Business Analysis International Qualifications (BAIQ) is a competency based certification scheme that provides a complete/holistic career pathway for the development of business or IT professionals who are interested in embarking on a career in Business Analysis or those who are already working as Business Analysts and looking to have their skills assessed and verified.
There are four levels to the certifications, and candidates move through the levels, as they build their experience:
- Introductory level
- Practitioner Level
- Advanced Practitioner Level
- Master Level
The individual certifications may be taken individually, and the examinations are conducted either by classroom examination or on-line (except at the Master Level).
Introductory Certificate in Business Analysis
The BAIQ Introductory Certificate in Business Analysis covers the fundamental concepts and techniques used in business analysis. The examination leading to this certification tests knowledge and understanding, and is at levels 1/ 2 within Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domains. The certification is obtained by passing a multiple-choice examination consisting of 40 questions and lasting for one hour. Candidates are required to answer 26 or more questions correctly in order to pass the examination.
The Practitioner level of BAIQ certifications require candidates to demonstrate understanding and expertise by applying relevant analysis and modelling techniques to a case study scenario. The assessment approach used is at level 3 within Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domains. Candidates are required to achieve 50% or more to pass the certification examination.
Enterprise Business Analysis
The Certificate in Enterprise Business Analysis assesses a candidate’s ability to apply business analysis activities and techniques used at an enterprise level and during feasibility assessment.
The topics listed below will enable anyone new to business analysis to appreciate the rationale for business analysis and understand the key techniques involved in conducting the key activities of requirements elicitation, analysis and definition:
- Introduction to business analysis (10%)
- A systemic approach to business analysis (5%)
- Enterprise analysis (15%)
- Root cause analysis (15%)
- Stakeholder analysis (25%)
- Gap analysis (15%)
- Feasibility analysis (15%)
Business Requirements Analysis
This certification will benefit anyone involved in the elicitation, analysis and definition of requirements that are the basis for changes to business process and systems.
Topics covered are:
- Introduction to requirements
- Planning for business requirements analysis
- Stakeholders in business requirements analysis
- Investigating business needs
- Analysing requirements
- Recording requirements
- Reviewing requirements
- Managing requirements
Business Process Improvement
This certification will benefit anyone involved in modelling, analysing and improving business processes.
Topics covered are:
- Introduction to business process improvement
- Modelling the organisational view
- Modelling the business process view
- Improving business processes
- Implementing business process change
- Measuring performance
Agile Business Analysis
- The Agile Philosophy
- The Agile Manifesto
- Holistic and Lean thinking
- Agile principles
- Agile Methods and Techniques
This certification covers the major aspects of Business Architecture. This includes a range of techniques and frameworks, and the relationship with other architectures and disciplines. The focus is on business rather than technology and is aimed at business managers, business analysts, project managers and change managers who wish to undertake a practical exploration of the key concepts and techniques involved in Business Architecture
- Building entity relationship diagrams
- Developing analysis class models
- Normalisation of data
- Validating the data requirements
The certification covers approaches to analysing and modelling data that reflect the business users' needs and priorities. It also provides an overview of the more mechanistic approach offered by normalisation, and then explores techniques to validate the views of the data against the stated requirements.
The ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders has become an increasingly important competence in many roles - in particular, project management, business analysis and IS consultancy. This certification covers the essential frameworks and principles associated with effective stakeholder engagement.
- Understanding stakeholders
- Working with stakeholder groups
- Facilitated workshops - introduction
- Creative problem-solving
- Managing expectations
- Managing conflict
Master in Business Analysis
Information about this certification will be available shortly.