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Business Analysis Certificate Program - Fast Track

Next program will begin Spring 2016. Please contact Program Coordinator for details.

Course Details

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PDC is now offering a fast track program that will provide a consecutive, intensive, cohort program for those looking to advance their business analysis skills more quickly than our regular course offerings.

Investigating business needs and proposing solutions to business problems is the essence of business analysis. This is crucial for successful project delivery and organizational change, whether it’s for-profit businesses, governments, or non-profits. As a practice, business analysis is emerging and momentum and acceptance of the role is growing. Enterprises that have embraced this function are realizing a competitive advantage and those with proven business analysis competencies and skills are in high demand.

Boost your career! Invigorate your organization!

Business analysts have the power to steer an entire organization in a new direction by managing communications and requirements, shaping expectations and supporting positive project outcomes. When you earn a Business Analysis Certificate through PDC, you are part of a growing group of professionals who are delivering business value and building more capable enterprises.

To find out more about this program, attend an information session or visit the FAQs page.

Top Reason to Enroll in 2014

The Exam is changing and Getting Harder in 2015. The BABOK® Guide version 3.0 is being updated and will be released sometime in the Summer of 2015. The CBAP® and CCBA® exams will be updated shortly after. That may sound like a long time, but for study purposes it is just around the corner so don't wait to enroll and take advantage of the current version. Speak to a Program Coordinator Today!

As an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), our business analysis curriculum is consistent with the most current version of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) but also incorporates case studies, exercises, quizzes, and practical applications that are relevant and meaningful in the workplace.

Program Requirements

There are no formal requirements for the Business Analysis Certificate Program; however, if you intend to sit for the CCBA® or CBAP® exam, 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

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in gaining a broad knowledge of the key tasks and techniques involved in business analysis or anyone who needs to effectively analyze business options and outcomes.

  • New and Current Business Analysts
  • Systems Developers
  • Project Managers
  • Requirements Analysts
  • Business Consultants
  • Marketing Consultants
  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Business-IT Liaisons
  • Operations Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Development or IT Professionals

Continuing Education and Recertification Hours

  • 4.0 CEUs
  • IIBA® Approved

The Professional Development Center is an Endorsed Education Provider of the IIBA® (EEP # E48092). IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. These trademarks are used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis.

Certificate Requirements, Scheduling, and Pricing

To earn The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Development Center Certificate and the 40 hours of Business Analysis Education students must complete the full program, meet attendance requirements and pass classroom quizzes and score a minimum of 70% in the program.

The classes will be offered in sequence, running two evenings a week from 6:00 pm 9:00 pm. for 7 weeks.

  1. Each instructor-led course is scheduled two days a week from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Please see cart details for program duration.
  2. To register for the program, click on the cart above.
  3. The program fulfills 36 Educational Hours of Business Analysis Education and offers 3.6 CEUs.
  4. Participants will receive a copy of the most current version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) on the first day of class.
  5. The cost of the program is $4,265.00.
  6. Payment plan enrollment is available for this program. Please contact the Program Coordinator for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify business needs, and the costs and benefits of addressing them
  • Techniques for effectively eliciting requirements from your stakeholders and users
  • Analyze and document comprehensive business and solution requirements
  • Model and communicate requirements effectively to different audiences
  • Bridge the gap between business and IT with common project definitions and requirements
  • Analyze and improve business processes
  • Manage changes to requirements throughout the project lifecycle
  • Use agile techniques to streamline the requirements process

Professional Organization

The Professional Development Center is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) of the International Institute of Business Analysis® (IIBA®). In addition to obtaining a Business Analysis Certificate of Completion from The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Development Center our business analysis program satisfies the 21 educational hours required for the CCBA® and/or CBAP® exam. IIBA® Membership and Exam Fees are not included in the cost of the program.

Business Analysis Cohort Program Outline

  • Foundations of Business Analysis – 6 hours
  • Requirements Developments, Documentation and Management – 9 hours
  • Use Case Modeling Your Requirements – 6 hours
  • Business Data Modeling – 6 hours
  • Business Process Analysis – 9 hour

Program Course 1: Foundations of Business Analysis

6 hours (2 sessions)

In this introductory course, you will discuss the role and responsibilities of the business analyst, and the techniques for ensuring project success from identifying and analyzing potential projects to making sure that the final project product meets the requirements you identified. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn to define the scope of work and master requirements-gathering techniques that will work for a variety of projects and audiences; and you will consider the unique needs of customers, stakeholders, and your department as you work toward building, documenting, communicating, and managing requirements.

This is the prerequisite for all other modules in the program. Participants are allowed to miss two classes in the program with an exception to the Foundations of Business Analysis course.

Program Course 2: Requirements Development, Documentation & Management

9 hours – 3 sessions

Numerous studies have concluded that project failures are directly related to poorly developed and documented project requirements. In this course, you will learn a methodology that includes:

• The importance of and types of requirements
• Developing business objectives
• Elicit business, stakeholder and solution requirements
• Identify transition requirements
• Best practices for packaging requirements
• Steps for sign-off of requirements

Program Course 3: Use Case Modeling Your Business Requirements

6 hours – 2 sessions

As a business analyst, and as part of identifying and documenting requirements, you must be able to explain how individuals will interact with a new or updated system. Use case modeling is a modern approach for describing system requirements by focusing on "actors" to describe that interaction.

In this course, you will learn the theory and practice of creating use case models and use case flows, including diagrams and descriptions, to communicate functional requirements. You will learn how use cases can enhance your skills as a business analyst, and help technical staff to clearly understand the requirements of the business.

Program Course 4: Business Data Modeling

6 hours – 2 sessions

Since a business analyst needs to accurately elicit, define and document user requirements, understanding the users' needs is key to an analyst's success. By using logical data modeling, a business analyst can convey requirements in a way that can easily be validated, and doing so allows stakeholders to understand the requirements, business rules, and data management methods for any given project.

In this class, you will gain hands-on experience modeling requirements through entity relationship diagrams, super types and subtypes, and attributive and associative entities. You will learn to use logical data modeling to work directly with business users to accurately define requirements.

Program Course 5: Business Process Analysis

9 hours – 3 sessions

In this course, you will learn to model business processes as they are currently enacted, assess the quality of those business processes (to determine a business system’s health), identify processes that could become more streamlined, and collaborate with the stakeholders to identify improvements.

Once a new process is defined, you'll learn how to convey those process changes to others, gain organizational support for making the changes, and plan for a successful change project.

Future Term Courses and Enrollments

Most certificate programs are offered three terms per year, spring, summer and fall. Individual workshops are offered at least once each semester. Information about upcoming courses is available when enrollment opens each term. Some certificate programs consist of individual workshops while others are cohort style programs, please contact the coordinator for more information.

  • Spring term: Enrollment opens in early October, workshops or certificate programs are offered January – May
  • Summer term: Enrollment opens in early March, workshops or certificate programs are offered June - August
  • Fall term: Enrollment opens in June, workshops or certificate programs are offered September - December

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