You don’t need to break the bank to become a business analyst. There are lots of free training materials online to get you started. So, if you’re just starting out on your business analyst career, looking for materials to improve your practice or just looking for a career change, here is a list of courses/training materials that can help you get your feet wet. This post is mostly for your information, and the courses have not been arranged in any particular order of preference. Feel free to check them out:
2. Bridging the Gap - Laura Bradenburg holds a free 8-lesson email course for business analysts. The course basically focuses on what the business analyst role is about, the skills/certifications you may want to explore and useful materials you may need to get your BA career started.
3. Business Analysis Experts - This site offers free business analysis training in the form of KnowledgeKnuggets, which are 5-9 minute videos designed to teach one BA topic. There are approximately 44 Knuggets to choose from. Topics covered include an overview of business analysis and business analysis techniques. Free eBooks may also be downloaded from the site. In addition to these, the BA Experts site (through RSG) hosts a Free Self-paced E-learning Course for BAs.
4. Open CourseWare – University of California offers a free course under the Business and Management category known as the Fundamentals of Business Analysis. It’s targeted at both newbies and experts and provides an overview of business analyst functions with course topics ranging from requirements, modelling, enterprise analysis to quality management and testing.
5. Business Analyst Mentor also offers a free course for business analysts known as The Insider’s Guide to Core Techniques for Successful Business Analysis. The main objective of the course is to provide an overview of BA best practices, use case modelling, prototyping and other relevant topics.
6. Open Learning World hosts a business analysis course known as "Fundamentals of Business Analysis." The course has topics ranging from flowcharting, object oriented modeling, and BA job description to Project Management. It concludes with a Final Assignment that can be used to assess what you have learnt.
7. The Professional Training Academy offers a free course, The Art of Defining Complex Problems via BA skills club. This course explains how to define a complex problem, to avoid solving the wrong problem. It covers the use of techniques such as Journey Mapping, Observation, Interviews and other useful techniques that can be applied to solving problems in business analysis. Tests, interactive videos and course materials are available on the website. If you like the free course and would like to register for the paid Business Analysis Certificate course, request for a discount voucher here.
8. The Enfocus Solutions YouTube Channel offers free training for Business Analysts through its short but engaging videos on requirements engineering and process improvement, all adapted from the eLearning courses at Process Impact.
In addition to these, here's the Top Business Analyst Websites and Blogs you may follow regularly to gain insight into useful business analyst tools, techniques and debates. Alternatively, if you're just looking for a paid course, view 10 Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Business Analyst Training Provider for some helpful tips.
UPDATE: If you click on a link that doesn't take you directly to the course, try searching online for the course by its name.
Do you know of any other free BA training materials/courses online? Do share by leaving a comment below.
Last Updated: March 28, 2014