Agile Business Analyst certification (AgileBA)

The best agile business analyst certification is the Agile BA certification from APMG.

APMG accredited training organisation for Agile BA (Agile Business Analysis).

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AgileBA certification

What is AgileBA?

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certification was developed by APMG International in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium to teach the skills needed to become a proficient agile business analyst.

The Agile Business Analyst

Traditionally, the business analyst role on projects involved studying the business needs of an organisation and devising solutions to business problems.

Business analysts operate at different levels within the organisation. They can be involved at the strategic level as a business architect, developing vision, mission, and objectives. They may also be involved at the tactical level by helping to define programmes of work where solution development projects take place.

Often, a business analyst is involved in:

  • Strategic analysis
  • Business capability modelling
  • Process and value stream mapping
  • Skills and competency mapping
  • Process re-engineering
  • Data definition
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Requirements engineering
  • Defining cost-effective business solutions.

Why AgileBA?

Introducing an Agile approach has a big impact on the business analyst role, including their skills and ways of working. Whilst existing skills are still valuable, new skills and methods are required to harness the benefits of agile ways of working, including:

  • Collaborative working with the customer
  • Incremental delivery or value early
  • Accepting that not everything can be understood at the beginning, but can be understood as work progresses
  • Defining details only when it is required
  • Empowering people to make decisions at the right level.

AgileBA guidance

AgileBA training courses are based on the AgileBA Handbook, published by the Agile Business Consortium – an independent professional body dedicated to advancing business agility through a defined set of professional standards and practices.

The Agile Business Consortium was created in 1994 to create new, innovative agile practices and was one of the driving forces behind the growing popularity of agile methods.

Through their long-term partnership with APMG, the Consortium has certified over 150,000 agile practitioners around the globe in DSDM, AgilePM®️, AgilePgM®️, AgileBA®️, AgilePfM, and AgileDS certifications and is one of the leading names in Agile certification.

Benefits of applying AgileBA guidance

For organisations

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) provides organisations with a standard approach to executing agile projects, because the approach is aligned with AgilePM and AgilePgM.

Implementation of the Agile Business Analyst guidance provides these advantages:

  • Provides both Agile and traditional project managers (who often also have business analysis responsibilities) and Scrum developers with an understanding of the agile business analyst role in addition to educating them about Agile techniques
  • On Scrum teams, AgileBA fills the gap of lacking a business analyst perspective because there is no defined BA role for Scrum developers
  • Scrum Product Owners will benefit from the Agile development skills delivered during an AgileBA course.
For individuals

Agile Business Analyst guidance and training provides agile business analysts with the tools they need to adopt an Agile approach.

Agile Business Analyst guidance gives advice on focus and value-delivery and guidance on working with business stakeholders, developers, testers and outlines the skills needed to deliver solutions incrementally.

Agile Business Analyst guidance equips business analysts with techniques to incorporate Agile approaches into a programme and to align change with organizational objectives.

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Is AgileBA certification popular?

Is AgileBA certification popular?

The growing use of Agile (through frameworks such as AgilePM) has had a significant impact on how businesses operate. Agile can be applied to almost any project, contributing to its popularity.

Adopting agile practices for the first time presents certain challenges. These problems are most frequent in organisations that have relied exclusively on traditional methodologies or have never followed an established methodology.

Merging old with new

Businesses which are new to agile may not understand the benefits business analysis can deliver. For example: Can existing tools, best practices, and insights generate the same amount of value in an agile context?

Likewise, those business analysts who are new to agile must develop an understanding of how to perform their role within a rapidly changing agile environment.

AgileBA certification seeks to resolve both issues by examining the role of business analysts and how the role can work within agile project contexts.

Tested and proven

The Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) framework delivers tested, proven and demonstrably effective tools for agile business analysis. In addition, it provides a point of reference for organisations, clarifying the role of the agile business analyst, so they may continue to create value in agile environments.

The Agile Business Consortium, together with APMG has certified over 150,00 agile practitioners. AgileBA is known worldwide as one of the foremost agile certifications.

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What are the levels of AgileBA certification?

What are the levels of AgileBA certification?

There are 2 levels of Agile Business Analyst certification: the entry-level AgileBA Foundation certification and the intermediate AgileBA Practitioner certification.

AgileBA Foundation

AgileBA Foundation certification is aimed at the following:

  • Practicing business analysts unfamiliar with agile
  • Those wanting to start a career in agile business analysis
  • Senior members of staff (e.g. product owners or line managers) who might benefit from a deeper understanding of the agile business analyst role.
AgileBA Foundation exam

The AgileBA Foundation certification exam has these features:

  • Style:Multiple-choice
  • Questions:50
  • Pass mark:50% (25/50)
  • Duration:40 minutes
  • Materials allowed:Closed-book
  • Prerequisites:None.

AgileBA Practitioner exam

AgileBA Practitioner certification is aimed at the following:

  • Students already holding an AgileBA Foundation certification
  • Practicing business analysts wanting to learn how to work in agile projects.
AgileBA Practitioner exam

The AgileBA Practitioner certification exam has these features:

  • Style: Objective-test
  • Questions: 4 (20 marks each)
  • Pass mark: 50% (40/80)
  • Duration: 150 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)
  • Prerequisites: AgileBA Foundation.

Benefits of AgileBA certification

AgileBA training and certification can help you:

  • Apply AgileBA principles and processes to agile projects
  • Use agile approaches when managing and prioritising requirements
  • Apply popular agile practices such as MoSCoW prioritisation, iterative development and timeboxing
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities within agile projects
  • Test, estimate and evaluate benefits delivery in agile projects.
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History of AgileBA

History of AgileBA


AgileBA is a recently created Agile business analysis certification scheme made possible through partnership between the Agile Business Consortium and APMG International. This certification is designed to address key concerns and teach applicable skills to agile business analysis professionals.

Agile Business Consortium

Formed in 1994 as the DSDM Consortium, it helped shape the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Rebranded in 2016 as the Agile Business Consortium, its efforts switched to address the wider context of business agility.

APMG International

APMG International is the primary partner of the Agile Business Consortium. APMG specialises in taking the principles, processes and frameworks described in the AgileBA handbook and other bodies of knowledge and turning them into applicable training schemes.

APMG accredits organisations to deliver training courses and consultancy services for a broad range of professional certification schemes.

Knowledge Train

Knowledge Train is an accredited training partner of APMG International and is regularly vetted to ensure our training services meet the high standards of training provision demanded by APMG International.

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AgileBA Foundation course details:

Course format

  • AgileBA Foundation training courses are available as instructor-led virtual classroom training.

AgileBA Foundation training includes

  • Virtual classroom training from an experienced agile business analyst
  • AgileBA Foundation course materials
  • AgileBA Agile Business Analysis Handbook
  • Sample AgileBA Foundation exams
  • AgileBA Foundation exam.

Course times

  • Virtual classroom training courses are held over a 3-day period from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

AgileBA Foundation learning outcomes

  • AgileBA Foundation training provides students with a basic understanding of the role of agile business analysts, the skills they require to work effectively within an agile project environment, and useful agile tools.

Course content

AgileBA Foundation courses cover some of the following topics:

  • The role of a business analyst in an agile world
  • Agile fundamentals and the agile business analyst
  • Stakeholders in agile projects
  • Requirements and user stories
  • Requirements planning, estimating, prioritisation
  • Agile modelling
  • Timeboxing and iterative development
  • Facilitated workshops.


  • None.
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AgileBA Foundation & Practitioner course details:

Course format

  • AgileBA Foundation & Practitioner training courses are available as instructor-led virtual classroom training.

AgileBA Practitioner training includes

  • Everything included in the AgileBA Foundation training
  • AgileBA Practitioner course materials
  • Classroom training from an experienced agile business analyst
  • AgileBA Practitioner sample exams
  • AgileBA Practitioner exam
  • 3-month free membership to the Agile Business Consortium after passing the Practitioner exam.

Course times

  • AgileBA Foundation & Practitioner instructor-led virtual classroom training is held over 4 days from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

AgileBA Practitioner learning outcomes

AgileBA Practitioner training teaches you how to apply the underpinning philosophy and principles of the DSDM Agile Project Framework to agile business analysis. Courses help students learn to apply and tailor the AgileBA approach to any given scenario.

Course content

AgileBA Foundation and Practitioner courses contain everything listed in the Foundation course plus an exam-prep workshop focusing on how to apply the topics learned at the Foundation level in a manner suitable for passing the Practitioner exam.


  • None, but students must pass AgileBA Foundation prior to sitting the AgileBA Practitioner exam.
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AgileBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why choose Knowledge Train over other course providers?

Knowledge Train only hires the most experienced business analysis professionals and certified AgileBA trainers to help deliver our world-class training.

Our virtual training classes are taught by the best AgileBA trainers in the UK. Each is a training expert with years of experience working in agile business analysis. They help deliver a high quality of virtual training you won’t find elsewhere!

If you’d like to sit in on a virtual classroom course and learn how we run our virtual classroom training, give our team a call at +44 (0)207 148 5985, and we’ll find you a place on our next available course.

Should I take an AgileBA Foundation or AgileBA Practitioner course?

AgileBA Foundation courses are best suited for:

  • Practicing business analysts wanting to learn to work in agile environments.
  • Agile team members wanting to become agile business analysts
  • Product owners and other senior members of staff who would benefit from an understanding of the role of an agile business analyst.

AgileBA Practitioner courses are best suited for:

  • Practicing business analysts
  • Anyone wanting to start a career in agile business analysis
  • Business analysts who want to become experts in agile business analysis.

How can I prepare for the courses?

If you’ve enrolled on an instructor-led virtual AgileBA course, we’ll provide introductory reading to help you familiarise yourself with basic terms and concepts before the course begins.

This reading should take no more than 3 hours and provides a basic overview of some of the topics you’ll encounter on your first day of training.

Is there any homework?

During your instructor-led virtual AgileBA course, our trainers will assign you homework of up to 3 hours at the end of each day.

Homework may include reading assignments, quizzes, and other beneficial revision exercises.

Does my AgileBA certification expire?

AgileBA Foundation certification does not expire and is valid for life. AgileBA Practitioner certification expires after 5 years. Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognised as ‘AgileBA Registered Practitioners’.

Maintaining the ‘Registered Practitioner’ status is achieved within 3-5 years by passing an AgileBA Re-registration exam which is the same format as the Practitioner exam and lasts for 2.5 hours.

Beyond the 5-year period, you will be required to complete the full Practitioner exam again to be reinstated as an AgileBA Registered Practitioner.

When do I receive my AgileBA manual?

If you live in the United Kingdom and have elected to study in an instructor-led virtual AgileBA course, we’ll send your manual to you via courier. We aim to ensure that it arrives 3 days prior to the start of your virtual training.

If you live outside the UK, we’ll provide you with a digital copy of the AgileBA Handbook via email. You can still elect to receive a hard copy of the AgileBA manual if you choose but must pay an additional postage fee.

When do I receive my AgileBA certificate?

All exam results and certifications are administered by APMG International via the APMG Candidate Portal.

AgileBA Foundation exam results and certifications will be given within 1 working day of submitting your exam.

AgileBA Practitioner exam results and certification will be given within 3 working days of submitting your exam.

When can I take my AgileBA exam?

If studying through on an instructor-led virtual AgileBA course, your instructor may set aside time during training hours within which to take the exam.

However, you are not obligated to sit the exam at this time and can book your AgileBA exams whenever it is most convenient for you.

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