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A list of Free Business Analyst training online

A list of Free Business Analyst training online

This article lists down a list of free business analyst training online. These courses are mostly video based except one of the them, which is text based.

In my research, I could not find a complete business analyst training course anywhere in a structured manner, chapter wise. But some websites did have multiple business analysis related videos and I have tried to put them in a sequence for easy viewing and comprehension.

This list of Free business analyst training online is compiled for professionals, who wish to become business analysts. These courses are no way comprehensive (Freebies can’t be), but they are good resources to get started.

IIBA Business Analyst Training resources

International Institute of business analysis (IIBA) is a leading certifying agency based in Canada. It conducts online webinars on business analysis topics. Some of these webinars are Free for everyone. I have selected a few of them. Go through these  in a sequential manner:

Becoming a Business Analyst

Seven steps to mastering business analysis

Capturing Requirements

Understanding Use cases

Prototyping

Modelling Data

Validating Requirements

LinkedIn Business Analyst Training resources (1-month Free Trial)

I found these videos to be well made with good explanations. There are multiple free videos and you need to scout through them to figure out, which ones are meant for entry level business analysts. So, I have made the list for you, which will get you started.

Start with: What is business Analysis?

Next: Requirements Elicitation & Analysis

Next: Handling Requirements in Agile Projects

There are many more videos available but you can access these videos for Free with 1-month trial only. I feel one month should be good enough to go through these videos.

Smart-BA Business Analysis training resources (PDFs and PPTs only)

Smart-BA has a resource page providing a list of business analyst training materials. These are PDFs or powerpoint presentations. The PDF documents are arranged in 3 chapters and are useful.

Module 1: Objective Analysis

Module 2: Scope and context analysis

Module 3: Functional requirements analysis

There are other resources as well on this page.You can visit other resources here.

Srinivas S’s business analyst training videos

This business analyst training is a 6-part series and is a recording of a classroom session. But recording is good and you can also view the presentation.

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGCzJ5HRqUs

Other videos are linked to this video and you can find links on Youtube page.

BAExeprts Business Analyst Training online

This page has more than 30 videos but again they are not listed in an order. So I have selected a few of the videos. Here is my list of business analyst training videos from this website.

Start with: Overview of Business Analysis for Information Technology

Next: An introduction to business analysis Techniques

Next:Business Analysis and System Development Methodologies (SDM)

Next:Business Analysis and Waterfall Methodologies

Next: Business Analysis and Agile Methodologies

Next: How to Identify stakeholders

Next: Business Process Analysis

Next: Business Data Modelling

Next: How to write data and process specifications

You can go through other videos as well once you have gone through these videos.

Bridging-the-gap Free business analyst training course

Laura Brandenburg, the founder of Bridging-the-gap offers a short course on business analysis providing guidance on business analysis career and some free tips.

This course requires a registration and you will receive the video links in the email.

Bridging the Gap Business analyst training page

TECHCANVASS’s Free Business analysis Fundamentals Course

Techcanvass also offers a free business analyst training online. These videos are recordings from the online training on business analyst certification course. These videos are listed on our Blog page in a particular order for better understanding.

I am reproducing the list here with links:

Module 1: What is business Analysis?

Module 2: Business Analyst role & responsibilities

Module 3: Understanding software development process Part-A

Module 4: Understanding software development process Part-B

Module 5: Software Development Process (SDLC Methodology) basics

Module 6: Understanding requirements, its types and common technoques

Module 7: UML requirements Modelling

Module 8: Verification and validation

This list may not be the most exhaustive list but I have tried to provide you a list of Free business analyst training online, which will help you in kick starting your BA career.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Course

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

ECBA Exam Simulator

ECBA Exam Simulator

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA with Investment Banking Domain

BA Training with Investment Banking

Which are the required skills for becoming a business analyst?

The Context

A common question for every business analyst aspirant is – What should I learn to get into this role? Which are the required skills for becoming a business analyst? Does it involve learning any programming skills?

The good news is that the minimum required skills (MRS) are actually not too complex to acquire and can be acquired with reasonable effort. Also, it does not involve any programming skills.

Required Skills for Business AnalystYou can become a business analyst in IT industry, even if you are:

a) A programmer

b) A testing professional

c) A UI Developer

d) A business development professional

e) A travel professional

f) An operations professional

Business Analyst role is one of the most promising one in the IT industry.

However, Please remember:

There is no shortcuts in life

Be ready for the initial 6-12 months grind, to lay a strong foundation for a great future. Once you spend the initial months applying the learnt skills, the journey becomes easier and quite rewarding.

So, what are the skills of a new business analyst?

Business analyst is a multi-faceted role. Success as a business analyst is dependent on multiple skills. If we look at the complete skill set for a business analyst, it may look like as shown below:

Business Analyst Skills

But to become a business analyst, you need a small sub-set of above shown skill set. We call it minimum required skills (MRS) for a new business analyst.

New Business Analyst Skills

 

I believe that these are just the right skills for an entry level business analyst, no matter which domain you are coming from?

Break down the skills for me

So, lets get into the specifics and break down these skills into 5. You must learn the following skills to be able to clear business analyst interviews:

a) Writing SRS/FS (Systems Requirements specifications or Functional specifications) document using customer requirements

b) Requirements modelling using UML or DFD/ER diagrams

c) Functional Testing

d) SQL Basics

e) Oral and written communication skills

I feel that these are the skills which should be able to help you clear any job interview provided you update your resume. Your resume is what recruiters look at and that is how you get a call for the interview.

How do I know if I have learnt the MRS skills?

You might acquire these skills either through a professional training course or self-learning. During your learning process, you should keep measuring/testing your knowledge regularly to check if you are going in the right direction?

Last but not the least, you should reach a stage where you are capable of preparing a requirements specifications (SRS) from business requirements. The SRS should be detailed enough to help developers develop the system.

Check this case study to detail out the requirements from business requirements:

Use Case case study – UML Modelling

 

Do I need any certifications?

Certifications provide credibility to your resume and is the only way to give confidence to the recruiter about your knowledge. IIBA, IREB and BCS are some of the organizations, which provide entry level certifications for business analysts. Read the following post to know more:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course with ECBA Certification

IIBA ECBA Training

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

Moving from Sales to Business Analyst

Moving from Sales to Business Analyst

Are you contemplating moving from sales to business analyst profile? If yes, then this article will provide you the approach to achieve your goal. IT industry needs business analysts from across the industry. It’s possible to shift from Sales as well as from other corporate streams.

We get similar queries from professionals from other domains as well. You can refer to them as well.

Having spent 8 yrs in Travel domain, can I now become a business analyst?

 

Strengths of a Sales Professional

As a sales professional, you may have one or more of the following strengths:

a) Interaction with the customer or the ability to interact with the customer

b) Understanding a customer needs and communicating it with your team

c) Helping your product/service team in creating a product/service addressing the customer needs

Why am I mentioning them? How is it relevant to the a business analyst role? To understand that let’s look at the role of a business analyst.

Role of a business analyst

Role of a business analyst is to gather the requirements from a customer and communicate it to the technical team to develop a solution addressing the requirements.

Business Analyst Role

As you can see in the diagram above, you may find something common with the role of a business analyst. However, there are specific skills needed to become a business analyst. Let’s try and understand the skills.

Which skills do I need as a business Analyst?

Business Analysts are in-fact cross-functional experts and can come from any industry.  Business analyst role hardly involves any programming. However, there are some key skills which you must acquire, before you can move into a business analyst role?

Techcanvass has defined a simple skill framework called CRAFT for business analysts. CRAFT defines four important skills for a Business Analysts.

Business Analyst Skills

Let me give a brief about these skills:

Communication Skills: One of the most important skills for business analysts is communication skills. BAs have to communicate with customer as well as tech team and to avoid information loss, good oral as well as written communication skills are critical. Since you are in Sales, you must be good in ‘C’.

Requirements Analysis and Modeling: The ability to understand, analyze and model requirements is another skillset, BAs have to be good at. Processing modeling using UML or DFD and Data Modeling using E-R diagrams are some of the techniques, which can be learnt.

Functional Knowledge: Understanding the business processes is another skill, which plays an important role in BAs career. For example, if you are talking to a Bank PM for developing a banking system, you need to understand basic processes and terminologies to be able to grasp, what does the customer want? Right.

Functional Testing: The last but not the least skill is the ability to validate the developed software with reference to the requirements.

The functional knowledge is not a mandatory skill to begin your career as a business analyst. You can enter the industry without business domain knowledge. However, it’s extremely important to keep learning about businesses, it’s going to be helpful.

Steps to move from sales to Business analyst profile

I have recently recorded a small video on this topic – moving from sales to business analyst. This video outlines and explains the steps needed to become a business analyst for a sales or business development professional.

All the Best

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About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Course

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

ECBA Exam Simulator

ECBA Exam Simulator

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA with Investment Banking Domain

BA Training with Investment Banking

Moving from Banking to a business analyst profile

Moving from Banking to a business analyst profile

In this article, I am going to discuss the steps required for moving from banking job to a business analyst profile in the IT industry. Business Analysts have a promising career in the IT industry in the current market. They work as an intermediary between the customer and the IT company for gathering requirements for a software project.

First of all, let’s understand the role of a business analyst first:

Role of an IT business analyst

An IT business analyst works with customer as well as technology team on a day-to-day basis. The diagram below shows high-level view of an IT business analyst role:

Business Analyst Role

Here is the summary of the role of an IT business analyst:

  • To interact with customer to understand their requirements
  • To convert the business requirements into detailed technical requirements for technology team
  • To co-ordinate with the technology team to explain the requirements
  • To validate the developed solution before handing over to the customer for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
  • To co-ordinate with the customer team and the technology team to facilitate UAT

So, what does it translate to? What skills do you need to acquire to be able to move to a BA role?

Business Analyst Skills Requirements

What are the basic skills required to become a business analyst? Techcanvass has formulated CRAFT framework to show the requisite skills for an entry level business analyst.

Business Analyst Skills

Communication Skills: Business analyst works as an intermediary between the customer and the IT technical team. This means that a BA must be strong as far communication skills is concerned. Both written and oral communication skills are important as a BA needs to prepare requirements specifications document. They also need to interact with the customer.

Requirements Related Skills: A business analyst spends considerable time working on requirements. A BA must be good with understanding the merits of software development methodologies, UML, User Stories etc.

Functional/Domain Skills: Understanding the business domain is a definite advantage for every business analyst. This helps in understanding the requirements better.

Banking and financial services is one of the domains (Referred to as BFSI) is the leading sector outsourcing IT projects. So if you are strong in that domain, your movement to a BA role is easier. As you have a retail baking background, you have a definite advantage.

Testing Skills: The business analyst performs the final round of testing before a software application is given to the customer for user acceptance testing. A BA should be familiar with testing techniques.

Business Analyst Certification

Certifications don’t guarantee a job but it plays an important role in getting your resume shortlisted. If you don’t have any experience in a particular profile (in BA profile), you need to have a certification in your resume.

IIBA (International Institute of business analysis) is a Canada based organization providing business analysis certifications. They offer ECBA (Entry certificate in business analysis) for entry level business analysts.

Know More about the ECBA certification below:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Facing Business Analyst Interviews

Once you have completed the first two steps, you need to modify your resume. It’s important to add specific key terms and activities to align your resume.

The final step is to upload your resume on job sites and start appearing for the interviews.

Business Analyst Interview question on Requirements Gathering / Elicitation

 

Summarizing

To summarize, you need to acquire the skills mentioned above as well as get the IIBA ECBA certification. In addition to that, you need to dress up your resume so that it gets aligned to the business analyst profile.

Once you have completed all the steps, start facing the interviews.

All the best.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Course

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

ECBA Exam Simulator

ECBA Exam Simulator

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA with Investment Banking Domain

BA Training with Investment Banking

How to become a Business Analyst?

How to become a Business Analyst?

We have published a step-by-step guide on – How to become a business Analyst? This guide is written with the purpose of enabling you to plan your approach for becoming a business analyst.  This guide will also help you determine, if business analyst profile suits you based on your traits. The guides starts with busting some myths about the business analyst role.

This guide is published on Kindle as well. This first kindle edition was launched in January 2017.

This guide delves into the following topics:

  • Role of a Business Analyst
  • Misconceptions about Business Analyst profile
  • Questions to ask before you start
  • Skills of a Business Analyst
  • Skills wise resources to get you started

In this post, I am going to re-produce some of the sections of the book for your benefit. In the end of this post, you get access to the book, you just need to register with us.

Role of a Business Analyst

Business analysts are involved in helping a customer/business organization develop a software solution. BAs play the role of an intermediary between the customer and the technology team as shown in the image below:

Role of a Business Analyst

Business analysts interact with the customer team to understand their requirements for the software application. They document the requirements so that technology team can develop the software using the document as a reference. Once the software is ready, business analysts test the software before giving it to the customer for accepting it.  So, the role of a business analyst does not involve any kind of programming but working knowledge of Structured Query language (SQL) is required.
For a more detailed discussion on Business analyst role, career path, skills and certifications, you can watch the video in another post, as indicated below:

Business Analyst career and growth path

Misconceptions about Business Analyst Profile

I come across these misconceptions often during my discussions with business analyst aspirants. Lack of awareness or misplaced information are the primary reasons for these misconceptions. So, I decided to bust some of these myths in this planning guide:

Only IT Professionals can become Business Analysts

Business Analyst Myth

This is nowhere close to the reality. In fact, professionals from other industries have no disadvantage as far as BA role is concerned. This role, in fact requires a thought process, which is more business oriented than IT oriented. Why? That’s because you are going to be entrusted with understanding the business requirements from the customer. Obviously, this does not need you to be an IT professional as you are not dealing with technical requirements but business requirements as stated by non-IT professionals (mostly).

However, you do need to understand software development processes and analysis techniques in order to convert the business requirements into technical requirements. Anybody can learn these techniques and with systematic practice, can master them as well.

Later in this guide, I will discuss a breakdown of specific topics which needs to be learnt.

You need to learn programming

This is completely untrue, you need not learn programming (in the truest sense) at all. As far as you are concerned, you don’t need to learn programming at all to become a business analyst.

However, SQL (Structured Query Language), the language to query the database, needs to be learnt partly so that you can use it to validate the data from the data base. We have created a 3-part SQL tutorial for the beginners and you will see that it’s not very difficult to learn that.

Business Analyst = Business Analytics, really?

This is again far from reality. Business Analyst, in our context, deals with customer requirements and functional testing. On the other hand, Analytics deals with data and more specifically – it is the science of making sense of the data.

Let’s take some examples. Retail chains use analytics to determine – how to stack products based on customers buying pattern. Analytics is also used to offer co-branded credit cards for consumers. That’s because consumers in a particular category use certain services regularly. So you can see banks issuing credit cards co-branded with Jet Airways or Amazon. These products are based on recommendations done by analytics engines using various statistical analysis. So, analytics is very promising field,  yet very different from business analyst profile, we are talking about specially at the entry level.

My concern is that we are pushing aspirants who are looking to get into requirements analysis and modelling into data analysis and modelling.

However, I must mention that if you like to play with data, analytics domain is excellent. Be sure about your aptitude before jumping on to the bandwagon.

How to get the book

Kindle Edition

The Kindle edition of the book is available on Amazon.

How to become business analyst?

 

E-BOOK PDF Edition

The book is also available for FREE on our website with a simple registration. You will receive the link immediately after the registration.

How to become Business Analyst guide

 

About the Author

Abhishek Srivastava

Abhishek Srivastava is a seasoned IT professional with diverse experience in Banking, Insurance, Utility and Education domains. Managing large accounts, Program management, & Business Analysis has been his forte, having done so for customers like ICICI Bank, NTPC & many other International customers. In the past, he has worked with companies like Mastek and 3i Infotech Ltd (erstwhile ICICI Infotech Ltd).
An NIT (Erstwhile REC)/IIM Kozhikode graduate, now as an entrepreneur, he is pursuing his dream of creating an organization for providing quality training in the fields of Business Analysis & Automation Testing.
His other areas of interest are Business Analysis consulting and taking guest lecture at engineering and management colleges.

 

Business Analysis Fundamentals

Business Analysis Fundamentals

In this tutorial, you will learn business analysis fundamentals from the very basics. This tutorial covers the basics of business analysis, the role and responsibilities of a business analyst and how does a business analyst handle requirements? It will also cover the global certifications for business analysts.

This tutorial course will help you in:

  • learning business analysis fundamentals
  • getting you started on your quest to become a business analyst
  • Taking a decision on business analyst career choice

 What does this tutorial cover?

This business analysis fundamentals tutorial course has 6 chapters, as shown below:

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Business Analyst Role and Responsibilities
  • Software Development Process Part A
  • Software Development Process Part B
  • Handling Requirements as a business analyst
  • Certifications to become to business analyst

What is Business Analysis?

Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs, determining & Validating solutions to the business problems.

Business analysis comprises of three key aspects as shown below:

Business Analysis fundamentals

 

The first element of business analysis is to understand the problem/needs of the customer. The second element of business analysis is to determine – how to address or to solve the customer needs. The third element of business analysis is to validate the effectiveness of the solution.

Business Analysis Example

Let’s take a simple example to understand business analysis elements.

A customer organization is having an issue with managing customer queries effectively (their customer service executives are slow in responding). They want to address this problem.

So in this case, what’s the need? –

To find a solution to make customer service management more responsive.

The next element is to determine the solution to address the needs. It’s common to have more than one alternatives to address the needs.

What are the alternatives in this case?

  • To buy a customer relationship management software product like SIEBEL CRM
  • To get a new CRM software developed to address the need (Known as customized solution)
  • To get a subscription based software (SalesForce)

One of the solutions needs to be chosen based on cost, features, technology and other factors. The implementation of the solution follows.

The last element of business analysis to determine the effectiveness of the chosen solution.

So, how do we validate?

In software parlance, we conduct testing (verification and validation) to validate the solution. The validation may also extend to measure the effectiveness after the solution is in use for a certain period of time.

Even though I have taken the software industry example, business analysis is relevant for any industry.

Who is a business Analyst?

A business analyst is a professional who is engaged in the business analysis activities. A business analyst may not be conducting all the business analysis activities in every project or initiative. However, a business analyst must be capable of carrying out these tasks.

The focus of this tutorial course is to discuss the Business Analyst role in the IT industry

Watch this video to know more about – what is business analysis & who is a business analyst?

 

Business Analyst Role and Responsibilities

The second chapter of business analysis fundamentals tutorial course deals with the role and responsibilities of a business analyst in details.

 

 

 

Software Development Process Part A & B

The next two chapters in this business analysis fundamentals tutorial course is about understanding software development process.

These two videos explain the software development process from the grounds up. Even if you are a non-IT professional, you can understand it.

You may skip the Part A, if you are already familiar with SDLC process.

 

 

Software development process Part B video

This video explains the activities carried out in each phase of the software development process with the help of a simple application.

 

Handling Requirements as a business analyst

A business analyst deals with the gathering, analysis and managing of requirements on a day-to-day basis. This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Types of requirements
  • How do requirements evolve from business needs to functional/non-functional requirements
  • common terminologies

 

Certifications to become to business analyst

The last chapter of this business analysis fundamentals tutorial course will explain the global certifications available for becoming a business analyst.

IIBA is one of the leading organizations certifying business analysts across the world. Techcanvass is an endorsed education provider of IIBA.

 

What’s Next

We have next level of tutorials, which you can watch next. You will find the first 2 videos common with this tutorial there, you can skip them and watch other 3 videos to understand:

  • Popular SDLC methodologies
  • Requirements Analysis and Modelling with UML diagrams
  • Verification and validation

Business Analysis Tutorial for beginners

All the topics in the business analysis fundamentals tutorial and the above tutorial are covered in-depth in our business analyst training courses.

 

Techcanvass Youtube Channel

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Techcanvass on Youtube

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

 

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

In this article, I am going to discuss and explain the aspects of ECBA Exam preparation strategy. You need to clear an online test to get the ECBA certification, so how do you prepare for the ECBA certification?

ECBA certification exam is based on IIBA BABOK guide version 3. This book is big and can be intimidating for many specially if you are new to business analysis. So I decided to enable every ECBA certification aspirant to adopt an efficient approach to the preparation.

If you would like to know more about ECBA certification, read the following article:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

 

First of all, let’s try and understand the BABOK guide structure.

 

BABOK guide structure

The Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide has multiple sections and the sections map is shown below:

whats-inside-babok-guide

 

It’s a well planned and researched book. The good news is that as an ECBA certification preparation standpoint, you don’t need to go through the entire content.

The scope for ECBA certification is limited. That makes your task easier. So, what’s the scope for you? We are going to discuss that in the next section.

ECBA Certification exam scope

The image below is reproduced from IIAB website, which has a dedicated page for ECBA certification. Three of the six knowledge areas have 64% weightage from the certification exam perspective and that’s pretty interesting. The next important part is the Technqiues section, that has 12.5% weightage.

ECBA Certification Scope

 

So, how do you go about preparing for the exam. It’s really a 3-step strategy.

ECBA Certification exam preparation strategy

ECBA Certification exam is a multiple choice examination. It will have 50 questions and the time allotted is 1.5 hrs. The questions are going to be straight forward and from the BABOK guide.

Step 1: Understand Business Analysis

Assuming you are new to the business analysis domain, you should first try and understand what is business analysis and how does it work? How does software development work? What are the different phases?

This is important as this will help you in relating to BABOK guide better. As ECBA certification  needs you to acquire 21 hrs of CDUs, you need to join an IIBA EEP. The EEPs should be able to cover these topics. Techcanvass is one such IIBA EEP

Step 2: Go through the BABOK guide

ECBA Certification has a well defined focus. However it is advisable that you go through the BABOK guide once before delving into the focus areas.

Once you have gone through BABOK once, go through the focus areas in details to understand it in depth: Your focus areas are as follows:

  • Business Analysis core concepts

Business Analysis Core concepts Model (BACCM)

 

  • Business Analysis knowledge areas
  • Elicitation and collaboration
  • Requirement life cycle management
  • Requirement analysis and design definition

Techniques: As each of the above knowledge areas indicates the common techniques used by these knowledge areas, so that automatically covers the techniques.

Typically an IIBA EEP course should cover these techniques required.

Step 3: Mock Tests

This is an important aspect for your preparation. Start by taking Knowledge area wise tests and once you are able to do well (target 80% score), go for the full test. Full tests should be taken at least 2-3 days prior to your actual test. If you are able to score 80% consistently in mock test series, you should be able to clear the test at first attempt.

Obviously, it goes without saying that you should be selecting the ECBA practice test simulator properly.

Here is a mock test published by Techcanvass

ECBA exam questions – mock test

 

ECBA Exam Preparation Strategy Slides

We have published a presentation on slideshare recently with updated information on exam preparation strategy. You can view the presentation:

https://www.slideshare.net/abhish45/iiba-ecba-certification-exam-preparation-strategy/

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

ECBA Business Analyst Certification Training TN

Business Analyst Certifications – Choosing the right one

Business Analyst Certifications

A number of business analyst certifications are available in the market. In this post, you will know about these certifications, eligibility criteria, fees and other important details. This article is written to help you in choosing the right business analyst certification.

Business analyst certification bodies

It’s pertinent to look at the international organizations, which offer certifications for business analysts. These organizations are:

Each of these organizations offer business analyst certifications for different experience levels. IIBA offers 4 levels of certifications for a business analyst. BCS also offers multiple levels of certifications.

Flavors of Business Analyst Certifications

We can categorize the business analyst certifications into two flavors:

Generalized Business Analyst Certifications

Most of the certification organizations offer generalized business analyst certifications. The table below shows the details.

Business Analyst Certifications Type 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agile Business Analyst Certifications

Business Analyst certifications for Agile is a relatively new flavor of certification. Scrum Alliance provides the Product Owner certification, whereas iSQI offers Agile Business Analyst Certification. The list is as below:

Business Analyst Certifications Type 2

 

 

 

 

 

Levels of Certifications

The business analyst certifications are available for entry level business analysts as well as for experienced business analysts.

The entry level certifications does not refer to certifications for fresh graduates. It simply means that there is no requirement for having any business analysis experience.

Entry level business analyst certifications are as follows:

  • Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) from IIBA
  • Foundation level certifications from BCS
  • Practitioner level certification from BCS (you only need to clear the Foundation level)
  • Certified Agile Business Analyst (CABA) from iSQI
  • Agile BA from APMG International

The following certifications are for experienced business analysts:

  • Certification of capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) from IIBA
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) from PMI
  • Certified Business Analyst Though Leader (CBATL)
  • Consultant and Expert Level BA certifications from BCS

We will be discussing some of these certifications in the sections below. You can find more information on others from the Internet.

Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) Certification

Entry Level certification for Business Analysts

This is the level 1 of the certification and will not need any experience as a business analyst. You can go for this certification even if you don’t have any experience as a business analyst.

A simple clarification, even if you are working in the IT industry but don’t have any business analysis experience, you can only go for ECBA.

The only eligibility criteria is to have 21-hrs of PDUs from an IIP endorsed education provider.

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 255.00
Non-member: US$ 490.00

The ECBA certification exam has 50 questions and you get 1 hour to complete it.

Have more questions on ECBA, please read the following post:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Certification of capability in Business Analysis (CCBA)

Business Analyst Certification

This is the second level of business analyst certifications. This certification needs experience as a business analyst. The eligibility criteria for CCBA certifications are as follows:

  • Requires a minimum of 3,750 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 2 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 700.00
Non-member: US$ 950.00

The CCBA certification exam has 130 questions and you get 3 hours to complete it.

More details are available at the IIBA site on CCBA Level 2 certification.

 

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

CBAP Certification

This is the third level of business analyst certification and requires more business analysis experience to be eligible for this certification. The CBAP eligibility criteria is defined herewith:

  • Requires a minimum of 7500 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 700.00
Non-member: US$ 950.00

The CBAP certification exam has 120 questions and you get 3.5 hours to complete it.

More details are available at the IIBA site on CBAP level 3 certification.

If you would like to look at the type of questions asked in CBAP exam, you can read the following blog post, which has sample questions:

CBAP sample questions – Situation based

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)

This business analyst certification is granted by Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is a well known organization for PMP certification. PMP is the most popular certification for the project managers.

The eligibility criteria for this certification are:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$405.00
Non-member: US$555.00

The PMI-PBA certification exam has 200 questions and you get 4 hours to complete it. To know more about PMI PBA Certification, please visit the PMI PBA page.

Certified Business Analyst Though Leader (CBATL)

Business Analyst Certification

Recognizes BA professionals who advance the BA profession and have oer 10 years of experience. This is the final level of certification for business analyst professionals. More details are expected very soon. All IIBA Endorsed Education Providers (Techcanvass is one of them) are invited for a detailed discussion by IIBA. As soon as we get more information, we will publish that information.

In the meanwhile, please visit IIBA New Certifications page.

 

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

This certification is for Product Owners, who I believe are nothing but Business Analysts with a different name. As per Scrum Alliance web site,

Taking the CSPO course is the first step on your path of becoming more Agile.

Eligibility criteria for CSPO is to complete an in-person, two day (16 hour) CSPO course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

The certification fees is included in the course fees, generally speaking.

To know more about it, visit the CSPO Certification page.

Certified Agile Business Analyst

This certification is for everyone who is involved in business analysis, who wishes to understand their role in an agile environment.

This certification has no eligibility criteria. Any one can appear for this exam from Pearson Vue centres.

This certification exam is one hour long and has 40 questions. Visit the iSQI CABA page for more details.

Conclusion

If you are an aspiring business analyst and have no experience of business analysis, Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) from IIBA is the best option. But please keep in mind that as a new business analyst, you should be focusing on practical skills of a business analyst.

If you are an experienced business analyst, then you have multiple options. With around 3-4 years of experience, you can go for either CCBA and PMI-PBA certifications.

With around 5+ years of business analysis experience, you can decide to go for CBAP or BCS consultant or Expert Level.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training academy offering courses in Data Science, Business Analysis and Automation testing.

We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner.

Our Business Analyst Certification courses are as shown below:

Business Analyst Certification course for new business analysts (IIBA ECBA Certification course)

IIBA CCBA Certification Course

IIBA CBAP Certification Course

iSQI Certified Agile Business Analyst Course

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Entry level business analyst certification – ECBA

Entry level business analyst certification – ECBA

IIBA recently announced an entry level business analyst certification. This certification is named as ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis). This ECBA certification is for entry level business analysts and does not require any prior experience.

This announcement includes new levels of business analyst certifications. Now, IIBA has four levels of certifications. We have discussed these New IIBA Business Analyst Certifications in one of the previous posts.

In this post, I am going to tell you about the Level 1 certificate known as ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis).

Purpose

Purpose of this certification to standardize the Business Analyst knowledge at the entry level. This was a much needed certification required to help professionals, who wish to enter the Business Analysis role.

Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for appearing for this certification. You don’t need to have any prior experience as a business analyst. It’s an exam-based certification.

Eligibility

To earn the ECBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years.
  • Signed Code of Conduct.

ECBA Exam details

The ECBA® exam is 1.5 hours long and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. The questions are basic multiple choice that test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding defined by the competencies for this level 1 certificate in the IIBA Certification Framework. The guiding book is the BABOK v3.

Certification Knowledge and Skills

The certificate exam will need you to have the requisite knowledge as per BABOK v3 and the distribution is as follows:

  1. Business Analysis Knowledge – 25%
  2. BABOK® Guide Knowledge – 75%

The Level 1 exam will test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the above components within the BABOK® Guide v3, specifically:

Business Analysis Knowledge
Business Analysis & the BA Professional 2.5%
Underlying Competencies 5%
Business Analysis Key Concepts 5%
Techniques 12.5%
BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas
Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring 5%
Elicitation & Collaboration 20%
Requirements Life Cycle Management 20%
Strategy Analysis 5%
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition 24%
Solution Evaluation 1%

Source: IIBA Romania Chapter

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training academy for professionals offering courses in Business Analysis, automation testing and analytics. We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner for conducting business analyst certification courses.

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