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CEA Credential Renewal Instructions

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ZCEA and CEA Credential Renewal Instructions:

The following is guidance on what qualifies for Enterprise Architecture Development Units (EADUs) as part of the Zachman® and FEAC® enterprise architecture certifications. This guidance (published below) is intended to leverage the broad source of education and professional development opportunities you engage in as a professional as an active source of maintaining your certifications. With this refresh we are establishing a six month transition period for those alumni whose certification renewal has lapsed outside of the three year cycle. From 1 Oct to 1 April, Zachman and FEAC graduates may register their EADUs and submit their renewal fee regardless of the lapse in certification. After 1 April, alumni whose certification has lapsed will be required to take an online exam to re-qualify. If you have questions please send them to info [AT] feacinstitute [DOT] org.

FEAC™ has a triennial process for CEA credential renewals, similar to other professional organizations. Your EADU cycle begins on the month of graduation and you should begin filing and recording EA Development Units (EADUs) accruing 20 per year. For example, if you graduated, as a CEA, in April of 2013 your certification is active until April 2016. During this cycle you should be recording EADUs using the online submission form on your profile. In April 2016 you submit a request to renew your certification along with the administrative processing fee.  

Remember you need to document 20 EA Development Units per year for a total of 60 in a refreshment period, with member profiles updated, after payment of the CEA Fellow dues.

1) Log into feacinstitute.org

2) Under the menu My Account/My Profile then the EADU Submissions tab, fill out the form with how many EADUs you are claiming, the event for credit and the date. Click the “Green Plus” button to submit multiple EADU entries. These will post to your profile immediately. 

3) If you have submitted your 60 hours, and you are actually applying for CEA renewal and are looking to pay your $99 renewal fee, go to the My Account/Certification Renewal menu, click the link and you will be prompted to pay your renewal fee. Your request will be verified and processed by an administrator within 3-4 business days.


Certified Enterprise Architect: Maintaining Your Certification

Certification as either a Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect or FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) is an industry-recognized credential. You have worked hard to earn this prestigious milestone and need to adhere to FEAC’s continuing certification program to retain professional achievement.  To follow the program, you can participate in a range of professional development activities to earn Enterprise Architecture Development Units (EADUs). 

Every credential requires a specific number of EADU in different categories as a part of a three-year certification cycle. If YOU hold a ZCEA (level 1-4) and a CEA (or ACEA) your EADUs count towards both as a part of the triennial certifications.


EADU in a 3 year cycle

EADU Requirements per Categories

Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect (Level 1 Associate)


(5 EADUs per year)

Educational- 15

Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect (Level 2 Practitioner)


(10 EADUs per year)


Development of the Profession-10

Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect (Level 3 Professional)


(15 EADUs per year)


Development of the Profession-10

Consultant Engagement-5

Zachman Certified Enterprise Architect (Level 4 Educator)


(20 EADUs per year)


Development of the Profession-40

(10 must be in Category 5 creating new knowledge)

FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA)


(20EADUs per year)

Educational -40

Development of the Profession-20

FEAC Associate Certified Enterprise Architect (ACEA)


(10 EADUs per year)


Development of the Profession-10

EADU categories are intended to ensure your continuing professional development is focused on the broad acquisition of knowledge and engagement with the Enterprise Architecture Community.  Professional Development activities yield different numbers of EADUs, as illustrated below.

EADUs earned in excess of a single triennial cycle may be applied to the next cycle, but will still incur additional processing for review, acceptance and auditing of your professional development efforts. 

The following provides additional detail on the EADU categories and amplifying guidance.  Please note that you may be requested to provide documentation if your request for EADU’s is selected for audit. Accepted documentation normally consists of a copy of completion certificates, letter of attendance, registration forms, etc. This documentation is NOT retained beyond any specific audit. 


Education Category– The acquisition of knowledge is a key element of ensuring growth in the ability to apply EA concepts.  The following categories provide examples of the types of education you can receive credit for.

Category 1: Zachman/FEAC endorsed courses.

You can take courses officially provided by Zachman International or its education clearing house FEAC.  Courses include:

  • FEAC CEA or ACEA certification training.
  • Zachman ZCEA certification training
  • FEAC Continuing Education Courses.

EADU Guidance: Zachman/FEAC courses generally provide 2 EADU per Continuing Education Course.

Obtaining a second certification in either Zachman or FEAC provides 1.5  EADU for each 8 hours of instructional contact time.

Category 2: Continuing Education

Complete Courses in the following areas.

College credit Courses in the areas of:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Computer/Data Science
  • Business Analysis
  • Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • Program Management/General Management


Non-credit granting educational efforts include:

  • Massive Open Online Course offerings in the areas of the college credit areas listed above.
  • TOGAF certification training (independent of obtaining the certification)
  • IIBA certified provider training courses.
  • PMI certified providers (REPS) in the area of :
    • Agile Methodology
    • Risk Management
    • Portfolio Management
  • Six Sigma Training
  • Professional Courses in the field of Information Security or Information Security training. 

EADU Guidance: College Credit Courses generally grant 3 EADUs per course completed regardless of number of semesters or quarters granted.

Non-credit granting education efforts provide for 1 EADU per 8 hours of instructional contact.  These activities should result in a certificate of completion or some other formal means of documentation.

Category 3: Self-Guided Learning

Self-Guided learning are those engaged by a practitioner independent of any professional facilitation. These may involves research or study.

This includes activities such as:

  • Attendance at workshops or conference meetings.
  • Reading articles, peer journals or instructional manuals related to the field of EA.
  • Watching Video, podcasts or other related efforts not resulting in a certificate of completion.
  • May include being mentored by another EA professional.

EADU Guidance: Credit for this category is limited to no more than 10 EADUs in a cycle.

1/2 EADU is provided for each hour spent involved in self-guided learning.


Development of the Profession Category– The development of Enterprise Architecture as a profession is central to the Mission of Zachman International. 

Category 4: Working as an EA Professional

You may earn credit for being an active EA practitioner as a part of your company or in a non-compensated (e.g. volunteer) role as a part of providing support to others as an EA.

This can include:

  • Work as a compensated employee actively engaged in EA activities.
  • Volunteer work for a recognized EA organization.
  • Providing EA services to a recognized non-profit, not-for-profit or other charitable group.

EADU Guidance: Credit for this category is limited to no more than 15 EADUs in a cycle (5 per year).

1 EADU is provided for each hour non-compensated service. (e.g. volunteer)

1 EADU is provided for each 160 hours of compensated service.

Category 5: Creating New Knowledge

You may earn EADUs for creating or supporting the creation of knowledge in the area of Enterprise Architecture.

Examples of what this can include:

  • Authoring or co-authoring a peer-reviewed article
  • Authoring or co-authoring a non-peer reviewed article (this can include posts to LinkedIn, social groups etc.)
  • Serving as a speaker on an EA related topic (i.e. Zachman Framework, Model Based System Engineering, Strategic Planning etc.).
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert on EA or a related topic (e.g. Big Data, Decision Science, etc.).
  • Presenting in a webinar or podcast on the topic of EA or a related area.  (Must be publicly available either free or for purchase).
  • Creating education courses or training content in the area of Enterprise Architecture or related area. (Course work must be publicly available either free or for purchase).
  • Other

EADU Guidance: There is NO LIMIT for this category.

1 EADU is provided for each hour of activity. 3 EADUs are provided for publication of a peer reviewed article. 1 EADU is provided for publication of a non-peer reviewed article.


Consultant Engagement Category– Unique to the Zachman Level 3 certification is the requirement to maintain proficiency-supporting clients in the field of Enterprise Architecture. This category only applies to the Zachman Level 3 for the purposes of maintaining this unique designation in the field of EA.

Category 6: External Consultant

This requirement is unique to Zachman Level 3 certified Zachman consultant. Part of maintaining this certification is having at least 100 hours or more as a paid consultant for EA services.

EADU Guidance: Each 50 hours of paid consultancy provides 2.5 EADUs.

Proof of completion may be in the form of a redacted invoice or contract form. Contact Zachman International directly for more information.