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BCS Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis

Consultant Certificate

Designed for senior business analysts, this advanced diploma recognises business analysis experience and expertise plus contribution to the wider BA community.

Applicants must demonstrate a combination of formal certification and experience in business analysis, ongoing personal development in the profession and must actively contribute to the development and promotion of business analysis.

Who is this aimed at?

Senior business analysts who hold the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

What are the entry requirements?

All applicants must hold the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis plus specialist Professional BCS certifications. They must also have a minimum of five years’ experience in business analysis and provide evidence of contribution to the BA community.

To proceed to the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis an applicant will need a combination of BCS certifications and experience.

An applicant must hold the following certifications:

  • A BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, and,
  • A BCS Professional Certification in each of the Analytical, Business and People Skills subjects and,
  • One additional BCS Professional Certification in either an Analytical or Business Skills subject.
Analytical skills specialism Business skills specialism People skill specialisms
Business Architecture
Business Finance Stakeholder Engagement
Advanced Requirements Engineering Benefits Planning and Realisation Team Leadership
Data Analysis
Agile Business Analysis
1 of the above 1 of the above 1 of the above
Plus an addition 1 Analytical or Business Skills specialism


In addition, applicants are required to complete a Business Analysis experience submission, setting out their business analysis experience. This must equate to a minimum of five years working within the business analysis domain and the attributes of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) (Influence, Autonomy, Complexity, and Business Skills) at Level 5 and Level 6 are equally critical.

BA Community requirement - applicants are required to demonstrate how they have contributed to the wider BA community. This may be through initiatives that are internal to their organisation or may be through involvement in external BA groups.

What format?

A portfolio review will be completed where the complete portfolio must be submitted to BCS for review. BCS will conduct the review as follows:

  • Confirm that the certification evidence is correct
  • Confirm that the experience evidence conforms with the five-year minimum requirement and is supported by a senior colleague
  • Confirm that the experience evidence is relevant business analysis work and demonstrates the appropriate SFIAplus level
  • Confirm that the experience evidence regarding the personal skills is relevant to the selected subject (stakeholder engagement or team leadership)

Confirm that contributions to the BA community have been made by the applicant.

You are required to provide the details of at least one supporter who can confirm the information provided on your application.

BCS may decide to award the Advanced International Diploma based upon the evidence portfolio alone. However, it may be necessary to contact an applicant to discuss the evidence in greater depth. Where this is the case, an authorised BCS assessor will organise a call with the applicant to hold such a discussion. The assessor will then recommend whether the Advanced International Diploma should be awarded.

Continuing professional development

Applicants will need to recertify every three years. To do this, applicants will need to provide evidence of continuing BA experience, personal development and contribution to the BA community.

Are there any exemptions?

There are no exemptions.

Completing the application submission

To apply:

What can I do next?

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

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications in Wales, CCEA or SQA.

Find out more

Business Analysis brochure