Business Analysis

Business Analysis Extension Certificate

 

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Business analysis is the practice of defining needs and recommending solutions, allowing organizations to change, add value and meet the needs of stakeholders.

Qualified business analysts are in demand. With our lean, focused Business Analysis Certificate program, you can apply your new knowledge right away. 

Business analysts enable change by defining business needs and recommending solutions that deliver value. They also manage requirements and support continuous improvement efforts for organizational success.

Learn how to create solutions to problems with our Business Analysis Certificate. Our courses are taught by instructors who work in the industry and follow the BABOK® Guide v3. Whether you want to revitalize your existing BA skills or gain entry into this fast-growing field, our courses provide real-world learning you can use. Flexible and affordable, the eight courses in this certificate can be taken in a format that best suits your needs.

With support from our experienced instructors, discover best practices, proven tools and industry-recognized techniques to analyze needs and solutions. Build knowledge to recommend strategies and support stakeholder collaboration. Model, analyze, communicate and manage requirements and other business analysis information.

Benefits

  • Earn a recognized credential to enhance your business analysis experience
  • Update your existing business analysis credentials
  • Earn professional development hours towards IIBA certification or re-certification

Program format

All course curriculum updated as of 2021

Format: Classroom, Online, Fast Track | Learn more

Duration: Complete 8 required courses (120 hours). Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years

The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to review the online learning units - your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.

 

Accreditation

Multi-level, competency-based certification is awarded through the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA ®). Certification is increasingly recognized as the benchmark of excellence for the business analysis professional. For an overview of certification requirements and upcoming Calgary Chapter events, please visit the IIBA ® website.

Mount Royal University Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension is proud to be an Endorsed Educational Provider (EEP™) of the IIBA®. All of the courses in the Business Analysis Extension Certificate automatically qualify towards the Professional Development hours required for IIBA® certification or re-certification.

 

Online learning

We offer a variety of online learning options. Visit our learning formats page for more information.

 

An Overview of Business Analysis
Organizations seek qualified business analysis professionals to enable change by defining business needs and recommending solutions that deliver genuine business value. The activities that support this goal include requirements identification, process assessment, engaging with stakeholders, identifying business needs and providing feasible solutions aligned with organizational goals and objectives.  By analyzing a business need, problem or opportunity, students learn about the role of a business analyst and how a BA can add value to an organization.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis

Subject code: XBUA 10015 15 Hours. Fee: $575 
CRN 90097
Online Sept. 20 - Oct. 17

Specify and Model Requirements

Specifying and modelling requirements approaches are used to plan, elicit, analyze, integrate and model business requirements into product and service solutions and designs. Models provide the visual representation of requirements that convey information in a concise and understandable manner. By using a combination of collaborative elicitation, requirement analysis and visual models, a framework is established to ask relevant questions, receive insightful answers, present information and analyze and validate stakeholder groups’ results to establish their needs and solutions to their business problem or opportunity. 

In this course, students explore techniques and practices used to specify and model requirements and identify and understand the levels of requirements that define a solution scope.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis

Subject code: XBUA 10016 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90151 Online Oct. 4 - 31

Business Process Modeling

The goal of business process management is to improve operational performance and agility while reducing costs and risks. Business processes models help businesses understand what they do, why they do it that way and identify how to make improvements.

In this course, students explore business process modeling from the perspective of a business analyst, including approaches and tools such as process maps, process decomposition, SIPOC diagrams, Voice of Customer (VoC) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Students model and analyze an existing business process and design a new and improved business process.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis   

Subject code: XBUA 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRM 90278 Online Oct. 12 - Nov. 7


Strategic Business Analysis

All organizations prioritize. In order to shape the future course of a business, strategy analysis is used to understand all aspects of the business - the strategic, tactical and operational. Strategic business analysis helps to align the business strategy to the tactical and operational environment, enabling transformative organizational change.

Effective strategic business analysis seeks to answer not only the “how” of a solution, but the “what” and the “why.”  This course enables students to partner with stakeholders to discover, understand, collaborate and establish specific business needs that reflect the future direction of the organization. Students also consider ways to understand the current business state, define the future state, establish the risk and change approach requirements and consider ways to measure solution performance.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis 

Subject code: XBUA 10017 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90217 Online Nov. 1 - 28

Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts

Business analysts collaborate with stakeholders to elicit business analysis information like requirements, plans, risks, designs, solution options and cost estimates. In group settings, the business analyst often assumes a leadership role as a workshop leader with the responsibility to elicit information.  This highly interactive course will provide students with a variety of useful facilitation techniques, from using visual models to elicit requirements to collaborative problem solving and consensus building.

Participants will plan and lead a short facilitated workshop and receive feedback from their peers to help improve their personal facilitation skills.  Upon completion of this course, students will be better prepared to develop presentations, facilitate activities and participate more effectively in meetings and workshops.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis

Subject code: XBUA 10019 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90279
Online Oct. 25 - Nov. 21

Plan and Manage Business Analysis Work

Business analysis plans define the approach and strategies used to conduct business analysis work activities. The plan supports the efforts of the business analyst and the stakeholders. Further, it defines the structure, approach, timing and outcomes of the activities and tasks that are occurring. Students learn these strategies and how they are applied in preparation for working with an organization. This course provides students with the approaches, methods and tools used to design and manage a business analysis plan.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis 

Subject code: XBUA 10018 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90216 Online Oct 18 - Nov. 14


Develop a Business Case
Business cases are developed to justify a course of action based on the costs and benefits realized by a proposed solution. The business case outlines the relevant facts and information used to make investment decisions within an organization. It provides the rationale of why the organization should implement the recommended solution to address the identified need, problem or opportunity. In this course, students construct an effective business case that sets realistic expectations about the change initiative and the business value of the recommended solution.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis 

Subject code: XBUA 10007 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90280 Online Nov. 8 - Dec. 5

 


Business Analysis Perspectives
Business analysis is applied to a range of organizations, business scenarios and professional disciplines. The IIBA highlights five business analysis perspectives, including agile, information technology, business architecture, business intelligence and business process management perspectives. Although each perspective is its own discipline, applying a broad knowledge of business analysis perspectives is essential to provide value to organizations. Understanding different business analysis perspectives provides a framework to address various needs within an organization. This course introduces students to specialized techniques, methods and competencies needed within each business analysis perspective.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Business Analysis

Subject code: XBUA 10020 15 Hours. Fee: $575
CRN 90165
Online Nov 15. - Dec. 12
 

 

 

Tentative course schedule
Fall
(Sept. - Dec.)
Winter
(Jan.- April)
Spring/Summer 
(May - Aug.)
An Overview of Business Analysis
Specify & Model Requirements
Business Process Modeling
Strategic Business Analysis
Facilitation Skills for Business Analysts
Plan & Manage Business Analysis Work
Develop a Business Case
Business Analysis Perspectives

  

E ach course may be offered in a variety of formats. Check the “Courses and fees” tab for more information.

The schedule above is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March

Our Business Analysis instructors are among the best in Canada - or anywhere. They are experts in all aspects of business analysis. They are also eager to share their knowledge of and passion for business analysis with you. Meet:

Textbook (required)
A textbook is required for this program (approximately $100)  A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge ® (BABOK ® Guide) Version 3, International Institute of Business Analysis, 2015,  available at the Cougars Campus Store . Search by Term and Department (XBUA). IIBA ® members can download a complimentary PDF copy of the BABOK ® Guide for their own personal and professional use from the IIBA website. Non-members can purchase a PDF copy.

Course materials
All additional required course materials are distributed online. Click here for information on how to access your course materials.

Click here for a full list of frequently asked questions about the Business Analysis Extension Certificate.

The market for business analysts is robust and rapidly growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the job market for business analysts is expected to grow by 14% from 2014-2024.   Indeed, according to  LinkedIn, business analysis was one of the skills most valued by employers in 2020.  In addition, compensation for BAs is significantly above average. For more details, see the IIBA's most recent annual salary survey.

To learn more about the role of a business analyst, check out the IIBA's " In the Life of a BA" series, where real-world practitioners share their stories.

To view business analysis-related job postings currently available in Canada, please visit Indeed.ca*

*The job opportunities posted on the above website are provided solely for the student's information. Mount Royal does not endorse, screen or evaluate these opportunities and has no control over the accuracy of the postings or the quality or safety of the opportunities advertised. It is the student's responsibility to investigate these opportunities to ensure that they are appropriate and meet the student's expectations.


An outstanding way to start or further your career as a business analyst.

Mark Zipprick
Business Analysis graduate

The workshop environment was very beneficial for learning from fellow classmates ... The interactive style of instruction was fun and educational.

Tami Sutley
Business Analysis Certificate student

...the courses provided a very good survey of BA concerns. I now know many more questions to ask.

Sean Drysdale
Business Analysis graduate

The Business Analysis program helps me in providing the link between IT and business for my organization, enabling better communication and understanding between the two groups.

Joey Choi Yee Suen, Telus
Business Analysis graduate

Contact us

For information about this program:
cebusiness@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

Customize this program for your organization through our Corporate Training unit.

               

 

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