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Advanced Programme in Business Analysis

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The Advanced Programme in Business Analysis is a comprehensive skills based NQF6 (National Diploma) qualification for experienced business analysts. It is SAQA accredited, endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA┬«), and aligned to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK┬«). On the Financial Training Institute (FTI) advanced business analysis programme, you will acquire the skills, techniques, and knowledge to confidently develop business requirements for new IT driven business solutions, with business analysis certification on completion of the business analysis training.

Target audience

The programme is aimed at:

  • Experienced business analysts looking for an accredited, internationally endorsed qualification 
  • Systems analysts, test analysts, developers, process specialists and project managers with an interest in developing relevant skills 

Entry requirements

Delegates should have:

  • At least two years of recent, relevant work experience
  • Access to workplace projects that involve requirements gathering and specification for IT enabled business solutions (required in order to complete the practical components of the qualification)
  • Active support and mentorship by a manager
  • A computer to complete course assignments

Delivery method & assessment

  • Training sessions are delivered live in a virtual classroom
  • Self-study includes reading and exam preparation
  • Submissions include practical workplace assignments
  • Award of the national certificate requires a portfolio of evidence that is judged to be competent

All of the topics listed in the detailed content section are covered, with a focus on developing the practical skills required to apply them in the workplace.

Detailed content

Module 1 - Professional communication and problem solving skills:

  • Fundamental analysis skills
  • Problem analysis and problem solving
  • Professional presentation skills
  • Professional facilitation skills

Module 2 - Business analysis fundamentals:

  • Nature of business change projects
  • Profile of the analyst
  • Analysing the business
  • Requirements elicitation, fundamentals and definition
  • Clarifying solution scope

Module 3 - Preparing effective business cases:

  • Context of the business case
  • Project objectives and scoping
  • Estimating costs and effort
  • Feasibility assessment and the business case 

Module 4 - Requirements planning, management and quality:

  • Requirements life cycle management
  • Impact analysis and change management 
  • Quality management throughout the life cycle

Module 5 - Requirements analysis and design:

  • Requirements analysis and design
  • Process modelling and business rules
  • Human-computer interface requirements analysis
  • Information requirements analysis and design
  • Requirements specification

Module 6 - Business analysis simulation workshop:

  • Enterprise analysis, scoping and case study
  • Requirements elaboration

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