The Business Analysis Certification Program from PM Expert 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.
PMI- PBA Course Content
- What is Business Analysis?
- Who Performs Business Analysis?
- Definition of Requirements
- 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.
- 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.
- Identify Problem or Opportunity
- Assess Current State of the Organization
- Determine the Future state
- Determine the viable option and provide recommendation
- Facilitate product roadmap development
- Assemble the Business Case
- Identify Stakeholders
- Conduct Stakeholder Analysis
- Determine Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Approach
- Conduct Business Analysis Planning
- Prepare Transition to Future State
- Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
- Assess Business Analysis Perfoemance
- Determine Elicitation Approach
- Prepare for Elicitation
- Conduct Elicitation
- Confirm Elicitation Result
- Determine Analysis Approach
- Determine and Analyze Models
- Define and Elaborate Requirements
- Define Acceptance Criteria
- Verify Requirements
- Validate Requirements
- Prioritize Requirements and other product information
- Identify and Analyze Product Risks
- Assess Product Design Options
- Determine Traceability and Monitoring Approach
- Establish Relationships and Dependencies
- Select and Approve requirements
- Manage Changes to requirement and other product information
- Evaluate Solution Performance
- Determine Solution Evaluation Approach
- Evaluate Acceptance Result and Address Defects
- Obtain Solution Acceptance for Release
- Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree
- 60 months of business analysis experience
- 35 contact hours of education in business analysis
- Bachelor's degree or the global equivalent
- 36 months of business analysis experience
- 35 contact hours of education in business analysis
The PMI-PBA exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions. Of the 200 questions, 25 are considered pre-test questions. Pre-test questions do not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future questions. All questions are randomly placed throughout the exam.
No. of Scored Questions 175
No. of Pre-test (Unscored) Questions 25
Total Examination Questions 200
Allotted Examination Time 240 minutes
Domain 1: Needs Assessment (5 tasks) 18%
Domain 2: Planning (6 tasks) 22%
Domain 3: Analysis (8 tasks) 35%
Domain 4: Traceability and Monitoring (5 tasks) 15%
Domain 5: Evaluation (4 tasks) 10%
To apply for the PMI-PBA ® Certification Exam : Before you can take the PMI-PBA certification exam, you'll need to complete an application so that the Project Management Institute (PMI) can validate your years of experience and education as a project manager.
The steps to complete PMP application form are as follows:
Step 1: Create a PMI.org account.
Step 2: Complete and submit the online application
.Step 3: Wait for confirmation of completeness.
Step 4: Complete audit materials if you are audited...
Step 5: Pay the credential fee.
Step 6: Prepare for the exam.
Step 7: Schedule (and pass) the exam
The PMI-PBA® application form consists of 4 sections:
- Personal section - for your name (as you would like to be printed on the certificate), communicable address, email address, contact numbers.
- Professional experience and Educational qualification - one of the following combination of experience and education is needed:
- Secondary degree (High school diploma, associate's degree or global equivalent) and 60 months working as a practitioner of business analysis. This experience must have been earned in the last 8 years. or
- Bachelor's degree or higher degree (or global equivalent) and 36 months working as a practitioner of business analysis. This experience must have been earned in the last 8 years.
- Education course - demonstrating attendance of 35 hours of formal Business Analysis training, through one or more means as listed in the course handbook.
The PMI-PBA® certification is valid for 3 years. To renew your certification, you will need to follow the requisites of the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program, details of which are available at:
To be eligible for a renewal, you will have to earn 60 PDU's (professional development units) in Agile topics during the last 3 years and pay a renewal fee. No other form of exams are required anymore. If you do not choose to renew, then your certification is temporarily suspended for a year before it expires.
- 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.