BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Training

Course 3508

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Exam Voucher: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

This BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice course takes you through an end-to-end holistic business analysis process. This holistic approach considers four aspects of a business system: the processes, the people, the organizational context, and the technology. Starting with the rationale for a holistic approach, the course provides a clear understanding of the strategic context and the project discipline needed for business analysis. You will learn how to understand the business situation and associated issues, analyze stakeholder perspectives, model business activities, identify potential solutions to business issues, and finally make the business case for potential solutions. Without this end-to-end process, much of the cost of a project is often attributable to re-work from a poor up-front analysis.

In addition, this course prepares you to take the BCS Business Analysis Practice exam at the end of the course.

Business Analysis Practice Training Delivery Methods

  • Train your whole team by bringing this course to your facility

    • In-Person
    • Online

Business Analysis Practice Training Benefits

Recognize the role and competencies of a business analystPerform strategy analysisIdentify and analyze stakeholdersDeploy industry-standard investigation and modeling techniquesIdentify different solutions to business needsBuild a business case to prove the value of those solutions

Business Analysis Practice Training Outline


Experience at the level of:

Exam Information

You can earn the Practitioner Certification in Business Analysis Practice if you pass the course exam.

  • Open book
  • One-hour written exam, based on a business scenario
  • Passing grade is 50%
  • Exam included

This course is part of a series to earn an International Diploma in Business Analysis

The BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, offers this internationally recognised certification, enabling you to take your skills around the world. The four modules required to apply for this certification include one foundation level course, and three practitioner level courses:

Upon passing your exam, BCS will contact you to activate your membership. Once activated you will be a BCS Associate Member and will have access to the wealth of benefits and support to help you in your career.

  • BCS Associate membership provides exclusive access to resources, content and opportunities that will enrich your career.
  • Note: This offer is only available once to each exam candidate. Exam candidates who have previously benefited from free Associate Membership will not be eligible for this offer again even if you have taken another qualifying BCS exam.
  • Recognizing the business change life-cycle
  • Clarifying the role of the business analyst
  • Examining other roles in business change
  • Understanding the framework for business analysis

Internal and external analysis

  • Analyzing the Internal analysis
  • Surveying the business landscape with external analysis

Linking to the internal and external business environment analysis

  • Performing a SWOT analysis
  • Using a SWOT analysis
  • Identifying the strategic context

Executing strategy

  • Balanced Business Scorecard
  • Recognizing Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators

Critical success factors and key performance indicators

  • Identifying Critical Success Factors (CSFs)
  • Creating Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Setting performance targets
  • Deploying the balanced business scorecard as a frame
  • Identifying the Terms of Reference and/or Project Initiation Documentation
  • Clarifying business and project objectives

Stakeholder identification

  • Stakeholder wheel
  • Other potential sources of information

Investigative techniques

  • Investigating the current business situation
    • Interviews
    • Observation
    • Workshops
    • Document Analysis
    • Focus Groups
    • Questionnaires/Surveys

The Business Analysis Process Model

  • Stages of the business analysis process model
  • Considering the perspectives
  • Analyzing the needs
  • Evaluating the options
  • Defining the requirements

Investigating the situation

  • Interviewing stakeholders
  • Effective Requirements Workshops

Representing a holistic view of the business situation

  • Taking a holistic view
  • Using various documentation techniques
    • Rich pictures
    • Mind maps
    • Fishbone diagrams

Identifying, categorizing and analyzing stakeholders

  • Defining stakeholder types
  • Deploying the Power/Interest Grid

Stakeholder management strategies

  • Levels of power and interest
  • Building a communication strategy

Understanding stakeholder perspectives

  • Analyzing stakeholders with CATWOE
  • Creating business activity model

Creating a process model

  • Pinpointing business events
  • Developing the business process model

Modeling system functions and data

  • Use case diagrams
  • Entity Relationship Diagrams and Class Models

Gap analysis

  • Identifying areas of concern
  • Analyzing the gap with POPIT

Introduction to Business Architecture

  • Definition of Business Architecture
  • Business Architecture techniques

Structuring the business case

Identifying and shortlisting options for business change

Identifying and categorizing costs and benefits

  • Tangible and intangible costs and benefits
  • Investment appraisal techniques

Identifying and categorizing risks

  • Identifying risks
  • Assessing the impact of the risks
  • Assessing the probability of the risks
  • Risk management approaches

Identifying impacts

  • Organizational culture
  • Organizational behavior

The business case life-cycle

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Business Analysis Practice Training FAQs

The BCS Institute is The Chartered Institute for IT.

You can earn the Practitioner Certification in Business Analysis Practice if you pass the course exam.

In Business Analysis Practice you will not receive any PDUs.

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