  • Relationship between business architecture and other architectures
  • Technology to support the implementation of business architecture


9.   The use of business architecture in the management of change


  • Analysing the impact of change
  • Change control and configuration management
  • Communications planning

Exams & Certification

Exam Format:

  • 90 minute ‘closed book’
  • Multiple choice questions and scenario-based questions
  • Pass mark is 65% overall and at least 50% pass mark on Section A and 50% pass mark on Section B

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