Business analysts analyse an organisation’s processes and systems to assess their business model or integration with technology to help the organisation improve through data analysis. To do this, analysts require certifications that prepare and equip them to be business analysis professionals. Business analysts would need to show their expertise and competencies with analysing and improving an organisation.
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) supplies certifications for aspiring business analysts. There are multiple different types of certifications such as Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA), Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP), Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA – AAC) and Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA – CBDA).
IIBA certifies business analysts according to the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, a global standard for the practice of business analysis. The knowledge areas in the BABOK guide are:
- Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: a business analyst’s ability to describe tasks used to organise and coordinate business analysis efforts of analysts and stakeholders. This task produces outputs that are used as key inputs in other BABOK tasks.
- Elicitation and Collaboration: a business analyst’s ability to prepare for and conduct elicitation activities and confirm the results obtained. Also describing the communication with stakeholders before, during and after business analysis activities.
- Requirements Life Cycle Management: managing and maintaining design and requirements information from start to finish. The business analyst would need to be able to describe establishing meaningful relationships between related requirements and designs, and assessing, analysing and gaining consensus on proposed changes to requirements and designs.
- Strategy Analysis: a business analyst’s ability to collaborate with stakeholders to identify a need of strategic or tactical importance and how the analyst will then enable the organisation to address that need, aligning the organisation’s strategy in accordance with that change.
- Requirements Analysis and Design Definition: one of the most important responsibilities of a business analyst is the ability to structure and organise requirements. This knowledge area covers incremental and iterative activities ranging from discovery and research of needs through to the transformation of the needs into a functional solution.
- Solution evaluation: a business analyst’s ability to assess the performance and value a deployed solution has brought to the organisation and to be able to negotiate or facilitate the removal of any barriers or constraints that prevent the full realization of value of the solution
The purpose of IIBA certifications is to define the profession of business analysis and provide a set of commonly accepted practices. It works to maintain global standards for the ongoing development and usage of the practice and certifications for business analysis. Certified business analysts with an IIBA certification can be confident in their abilities, and their employers should be too.