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Certificate in Business Analysis

BAAI Graduation

The Certificate in Business Analysis QQI Level 8 is for all those who wish to advance and certify their skills in this important and growing area.

Do you currently play or aspire to play a leading role in improving enterprise performance through the use of proven business analysis techniques – either internally within your organisation or a consultant to others?

If your answer is 'Yes' then the Certificate in Business Analysis is for you.

This programme:

  • Is jointly developed by the National College of Ireland in partnership with the Business Analysts Association of Ireland
  • Focuses on improving enterprise performance through the use of proven business analysis techniques
  • Leads to a professional certification in Business Analysis at QQI Level 8

Business and systems analysts, internal and external consultants and advisors, managers, team leaders and members of improvement teams can all benefit from applying key business analysis techniques in their roles.

Course Benefits

Among the many benefits of achieving the Certificate in Business Analysis are the following:

  • You will be able to make a more effective contribution to improving business performance and competitiveness within your organisation
  • You will acquire proven modern methodologies and techniques for analysing and solving business problems that impact upon cost, efficiency, capacity and service quality
  • You will more fully understand the dynamics and context of organisational change with reference to latest thinking on best implementation approaches
  • You will develop effective consultancy and communication skills – including the project management, listening, questioning, negotiation, influencing, presentation and facilitation skills required to initiate and lead change programmes and initiatives.

Course Objectives

The Certificate in Business Analysis programme aims to provides participants with:

  • A specialised knowledge in analysing the core business objectives and strategy of an organisation or strategic business unit
  • An ability to analyse the processes, procedures, systems and structures that are in place – and to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency
  • A comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of change – and how to harness the positive energy needed to bring about successful change
  • An understanding of the various types and styles of consultancy intervention and their effectiveness in various situations
  • The skills necessary to be able to communicate and negotiate effectively with stakeholders within and outside of an organisation.

Entry and Accreditation

Applicants for the programme will be assessed based on relevant experience by the Business Analysts Association of Ireland.

Applicants from other areas will be expected to have a primary level 7 degree or proven work experience in the area.

On completion of the entire programme successful participants will be awarded a QQI Level 8 Certificate in Business Analysis.

Where, when and how much?

The programme is shared between two locations: the Irish Computer Society, 87/89 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 and at The National College of Ireland, IFSC Centre, Dublin 1. It is of six months duration and consists of two full-day lectures per month together with case study analyses and project work.

Lectures run from 9am to 5.00 pm each day. Courses commence in Spring and Autumn of each year.

The individual fee for the course is €3,300, payable at time of booking. The fee covers lecture fees, course material, assessment and accreditation, Lunch is not provided.

The course fee also includes six months of post-completion email support to assist graduates in the practical implementation of skills and techniques learnt on the course.

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Course participants automatically join an existing group of former graduates (free membership for 1 year) through the Business Analysts Association of Ireland (BAAI). This provides for many opportunities to network, share experiences, and receive mentoring through events targeted for Business Analysts held at the premises of the Irish Computer Society (ICS). Events hosted by the ICS such as breakfast seminars and the annual conference of the BAAI are ideal opportunities for collaboration between graduates of the programme and BA practitioners. It is recommended that current students and graduates of the Certificate in Business Analysis programme join the BAAI Linkedin forum to participate in discussions focused on Business Analysis

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What people are saying about the Certificate in Business Analysis course:

Inspiring, fun, very useful. Superbly taught and well structured. I really enjoyed this course.

Elisa Sperati, PayPal

Hugely beneficial. I would recommend it to any company or individual considering formal training.

Averil Madill, Bank of Ireland

The ideal forum to broaden the technical and people skills required to excel in the Business Analyst role.

Kieran Creaton, RBS Technology Services

Helped me develop skills and introduced me to countless new tools and techniques that have already had a positive impact in my job.

Graeme Stein, AEGON

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