Closer look at these Business Analysis Certifications
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As I mentioned earlier in my discussion around the ISEB certifications, these certifications are great because it is modular and can be tailored to your specific career path as a business analyst. Having completed many of these certifications myself, I can confidently say that they are very relevant and of a very high standard. They are certainly based on industry best practice and practically applied in your real project life!
Foundation based Certifications
These are great internationally recognised certifications to obtain before delving into anything too specialised. It provides a great foundation for Business Analysts who are either just starting their careers or experienced Business Analysts with limited formal qualifications.
- IT Enabled Business Change
- Business Analysis – Sneak preview course information
- Commercial Awareness – Sneak preview course information
Entry Requirements: No specific entry requirements to sit the exams for foundation based certifications. Although it is recommended to do an online, self help or classroom based course, this is not mandatory.
Practitioner based Certifications
- Certificate in Benefits and Business Acceptance
- Certificate in Business Analysis Practice – Sneak preview course information
- Certificate in Data Management Essentials Sneak preview course information
- Certificate in Modelling Business Processes
- Certificate in Requirements Engineering – Sneak preview course information
Entry Requirements: No specific entry requirements to sit the exams for practitioner based certifications. Although it is recommended to do an online, self help or classroom based course, this is not mandatory.
If you wanted to obtain a higher formal Business Analysis qualification, this is the ultimate outcome of all your ISEB certifications. It has minimum requirements of certifications to be completed and entails an oral exam with a designated examiner. The oral exam is based on your ability to apply your knowledge to your role as business analyst in practice.
- BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
Entry Requirements: There are some entry requirements which you should research before embarking on this Business Analysis career path development journey.
*Just to highlight that all the information on these certifications and associated course materials, sample exam questions and answers are purely based on my opinions and experience. It is not official material or content directly provided by the ISEB or BCS.