PMI PROFESSIONAL IN BUSINESS ANALYSIS (PMI-PBA)

PMI PROFESSIONAL IN BUSINESS ANALYSIS (PMI-PBA)

The PMI PROFESSIONAL IN BUSINESS ANALYSIS (PMI-PBA) is for all those who wish to advance and certify their skills in this important and growing area. The PMI-PBA covers the overall process of business analysis, where and how it fits in the project life cycle, and the business context.

The Certification Program is designed to provide you with the core skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed as a Business Analyst in today's global marketplace. The Certification addresses real-world problems that business analysts face, demonstrate how to use business analyst techniques and tools, and use exercises to enhance the transfer of knowledge back to the participant's workplace.

The PMI-PBA  program focuses on analyzing current best practices from some of the most successful companies utilizing Business Analysis today. You will learn to better define and manage requirements, elicit information from stakeholders, analyze business processes and find innovative and efficient solutions to even the most challenging business problems.

PMI views business analysis as an essential capability that cascades across and throughout portfolio, program, and project management. As such, the PMI Guide to Business Analysis is aligned to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide); The Standard for Program Management; The Standard for Portfolio Management; Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) and the Agile Practice Guide. Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide is a complement to this standard.

The Standard for Business Analysis mirrors a similar structure to The Standard for Project Management utilizing process groups and processes to describe the work. It discusses business analysis work via thirty five processes distributed across six Business Analysis Process Groups and these groups are briefly described as follows

  • Defining and Aligning . The processes performed to investigate and evaluate the viability  for initiating a new product or changes to or retirement of an existing product as well as defining scope and aligning products, portfolios, programs, and projects to the overall organizational strategy.
  • Initiating. The process performed to define the portfolio, program, or project objectives and apply resources to a portfolio component, program, project, or project phase.
  • Planning.  The processes performed to determine an optimal approach for performing business analysis activities, including how they are adapted for the chosen project life cycle, and to analyze the internal and external stakeholders who will interact and influence the overall definition of the solution.
  • Executing. The processes performed to elicit, analyze, model, define, verify, validate, prioritize, and approve all types of product information, ranging from backlogs to user stories and requirements to constraints.
  • Monitoring and Controlling. The processes performed on an ongoing basis to assess the impact of proposed product changes within a portfolio, program, or project to assess business analysis performance and to promote ongoing communication and engagement with stakeholders.
  • Releasing. The process performed to determine whether all or part of a solution should be released and to obtain acceptance that all or part of a solution is ready to be transitioned to an operational team that will take ongoing responsibility for it.

The guide provides guidance on how to effectively apply business analysis processes and practices to drive better business outcomes regardless of the industry, project size, or project type. It provides business analysis guidance for any delivery method including predictive (waterfall) and adaptive (agile). The PMI Guide to Business Analysis includes following six Knowledge Areas:

  • Needs Assessment. Analyzing current business problems or opportunities to understand what is necessary to attain the desired future state
  • Stakeholder Engagement. Identifying and analyzing those who have an interest in the outcome of the solution to determine how to collaborate and communicate with them.
  • Elicitation. Planning and preparing for elicitation, conducting elicitation, and confirming elicitation results to obtain information from sources.
  • Analysis. Examining, breaking down, synthesizing, and clarifying information to further understand it, complete it, and improve it.
  • Traceability and Monitoring. Tracing, approving, and assessing changes to product information to manage it throughout the business analysis effort.
  • Solution Evaluation. Validating a full solution or a segment of a solution that is about to be or has already been implemented to determine how well a solution meets the business needs and delivers value to the organization.

Prerequisites for PMI-PBA

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or
  • 7,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

OR

  • Bachelor's degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

*Project experience can include your business analysis experience. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required for the PMI-PBA.

Key Deliverables of PMI - PBA Training


  • Comprehensive PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide loaded with key terms, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for the PMI-PBA exam. 
  • 90-day subscription to our PMI-PBA Online Study Exam simulator 
  • PDF (virtual) or hard-copy (in-person) of the PMI-PBA Study Tables, an overview of the PMI-PBA domains in a comprehensive and detailed, yet highly visual package.
  • In-class exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations.
  • Class discussions that dissect practice questions to learn how to analyze and answer them.