PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) Certification

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Last Update April 3, 2024
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Course Description

The PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® highlights your expertise in business analysis. It spotlights your ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects, and drive successful business outcomes.

Today more than ever the world is moving towards project-based work. The jobs of business analysts and solution builders are intermingled with project environments and management of projects. PMI has recognized the need to educate and certify the role of the business analyst as viewed through the lens of the project. With the introduction of the PBA credential, PMI is formalizing the importance of BA work in the project management world. They have highlighted specific knowledge areas, skills, and published materials which describe the value of business analysis to projects and built the new PMI-PBA certification around them.

Learning Objectives

Increase your odds of passing the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® the first time
Advance your career opportunities and career path options in the business analysis profession
Shorten study time by streamlining the recommended exam resources
Run through simulated practice exams for the Business Analysis: Process Groups, Knowledge Areas, Processes, and Competencies
Learn the essential areas necessary to pass the exam
Master the 6 Business Analysis Process Groups and 6 Business Analysis Knowledge Areas that constitute the exam
Conquer the 35 Business Analysis Processes
Grasp the tasks for eliciting, analyzing, documenting, validating, and verifying requirements
Become proficient with business analysis terminology
Create a personalized test-taking strategy based on your strengths and opportunities

Target Audience

  • Business Customers, Users or Partners
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Systems Analysts
  • Project Managers or Team Leaders
  • Systems Architects or Designers
  • IT Managers/Directors
  • Systems or Application Developers
  • QA Professionals
  • Systems Testers
  • Systems Analysts
  • Anyone wanting to enhance their business analysis skills


60 Lessons32h

1. Introduction and Foundation of the Certification

The field of business analysis is rich with terms, concepts, tools, techniques, and processes. This beginning section sets the foundation of key terms to know in order to prepare you for the five domain areas and forty knowledge and skills areas that are part of the exam.
The value of business analysis
Common vocabulary
Foundational elements
Business Analysis Processes
Business Analysis Process Groups
Business Analysis Knowledge Areas
Business Analysis Tailoring

2. Business Analysis Environment

The profession of business analysis is influenced by the environment and organization in which it is performed. This section focuses on the two major categories of influence, both internally and externally.

3. Role of the Business Analyst

Even though business analysis has been performed for decades, there is much confusion about the role and who performs the work of business analysis. This section provides context for the role of the business analyst, background and support of the role, and the essential competencies to succeed in business analysis.

4. Needs Assessment

The first Business Analysis Knowledge Area of the exam is where people begin their requirements process and the activities that lead to project success. Emphasis is placed on the business analysis processes used to define the business problem or opportunity and perform needs assessment. Needs assessment encompasses 18 percent of the exam. In this section we review how to effectively perform these seven business analysis processes.

5. Stakeholder Engagement

This Business Analysis Knowledge area focuses on identification and analysis of people who have an interest in the solution outcome. Emphasis is placed on how to collaborate and communicate with stakeholders to keep them engaged in the project, program, and/or portfolio. In this section we review how to effectively perform these seven business analysis processes.

6. Elicitation

This section emphasizes how a business analysis professional plans and prepares for elicitation, conducts elicitation and confirms elicitation results from the sources used to obtain information for the project, program, and/or portfolio. In this section we review how to effectively perform these four business analysis processes.

7. Analysis

Analysis of the requirements involves making sense of what has been revealed during Elicitation. This Knowledge Area includes performing the following requirements activities: analyzing, decomposing, accepting, verifying, validating, prioritizing, and assessing product design options. The Analysis domain contains 35 percent of the exam (which also includes the Elicitation Knowledge Area – Section VI). In this section we’ll cover the following nine business analysis processes.

8. Traceability and Monitoring

Identifying the status of requirements throughout the lifecycle of the project and communicating critical information related to requirements is an important factor for project success. This Knowledge Area is concerned about managing, examining, and sharing requirements information with the project stakeholders. Traceability and Monitoring comprises 15 percent of the exam. This Knowledge Area includes the following four business analysis processes.

9. Solution Evaluation

The final Knowledge Area examines if the delivered solution achieves the business need and satisfies the requirements. These activities could include evaluating solution performance, acceptance results, defects, and solution acceptance. Solution Evaluation comprises 10 percent of the exam. In this section we will explore the following four business analysis processes.

10. Business Analyst Competencies

To effectively perform business analysis, it is critical to possess specific skills, knowledge and abilities. In this section we will examine the following six major categories of competencies.

11. What to Expect on the Exam

Now that you know the content expectations for the exam it’s important to realize how to prepare for the exam and what to expect as you go through the application process. To ensure you successfully pass the first time, this section will cover.

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