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Systems Architecture Certificate

With the growing complexity of today’s technological systems, there is an increased need to architect systems before design work begins. A systems perspective and architecting principles must be utilized to successfully design, operate and sustain many systems. The 40-hour Systems Architecture Certificate Program provides participants with an understanding of the fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their relationships to each other, and to the environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution.

This program introduces systems architecting concepts through lecture, case study and individual and team exercises. Modeling software will be utilized to develop architectural views and models.


Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the fundamentals of systems architecting and the role of the systems architect
  • Apply heuristics, processes, methods, languages, and systems architecture tools
  • Explore various architectures used within the government and industry
  • Apply the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF) to documenting system architectures
  • Use Systems Modeling Language (SysML) to construct visual models of the system design
  • Recognize architectural factors to consider and evaluate architectural effectiveness
  • Address architectural considerations, including complexity, affordability, technologies, software, design factors, Cost Off The Shelf (COTS), and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)


  • Terminology
  • Systems Engineering Methodologies
  • Architectural Methods and Framework
  • Department of Defense Architectural Framework (DoDAF)
  • Systems and Software Architecting
  • Architectural Effectiveness Considerations
  • System Architecting Modeling Language
  • Architecting Challenges and Next Steps

Who should attend

Component/subsystems engineers, software/hardware engineers, systems engineers, project managers, business analysts, and technical support personnel


Jim Hines; Ken Preston, DBA; Dennis Schwarz; Michael Sturgeon; Steve Wall