Which qualification to choose BCS Diploma in Business Analysis or APMG Agile Business Analysis?

Posted on September 22, 2020

Agile is a trendy topic at the moment. To keep up with a fast-changing world you need to be agile. But first, you need to understand agile. So getting a recognised qualification seems like the best place to start in your journey to prove to employers that you can work in an agile environment. The APMG Agile Business Analysis is a good qualification to get if you are a business analyst who needs to understand how to work in an agile environment.

The BCS Diploma in Business Analysis is a widely recognised qualification, so recognised that most recruiters even add it as a pre-requirements to call you for a business analyst job interview.

Which one is better?

In an ideal world, you would aim to get both qualifications because they teach you complementary skills. None is better than the other, it all depends on your career goals.

The APMG Agile Business Analysis teaches a business analyst how to work in an agile environment, and will introduce you to agile concepts and way of working.

The BCS Diploma in Business Analysis helps you understand the role of the business analysts and teaches you tools and techniques to do your job.

A delegate once told me that she regrated having done the APMG Agile Business Analysis course before doing the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis because she didn’t have the understanding of the BA role and the BA techniques and she thought it would have been helpful to benefit from the course.

Need to speak with a course adviser? Please contact us on 020 7272 3726 or email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk. We are happy to help you decide on a qualification that will help you achieve your career goals.

 

A Customer Dilemma… to get a job as a business analyst should he get the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis or the APMG Agile Business Analysis?

A customer contacted us because he did the 2 core modules of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis and now he was looking for a role as a business analyst. He talked with a career adviser and was recommended to do the APMG Agile Business Analysis qualification. But he was unsure as he didn’t know which qualification will help him get a job as a business analyst without any business analysis experience.

Both qualifications are valuable and teach complementary skills.

In the long term, either one or the other would have been a good choice.

But because he was looking for short term goal of getting a role and he had no business analyst experience, I recommended him to finish the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis because that will help him prepare for his job interview.

The oral exam is great preparation for your next job interview

To achieve the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis you need to pass a 50-min oral exam with BCS examiners. At the moment, due to COVID, you can take this online from anywhere.

BCS Diploma in Business Analysis represents a great practice for your next interview whether you are looking to change careers or get your next business analyst role.

The oral exam is a great way to learn to speak the business analysis language at interviews, draw on your transferable skills, and convince them that you can add value as a business analyst.

BCS Diploma in Business Analysis – Gain confidence you can do the job

From the feedback we collect from our delegates most of them report back an increase in confidence. They now understand their responsibilities as a business analyst and have the tools to perform the role.

This new gained confidence can make a difference to whether you get your first role as a business analyst or not. And this is why professionals new to business analysis come to us to help them get a new role.

We don’t just help you gain your qualification (our trainers offer personal advice and support until you pass your exam) but you also gain the skills and confidence to go to an interview and convince the employer that you are the one for the role.

 

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