Quick Guide on Business Analysis Certifications

Overview

The current day market scenario encourages solution-powered Business environments which foster Analytical thinking. Process enhancements coupled with system changes and development is possible only through highly enhanced problem solving and communication skills. The typical Business Analyst serves as a dynamic link between the Client/Customers/Stakeholders and the Solutions and IT Team.

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The current day market-place calls for a Business Analyst to meet a wide range of work requirements. That being said, the definition offered by the IIBA for a Business Analyst states that the BA is the person responsible for recognizing Business requirements of stakeholders and clients to seek out solutions to Business challenges. The BA is also entrusted with needs development and needs management through the analysis, validation and documentation of the same within the company. It is also worth noting that, such solutions are not decided beforehand by the Business Analyst, but are powered by the ever changing Business needs.

Who Should Attend?

This BA certification is architected in particular to meet the needs of professionals seeking to build on their BA capabilities and even those looking out for employment opportunities in the same domain. It will aid in both IT and Business function areas including all types of process enhancement functions. Some Job titles here include computer resource specialists, Programmer Analysts, QA Analysts, Product Managers, Software System Architects and more.

The complete benefits of Business Analysis Certification will enable people to demonstrate Business Analysis capabilities on a professional level both in principle and actual practice. The most prominent certifications which Business Analysts can avail are industry backed credentials from PMI and IIBA, which are academic certifications. They are knowledge-based, encompassing a distinctly effective mix of skills training and theory.

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Which BA Certification Is Right For You?

There are plenty of Business Analysts who are in dilemma regarding which certification to opt for in BA. Such professionals should know in the first place that there are three certifications to consider — IIBA’s Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) and the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PBA).

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The best way to go about choosing what type of Business Certification you should take up would be to determine what kind of BA are you aspiring to be. Another important factor to decide would be what kind of environment you would want to work in.

BA’s who are gunning for the position of Business Analyst function exclusively will need to gain a strong foundation across various features of Business Analysis. This can be achieved through the practical route offered by IIBA’s CBAP/CCBA programs. These certifications go well beyond Project Management, even when most Business Analysts mostly work within project bounds.

Professionals who tend to spend a large amount of their work day on projects such as a Project Associate or Project Manager can benefit greatly from PMI’s PBA certification. Such professionals will foster the goal of working on projects that needs one to possess BA knowledge. PMI-PBA offers professionals with an expansion of pre-existing project management knowledge.

Most enterprises although aren’t advanced enough in terms of process separation between Business Analysis and Project Management. In such cases it is best to opt for the practical route offered by PMI named the PBA. The question of deciding which certification to go has its answer based in what organizational needs have to be met through the certification.

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From the Hiring Manager’s Viewpoint

Hiring Managers within companies each follow certain hiring guidelines while recruiting Business Analysts. And these guidelines are not as simple as hiring people based on a particular certification alone. Mostly, such managers intend to find what you as a candidate can do to add to organizational success. In such a situation, the interviewee/candidate will find it useful to explain to the interview panel, how their experience combined and enhanced with their certification will benefit both the hiring Manager and the entire organization in general.

What all this boils down to is that there is no “Silver Bullet” or universal solution approach to Business Analysis. On the contrary, a foray into Business Analysis as a career is marked by transferable skills, detailed career experiences and the present market situation.

Conclusion

One has to remember while taking up this certification that, the training received within the limits of such a certification will empower employees in execution of varied BA tasks in real-time and on-the-job. And it eventually falls on the individual to benefit from and implement Business Analysis skills in a holistic manner.

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