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BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

The perfect starting point for upcoming Business Analysts. Learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to kick-start your career as a BA.

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BCS Accredited Training Partner
IIBA Endorsed Education Provider
Assist Training Partner
R14320

BCS Exam INCLUDED

Land your first Business Analyst job
Build the knowledge & skills you need
Get hired & hit the ground running

We help you get your first Business Analysis job and hit the ground running. Here’s how.

Breaking into Business Analysis is hard - excelling at the job is even harder. To succeed as a BA you need to think critically, be data-oriented and a great communicator. That’s why we’re here.

Who's this course for?
Junior BAs, subject matter experts or anyone working on business or IT change projects, wanting a solid foundation in Business Analysis. Choose to do just the coursework and take the exam later, or do them as a bundle. Trust us to help you take that first step toward a career in Business Analysis!

What you'll learn
With the Foundation in Business Analysis course, your instructor, [Joe Newbert], will cover all the business analysis tools and in-demand techniques in one easy-to-learn, powerful course. His practical insights will save you valuable time and get all the context you need to serve a best-practice approach that defines and delivers the right requirements every time.

If you're working towards your IIBA® certification, this course counts 21 PD hours/CDUs.

Petrus Morobi

I was surprised by the number of tools I learnt that I didn't even know existed. And their effectiveness was a massive takeaway. BAs should start here to get all the basics.

Arlene Cloete

This is the course for aspiring business analysts and for people wanting to transition from non-BA roles to the BA role. I always recommend when asked by colleagues and newbies!

Janine Buis

My biggest learning was how to use the various tools and techniques to do my job better.

What you'll learn

Put all the Business Analysis fundamentals into action to create the business change you desire. 

LEARN THE FULL SPECTRUM OF BUSINESS ANALYSIS

Gain the fundamental techniques that underpin the business analyst role

BUILD CRITICAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

Recognise the skills and competencies required of the business analyst

CHANGE THE BUSINESS WITH STRATEGY IN MIND

Describe how a business strategy is considered, facilitated and developed

APPLY A UNIVERSAL PROCESS MODEL TO YOUR WORK

Adopt a business analysis process model approach to business change initiatives

KNOW HOW TO USE 103 MUST HAVE TECHNIQUES

Investigate the current situation and capture business system issues

CONSIDER PERSPECTIVES TO MOBILISE YOUR STAKEHOLDERS

Business Perspectives

Uncover the various perspectives of individuals interested in the change

FIND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems

CREATE SOLUTIONS THAT SATISFY BUSINESS NEEDS

Elicit, analyse, specify, validate and manage IT system requirements

PUT TOGETHER A WORTHWHILE BUSINESS CASE

Describe the contents of a business case and the feasibility assessment

Have a question? Get in touch and we'll walk you through it.

BCA has shaped the careers of 539 delegates from over 134 companies.

See what's covered over the 3 days:

DAY ONE

1. Rationale for business analysis
Origins and evolution of business analysis; scope of business analysis work; role and responsibilities of the business analyst

2.Competencies of a Business Analyst
Personal qualities, business knowledge, and professional techniques; development of business analysis competencies

3. Strategic context for business analysis
Strategic context; definition of strategy; strategy development; external and internal environment analysis; SWOT analysis; executing strategy.

4. Business analysis service framework
Series of business analysis services; stages of the business analysis process model; objective, procedure activities, and techniques for each stage.

DAY TWO

5. Investigating the business situation
Initiating a business analysis study, defining terms of reference; business and project objectives; deliverables from business analysis studies

6. Analysing and managing stakeholders
Identifying and categorising stakeholders; analysing stakeholders; stakeholder management strategies; stakeholder perspectives; business activity models.

7. Improving business services and processes
Functional and process views of the organisation; value propositions; as-is process models; improving business processes; to-be process models.

8. Defining the solution
Gap analysis; introduction to business architecture; definition of business architecture; business architecture techniques.

DAY THREE

9. Making the business case
Business case in the project lifecycle; identifying options; assessing feasibility; structure of a business case; investment appraisal techniques.

10. Establishing the requirements
Requirements engineering framework; actors in requirements engineering; requirements elicitation, requirements analysis; requirements validation.

11. Documenting and modelling requirements
Structure and content of a requirements document; requirements catalogue; types of requirements; modelling system functions.

12. Validating and managing requirements
Approach to validation – document review and sign-off, backlog and refinement; requirements management components; traceability.

13. Delivering the requirements
Delivering the solution; context for requirements; software development life-cycles – waterfall, V-model, incremental and iterative.

14. Delivering the business solution
Delivering the solution; context for requirements; software development life-cycles – waterfall, V-model, incremental and iterative.

EXAM

15. BCS Foundation in Business Analysis Examination
Sit the BCS Foundation in Business Analysis certificate multiple choice examination, which is scheduled separately for a time of your choosing.

Hear how our alumni are delivering business change

November 15, 2018

Allie Mapker is Application Support Lead at FiveFriday and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course. Allie

December 20, 2018

Phillip Mlotshwa is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course. Phillip

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