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Topic # 185894 9-Dec-2015 09:25
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I am considering getting myself TOGAF certified next year and will likely take some classroom training (probably in Wellington) to help me attain this.

A simple Google search throws up numerous options:

 

  • ALC
  • Auldhouse
  • Penos   (what were they thinking ??)
and I expect there may be others.

Anyone keen to share their opinions and experiences - good, bad or indifferent.  ( I appreciate it's probably not that different to schools, and the quality is often influence more by the teacher rather than the institution.)





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  Reply # 1444677 9-Dec-2015 18:28
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Not sure about the training here, I completed mine when I was in Bangalore. Attended the training with "CC and C Solutions", think they have their headquarters in Melbourne. That was a good one, I was able to complete the exam within 2 weeks of the training. I have few materials as well. PM me your email ID, shall try to send as much as possible or will upload to Dropbox and send you the link.


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  Reply # 1446670 9-Dec-2015 19:00
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I self studied, took months to study and learn things. There are good sample exams available online - Google will find them. TOGAF certification is mostly a memorisation process, though if you're lucky you may learn something useful. TOGAF is not a practical qualification.




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  Reply # 1447026 10-Dec-2015 11:18
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Thanks all.

timmmay: ... TOGAF certification is mostly a memorisation process, though if you're lucky you may learn something useful. TOGAF is not a practical qualification.


Hmm, this makes me wonder if I should re-think if TOGAF will be useful for me.  I've recently started a new job in an architecture team, albeit in a service management design role so a bit different from the more technical architecture focus.  My manager asked me to consider what training I'd like. TOGAF came to mind as it aligns with what the other (technical) architects in the team have been doing.  Your comments are making me think if my time and energy, and the organisation's money, could possibly be better spent elsewhere, maybe some further ITIL training/certification may be more relevant.





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  Reply # 1447030 10-Dec-2015 11:23
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TOGAF is the main qualification architects are expected to have in NZ. It's an EA qualification, and there are useful bits of information in there, but the exam is really about memorisation. There really needs to be two courses - #1 how to pass TOGAF, and #2 how to use TOGAF in practice. It does define a common vocabulary. It defines heaps of pointless diagram types. Maybe with the qualification then mentoring by experienced architects it'd end up being useful for you.

I did self study so my experience could be different from others. A guy I know did the course, spent a week reading about it, then passed. Self study is cheaper but much much slower, though I did end up with near perfect marks.

If your work will pay for a course and give you time to study I think it's worth having, even if just to put on your CV.




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