How To Get Certified As A Business Analyst?
Behind every successful business is a great business analyst. So much so that a business analyst is now a critical asset in any company’s investment strategy. Of course, you don’t become a business analyst overnight; it requires training and experience. The best route into business analysis is by obtaining accreditation from a competent training provider. Here we are going to look at getting certified and what you should look for when choosing a training provider, along with the benefits of being certified by a professional body.
Top 5 things to look for in a training provider
If you want to become certified as a business analyst, you first have to undergo training. There are many providers out there, which makes choosing the correct one difficult if you don’t know where to start or what to look for in a company. If you’re new to this field, then it’s a good idea to do your research and see what providers offer, so you can get the best experience from your learning.
Here are five things you need to look for when choosing a training provider, all of which TSG Training has.
1. A lifetime of support following each course
Professional trainers will be there for you throughout the course, and if training online will be available 24/7. However, those that stand out offer a lifetime of support after their courses.
TSG Training is one such provider that has been in the business for 20 years. There are two great reasons to choose them. First, pass rates are high and above the industry average, but if you do fail, you have peace of mind that you can retake a subsequent course for free.
2. Does the provider offer the certification you need?
You will be looking for a provider that offers the certification you need. There is a multitude of business analysis courses available, with some providers offering a vast range and others specialising in certain courses.
Courses can be split into three different categories to ensure they are aligned to all skill levels and needs. These are:
- BSC Certified Foundation courses;
- BCS Certified Practitioner courses;
- BCS Certified Professional training courses.
Courses available include everything from essential business analysis skills and BSC requirements engineering to BCS business architecture, BCS Agile business analysis courses and many more. Therefore, a lot of thought has to go into choosing a provider who can offer the correct course for your skill level and requirements.
Check out reviews
A great place to get advice on the right training provider is from like-minded people through forums and reviews. A quality training provider will look to seek feedback and reviews from their clients and training attendees so they can continually improve and develop their training based on the feedback they receive.
Moreover, they’ll be happy to share the feedback with you before deciding on the right training provider. For example, TSG Training is proud to share feedback, and 98% of course delegates rate trainers as good or excellent.
As well as reviews, another good indicator of a trusted training provider is a company that offers free taster sessions or complimentary consultations to ensure you find the right course for your specific needs. For example, TSG Training provides free webinars, such as the Business Analysis – Its Importance webinar, events to join, and a team available to talk through your options without obligation.
What experience does the provider you are considering have?
If you were to consider hiring a new employee, you would take their skills and experience into account, along with references and checks. It would be best if you went through this same process when looking for a business analyst training provider. Check out their website, find out what others have to say about the provider and check their background.
Training providers should take the needs of the individual delegates into account, offering bespoke coaching and training. The team should have extensive experience in all aspects of certification training and offer a variety of training courses.
You also need to make sure the training provider has a deep understanding of your industry and business model, along with the challenges and day-to-day reality in which you operate.
Above all, ensure that any training course you take is accredited so that your training is recognised by the industry.
How are the courses offered by the provider?
You need to consider how the training provider offers courses. For example, do they offer online courses only, classroom and virtual courses or both? Online learning has become extremely popular due to the fact that you can learn at your own pace anytime and anywhere.
Online learning doesn’t mean you don’t have contact with your training provider. Far from it as the best providers offer tutor support 24/7 with courses typically lasting from between 30 to 60 days online.
Online courses are very flexible and can be taken on a variety of devices, including PC/Mac computers, Android and iOS tablets and more.
The only downside to online learning is whether you can be strict enough to set time aside for learning or whether you would be easily distracted.
Six benefits of obtaining certification with a professional body
Now let’s take a look at some of the benefits of obtaining certification with a professional body.
- It shows competence in the practices and principles of business analysis;
- Recognition by professional peers of your professional competence;
- The increased chance of advancement in your career;
- You accomplish a milestone in your career and gain personal satisfaction;
- Your market opportunities widen with certification;
- The potential to earn a higher income as you are formally recognised as a BA professional with experience.
Why choose TSG Training?
There are many reasons why you might want to choose us for your business analyst training.
- The first is that more than 98% of delegates have rated our trainers in the bracket of good or excellent;
- We are a reputable training provider based in the UK and have 20 years of experience;
- Our courses have been designed to meet the needs of different levels of experience and roles, from entry-level to management;
- Our courses may be structured to suit the requirements of you and your company.
If you are ready to book your chosen course with one of our team or you want more information and advice, give us a call on 08000 199337. Alternatively, head over to our business analysis course page to view our extensive range and book the right training for you.