Who is it for?

  • Anyone who is involved in any aspect of enterprise and solution architecture.

Entry requirements

  • Three or more years’ experience of IS / IT work is recommended, including some contact with architects and architecture descriptions. Training with a BCS accredited training provider is also recommended.

What will I learn?

Holders of the BCS Intermediate Certificate will have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of: 

  • different kinds of architecture and the roles architects play in the IT / IS industry
  • the business context, and the importance of business-IT alignment
  • architecture precursors: goals, directives and constraints
  • architecture development process and description frameworks
  • business architecture concepts and techniques
  • data architecture concepts and techniques
  • applications architecture concepts and techniques
  • solution design to meet non-functional requirements
  • infrastructure architecture as a process to support applications architecture.

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

How do I get this certification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about enterprise and solutions architecture.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 19 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At the BCS London office. To book this exam please contact us online or call +44 (0) 1793 417655.

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What format is the exam?

  • One hour 'closed book' with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

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What's next?

Practitioner level certifications

The BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture will take candidates to the next level and enhance skills and knowledge across the entire discipline.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications in Wales, CCEA or SQA.