:: Business Analysis Certificate Program—FAQs

Business Analysis Certificate Program—FAQs

What is the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)?
The IIBA (www.theiiba.org) is an international not-for-profit professional association for business analysis professionals, similar to the Project Management Institute (PMI) for project management professionals. The IIBA vision is to be the leading worldwide professional association that develops and maintains standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of practitioners. IIBA will achieve that goal by:

  • Creating and developing awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the Business Analyst;
  • Defining the Body of Knowledge;
  • Providing a forum for knowledge sharing and contribution to the Body of Knowledge;
  • Identifying the required skills and competencies of a qualified Business Analyst;
  • Defining training and professional development standards;
  • Publicly recognizing and certifying qualified Business Analysts.

Are you an International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Endorsed Education Provider (EEP)?
Yes. The Professional Development Center (PDC) is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP). All BACP endorsed courses are aligned with the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Guide (BABOK® Guide). Please see each individual course for details.

How can I determine whether I am an appropriate candidate for a Business Analysis Certificate Program?
Our Business Analysis Certificate Program is appropriate for anyone looking to advance their career in the field of business analysis. Call us at 1-800-687-7345 and we'll help you select the program that's right for you.

What are the enrollment requirements for this program?
There are no formal requirements for the Business Analysis Certificate Program. However, if you intend to sit for the CCBA® or CBAP® exam at a later time, you must meet the requirements of the IIBA® in order to take the exam. For more information regarding the IIBA® exam requirements or to reference the CCBA® or CBAP® handbooks please go to www.theiiba.org.

How do I enroll in the Business Analysis Certificate Program?
All workshops and certificate programs at the Professional Development Center are open enrollments classes. Student must pay and register for the Business Analysis Certificate Program in advance in order to receive the certificate discount. Students have the option of pre-enrolling in the certificate program and registering for classes up front or placing the tuition on a credit on file and enrolling in their courses one at a time by contacting the Registrar. Students also have the option of registering one class at a time at regular price. Students registering one class at a time must notify the coordinator prior to their last class in order to receive the Gold Seal Certificate. We are unable to pro rate the discount once classes have been take a la carte.

Can I receive the Certificate Program discount after enrolling in individual classes?
No, in order to receive the Certificate Program discount you must pay and pre-register for the certificate program.

What if a class(es) are not scheduled?
If a class is not scheduled, we can assign a credit on file on your account.

Does this program prepare me for the CCBA or CBAP exam?
Yes, the certificate program is designed to give you a foundation in all areas covered in the most recent version of the IIBA"s "A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®" (BABOK®). To be eligible for the CCBA® or CBAP® exam, you will need professional education hours from an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP). You also need a specific number of hours of business analysis work experience. For more information regarding the IIBA® exam requirements or to reference the CCBA® or CBAP® handbooks please go to www.theiiba.org.

Where can I find other information about the business analyst profession?
Please visit www.theiiba.org website which offers many resources about the field.

Can I receive credit for a course that I attended prior to the changes of the new BACP?
Yes, but you must complete the certificate program within a designated timeframe. Please keep in mind the BABOK® Guide changes every few years. Please contact the coordinator for more information.

Can participants receive CEUs, CPEs, CDUs or PDUs for attending your workshops?
Yes, this option is available for individual workshops as well as the Business Analysis Certificate Program. Please see individual course description for specific Professional credit issued.

How long does it take to complete each course?
Each course is a one or two day workshop which are scheduled in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students will be able to complete the certificate within one year.

What are the credentials of your business analysis trainers?
All PDC instructors are CBAP® certified and experts in the practice of business analysis, having successfully performed as Business Analysts for a minimum of 10 years. Their performance is measured in a number of different categories, and minimum standards must be maintained on a continual basis. Many trainers are also consultants with expertise in a variety of vertical markets.

Can I become CCBA or CBAP certified?
The Business Systems Analysis Certificate program is geared towards the serious Business Analyst and organizations that desire and require a recognized professional designation in the area of Business Analysis. Once all work and education requirements have been met as required by the IIBA students will be eligible to sit for the CCBA or CBAP examination.

The series of courses compiled in this program are specifically designed to complement and test your current knowledge and business analysis competencies. At the end of each course the candidate is required to pass that course's specific exam. Six of the seven courses must be successfully completed to be considered for program completion.

Required Courses:

Elective Courses: (Select one)

Do I receive a certificate after completing a course?
Yes. Students will receive a certificate after completing each individual course. Multiple quizzes are built-in to each course. Upon successful completion of six courses, based on grade-point-average, a Business Analysis gold seal certificate from the University of Texas, Professional Development Center will be issued to the student. This certificate can then be proudly displayed and/or sent to your manager/training department for inclusion in your personnel file.

Are the processes and templates used in the workshops easily integrated into my organization?
Yes. The main objective of our courses is to make sure the content of our workshops is applicable and easily transferred into the participant's day-to-day world. Specifically, students not only learn the content, tools, templates and techniques required for success, but they are also able to apply what was learned immediately in the workplace environment.

We would like to bring this training to our employees. Can the content be customized to fit our organization?
Yes. PDC realizes that each organization has unique processes and forms, reflective of their business and approach. We typically integrate these seamlessly into our workshops without disrupting the context and flow of the workshop. In addition, if some topics are more important to your organization than others, we can modify the flow of the workshop to accommodate those areas of emphasis. PDC has a long history of success personalizing the learning experience to the specific organization to increase relevancy. Please call 1-800-687-7345 or email pdcsolutions@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

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