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Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis

  • Take your first step on your business analysis career path by attaining a certification that employers around the world respect and value
  • Understand how to identify and evaluate options for improving your business
  • Develop skills and knowledge to support successful business change programmes within your organisation
  • Attain one of the four modules you need to gain the International Diploma in Business Analysis

Who is it for?

  • The Foundation Certificate is designed for people who want to understand business analysis, support change and improve business processes
  • Suitable for business analysts, business managers and members of their team, business change managers and project managers

What are the entry requirements?

  • There are no entry requirements for this certification.

What will I learn?

You’ll gain a broad understanding of business analysis, including:

  • The role and competencies of a Business Analyst
  • Investigation techniques, including interviews, observations, workshops and prototyping
  • How to categorise, analyse and manage stakeholders
  • How to model business processes
  • Making a business and financial case and assessing feasibility
  • How to establish, document and model requirements

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list.

How do I get this certification?

Take the complete training programme (recommended)

You can take a bundled programme of courses with one of our approved training providers. You’ll find them across the UK and around the world.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last 3 days.

Where can I study?

  • At an approved provider near you
  • At your computer via e-learning or web conference learning

How much does it cost?

Prices for courses vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

Exam only (study on your own)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about business analysis.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 27 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where can I take the exam?

  • At any Pearson VUE test centre across the world

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £174 (£145 + VAT)

Textbook: Business Analysis 3rd edition £34.99

What format is the exam?

  • One hour ‘closed book’ with 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Resources to help you study

Book cover of Business Analysis 3rd edition

Business Analysis 3rd edition

This bestselling textbook explores a range of approaches and techniques for business analysis and covers the syllabus for the Business Analysis Foundation Certificate.

£34.99


What are the benefits of gaining a BCS certification?

Become an Associate Member on gaining the certification and enjoy networking opportunities with over 70,000 professionals, as well as access to resources online.
Map your skills and identify your goals along your career path by following the SFIAplus industry-standard framework.
Gain an internationally recognised certification, enabling you to take your skills around the world.

An apprentice’s journey doesn’t stop once the scheme has finished, this is only the beginning as an IT Professional.

Satveer Kaur-Singh, Business Analyst, AXA Insurance

What's next?

Demonstrate your skills and expertise by gaining the internationally-recognised International Diploma in Business Analysis, available once you have completed three other modules.

International Diploma in Business Analysis

  • Available once you’ve completed 4 modules: 2 core modules, 1 knowledge module and 1 practitioner module
  • You’ll have an oral examination to discuss your experience and capabilities

Read more about our International Diploma in Business Analysis

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualification in Wales, CCEA or SQA.