Date: 27 Mar 2018

Getting certified in business analysis is a good idea. It gives your professional development activities a focus and a framework. You can learn new skills. Attending training courses gives you a chance to meet other BAs who are on the same learning  journey, bounce ideas off them and make useful new contacts. Having a qualification is a way of telling the world that you take your profession seriously and have met certain standards. Increasingly, potential employers expect to see a BA certification on your CV.

The two best-known BA certification schemes in the UK are those run by IIBA and BCS respectively. But which is the right one for you? What are the differences? And what are the new levels that have been introduced in each scheme over the last few years?

In this virtual event we bring together some of the UK's most recognised experts on BA certification, to answer your questions. They set the scene with some short presentations, but a large part of the session is given over to an interactive online Q&A session.


Debra Paul is the Managing Director of Assist Knowledge Development Ltd. Debra jointly edited and authored the publication, Business Analysis, and is also the co-author of Agile and Business Analysis, Business Analysis Techniques and The Human Touch. Debra has recently completed her doctoral research into the role of the business analyst and the business analysis service offering

Debra is a regular speaker at business seminars and IS industry events. She has been a keynote presenter at business analysis conferences, delivering presentations such as ‘Business Analysis: The Third Wave’ and ‘Business Analysis: relevance and recognition’. Debra is a founder member of the BA Manager Forum, a networking organisation for senior BAs and BA managers, and was the VP Education on the inaugural IIBA UK board.


Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides Business Analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. Adrian holds the IIBA CBAP, the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, and the BA Manager Forum 'Expert BA Award'. He is a Past President of IIBA UK and he speaks internationally on topics relating to Business Analysis and business change. You can read Adrian’s blog at Follow Adrian on Twitter @UKAdrianReed.


Ian Richards is the Head of Business Analysis and Process Re-Engineering profession for Capita Transformation. Ian has been a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) for some time and has written exam questions for IIBA's new Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) certification. He also holds the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis and is working with his team of BAs to help them become qualified.

Ian has presented at many IIBA National Events. He has also facilitated workshops and presented at the Business Analysis Conference Europe 2014 and 2016 and is a member of the Business Analysis Conference Europe Advisory Panel. A winner of the IIBA UK Business Analyst of the Year in 2016, Ian is passionate about all things Business Analysis and sharing his expertise through coaching others.


Nick de Voil is a certified management consultant and holds qualifications from BCS, APMG and IREB in business analysis, requirements engineering and project management. He enjoys mentoring and training business analysts. Nick has been a director of IIBA UK for the last six years and regularly visits organisations to speak about IIBA UK and their work, or other related topics.



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