Certified Business Analyst Foundation (CBAF)

Certification Overview

Certified Business Analyst Foundation (CBAF)

Exam Code: CBAF-001

Business analysts study the overall business and IT needs of an organization in order to develop appropriate solution strategies. As the key liaison between business and information technology departments, the business analyst is responsible for gathering and documenting business requirements and translating them into functional system design specifications that can be successfully executed by IT development teams. A Business Analyst is someone who analyses change requirements and produces a justifiable set of analysis deliverables that are used to design and implement the solution. A Business Analyst is (or should!) be measured on delivery of the benefits specified in the project objectives.

Job rankings reports over the past few years (including ones by CNN Money and job search engine Indeed.com) rank Business Analyst as a ‘hot job’ for the future. And survey data spanning from 2008 to 2010 from Blueprint Systems reports that 37% of BAs now use some kind of purpose-built requirements software tool in their role.

About Business Analysis

Business Analysis is a straight forward process of analyzing business change requirements. Why, then, are there so many methods, approaches, techniques and tools for doing what is – essentially – the same job? In order to understand this, we need to rewind a bit in time to look at where Business Analysis came from, where it currently is and projections for where it will go.

The History Bit

Business Analysis was born out of the fact that IT change projects started to go wrong in the 1980s. Before that, IT change projects could solve a limited set of problems in a limited way because the only options were to turn paper based data into electronic data and have simple programs automate the use of that data. There were many limitations such as:

  • were many limitations such as: storage of the electronic data was expensive
  • the way data was stored was cumbersome (flat files read sequentially in one direction only).
  • programs were difficult to write in abstract languages
  • there was only a limited set of functionality based around mainframe processes
  • user interfaces were delivered on basic green-screen

E-Course Duration: 10 to 15 Hours

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Exam Information

The exam comprises of 40 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 70% (28 out of 40 correct) to pass the exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour (60 Minutes).

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  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times.

The Certified Business Analyst (CBA)™ – Foundation Certificate is valid for life.

CBAF™ is a Trademark of GAQM.

Successfully passing the CBAF exam will also earn candidates a total of 20 Learning Hours and 1 Credit towards MBA in Business Management (Master’s Degree) offered by Charisma University.

Note: The Certified Business Analyst (CBA)™ – Foundation Certification has no pre-requisites (Completion of an E-Course is not mandatory from GAQMBok portal), but we highly recommend doing the E-Course as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction to Business Process Analysis

  • Introduction to Business Process Analysis
  • Why Business Analysis
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst
  • Key concept of business analysis
  • What is domain knowledge?
  • How to adapt with different domains

Module 2 – Business Process Analysis Planning and Stakeholder Management

  • Introduction
  • BPA activities planning
  • Business communication scheduling
  • Performance Monitoring of Business Analysts
  • Estimation
  • Stakeholder Identification and Management
  • RASCI Matrix
  • Stakeholder spreadsheet

Module 3 – Business Requirements Management

  • What is requirement?
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Requirements Management
  • Requirements Organization
  • Requirements Prioritization
  • Requirements Communication

Module 4 – Organizational Analysis

  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • GAQP Analysis
  • Swot Analysis
  • Decision Analysis
  • Strategy Analysis

Module 5 – Business Solutions Evaluation and Implementation

  • Business Solutions
  • Solutions Assessment
  • Solution Validation
  • Solution Evaluation
  • Solution Implementation

Module 6 – Business Analyst Competencies

  • Business Communication
  • Supplier Management
  • Leadership
  • Conflict Management

Target Audience

The Foundation level is suitable for business and system analysts, requirements engineers, product owners and product managers.

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