Top Three Business Analysis Courses
The starting salary of business analysts in UK averages at around £40,000 per annum. For non-professional degree holders, they can expect to work between six and 12 years before they can earn as much. It’s no surprise then that many recent business, finance and IT graduates are looking at improving their career prospects and earning potential by obtaining business analyst training. It certainly helps that a career in business analysis is a very fulfilling one with plenty of advancement opportunities.
In addition, a business analyst certification from accreditation bodies like IIBA or PMI will make the resume of fresh graduates and job seekers metaphorically glow during interviews; the chances of being hired goes exponentially higher with such certifications.
However, with literally dozens of business analyst courses available in the market, choosing the best one can be a tricky process. With that in mind, we have compiled below three top business analyst certification courses of varying proficiency levels geared for both recent and non-so-recent graduates.
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• Entry Certificate in Business Analysis by IIBA
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is one of the most respected business analysis organisations in the world. Aside from helping and providing support for business analysts in the industry, IIBA also provide accreditations for business analysis courses and programmes offered by private institutions.
IIBA went a step further not too long ago by designing its own in house business analyst certification programme. This entry level course is targeted at fresh graduates, working professionals and project supervisors who are managing business analysts.
Cost: £60 for application, and an exam fee of $110 ($235 for non-members).
Course Duration: Self-taught
• Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis by BCS
Organised by Focus on Training on behalf of the British Computer Society, the course provides an overview of every aspect of business analysis, including process modelling, requirements engineering, and investigation techniques.
The course is targeted at executives with prior exposure to business analysis.
Cost: From £899 onwards
Course Duration: Three days
Location: Selected cities (UK)
• Financial Statement and Business Analysis by Euromoney Learning
The programme, organised by Euromoney Learning (a subsidiary of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, a publishing and event organising giant), is geared towards senior managers and experienced business analysts. As the name implies, the course takes an in-depth look at financial statement analysis and corporate valuation techniques.
Please note that since the course is conducted at financial hubs like Hong Kong and Dubai, the cost will vary depending on the location.
Cost: Around £2,795
Course Duration: Two days
Location: Selected cities (worldwide)