Why It Makes Immense Sense to Go For BA Training

All of us work hard to earn our living. Should you spend money to undergo formal training in business analysis?

Let’s consider 2 types of business analysis training one may look for – One for skill development and one for getting oneself certified as a professional BA.

Here is a comparison between skills-focused training vs. certification focused training.

Aspect BA Skills BA Certification
Focus Learning business analysis concepts Get oneself certified
Cost Minimal for self-learning and High for instructor-led training Medium for self-learning and High for instructor-led training
Key requirements Concepts and cases Concepts and practice questions
Need to clarify doubts High High
Applicability to one’s immediate job requirements High Medium
Ability to showcase one’s credentials in the job market Low High

Now once you decide whether you would like to take up skills-based training vs. certification-based training, you have 2 more choices to make, whether to learn by self or by a designed program by any institution.


Factors that differentiate between self-learning and designed learning are as follows:

Aspect Self-learning Designed learning
Out of pocket expenditure Minimal High
Identify the right sources of information This can take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours effort. Curated content is available with 0 effort.
Be disciplined to study the subject A decent self-learning effort on business analysis can be between 100 to 200 hours. Learning hours can be reduced by at least 50%. An instructor ensures participants pay attention to the course.
Ability to complete the entire curriculum Low – Most learners quit after a few hours of self-study High – Most learners complete the entire curriculum
Ability to clarify doubts Low High
Ability to showcase one’s credentials in the job market Low High
Access to quality content such as study guide, video learning, audiobook, flash cards, and question banks Low High
The probability of achieving the desired objective Low High

Hope these comparisons will help you to make an informed decision regarding what type of training you should look for and how should you undergo the same.


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