The Knowledge Academy
The Project Management Institute (PMI) sets standards in project management and provides project managers with a certification that is recognized around the world.
This course delivers the knowledge needed to take the PMP® exam.
For this course, candidates will need to purchase a copy of Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013 (ISBN 978-1935589679). All delegates must bring this to the course.
In addition, you are expected to read pages 1 through 63 before the first day of class. During the five-day class, you should also expect as much as two hours of homework each evening, as determined by the instructor before the end of each day.
The training is delivered by highly experienced project management trainers, with participation by the delegates being integral to the learning process. Delegates will explore project management issues via group discussion.
The syllabus covers a wide breadth of topics, from the essential management tools required to monitor and control a project through to the wider context in which the project is being managed in terms of social and environmental issues, finance, organization, procurement, and people management.
All delegates must have a good understanding of the basic principles of project management.
To apply for the PMP®; exam, the PMI requires that you have either:
A university degree and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
Understand in detail the structure and flow of the PMBOK® Guide
Understand specific content of the PMBOK®; Guide that is most likely to appear on the PMP® examination
Understand material that is “derived from” or “implied by” the PMBOK® Guide that is known or considered most likely to appear on the PMP® exam
Learn test-taking techniques that will increase the delegate’s chances of passing the exam on the first try
Pass the PMP® Examination
This course is an intensive 5 day workshop resulting in a certificate for the 35 Professional Development Units (PDUs) required to apply for the PMP® exam. Delegates should be advised that they will be required to undertake individual assignments in the form of homework during the course.
The course covers topics including:
The knowledge areas
Tools and techniques
Key project management concepts
How to become a Business Analyst
Business analysis is the task of understanding business change needs – Assessing the business impact of those changes, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery with relevant stakeholders. The Business Analyst is someone who is a part of the business operation and works with IT to improve the quality if the services being delivered.
Businesses need to adapt continually if they are to be successful. The business analyst is the catalyst of these changes, working closely with the business to create innovative solutions to business problems.
The typical deliverables of a Business Analyst could very between; business and functional/non-functional requirements as well as as-is and to-be processes including a business case.
The Business Analyst records requirements a form of management tool, whether it be simple spreadsheet or a complex application.
Areas of business analysis:
Strategic planning - To identify the organisation's business needs
Business model analysis - To define the organisation's policies and market approaches
Process design - To standardise the organisation's workflows
Systems analysis - The interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems
You could find yourself in a variation of industries, some including; finance, banking, insurance, telecoms, utilities, software services etc.
To gain a Diploma, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business topics.
There is a combination of core and specialist modules and an oral examination.
There are two types of core modules in the Diploma, these can be gained in any order. You can choose from either “BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice” or “BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering”.
Candidates must also choose one “knowledge-based” module and one “practitioner” module to complete their certificates. You make your choice depending on your own background and preferences. As well as what your organisation requires and the nature of your role(s).
Finally you must sit an oral examination (this lasts for just under an hour). The candidate is required to demonstrate that they can put the competences gained in the written exams into coherent context.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Business Analyst?