Iasa Architect Core

  • Start Date:
    26th August 2024
  • Duration:
    5 days / 9am-5pm
  • Delivery:
  • Subsidised Fees:

Iasa – Architect Core, for Business Technology Architects

Your pathway to become a successful business technology architect.

The flexibility, quality, changeability, scalability and durability of a system depends on the underlying architecture, and in the same way a good architect is based on the correct foundational skills and knowledge.

This 5-day in-person course, delivered in partnership with the Irish chapter of Iasa Global, will prepare you for critical aspects of architecture practice, and give you the required knowledge of models and tools for developing business technology architectures that meet the demands of modern business.

These include;

  • Dealing with business concepts – understanding how business works and how it impacts architecture.
  • Technology strategy, design and delivery – analysing technology options and linking everything back to business objectives.
  • Dealing with stakeholders – having the right mindset and models to engage with internal and external stakeholders, at the right time, in the right way.


The Iasa – Architect Core course develops a clear pathway and defined baseline for successful IT architects.


This course is suitable for anyone who wants to become involved in technical architectural work, but you should at a minimum have basic knowledge and experience of system development.


Ideal candidates for the course are:

  • Technology architects, regardless of your specialisation, that are either new into the role, are somewhere on their career journey or are seasoned architects, looking to update their skills or preparing for CITA-P/D certification.
  • Experienced IT staff from other roles that are considering the move into technology architecture.
  • Senior IT leaders that are considering establishing or improving their architecture practice and career paths for their staff.


In order to pass the exam for certification, a thorough and complete understanding of the Iasa Business Technology Architecture Body of Knowledge (BTABoK) is necessary.


The course is structured around a 9-module syllabus, designed to provide developing business architects with the knowledge of models and tools that meet the demands of modern business. The course instructors will clarify anything you have questions about and provide next steps and links to resources that will help you on your journey.

The below curriculum was developed by IT architects for IT architects:


Module 1 – Introduction

  • Define personal course objectives 
  • Define customer outcome goals  
  • Describe your customer  
  • Figure out who is going to enter the leaderboard challenge 


Module 2 – Business and Customer

  • Define a business model  
  • Understand your clients customer  
  • Define innovation in business 
  • Advise and lead using detailed knowledge of customer’s customer


Module 3 – Capabilities and Value

  • Describe your clients capabilities and how they impact services. 
  • Think in terms of client value from capabilities to customers  
  • Describe an innovative business case. 


Module 4 – Roadmaps and Architecture

  • Get involved in the organisation’s investment roadmap to make recommendations.  
  • Get buy off on new ideas as a trusted advisor  
  • Develop, track and communicate benefits realisation and measurement  
  • Define and develop an architecture description with the client  


Module 5 – Stories and Options

  • When Architects talk to other Architects and get challenged (eg. competitive, on features, etc), challenge back by asking thought provoking questions. 
  • Define and describe architecturally significant requirements. Be able to defend and describe the impact of the requirements and how it shapes the solution.  
  • Understand the current architecture landscape, evaluation of options and the development of a context and benefits realisation view.  
  • Describe and define the relationship between options, decisions and requirements.  


Module  6 – Structure and Assessment

  • Describe an architecture using multiple viewpoints to define its total shape and impacts in both functional and quality attributes.  
  • Facilitate a design thinking session and mentor the customer through more holistic design methods  
  • Use both formal and informal methods to analyse a peer and a customer architecture description.  


Module 7 – Agile, Roles and Stakeholders

  • Define an agile team structure which optimises a client engagement 
  • When engaged in stakeholder interactions the architect should have a leadership persona and engage based on a deep understanding of stakeholder needs.  
  • Define Stakeholders using multiple tools to better define a stakeholder management plan 
  • Actively define architecture team roles, the extended team impacts and related activities.  


Module 8 – Deliverables and Engagement

  • Describe an architecture team’s deliverables for an end to end process as a trusted advisor to business and leaders of execution.  
  • Describe critical processes for the architecture team at an organisation.  
  • Describe common elements of an engagement model for a client and how adaptations might impact their progress. 


Module 9 –  Putting It All Together

  • Define your customer outcomes and describe your wins and losses  
  • Demonstrate changes in your behaviour towards customers and businesses 
  • Compile your team engagement model  



The premise of this course is very much ‘learn by doing’, and is structured over the 5-days into lessons that walk through the demand and supply chains of an architect’s engagement with clients, customers and other key stakeholders typical in any business.

In each lesson there are learning slides to help prepare for the workshop exercises that follow. Case studies are then used to support the learning outcomes.

Extensive use of a subset of visual based templates (canvasses and cards) is made, preloaded in a visual tool, to capture important architecture information. This is referred to as the structured canvass approach in the Iasa BTABOK (Business Technology Architecture Body of Knowledge). Students will collaborate in teams using the visual tool, present back to the wider class to be challenged and for open discussion, for the benefit of everyone on the course.

With the workshop based approach and careful choice of team makeup by the instructor at the start of the week, team members draw on each others direct and indirect experience for a balanced outcome bringing everyone along regardless of your starting point.

By the end of the course you will be able to think about your technology solutions and communicate them with an entirely new level of stakeholder. Get ready for an intensive week of knowledge sharing, debate and teamwork!


At the end of this course you will understand the fundamental role of an architect and the integrated architecture practice, the business and its stakeholders. You will be able to think about your technology solutions and communicate them with an entirely new level of stakeholder. You will be able to describe the way your company is positioned within the enterprise and devise methods for making that position stronger.

These will form a reference point of what it means to be a successful business technology architect and how to behave. You can take these learnings and tools into your organisation, along with a wealth of further material provided in the IASA body of knowledge (BTABOK).

Ultimately this course, and the CITA-F certification, will set you up for success in the business technology architect profession, knowing what’s core to making you a better architect that adds value to your organisation.


On the final day of the course, candidates must undertake an open book exam featuring multiple-choice questions within a specified time frame to earn the CITA-F certification level. Comprehensive guidance on exam preparation and recommended study materials are provided to participants.

Upon completing the course, participants will receive CITA-F industry certification from Iasa Ireland, validating their expertise in the field. This certification is recognised by industry professionals and signifies proficiency in relevant skills and knowledge essential for success in the field of architecture. The CITA-F credential is awarded by achieving 70% or higher on the CITA-F examination.



Full Course fee – €2,500
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet grant – €500
Subsidised fee – €2,000*

Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants.


*Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply directly with Iasa Ireland and pay the full fee if there are available places.


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“The Iasa Architect Core course gives professionals a holistic journey through an overall approach and key considerations to ensure architecture deliverables and outcomes are setup for success.” Ger O’Flynn, Head of Commercial IT, Musgrave


“The Iasa Architecture Core training course was a great in person experience with a good balance of instructor led content, classroom discussion and practical learning. I would highly recommend to any aspiring to practicing architects. It’s not just foundational – it is core.” Niall Clancy, Corporate Technology Domain Architect, Canada Life Europe


“The CITA-F in-person course was a great opportunity to understand the depth and breadth of architecture, the supportive tools, the journey to achieve great outcomes, and how to describe the value propositions to all stakeholder levels. This was an incredibly empowering experience.” Matthew Downing, Principal Platform Architect, Kainos