How to become a Professional Business Analyst (PBA)

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When you are looking to become a qualified Professional Business Analyst, it is worth consider the certification offered by PMI called the Professional Business Analyst (PBA). We at Turlon & Associates, are offering a series of PBA Preparation Course and this can be found on So let’s break this down, the role of the Business Analyst is to provide subject matter expertise on the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to:

  • determine problems and identify business needs;
  • identify and recommend viable solutions for meeting those needs;
  • elicit, document, and manage stakeholder requirements in order to meet business and project objectives;
  • facilitate the successful implementation of the product, service, or end result of the program or project.

If this sounds familiar, then you are well position to take on this role and more importantly to take on the certification.

Furthermore when looking at the skillset and expertise needed for the business analyst role, here are some of the things that need to be considered:

  • Analytical skills,
  • Business and industry knowledge,
  • Communication skills, including strong business writing and verbal communication skills,
  • Conflict management,
  • Creative and critical thinking,
  • Cultural awareness,
  • Decision making,
  • Facilitation,
  • Familiarity with multiple project and development methodologies

The last bullet point is key in considering the role of the business analyst as the role can vary from the predictive lifecycle of waterfall to the adaptive life-cycles of agile. Within both of these model, there is a strong need for requirement elicitation and analysis technique and the PBA certification focuses on this.

When looking at becoming a PBA, you got to look at the organisation and culture that you exist in. In today’s market, you may find that business analysis is being performed within their organisation by one or more of these roles:

  • Agile team members;
  • Business architects;
  • Business intelligence analysts;
  • Business process analysts;
  • Business subject matter experts;
  • Data, functional, operational, systems, or user experience analysts;
  • Enterprise business analysts;
  • Product managers or product owners;
  • Project managers;
  • Requirements, software requirements, systems, or value engineers; and
  • Requirements managers.

So if would consider any of the title above to match your job description, then this certification may just be for you.

To the certification itself, here is what is required:

You will need to record the following for each line of experience in addition to the general and contact information:

  • Project Name
  • Business analysis hours by domain
    • Needs Assessment
    • Business Analysis Planning
    • Business Analysis
    • Requirement Traceability and Monitoring
    • Solution Evaluation and Acceptance
  • A 300-550 character description of the business analysis tasks performed

Best of luck with this journey to becoming a certified Business Analyst and do feel free to check out the following link for more information


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