The IIBA, or International Institute of Business Analysis has released a list of accredited EEPs, or Endorsed Education Providers, on their website, spanning 4 or 5 pages of providers. Furthermore, you should be able to find an MBA program specializing in the fields of technology/business analysis, as well as undergrad options too. You may also find local programming if your town has a Business Analysis Development Day or BADD. However, before you begin hunting down business analyst courses, you will want to take some time to figure out your personalized professional development goals.

First, you need to establish what you want out of your business analysis training. There are a large variety of Endorsed Education Providers that can help you obtain business analysis certifications. However, the abundance of providers, and their varying course materials, can almost make the process harder. You have to sift through different training courses and pick one that will provide for your learning style, budget/lifestyle, and analyst training goals. As well, you will want to pick a business analyst course that will help you improve upon your current skill set. The best way to help you consider business analyst training options is to picture where you see yourself a year or two down the road. What real-world opportunities has your business analysis course afforded you? 

Next, you’ll want to consider other ways that you can help launch your career as a business analysis professional. Of course, business analyst courses are the bread and butter of the analyst training world, but other things that you can do personally, like building real-world experience, searching for a job, influencing a manager or creating a professional network, can all help. These are things that will give you a leg up in the current world of business analysts. 

Additionally, you’ll want to decide exactly which skills you’ll need to learn, and what business analyst certifications you want to pursue. It’s important to understand a little more about the most popular types of BA certifications, including The PMI-PBA Certification and The CBAP Certification. 

The PMI-PBA Certification highlights one’s understanding of course materials and subject matters pertaining to business analysis. Furthermore, it recognizes their ability to use tools learned in a business analyst course to improve the overall success of projects as well as the business process itself. The PMI-PBA Certification carries with it, a lot of professional, as well as an academic, credibility. To achieve this business analysis certification, one must have had (in addition to business analysis training), a thorough examination of BA ideals, tools, techniques and expertise on course materials, as well as real-world experience improving a project or business process. By obtaining this global certification, you let employers know that you can be relied upon to play key business analyst roles on a variety of projects. This role is rapidly growing, as companies are again and again seeking business analysts to undercover needs of the business, manage (stakeholder) requirements and find solutions to a variety of business problems. 

The CBAP Certification, or Certified Business Analysis Professional Designation, is for individuals with a great deal of business analysis experience. This certification is a registered trademark of the International Institute of Business Analysis, or IIBA. To receive this certification, business analysis practitioners must receive acceptance to take a three and a half hour exam on, based on course material provided by the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, or BABOK. Upon passage of the situational (business) analysis case study test, individuals are designated with the honor of "Certified Business Analysis Professional". 

Of course, you will also want to decide which skills you need to learn, outside of just what will prepare you for business analysis certifications. Depending on your deficits, you may need more help with a variety of business analysis skill sets, including analysis models, communication and understanding of the end-to-end project lifecycle. You can find a variety of business analysis courses that feature such knowledge areas as the business analysis process, or those that blend business analysis skills and soft skills. Something that can help you narrow down business analyst training courses is a transferable skills assessment. This will help you figure out if you need to focus on the “soft” or “hard” skills of business analysts. 

In our online world, there are so many options for business analyst training. Online business training courses offer low costs, whereas business analysis courses run by an academic institution can offer more reputability. However, the abundance of training courses can allow you to get creative. An online course, like the ones offered at Pierson Requirements Group, can be instructor-led and focused on a variety of course materials. It really all comes down to what you have to invest and what you want to make progress towards. 

Get started with your career as a business analyst today with Pierson’s business analyst training courses and explore options like continuing development units and CBAP and PMI-PBA Certification.

Published by David Milsont