Why become a Business Architect?

If you are a Business Analyst, Product Manager, Business Strategist, Business Consultant, Systems Analyst or any role that requires big picture thinking, strategy development and interpretation and process mapping, you can transition into Business Architecture as the skills are transferable.

Business Architects work as change agents with senior business stakeholders and play a key part in shaping and fostering continuous improvement, business transformation and business innovation initiatives.

To increase the success of corporate initiatives, Business Architects have gained in importance within their organization to properly align all senior stakeholders in executing the business vision. Business Architecture reveals how an organization is structured and can clearly demonstrate how elements such as capabilities, processes, strategy, objectives, organization and information all fit together*

When you become a Certified Business Architect (CBA®), your skills, experience and knowledge of business architecture are recognized and it also shows that you have demonstrated a high degree of competency in your chosen field that can pave the way for career advancement.


Who should take the Business Architecture Pathway Programme (BArch)?

The programme is designed to help you prepare for the CBA® exam offered by the Business Architecture Guild. Taking this course furthers the advancement of the business architecture profession by formalizing the yardstick for professional competencies based on a defined framework and well-articulated set of practices.

  • For professionals who are currently in a Business Architect role who wish to elevate their career through an internationally recognized Business Architecture Guild certification

  • For experienced professionals who are looking into transitioning to a Business Architect role. Please email us on support@agorainsight.com to discuss if this course is right for you.

  • For those who want to be fully prepared before sitting the CBA® Exam and increase the chances of passing it

  • For those that want an online course that is available on-demand and at the same time have access to live support and mentorship as needed

Business Architect Pathway Programme (BArch): CBA® Supported Learning

This course structure and all associated lessons are the original works of Agora Insights and approved by the Business Architecture Guild

  • 2

    Module 0: Introduction to Business Architecture

  • 3

    Module 1 Business Blueprinting (Core): Capability Mapping

    • Module 1: Learning Overview

    • Module 1: Capability Modelling Presentation

    • Module 1: Visual Summary

    • Module 1: Capability Mapping Quiz

    • Module 1: Assignment

  • 4

    Module 2 Business Blueprinting (Core): Value Mapping

    • Value Stream Mapping: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 2: Value Mapping Presentation

    • Module 2: Value Mapping Quiz

    • Module 2: Assignment

  • 5

    Module 3 Blueprinting (Core): Organisation Mapping

    • Organisational Mapping: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 3 Organization Mapping Presentation

    • Module 3: Organisation Modelling Quiz

    • Module 3: Assignment

  • 6

    Module 4 Business Blueprinting (Core): Information Mapping

    • Information Mapping: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 4 Information Mapping Presentation

    • Module 4: (Core) Information Mapping Quiz

    • Module 4: Assignment

  • 7

    Module 5 Business Blueprinting (Outer): Business Strategy Modelling

    • Module 5 Inspirational Quotes

    • Module 5: Business Strategy Mapping Presentation

    • Module 5: Business Strategy Modelling Quiz

    • Module 5: Assignment

  • 8

    Module 6 Blueprinting (Outer): Initiative Mapping

    • Module 6 Inspirational Quote

    • Module 6: Initiative Mapping Presentation

    • Module 6: Initiative Mapping Quiz

    • Module 6: Assignment

  • 9

    Module 7 Business Blueprinting (Outer): Product Mapping

    • Module 7 Inspirational Quote

    • Module 7: Product Mapping Presentation

    • Module 7: Product Mapping Quiz

    • Module 7: Assignment

  • 10

    Module 8 Business Blueprinting (Outer): Stakeholder Mapping

    • Module 8: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 8: Stakeholder Mapping Presentation

    • Module 8: Stakeholder Mapping Quiz

    • Module 8: Assignment

  • 11

    Module 9 Business Blueprinting (Outer): Policy Mapping

    • Module 9: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 9: Policy Mapping Presentation

    • Module 9: Policy Mapping Quiz

    • Module 9: Assignment

  • 12

    Module 10 Business Architecture Practice: Getting Started, Governance and Roles

    • Module 10 Meta Model Updated 2021

    • Module 10: Spreadsheet Explainer

    • Module 10: Business Architecture Practice Quiz

    • Module 10: Assignment

  • 13

    Module 11: Process Modelling and Management

    • Module 11: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 11: Process Modelling Presentation

    • Module 11: Process Mapping Quiz

  • 14

    Module 12: Business Architecture and Case Management

    • Module 12: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 12: Business Architecture and Case Management Presentation

    • Module 12: Business Architecture and Case Management Quiz

  • 15

    Module 13: Business Architecture and Lean Six Sigma

    • Module 13: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 13: Business Architecture and Lean Six Sigma Presentation

    • Module 13: Lean Six Sigma Quiz

  • 16

    Module 14: Business Architecture and Requirements Alignment

    • Module 14: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 14: Requirement Alignment presentation

    • Module 14: Business Architecture and Requirements Alignment Quiz

  • 17

    Module 15: Business Architecture and Business Performance

    • Module 15: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 15: Business Performance Management Presentation

    • Module 15: Business Performance Measurement Quiz

  • 18

    Module 16: Business Architecture and IT Alignment

    • Module 16: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 16: Business and IT Architecture Alignment Presentation

    • Module 16: Business and IT Architecture Alignment Quiz

  • 19

    Module 17: Business Architecture and Enterprise Alignment

    • Module 17: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 17: Enterprise Architecture Alignment Presentation

    • Module 17: Enterprise Architecture Alignment Quiz

  • 20

    Module 18: Business Architecture and System Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

    • Module 18: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 18: Business Architecture and System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Presentation

    • Module 18: Business Architecture and System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Quiz

  • 21

    Module 19: Business Architecture and Application Portfolio Management

    • Module 19: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 19: Business Architecture and Application Portfolio Management Presentation

    • Module 19: Business Architecture and Application Portfolio Management Quiz

  • 22

    Module 20: Business Architecture and Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA)

    • Module 20: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 20: Business Architecture and Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) Presentation

    • Module 20: Business Architecture and Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) Quiz

  • 23

    Module 21: Business Architecture and IT Application and Data Management

    • Module 21: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 21: Business Information and Data Architecture Alignment Presentation

    • Module 21: Business Information and Data Architecture Alignment Quiz

  • 24

    Module 22: Business Architecture and Solution Architecture

    • Module 22: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 22: Business Architecture and Solution Architecture Presentation

    • Module 22: Business Architecture and Solution Architecture Quiz

  • 25

    Module 23: Business Architecture and IT Transformation

    • Module 23: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 23: Business Architecture and IT Transformation Presentation

    • Module 23: Business Architecture and IT Transformation Quiz

  • 26

    Module 24: Business Architecture Close: CBA® Certification Process

    • Module 24: Inspirational Quote

    • Module 24: Business Architecture Close: CBA® Certification Process Presentation

  • 27

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Meet Course Creator and Senior Instructor


Deirdre Caren

Deirdre Caren is passionate about improving business outcomes through better training, mentoring and intentional business design. Over the past 20 years, Deirdre has trained more than 5000 people on various topics, processes and change initiates. Deirdre is the founder and director of Agora Insights Ltd, a training, mentoring and consulting service provider for Business Analysts and Business Architects. Agora Insights is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) with the IIBA® and a Guild Accredited Training Partner™ (GATP™). Deirdre is a Certified Business Architect (CBA®) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®).

Recent Agora Insights course reviews

What our learners say

CBA® Business Architecture Pathway Programme Review

James Maile, Principal Business Architect

Having always been a bit skeptical about the value of certification learning programmes thinking they are often dull and not value for money, Agora's CBA Business Architecture Pathway Program proved me wrong. This course is a breath of fresh air and I value it for the following reasons: - Light-hearted easily understandable content broken into bitesize learning modules - Engaging learning material that is not death by text - Interactive practice tests available cross device so you can practice your knowledge wherever you are - The team are incredibly responsive to your learning needs should you want to know more about a specific area Recommend this course hugely for anyone looking to sit the BA Guild CBA exam

Online training as it should be

Pierre Wienke, Principal and Lead Business Architect

I came into this course for achieving Business Architecture Certification readiness. I stumbled in self learning with the BizBok only, watching webinars, and so on. This Programme, although very time extensive, really helped me, I could learn in my own pace, test my learning straight away, get immediate response what was right or wrong. This Programme is very very close to the BizBok, provides supplementary views, and what really showed up, was created with a lot of heart. I can (and will) recommend this to everyone, who wants to step on the Business Architecture road.

A great learning experience

Mike White CBA®

Earlier this month I was able to complete a goal I had set for myself a couple of years ago and FINALLY put an action plan together to achieve it during the pandemic. As of April 12th, I am a #CertifiedBusinessArchitect, #CBA through the Business Architecture Guild. Additionally a BIG shout out to Deirdre Caren and Agora Insights Ltd. for a great learning experience. Now on to applying and honing these new skills to create value for Verizon and its customers.

A high quality business architecture training program

Ovidiu Nanuti

CBA Business Architecture Pathway Programs is a high quality business architecture training program. The level of detail is appropriate for an asynchronous training. The training is ideal for those working full time in the business world and also for those aspiring to pursue a career in business architecture.

Top quality material!

Erick Nkili, Project Manager/Business Analyst

I was impressed by the quality of the training material offered by Agora Insight for the CBA training. The concepts are easily explained in a digestible format. I sincerely believe that this is probably the best Business Architecture training available on the market.

I got certified

Blair Richardson CBA®

Thanks for all the support Deirdre, your course was awesome at explaining things and identifying areas to focus effort on studying. Well put together, the initial modules regarding the core domains were in a lot of detail and provided a lot of understanding.

Quick grasp the core Business Architecture concepts

Andrew Robins

This course helped me to quickly grasp the core Business Architecture concepts, and understand how these are applied to solve real world problems. The course is a fantastic, practical guide to understanding the BIZBOK and getting certified. Deirdre is skilled, confident communicator with a wide ranging understanding of what practicing Business Architects need to know to gain the certification they need to match their experience

Thanks for creating a program to understand BIZBOK

Anil Srivastava

Thanks Agora Insights Ltd for creating the program to understand BIZBOK concepts and it's implementation in different scenarios. Deirdre Caren - Thank you!

Excellent course material

Swapnil Gandhi

I recently took the Certified Business Architect (CBA) exam from the Business Architecture Guild and happy to report that I passed :-) ! I enjoyed learning the nuances and intricacies of the Business Architecture discipline during my study and the exam was a really good experience to apply the principles from study to real world scenarios. A special thanks to Deirdre Caren and Agora Insights Ltd for the excellent course material and support during the course and answering all my questions/clarifications :-) !

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Some key things to know before you start the course.

Agora Insights Ltd, a Guild Accredited Training Partner™ (GATP™), helps ensure that the knowledge and skills being developed by the business architecture community are aligned with industry standards, leading to consistent practices. To achieve this, we develop our material based on A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK® Guide).

We recommend that you become a member with the Business Architecture Guild®. From there you will  have access to their own copy of the BIZBOK® Guide, prior to starting the course.  This is OPTIONAL but will assist in meeting the learning objectives. You will still be provided with additional learning materials and links to study guides.

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Have a question?

Look below for common frequently asked questions. For a full set of questions please click on the link.

Business Architecture Pathway Programme

  • What certificate will I get if I complete this course?

    Learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Agora Insights Ltd on successful completion of the course. Learner hours per module will be sent to the Business Architecture Guild®, on request, for those who want to gain CEUs.

  • How long will the course take?

    The course consists of 26 modules which are approximately 2.5 hours each. In total it should take the average student 65 hours to complete the video material. There are practice exam questions that can take 1- 2 hours per module, depending on your understanding.

  • Is the course live or on demand?

    The answer is both. The whole course is "on demand" and typically drip fed so that the learner can understand module by module. Additionally we offer optional live online mentoring sessions where learners can discuss the modules with the mentor. Typically the live sessions are scheduled, recorded and topic specific. Assignments are individually marked by your instructor.

  • What are course modules?

    We have broken the course into modules to explain specific areas of business architecture, in one sitting. Considering the field of business architecture can be substantial, we thought it best to break it up into bite size modules. This allows you to go back and focus on a particular area if required.

  • Will I be a CBA® after completing this course?

    You will get an Agora Insights certificate but we cannot issue you a CBA® certification. Agora Insights Ltd is a Guild Accredited Training Partner (GAPT) and helps you prepare for the exam but does not offer the CBA® exam. Application, registration and taking the CBA® exam is offered by the Business Architecture Guild® which is a separate organisation. It is at the sole discretion of, and the responsibility of, the learner to apply and complete this process. Agora Insights Ltd takes no accountability for any process being operated and managed by the Business Architecture Guild® including the application, membership and CBA® exam outcomes.

  • How much does this course cost?

    We have several pricing options to suit your needs. This includes subscription payments, payment plans and once-off discounted plans. Please contact us if you have financial hardship, so that we can review your case.

  • How long will I have access to the course bundle?

    You will have access for 1 year from when you purchase the course. This includes access to the library and practice tests.

  • What if I need more time to complete the course?

    If you need more access beyond 1 year, please email us at support@agorainsights.com - we review this request on a case-by-case basis.

Business Architects on average earn significantly higher salaries.

According to Salary.com as of May 28, 2020, the average Business Architect salary in the United States is $123,072 but the salary range typically falls between $112,551 and $134,101. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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