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The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis is a program for professionals in the business and IT fields. It seeks to provide a detailed understanding of the best practices and techniques in business analysis.
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BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis Overview

73% of IT professionals with professional certifications possess one of the BCS's accreditations.

The British Computer Society (BCS), renowned globally for its rigorous standards in business analysis certification, proudly reports this statistic in their 2020 Annual Review. Holding a certification from BCS is a mark of prestige that denotes a deep understanding and proficiency in business analysis practices.

The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis is a comprehensive professional certification tailored to upskill business analysts and enhance their capabilities in business processes, project management, and business analysis techniques. It is curated by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT, an institution celebrated across the international business analysis community.

This diploma program is structured around four key BCS courses, each focusing on a different aspect of business analysis. These courses include intensive training on requirements engineering, modelling business processes, business analysis practice, and analysis techniques, providing a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills beneficial for business analysts at any level.

Participants of this program can choose to pursue individual BCS certifications or complete the entire suite to earn the full diploma. This flexible approach allows business analysts to tailor their learning to specific career goals and industry demands. On successful completion, graduates are not only adept at navigating complex business environments but are also positioned to take on leadership roles within their organisations.

Earning the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis allows professionals to append the prestigious AMBCS (Associate Member) designation to their names, significantly boosting their visibility and credibility within the professional community.

What modules do I need?

Courses included

On average, each of the following accredited business analysis courses can be completed in around 30 hours. Each international diploma course will be another step to building your business analysis knowledge and skills, while working towards your official BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis qualification.

Core modules

You must pass these two core modules:

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

This BCS business analysis course covers how to develop a business strategy and how to use business analysis techniques to discover business issues. You'll use these techniques to address a range of issues, including, analysing stakeholder perspectives, modelling business process improvement, making the business case and identifying potential solutions.

Core Module

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering

This business analysis training course is designed for learners who want to understand the role the business, customer, and requirements play within the business. Training covers the requirements engineering process, how to elicit requirements, communicate with stakeholders, write a user story, managing requirements and much more.

Core Module

Knowledge based module

You must pass this BCS foundation certificate exam:

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

This business foundation certificate training course is for learners wanting to understand business analysis, support the change and business improvement project management. The essential business analysis knowledge provided, covers, how to identify options for improvement, investigative techniques, managing stakeholders, making the business case and documenting.

Knowledge Based Module

Practitioner module

You must pass this exam:

BCS Practitioner Certificate in Modelling Business Processes

This business analysis accredited practitioner training is for learners wanting to understand a range of business process modelling techniques, and how they are used to be an effective business analyst. This online business analysis training course covers business processing modelling, modelling business processes, documenting tasks and evaluating improvement.

Practitioner Module
BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

BCS International Diploma Questions

Let's answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis course.

Do I need to take all four modules together?
No, you can choose to take all four BCS international diploma in business analysis modules in a bundled package and receive better prices, or decide to complete each module as and when.
How do I get the BCS international diploma?
You will need to complete four business analysis modules in total, including both core modules in business analysis practice, one knowledge-based module and one practitioner module. Once completed, you will have to sit an oral examination conducted by two BCS oral examiners. And remember, you don't need to take all four modules at the same time. While you can choose to take one exam or all four BCS Business Analysis diploma modules in a bundled package and receive better prices, you can also decide to complete each module as and when it works best for you.
What is the oral exam for?
The objective of the oral examination is to assess the learners' business analysis knowledge on the topics defined in the oral examination syllabus. Furthermore, the oral exam gives you the opportunity to apply your learned business analysis techniques in real-world scenarios. Do note that the oral exam is all spoken, taken online and lasts about 50 minutes, and the fee to sit the oral exam directly is currently £325+VAT.
How long does it take to get a BCS business analysis diploma?
To complete your BCS international diploma in business analysis, you'll usually need to spend around 30 hours on each accredited course. You'll also need to pass all written examinations as well as your oral exam in order to obtain your business analysis certificate.
Is the BCS International Diploma internationally recognised?
Yes, the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis is a leading business analysis qualification and is recognised globally. There are over 100,000 business analyst professionals certified by The Chartered Institute for IT across the globe.
Are there exemptions for previous certifications?
Yes, if you hold the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), IREB's Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE) Foundation level or attained the Organisational Context module, you may be exempt from sitting exams in order to complete the course. Do note that even if you do have any of the above qualifications, a BCS international diploma in business analysis can still be a useful investment when it comes to advancing your professional development and widening your industry knowledge.
Do I receive BCS Membership benefits?
Yes, on completion of one business analysis international diploma examination, you'll be entitled to one year of BCS membership benefits. Additional business analysis and training sessions can also allow you to further develop your professional status.
What's the difference between BCS Knowledge Based Modules and Practitioner Modules?
Core practitioner modules are designed for those who already have some foundational knowledge of, or a foundation certificate in their field. BCS knowledge based modules are designed for those looking to develop their knowledge and understanding before embarking on a BCS diploma.
BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

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