SABSA Advanced Modules

The Unique Value of SABSA Institute Advanced Modules

The SABSA Chartered Architect programme is a true Professional Certification awarded by the SABSA Institute, the global governing body for the SABSA method.  It provides employers and peers with confidence and assurance that a successful candidate has demonstrated in practical terms the real competence and ability to:

  • Analyse and assess business problems and business-driven requirements;

  • Apply, modify and customise the SABSA method to strategise and innovate specific solutions to meet the unique requirements of their organisation, culture and sector;

  • Design and create the work-product required to establish and operationalise SABSA for the solution strategies in their unique environment;

  • Assess, evaluate and test concepts and theories by populating the work-product they design for real-world application;

  • Apply and measurably demonstrate their skills under the pressure of examinations.

SABSA Advanced Module Competency Development

The SABSA Institute Professional Competency Framework is created from Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Levels.  Advanced modules are not about mere knowledge – knowledge about SABSA has already been developed and tested at Foundation Level (SCF certification) – they are about the development and demonstration of competence to apply SABSA and achieve valuable results for the benefit of the organisation and the individual.

Pre-Requisites to Participating in Advanced Course Modules

There are no mandatory pre-requisites for attending SABSA Advanced Modules or for sitting the Institute’s Advanced examination module on completion of the courses. However, Foundation Level knowledge and comprehension of SABSA are required and assumed – this module will not repeat SABSA Foundation materials in-depth and it is therefore strongly recommended that attendees should be SCF certified before attempting this module.

The principal audience for this module is candidates seeking a SABSA Chartered Practitioner Certificate (SCP) or the SABSA Chartered Master Certificate (SCM) for which the SABSA Chartered Foundation Certificate (SCF) is a pre-requisite. Candidates passing an Advanced Module examination without first passing the Foundation Module examination (statistically extremely few) cannot use the SCP professional designation until they also pass the Foundation examinations.

Those who have also gained field experience of using their Foundation Level training in a work situation will benefit most from attendance at a SABSA Advanced course.

Advanced Module - Course Delivery Methodology

Advanced modules are heavily practical in nature and the techniques used to develop and demonstrate Advanced competencies include:

  • Presentation of advanced issues, concepts, models & approaches

  • Individual and group research

  • Q&A based on research

  • Open forum discussions

  • Coaching & mentoring

  • Workshops based on case studies to apply techniques

  • Group & individual analysis

  • Group presentations

Candidates may desire to perform additional work outside of course hours.

The Institute requires that your course facilitator is a highly-experienced SABSA Chartered Master Architect (SCM) and, although group presentations are included in the courses, they are not based on extensive lecturing.  The primary function of the facilitator is to guide, mentor and assess the work of small syndicate groups or individuals, each of whom may be creating different work-product applicable to the specific challenges of their organisation, culture or sector.

SABSA Institute Advanced Examination Format

The examination approach for a SABSA Advanced Course is totally different from that used at Foundation Level.  Candidates are required to demonstrate advanced competencies to use the SABSA method and framework.

The examination is therefore entirely “open book” and project-based.  Examination papers contain 5 questions from which candidates must choose 2 to answer.  Using examples from real working environments, or by creating a case study, or a combination of both, candidates are required to assess issues, evaluate solution approaches, and customise and apply the SABSA method and framework to create and populate appropriate SABSA work-products (techniques, tools, templates, models, frameworks, etc.).

Examination answers must be provided within 4 weeks of the examination date.

Requirement for Personal Computers

Due to the nature of Advanced course modules and examinations it required that participants bring personal computing devices in order to create, discuss, share, populate and store personal work product in portable, editable form, such that it can be applied extensively:

  • In the candidate’s place of work;

  • In the preparation and submission of the candidate’s examination answers.

Candidates are responsible for ensuring the computing devices they use are pre-loaded with all software that may be appropriate to their needs including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and diagramming tools.

Current SABSA Advanced Modules Outlines

Module A1 – Advanced SABSA Risk Assurance & Governance

Module A3 – Advanced SABSA Architecture & Design