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BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

Higher Certificate

This Diploma is an international, industry-recognised certification that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and capabilities to be an effective business analyst.

Who is this aimed at?

Business and IT professionals who want to demonstrate they have a detailed understanding of business analysis best practice.

What are the entry requirements?

Four modules are required to be passed:

  • Practitioner Certificates in Business Analysis Practice 
  • Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering
  • One knowledge-based specialism
  • One practitioner specialism
Core modules Knowledge-based specialisms Practitioner specialisms
Business Analysis Practice Commercial Awareness / Organisational Context Modelling Business Processes
Requirements Engineering Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis Systems Modelling Techniques
  Foundation Certificate in Business Change Benefits Management & Business Acceptance
  Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management Systems Development Essentials
2 of the above 1 of the above 1 of the above

: At least one of these examination passes must have been achieved within 12 months of the date of the oral examination unless an exemption has been agreed with the Examinations Officer.

What format is the exam?

  • 50 minute oral ‘closed book’ exam 
  • Interview by two examiners (25 minutes each) 
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Are there any exemptions?

  • IIBA exemption:
    The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) qualifications are exempt from the Requirements Engineering module and the Knowledge-based specialist module IIBA & BCS Professional Certifications (PDF)
  • Organisational Context exemption:
    As Commercial Awareness replaced the former Organisational Context module, candidates who hold this can still use it to contribute to the attainment of the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis (subject to meeting the needs of the current published scheme) and will not be required to pass the new module.

Where can I take the exam?

Option 1: With an accredited examination provider

Option 2: At a public sitting (exam only):

Time: Select when booking
Venue 1: BCS London Office

Tuesday 9 September 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Friday 19 September 2014
Friday 26 September 2014
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Friday 3 October 2014
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Friday 17 October 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Friday 31 October 2014

Venue 2: BCS Swindon Office
Dates: Wednesday 24 September 2014
Venue 3: Edinburgh Venue
Dates: Wednesday 17 September 2014
Fee: £190 (ex VAT)
Register: Online - you must also complete, sign and return this registration form when booking this exam (if we don’t receive it you will be unable to sit the exam).

Exam fees for public sittings must be paid a minimum of four weeks prior to the exam date by cheque (payable to BCS), Visa, Access or MasterCard.

Where can I read more?

You can read more in the oral syllabus and guidelines for candidates.

What can I do next?

If you have the appropriate certification and relevant skills and experience you can apply for the BA Expert Award.