Formal business analyst certification will come to New Zealand later this year — if 20 people can be found to sit the examination here.
The International Institution of Business Analysts (IIBA) created the exam for the qualification of Certified Business Analysis Professional for the first time last year. The first exam was conducted in Florida in November. Having proved the exercise on this limited basis, the institution is rolling it out worldwide.
The New Zealand exam will be organised for June or July, provided 20 interested candidates can be found.
The Institution’s New Zealand chapter canvassed its membership through an emailed newsletter early last week, and replies have already started coming in, says spokesman Jonathan Anderson.
The institution’s definition of a business analyst is a person who “works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyse, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. “The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organisation to achieve its goals.”
But the institution says it welcomes those whose job includes requirements analysis, systems analysis, project control, consulting or a variety of related fields.
An application form can be downloaded from the IIBA’s website (www.theiiba.org).