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AZNext and ASU have launched a Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership for Business Analysis credentialing

AZNext in coordination with Arizona State University (ASU)’s Learning Enterprise is pleased to announce the launch of a program that will prepare participants for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) examination.

What you’ll learn:

Prepare participants with the core knowledge needed in order to pass the IIBA Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) exam. The certificate credential is required by many employers who are seeking to fulfill IT Business Analyst roles within their organizations. IT Business Analysts bridge the technical and business sides of the organization to design, develop and deploy digital technologies.

Curriculum includes:

  • Fundamentals of business analysis—including IT lifecycle, problem-solving methods, requirements gathering, design thinking and user story creation for system design.
  • Fundamentals of project management—initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing of projects; portfolio and program management concepts; Agile, Scrum and Kanban tools and concepts.
  • Business modeling tools and techniques—spreadsheet modeling; business process modeling; data visualization.

Who this course is designed for:

Program is accessible to anyone with an undergraduate degree (any discipline) or those who are in the senior year of their degree program.

What you’ll do:

Program consists of 10 weeks of faculty facilitated reading assignments, exercises and labs with a weekly live online session, including industry professionals, to discuss that week’s topic.

  • Week 1 – Tech in Business
    • Technology in business
    • The IT lifecycle
  • Week 2 – Processes and Context
    • Context mapping
    • Process modeling
    • Identifying business needs
  • Week 3 – Requirements
    • Building the right thing
    • Building the thing right
    • Gathering feedback
  • Week 4 – Projects
    • Project, program, portfolio
    • Project selection
    • Project lifecycle
    • Waterfall methodology
  • Week 5 – Change and Risk
    • Handling change
    • Managing risk
    • Project closure
  • Week 6 – Agile Fundamentals
    • Transitioning to Agile
    • Scrum Methodology
    • Intro to Trello and scrum boards
  • Week 7 – Business Modeling Fundamentals
    • Ecosystems and Value Chains
    • Business Model Topics
    • Swimlane Models
  • Week 8 – Validating and Verifying Business Models
    • Evaluating Models
    • Cross-Modeling Techniques
  • Week 8 – Developing your Future State Business Model
    • Addressing Identified Problems
    • Qualitative Process Improvement and Design Principles
  • Week 10 – IIBA Exam Prep/Career Development

Participants will contextualize what they are learning through relevant engagements with working business professionals.

What you’ll receive:

Upon exam passage (cost covered by AZNext), participants will receive an IIBA Entry Certificate in Business Analysis. In addition, participants will have access to AZNext’s network of industry partners for potential job placement.



Interested in enrollment?


About AZNext:

Arizona Workforce Training Accelerator Partnership for Next Generation Jobs (AZNext). We are a public-private partnership to address the acute need for mid- to high-skilled workforce in information technology (IT)/cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing within Arizona and across the nation. AZNext brings together employers, a Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) workforce development network, state-level economic development organizations, and industry partnerships, while creating a model for replication across the Southwest and the US.

Led by Arizona State University (ASU), AZNext programs include three key innovations: (a) modular, flexible, and progressively higher-skill career pathways in IT/cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing sectors; (b) new flexible ASU digital courseware (convert existing and new courses) on an innovative digital platform; and (c) next-level collaborations with employers and among industry associations and workforce development organizations to provide various training experiences. All provided at no charge to the participant.

Minimum requirements for AZNext participation:

  • US citizen or DACA recipient
  • High school graduate or GED

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.



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