BUSINESS ANALYST COURSES & CERTIFICATIONS
IIBA® Endorsed Courses
|Course Title||PD Hours||Schedule & Booking|
|Business Analysis||28 (4 days)|
|Business Requirements Elicitation||21 (3 days)|
|Business Process Modelling||14 (2 days)|
|Data Analytics & Business Intelligence||14 (2 days)|
|Workshop Facilitation Skills||14 (2 days)|
IIBA® certification exam preparation courses:
|Course Title||PD Hours||Schedule & Booking|
|ECBA™ Exam Prep Course||21|
|CCBA® Exam Prep Course||21|
|CBAP® Exam Prep Course||35|
? While exams generally test your theoretical knowledge, business analyst courses offered by IRM Training complement this by focusing on the practical business application in the real world.
The IIBA® runs a formal program called the Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) program and IRM Training has been a founding, charter member since the program started in 2006.
To be eligible to sit on any IIBA® exam, applicants must first accumulate certain number of hours of Professional Development (PD Hours). All IRM Training‘s endorsed business analyst courses automatically qualify as Professional Development and the Certificate of Completion provided by IRM Training can be shown to IIBA® as proof.
Business Analysis Certification
Three organisations offer professional business analyst qualifications in Australia:
- International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
- British Computer Society (BCS)
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
IIBA® has the largest profile in Australia with over 4,000 local members.
The BCS qualification is well established (in the UK) and highly regarded but has had limited uptake in Australia. Some of their foundation level certificates can be obtained via online exams but these must be taken at approved testing centres.
PMI launched their business analysis qualification PMI Professional in Business Analysis PMI-PBA in the first half of 2014. The qualification is described by PMI as a business analysis qualification for project managers.
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
Founded in 2003, the IIBA® is a not-for-profit association and has its international headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Worldwide the IIBA® has over 29,000 members organised into country/city chapters. The Australian chapter held its inaugural meeting in July 2006 and now has branches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®)
The BABOK® is a reference guide to the most widely accepted business analysis practices and describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities, tasks and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution. It is not a methodology – it doesn’t specify how business analysis for a particular project should be performed – but it is a compendium of best practices that business analysts can refer to. The guide is free to IIBA® members. Non-members can purchase it via the IIBA® website.
Multi-Level Certification for Business Analysts
The qualification is obtained by sitting a one-hour online exam which consists of 50 multiple-choice questions based on the BABOK®. This exam can be taken at home with a desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone.
The exam fee for ECBA™ certification is $195 USD for individual members, $150 USD for corporate members or $350 USD for non-members, all payable directly to the IIBA®.
As of 31 August 2023, there were 10,282 people who have obtained the ECBA™ qualification.
Explore Endorsed ECBA™ Level Courses.
The qualification is gained by sitting a three-hour exam which consists of 130 multiple-choice questions based on the BABOK®.
As part of the CCBA® application process, you need to have undertaken 21 hours of Professional Development (21 PD Hours) in the past 4 years – Find Endorsed CCBA® Level Courses.
You will also need two references from a career manager, client (can be internal or external) or a CBAP® recipient.
The application fee for CCBA® is $145 USD and the exam fee is $250 USD for individual members, $205 USD for corporate members or $405 USD for non-members.
As of 31 August 2023, the IIBA® reports that 3,014 people have obtained the CCBA® qualification.
The qualification is gained by sitting an exam which is 3.5 hours long and consists of 120 multiple-choice questions that are case study based and are aligned to the BABOK®.
As part of the CBAP® application process, you need to have undertaken 35 hours of Professional Development (35 PD Hours) training in the past 4 years – Find Endorsed CBAP® Level Courses.
You will also need two references from a career manager, client (can be internal or external) or a current CBAP® recipient.
The application fee for CBAP® is $145 USD and the exam fee is $350 USD for individual members, $305 USD for corporate members or $505 USD for non-members.
The IIBA® reports that as of 31 August 2023, there were 18,821 people who held the CBAP® qualification.
As of January 2020, all IIBA® exams can be taken online using your own desktop or laptop.
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