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BCS Business Analysis for Business Analysts

BCS BA certifications

What is BCS Business Analysis (BA)?

BCS Business Analysis, formally known as ISEB Business Analysis, is a set of qualifications popular with professional business analysts.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is an accreditation body in the UK for IT professionals and engineers. It offers certifications in IT and management subjects such as business analysis (BA).

Route to becoming a qualified BCS business analyst

BCS offers business analyst qualifications from foundation level to expert. Each level is mapped according to the  SFIA industry-standard framework.

Foundation level

One of the modules in the foundation level is the  BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis course. It is for delegates who want to understand the basics of business analysis. Hence, there are no entry pre-requisites for this certification.

You can enrol in either a classroom training course or an online course.

You will learn and study:

  • The definition of business analysis;
  • The competencies of a business analyst;
  • The functions and processes of business analysis;
  • The business analysis process model, stakeholder analysis and management;
  • Business and financial cases;
  • Data and system analytics;
  • Research methods;
  • Requirements establishment;
  • The business solution delivery.

The exam is 40 multiple choice questions for one hour and the pass mark is 26/40 (65%).

Practitioner level

There are 7 modules in this level. 2 are core and the other 5 are selective. You will need 1 out of the 5 selective modules for the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

The 2 core modules are:

1. Business Analysis Practice

The BCS Business Analysis Practice course helps business analysts develop their practical skills in business analysis. There isn’t a prerequisite for this course, but you should have some practical experience of business analysis.

You will learn:

  • How to develop a business strategy;
  • How to explore a business issue;
  • How to apply business analysis techniques.

The exam is a one-hour scenario-based written examination. The pass mark is 25/50 (50%).

2. Requirements Engineering

The BCS Requirements Engineering course helps you to define and deliver business requirements for projects. There isn’t a prerequisite for this course, but you should have some practical experience of business analysis.

You will learn:

  • How to recognise the nature of the requirements;
  • How to record and prioritise requirements, and help resolve conflicting requirements;
  • How to link requirements to the business case.

The exam is also a one-hour scenario-based written examination. The pass mark is 25/50 (50%).

The 5 selective modules are:

  1. Benefits Management and Business Acceptance
  2. Systems Development Essential
  3. Systems Modelling Techniques
  4. Data Management Essentials
  5. Modelling Business Processes

At Knowledge Train, we offer the BCS Modelling Business Processes module. It helps you to identify, model and improve business processes in your organisation. There isn’t a prerequisite for this course, but you should have some practical experience of business analysis.

You will learn:

  • How to identify, analyse and model business processes at different levels;
  • How to create measures and opportunities for improvement.

The exam is also a one-hour scenario-based written examination. The pass mark is 25/50 (50%).

International Diploma in Business Analysis

This diploma is for business analysts who want to demonstrate they have a detailed understanding of business analysis.

To earn this qualification, you need to sit a 50-minute oral examination and pass four modules:

  • A knowledge-based  module, and that can be  Business Analysis Foundation (above);
  • Two core modules which are  Business Analysis Practice (above)  and  Requirements Engineering (above);
  • A practitioner module, which could be for example  Modelling Business Processes (above).

Professional level

In the professional level, you get to study the following modules:

A. Analytical skills specialisms:

  • Business Architecture;
  • Advanced Requirements Engineering;
  • Data Analysis;
  • Agile Business Analysis.

B. Business skills specialisms:

  • Business Finance;
  • Benefits Planning and Realisation.

C. People Skill Specialisms:

  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Team Leadership.

Consultant level

You could be awarded an Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis if you:

  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in business analysis;
  • Contribute to the BA community;
  • Pass an oral exam;
  • Complete four  professional  level modules from the following:
    1. One  analytical  skills specialism
    2. One  business  skills specialism
    3. One  people  skill specialism
    4. One  analytical  or  business  skills specialism of your choice.

This is for senior business analysts and it recognises business analysis experience and expertise.

Expert level

To gain the  Expert BA Award, you will go through:

  • A formal assessment;
  • A project assignment;
  • An interview.

This is award is the highest level in business analysis. It recognises your high skills and expertise. It validates a business analyst’s ability to:

  • Conduct complex business analysis activities;
  • Engage with senior stakeholders;
  • Improve the organisation at a strategic level.

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