Saturday, 1 April 2017

Business Analysis - Professional Qualifications - Foundation

Business Analysis - Foundation - Textbooks
Business Analysis - Foundation - Textbooks


For trainee and junior Business Analysts or for those seeking a career move - two entry level qualifications are widely recognised worldwide.

British Computer Society - Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

International Institute of Business Analysis - Entry Certificate in Business Analysis.

Here is some information that you will find useful - with links to find out more ......




British Computer Society - Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.

Entry Requirements:
None - open to all.

Recommended Textbook:
Business Analysis - 3rd Edition

Syllabus
BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis - Syllabus

Exam
One hour multiple-choice with 40 questions.

More information:
BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis - Info



International Institute of Business Analysis - Entry Certificate in Business Analysis.

Entry Requirements:
No previous BA work experience required.
21 hours of professional development in the last 4 years.
Agreement with the ECBA™ Code of Conduct.

Recommended Textbook:
A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge - Version 3

Syllabus
IIBA Entry Certificate in Business Analysis - Syllabus

Exam
One hour multiple-choice with 50 questions.

More information:
IIBA Entry Certificate in Business Analysis - Info



Study routes:
  • Classroom training course.
  • Online training course.
  • Self study.
  • A combination of these.
Which of these is best depends on you - and maybe how much money you can afford to spend.
I'd suggest starting with some self study.This won't cost you anything - other than your time - and will at least give you a feel for the subject matter.



Which of these foundation qualifications is the best option ?
It depends - both are widely recognised. It may depend on your chosen career path and your location.

For example the BCS certificate is probably more recognised in the UK whereas IIBA is more popular in the United States.In India and elsewhere - I'm not sure - please comment below this post if you have a view on this.

How to start ?
I would suggest these actions - before you spend any time and money.
  • Use the links above for more information.
  • Seek advice from other BAs.
  • Obtain a copy of the recommended textbook.
  • Evaluate training options and costs.
I've produced a few short presentations on Business Analysis Techniques.
These give an introduction to some of the topics for these qualifications - but not all.
I will be adding more in due course.
You can view these on YouTube - here:

Bite Size BA - Requirements Analysis - Fact Finding

Bite Size BA - Requirements Analysis - Stakeholder Analysis 

Bite Size BA - Requirements Analysis - Prioritising Requirements 

If you need further advice or information - I'd be happy to help.
Comment below or get in touch.



Steve McIntosh - Business Analyst

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Steve McIntosh. Business Analyst.
St Ives, Cornwall, UK.