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Develop the skills needed to become a proficient Agile business analyst.

Developed in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium – AgileBA certification demonstrates that you have the skills and expertise needed to be an effective business analyst working in an agile project team.

Certify your ability to:

  • Play an integral part in successful agile project delivery.
  • Understand a comprehensive set of techniques and practices for effective business analysis and collaborative agile working.
  • Utilise a range of agile business analysis techniques.
  • Help a team and its organization transition from traditional to agile ways of working.
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Foundation

Help lay the foundations for successful agile projects.

Project Management, Agile
Who is the Foundation Level for?
  • Practising business analysts
  • Agile team members who wish to become Agile Business Analysts
  • Individuals wishing to understand business analysis – such as product owners and managers
  • Individuals pursuing the AgileBA Practitioner certificate.
What are the key things you will learn?
  • The underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile
  • The processes within an Agile project
  • The practices used in an Agile project plus their benefits and limitations
  • The roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.
Exam format
  • Multiple choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
  • 40 minute duration
  • Closed-book.
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Practitioner

Learn to apply and tailor the AgileBA approach to a given scenario.

Project Management, Agile
What is required?
  • AgileBA Foundation certificate
Who is the Practitioner Level for?
  • Practicing and aspiring Business Analysts
  • AgileBA Foundation certified individuals
  • Business Analysts looking to cement their position as expert Agile Business Analysts.
What are the key things you will learn?
  • How to apply the underpinning philosophy and principles of the DSDM Agile Project Framework
  • How to apply a variety of Agile practices in a project, e.g. Facilitated Workshops, MoSCoW Prioritisation, Iterative Development and Modelling
  • How to test, estimate and evaluate benefits delivery in an Agile project
  • The mechanisms for facilitation and support within an Agile project
  • The Agile approach to managing and prioritising requirements.
Exam Format
  • Complex multiple choice
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per questions
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2.5 hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)
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Re-Registration

Maintain your Registered Practitioner status.

Project Management, Agile
What is required?
  • AgileBA Practitioner certificate
Who is the Re-Registration level for?
  • AgileBA Practitioner certified individuals who wish to retain their Registered Practitioner status
  • AgileBA accredited trainers
Exam Format
  • Complex multiple choice
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
  • 2.5-hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)

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FAQs

What is an AgileBA digital badge?

Digital badges allow you to easily showcase your achievements online.

When you pass an exam - you'll instantly have the option to claim a digital badge representing your new certificate.

Your badge can be embedded on an email signature, website, social media or digital CV.

With just one click employers, customers and clients can easily view and verify your credentials and skills.

Please download our digital sharing presentation for more information.

How do I claim my AgileBA digital badge?

Once you’ve been notified that you’ve passed your exam - you will have the option to create a digital badge in APMG's Candidate Portal.

Visit APMG's Candidate Portal, view your exam results and select 'Create Badge'.

This takes you to the Acclaim website where the digital badges are hosted. You will be guided through the Acclaim account creation process.

Once you have created an account with Acclaim - login into the account and accept your pending badge.

What is APMG International’s AgileBA scheme?

APMG International has partnered with the Agile Business Consortium to develop AgileBA – this incorporates new guidance and a supporting training and certification scheme for business analysts. The AgileBA guidance is aimed at:

  • Business Analysts
  • Change Analysts
  • Project Managers with business analysis responsibilities
  • Scrum Product Owners
  • Systems Analysts requiring a business and agile perspective for project work
  • Agile Developers with analysis responsibilities.

It may also be useful to:

  • Business Sponsors
  • Programme Office and Project Office managers
  • Service management and Service design professionals.

How can I train for the AgileBA examinations?

Training for AgileBA is available from our network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) which are assessed and certified by APMG International. The full list of AgileBA ATOs can be found here.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination. APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

How do I sit the exams?

Most, if not all AgileBA accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions. Individuals can also book online examinations through APMG’s Remote Proctor Service.

How much does it cost to sit the AgileBA examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG International uses a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at: servicedesk@apmg-international.com

Are there any pre-requisites for the AgileBA examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for taking the AgileBA foundation examination.

Passing the AgileBA foundation exam is a re-requisite to taking the AgileBA practitioner exam.

Candidates must hold the practitioner certification in order to take the re-registration examination.

What is the main publication for AgileBA and where can I purchase it?

AgileBA has one main publication supporting the qualification scheme, published by Agile Business Consortium, called AgileBA® Agile Business Analysis Handbook.

This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at: https://www.apmg-businessbooks.com/.

Most AgileBA accredited training organizations include the guidance as part of the course fee.

Which languages are AgileBA examinations available in?

Examinations are currently available in English only. Further translations will be considered subject to market demand.

Which languages is the AgileBA guidance available in?

The AgileBA guidance is currently only available in English

How long will it take to learn the AgileBA material?

For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experiences and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the guidance and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.

For those studying with an accredited training organization, courses are generally delivered over 4 days (3 days for foundation). It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

What is the structure of the AgileBA examinations?

The AgileBA foundation examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, with 25 marks (50%) required to pass. It is a closed-book examination to be completed in 40 minutes.

The AgileBA practitioner and re-registration examinations are complex multiple-choice papers, made up of 4 questions each worth 20 marks giving a total of 80 marks. The required pass mark is 40 marks (50%). The exam is 2.5 hours in duration and is open book (AgileBA Handbook only).

Why do I need to sit a Re-Registration examination?

AgileBA Registered Practitioner certification is valid for 5 years. Between 3 to 5 years after initial certification, Registered Practitioners will be required to sit a re-registration examination to verify their continuing competence and knowledge in AgileBA. Past the 5-year validity the candidate’s certification will still be valid however they will lose their ‘Registered’ status. Practitioners can sit the re-registration examination at any time, even past the 5-year point to acquire the ‘Registered Practitioner’ status.

Maintaining the ‘Registered Practitioner’ status is a mandatory requirement for all AgileBA trainers in order to retain their Accredited Trainer status.

What are the pass marks for the AgileBA examinations?

The pass marks for the AgileBA examinations are:

Foundation: You will need to score 25/50 to pass the foundation examination.

Practitioner and Re-registration: You will need to score 40/80 to pass the examination.

When can I expect the results of my AgileBA Examinations?

AgileBA foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time.

Practitioner and re-registration answer booklets are marked at APMG-International offices and results released soon after.

Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

When will I receive my certificate?

All level certificates will be dispatched 2 weeks after the results have been released by APMG.

Only a higher-level certificate will be dispatched if a candidate has sat both foundation and practitioner examinations..
Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.
If you have not received your certificate after the above timeframes, please contact our Customer Interaction Team: servicedesk@apmg-international.com.

How long are the AgileBA certifications valid for?

The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Candidates who pass the practitioner exam are recognized as ‘AgileBA Registered Practitioners'. Individuals will remain registered for a period of 5 years. To maintain the registered status, practitioners must complete and pass an AgileBA re-registration examination 3-5 years following their initial/previous practitioner certification.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become an AgileBA trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become an AgileBA trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 66% (53/80) in the practitioner exam.

Trainers also need to ensure to maintain their ‘Registered Practitioner’ status and take the re-registration examination between 3-5 years following their initial/previous practitioner certification in order to retain their accreditation.

How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email servicedesk@apmg-international.com noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise you.

How do I become an AgileBA approved trainer?

All AgileBA trainers must be "sponsored" by an AgileBA accredited training organization (ATO).
Details of all AgileBA ATOs can be found here.
A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office.

Can I use the AgileBA logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the AgileBA logo. Such organizations include AgileBA ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) and registered partners accredited by APMG International.
AgileBA ® is a registered trademark of Agile Business Consortium Limited, and must not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license.
The APMG International Swirl AgileBA Device is a trademark of APM Group Ltd.

How does my organization become an AgileBA Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become an AgileBA ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG International Service Desk at servicedesk@apmg-international.com or a regional APMG International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.

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