How does Metaplexity Associates support students?

Students who participate in our courses are provided with a variety of learning resources such as:

About 1-2 weeks prior to class start we share a student web site with our enrolled students. The breadth of materials in the overall body of knowledge being taught exceeds the time available in the class. is beyond the length of the class.
In the same pre-course period we supply the students with a Case Study. This case study contains a set of facts and circumstances which are used in the class. This is a multi-page document that supplies enough information to clearly lay out the problem at hand, the people involved, the current objective and facts necessary for the students to advocate for the solutions the feel are appropriate. This has a real world feel to it because in the real world there can be multiple approaches to a problem which can be supported by multiple facts. In some instances there is no “right” answer, there is only good thinking.
Your student workbook follows the curriculum being taught and contains multiple types of exercises designed to check and confirming your understanding of the material. You will review some of the exercises in class and some will be on your own in the evening.
Exercises vary in the course and in the workbook. Some exercises directly follow the course content and are designed to help review. Review exercises focus on the conformance requirements associated with the course. Some exercises use small group techniques based on course materials and the Case Study.
The workbook’s answer key is provided to offer extra support during self-study and when our creative students enlist their family and friends to quiz them in the afternoon and evening after the daily class.
Our current curriculum is version 3.1 and is the 7th revision of the course. We know that following the sequence in the Conformance Requirements is a poor way to learn the material. Rote memorization of over (xxx) discrete items is nearly impossible. The standards documents our courses are based on are generally structured for reference and not sequenced for learning the subject. We deliberately sequence the curriculum to build understanding toward an exam and to support effective use of the material upon return to work.
Each course participant receives a set of practice exams provided by The Open Group. Metaplexity Associate’s staff have participated in the development of the standards and the certification exams in the subjects we teach.

You may find other practice exams from other sources. However, many of these practice exams don’t follow the standard conformance requirements. Some of the sites on the internet are illicit “exam dump” sites. Evidence that a candidate has accessed such sites can result in disqualification from certification.

Although we were involved in the writing of the exam questions we do not “teach to the test.” We work to illustrate how the standard is applied in the broader context.

How hard is TOGAF to learn?

You will work hard. We are here to help. You will be proud of your work once you are certified. The Open Group specifies the minimum learning requirements. There are many learning objectives The Open Group requires you to understand in the current version, TOGAF 9. Students tell us they have taken a variety of IT certification courses in the past and most say that becoming Certified in TOGAF is the most difficult course they have taken. Some compare it to a graduate level course.

How long does it take?

Foundation Level knowledge courses can be completed in two days. This is the lower tier which demonstrates basic knowledge of the material and terminology used. This is usually recommended for support staff and non-architects working with or around the architecture group in the organization.

Certification courses normally take four days. These are the certification courses architects take. We present a massive amount of information in four days which comes together nicely as the course proceeds. The information is organized to establish basic concepts. Then we build on the concepts. Then we walk through the methodology using the concepts from the first part of the course.

Workshop courses take five days and are unique. We follow an extended outline based on the four day course with extra time spent on areas students struggle with and added content where additional knowledge makes TOGAF easier to work with. We also give students the opportunity to work with their knowledge during the workshop by presenting and discussing parts of the materials to their classmates.

How do I get my employer to let me go to training?

We have a blog article here that gives some support for making your case. TOGAF’s popularity has grown dramatically in the past two years. The case for TOGAF is becoming easier to make.