Business Analysis Foundation


  • 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


This certificate covers the range of concepts, approaches and techniques that are applicable to Business Analysis. It provides a foundation for the Institute’s range of specialist modular certificates in the areas of Business Analysis, IS Consultancy and Business Change. In addition, it provides foundation-level Business Analysis knowledge for specialists in other disciplines, particularly Project Managers and System Developers.


Business Analysis Foundation Benefits

Our certification delivers benefits for individuals and organizations. For business analysts:

  • Enables you to become a more effective business catalyst
  • Develops the key BA skills of problem-solving and communication
  • Start now whether you are new to BA or an experienced practitioner
  • Recognized and used by the world’s top IT, finance and business consulting firms
  • Provides career-long learning through modular and specialist certificates
  • Specialized training and examination based on application and rigorous peer group review

BCS membership for all successful candidates connecting you with like-minded practitioners For employers: 

  • Turn driven professionals into expert problem-solvers that deliver top-level value to your business
  • Industry leading standards of excellence, achieved by more than 70,000 business analysts worldwide
  • Partner network of training providers delivering modular and specialized courses tailored for your organization
  • A development pathway for employees, wherever they are in their BA journey
  • Supports your organization in recruiting, retaining and motivating the best people in business analysis

Target Group

The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis including business analysts, business managers and their staff, business change managers and project managers.

Learning Objectives

Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business analysis principles and techniques. Key areas are:

  • The role and competencies of a business analyst
  • Strategy analysis
  • Business system and business process modelling
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Investigation and modelling techniques
  • Requirements engineering
  • Business case development
  • Management of business change

Prerequisite Entry Criteria

There are no specific pre-requisites for entry to the examination, The syllabus is based on the BCS publication Business Analysis, 2nd edition, and it is recommended that this text is studied by those preparing to take this examination.

Exam Format

  • The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
  • It will be a ‘closed book’ examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
  • The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).


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