The MOD Architecture Framework (MODAF) is a specification of how to represent an integrated model of an enterprise, from the operational/business aspects to the organisations and systems that provide capability, with appropriate standards and programmatic aspects .
MODAF provides a rigorous method for understanding, analysing and specifying capabilities, systems, systems of systems, organisational structures and business processes. Use of MODAF within the MOD, and by its contractors, implies a new way
of working that needs to be supported by effective tools and methods. Initial versions of these methods will be developed through early adoption within architecture development activities and communicated through education and training courses across the MODAF user community. Examination of initiatives similar to MODAF suggests that certification has a potentially valuable role to play in formalising the way in which MODAF may be practiced and supported. Early work on MODAF certification during the development phase of the MODAF programme resulted in a MODAF Certification white paper . The white paper addressed the potential requirement for certification across:
• Training courses.
The white paper enabled a dialogue to be initiated with stakeholders both within the MOD and in industry regarding the potential benefits from MODAF certification and alternative certification approaches. The approaches to certification used in several related fields (including UML and DoDAF) were reviewed. The main conclusion of the paper was that there are mature models for certification
of individuals and training courses but that further work was needed to determine the
best mechanism and criteria for certifying architecture support tools for MODAF.