Paradigm Training

ArchiMate® 2.1 Certified


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Course Description

ArchiMate is a comprehensive modeling language allowing architects to create commonly understood and integrated visualizations of enterprise architecture domains.

Course Summary

ArchiMate® 2.1 Certified
Duration: 15 hours
Delivery: E-Learning
Accreditor: The Open Group
Language: English
Access: 12 Months

Learning Outcomes

Gained a thorough knowledge of the terminology, structure and concepts needed to pass the Exam and the practical skills needed when modeling ArchiMate.


At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the background, key concepts and applications of ArchiMate® for modeling and describing architectures
  • Be able to use the ArchiMate® language and techniques to visualize and communicate architectures
  • Understand the two ArchiMate® extensions, their viewpoints and their application to key concepts
  • Be able to apply ArchiMate® in comlex modeling situations
  • Be able to complete the ArchiMate® 2.1 Certified exam (in addition to some self-directed study)

About Archimate

What is ArchiMate?

ArchiMate is a visual language to represent end-to-end enterprise architecture in terms of business processes, applications and infrastructure(technology) . It provides a consistent framework for designing multiple architecture domains and relationships among them. An integrated representation approach, ArchiMate equips the IT architects with a powerful modeling standard for representing, communicating and analyzing enterprise architecture. Like any effective modeling language should ideally be doing, ArchiMate helps evaluate the impact of changes within multiple architecture  domains and to communicate them effectively and with ease.

If you are interested in a little history, ArchiMate was a 30 months project undertaken and managed by Telematica Institute, which is essentially an international consortium of companies and several social / knowledge organizations. The project took 35 man years, and its approximate cost of 4 million euros was collectively funded by Dutch government and business partners like ABN AMRO and CWI. With due focus on the relationship between business and IT architectures, the project managed to come up with a comprehensive language for describing architecture models with precision to enable IT architecture designing solutions to standardize their techniques and offerings for effective visualization and analysis.

It is as much important to know what ArchiMate is not as to understand what it really is. ArchiMate is not software development meta language like UML, and it does not support representations in that level granularity. It is also not, like Zachman or TOGAF, an all-encompassing collection of architecture methods that can serve as a framework for the enterprise architecture to function within – its role is limited in enabling the visualization and analytical problem(s) associated with standard architecture frameworks.

Challenges in Architecture Representations

Depending on the size of the organization or the authority enjoyed by the architecture board in the enterprise, the tools being used to capture and manage architecture models in an enterprise can be anything from MS PowerPoint and MS Visio to feature-laden, metadata-driven tools like Rational Suit and Telelogic System Architect. However, even the representations produced by or controlled within  very powerful, industry leading tools don’t guarantee ‘universal acceptance’ across the enterprise-wide stakeholders for reasons  ranging from complexity of the model ,  lack of features supporting a certain requisite degree of abstraction or more simply, the comfort-level of in-house managerial, architectural and development staff.

Then comes the question of standards. Most MDA (Model-Driven Architecture) complied standards like UML, MOF, XMI are really meta-frameworks meant to drive software design as in SDLC, and not meant for enterprise architecture. They are obviously no substitutes for a representation standard with enough flexibility and abstractive possibilities that EA demands.

There are also standards for visual representation of certain architecture dimensions, like BPMN and IDEF1X .But they, again, are specialized at handling respective information domains like process or data. The methods that IDEF proposes are quite comprehensive in that respect – that covers everything from standards for User interface (IDEF8) to Implementation Architecture (IDEF10) and Data(IDEF1X ) to Process (IDEF3). But they are not still really enough for Enterprise Architecture. Here is why: We simply need an Integrated View of architecture. It is easier said than done, as enterprise IT architecture addresses a different problem at a different level of abstraction than what the above models attempt. But then, when needed there has be a flexibility to go further level down in terms of details covered in the model

Let us take a quick-and-dirty stock of the requirement for EA modeling standard:

  • It should provide a comprehensive modeling framework
  • It should support an integrated (end-to-end) architecture view
  • It should be easily scalable and maintainable.
  • It should be precise and accurate
  • It should be tool-independent and conceptually portable.
  • It should be simple enough to develop and maintain.
  • It should provide representation framework for different types of enterprise architecture domains, and should support inter-domain relationships
  • It should use standard symbols for concepts and relationships, but should also communicate the underlying idea nearly intuitively to stakeholders
  • It should be capable to support major architecture life- cycle frameworks (such as TOGAF, Zachman)


Trademarks & Copyrights

This associated accredited course has been licensed to Paradigm Management Solutions UK Ltd from her partner and course ware creator Copyright © Good-eLearning. All rights reserved.

IT4IT™, ArchiMate® and TOGAF® are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

ITIL®, PRINCE® and The Swirl logo™ are registered trademarks of AXELOS Limited. COBIT® is a registered trademark of ISACA and the IT Governance Institute.

© Copyright 2014 Good e-Learning, all rights reserved. This e-Learning course is delivered by Good e-Learning, and accredited by The Open Group.

Benefits of Taking This Course:

Here are some of the key benefits of the framework:

It ensures consistency across all architecture models. This means an organization’s communication of architecture is clear and consistent across all your business domains.

It provides stakeholders with guidance. With ArchiMate, stakeholders will be able to design, assess and communicate the consequences of any decisions and changes within these business domains.

Developing, sustaining and changing an enterprise architecture is a very complex process. ArchiMate helps by providing material such as a framework, viewpoints and other reference materials. These can be used by architects and analysts, whether they are new to or experienced with the discipline.

ArchiMate is always kept up to date. The latest developments and ideas in enterprise architecture are taken into consideration and the ArchiMate framework is continually being enhanced.


This course is ideal for individuals ( Enterprise Architects, Consultants, and Business Analysts alike) or teams who wish to build a solid understanding of ArchiMate and develop architecture artifacts using ArchiMate.


There are no eligibility requirements to take the ArchiMate 2.1 Part 1 examination leading to Level 1, ArchiMate 2 Foundation. If you are studying for Level 2, then in order to take the ArchiMate 2 Part 2 exam you must have either passed the ArchiMate 2.1 Part 1 examination or be taking the ArchiMate 2 Combined Part 1 and 2 examination.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry – we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to help determine whether this course suits you. Just call us on +44 845 682 4690 and speak to one of our consultants.

Course Agenda:

Part 1: Introduction and Overview
Part 2: Certification Program
Part 3: Basic Concepts of Enterprise Architecture and ArchiMate
Part 4: Language Principles
Part 5: ArchiMate Core Concepts
Part 6: ArchiMate Core Metamodels, Relationships and Notation
Part 7: ArchiMate Extensions
Part 8: ArchiMate Viewpoints and Visualization
Part 9: Language Extension Mechanisms
Part 10: Tool Support for ArchiMate

Examination Vouchers

In order to take the Certification exam you need to ensure that you check (choose) the exam voucher option before checkout.

You will then be entitled to an exam voucher that can be used to schedule your exam.

When you think you’re ready, just contact us and we’ll order your exam voucher.

If you chose to purchase the course and not the exam and then decide at a later date that you can see the benefit that the additional Certification will give you, no problem, just purchase the course again and ensure you include (choose) the exam option, then using live chat or email contact us and we will issue you with a code to use at the checkout. On confirmation of the payment out support team will send you via email your voucher and instructions on how to enroll for the exam

Why is the exam not included in the course?

We feel that it is not fair to force a charge on anyone for something they may not want or may not use. Our company’s ethos is to ensure that training is as affordable as possible. So by modulising our training, the opportunity to learn remains a priority and you only pay for what you need.

What you need to know about the exam(s):

ArchiMate 2.1 Foundation Exam

  • Exam Format: Closed Book. paper-based Exam ONLY
  • Questions: 40 multiple choice questions (It is extended to 90 minutes where English is a second language)
  • Passing Score: 60% (24 out of 40)
  • Exam Duration: 60 minutes.
  • Proctoring: Live
  • Languages: English


This exam is the second and final part of the 2-part certification process for ArchiMate Certification and can only be taken after successfully passing the Foundation Level exam.

After successfully passing both exams, you will become a certified ArchiMate Practitioner!

ArchiMate 2.1 Certified Exam

  • Exam Format: Open Book. (a PDF copy of the ArchiMate 2.1 Specification will be provided) paper-based Exam ONLY
  • Questions: 40 multiple choice exam consisting of 8 questions
    • Of the 8 questions available:
    • Each correct answer scores five points
    • Each second-best answer scores three points
    • Each third-best answer scores one point
    • Each distractor answer (incorrect) scores no points
  • Passing Score: 70% (28 out of 40)
  • Exam Duration: 90 minutes.
  • Proctoring: Live
  • Languages: English

Preparing for Part 2 Certified Exam

A number of practical exercises are interspersed throughout the course, which are aimed at testing your understanding and practical application of the training you have just received.

At the end of the course, A number of mock-exam case study scenarios are provided which have been designed to simulate the actual exam. You should use these questions as preparation.

Exam Prerequisites

  • Certification in ArchiMate requires you to pass both a Foundation exam and a Certified exam.

Exam Location

  • In class, at the course venue
  • Remote, at any approved location with a webcam (home/office)

Exam Planning

The exam can be taken on the last day of the course or can be scheduled to be taken at a later date.




































Additional information

Public Class Bookings

All physical classroom bookings are based on a minimum of 4 attendees – Where the candidates fall below this criteria the course may be cancelled and you will be offered a FULL refund. You can also choose to re book on a different date or choose a virtual class.

Please send an email to for a list of course venues and dates in your area.

If the course is cancelled for any reason by Paradigm people you will be offered a FULL refund

Virtual Class bookings

Once you have booked this course, you should email providing a list of dates you ideally would like your training to commence and end.

The training does not have to run concurrently but can be spread over 4 days, evenings and weekends.

Once you have provided our scheduling team with your dates and times, they will create a schedule for you in line with the accredited trainer.

E-Learning class Bookings

Currently all the e-learning courses offered by Paradigm Training are licensed from our accredited courseware providers who together with us offer you a seamless learning experience.

You will benefit from the experienced trainers advice from both our partners and our own accredited trainers who are on hand to support you on this learning journey.

.The course trainers and mentors are available to answer questions by email through the virtual classroom environments that we assign you.

Additional learning based questions can be sent to where we will pass the questions on to the appropriate trainers.

Financial Committment

We at Paradigm people built this platform in order to ensure that learning and the sharing of knowledge is the principle focus for us.

Knowing this, if you (the learner) wish to take this course and has a financial encumbrance that prevents the enrollment for this course, please reach out to us by email to and we will work with you to ensure knowledge acquisition and learning is still an outcome.

We will dialogue with you in the strictest of confidence in order to bring your learning to gain


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