Business Analysis Fundamentals

Exam Preparation Course

Business Analysis Fundamentals Overview (Level 1 - ECBA™ Certification Preparation Course)

Business strategy execution depends upon developing and implementing solutions that provide demonstrable value to an organisation. Optimal value however can only be realised when solutions are based on precise requirements that fully address an issue or opportunity within the context of the “whole organisation and environment.”

Our three-day interactive and practical course provides you with proven tools, techniques and processes to help deliver solutions that satisfy stakeholder requirements and deliver expected benefits to the organisation.

Aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide), current research, and best practice industry standards, this course enables business analysts to effectively undertake their role and to gain an appreciation of the knowledge areas required for the Entry Level Certification in Business Analysis (ECBA) certificate.


Enrol for Business Analysis Fundamentals course and you’ll gain:

  • Hands-on, business ready expertise that you can immediately apply
  • Comprehensive Business Analysis program materials and case studies
Excellent training delivery, kept everyone engaged and active. Great background knowledge and industry insight.



This course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge of the processes and disciplines that enable the delivery of objective requirements that add maximum value to an organisation.

By combining a practical and pragmatic approach to business analysis, aligned with industry standards, this course will provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) industry certification ECBA.

Using real-life scenarios will develop your skills, enabling you to put into practice tasks and techniques that allows you to gain general knowledge and practical experience.

Undertaking a set of review questions at the end of each session will ensure full understanding of the material covered. It will also serve as a study aid for those who wish to undertake the ECBA certificate.

Note: Whilst this course helps prepare you for the ECBA certification, additional self-study is required prior to taking the exam. If you are planning to sit the ECBA exam, please speak to your course trainer for direction and study advice.


Session 1: Setting the Scene
Course objectives. IIBA certification.

Session 2: Introduction to Business Analysis – Core Concepts
What is Business Analysis? Core competencies of a successful Business Analyst. Working with the BABOK Guide

Session 3: Planning Business Analysis activities
Planning and the BABOK Guide. Writing a problem / opportunity statement. Scope modelling.

Session 4: Eliciting and Communication Information
Elicitation and the BABOK Guide. Conducting elicitation using collaborative games. Confirming elicitation results and communicating information.

Session 5: Stakeholder collaboration
Identifying and analysing stakeholders. Categorising stakeholders. Engaging stakeholders through collaboration.

Session 6: Strategy analysis
Strategy analysis and the BABOK Guide. Analysing the current state. Defining the future state.

Session 7: Defining requirements
Requirements and the BABOK Guide. Writing effective requirements (taking into account attributes, constraints, business rules and assumptions).

Session 8: Requirements Lifecycle Management
Requirements lifecycle management and the BABOK Guide. Overview of tracing and maintaining requirements. Prioritising requirements. Assessing and approving requirements changes.

Session 9: Modelling requirements
The Requirements Analysis and Design Definition knowledge area. Specifying and modelling requirements. Understanding the difference between: requirements and designs, and matrices and diagrams. Using models to drive requirements.

Session 10: Evaluating Requirements, Designs and the Solution
Evaluating requirements through verification and validation. Recommending a solution using acceptance and evaluation criteria. Evaluating the implemented solution.

This course follows a practical path with participants working on a case study to fully define, scope, model, validate and verify a solution based on elicited, prioritised requirements from identified stakeholders.

Our accredited trainers will use a comprehensive participant handbook and a dynamic case study delivery approach to provide participants with a ‘hands-on’, multi-faceted and challenging learning experience.
Participants will be actively engaged in progressing an initial issue or opportunity statement into documented and validated business requirements.

Courses are facilitated by our expert team and can be conducted onsite, at our premises or virtually. All courses can be customised to suit your requirements.

Materials: A comprehensive participant handbook is provided.

  • Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst
  • Articulate underlying competencies to guide them in Business Analysis best practices
  • Define core business analysis concepts using the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM)
  • Identify key techniques as appropriate for business analysis activities
  • Identify core business analysis activities as they relate to each knowledge area in the BABOK Guide
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to approach business analysis planning, information management and stakeholder engagement
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to collaborate, communicate and conduct elicitation efforts with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to manage requirements including prioritising, tracing, managing, changing and approving requirements activities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of understanding how to capture current and desired state in a manner that proves alignment to organisational strategy
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of how to ensure that requirements and design meet the desired business need
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of how to ensure that value is sought when designing, delivering, implementing and maintaining a solution

IIBA is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to be the leading world-wide professional association that develops and maintains standards for the practice of Business Analysis, and for the certification of practitioners. PM-Partners is an Endorsed Education Provider of IIBA.

IIBA offers formal certifications for professional Business Analysts including ECBA, Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®). This IIBA endorsed course is aligned to the BABOK Guide v3.0 knowledge areas and will assist in your preparation for the ECBA™ certification.


Participants who have been awarded the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® are eligible to earn 21 PDUs for their participation in this course (21 Technical).


Whether you are pursuing certification or choosing to increase your level of business analysis competency, consider taking our 3-day Business Analysis in Practice (Level 2: CCBA) Course and / or our 5-day Level 3: CBAP Examination Prep Course.

To achieve the greatest benefit from participation in this course, participants should be working in a Business Analysis environment or planning to do so within the near future.


Sydney courses are held at 45 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Melbourne courses are held at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne.


You can learn more about our virtual delivery here.


Yes. Simply select ‘invoice’ from the payment options during the checkout process and one of our consultants will be in contact to organise payment.


No. There are no certifications or exams undertaken in this course, however completion of this course does assist in preparation for the ECBA Certification. You do receive a Completion Certificate from PM-Partners group which is necessary when applying to sit the ECBA certification.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for:

  • Individuals entering the BA profession
  • BAs wishing to build on their skills and/or to revisit fundamental business analysis practices
  • Business Analysts wishing to formalise their knowledge as part of their journey to gaining industry-recognised certification
  • Professionals transitioning careers
  • Project Managers, Project Sponsors or others who wish to broaden their understanding of the Business Analysis end-to-end process
  • Functional managers who are not BAs but manage them

Course Information

Duration: 3 days

Development Units: 21 PDUs

Exam: No exam

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