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Business Analyst Course

Immerse yourself in a transformative learning adventure, acquiring essential skills to propel your career forward with dynamism

Industry fast lane

Advance confidently in your career journey with our accelerated course, unlocking new opportunities within just 6-10 months.

Feasible proficiency

Discover a pragmatic and achievable route to success with our Business Analyst training, where confidence and capability converge to empower individuals from varied backgrounds.

All-inclusive package course

Our course package offers all functional and technical essentials for aspiring Business Analysts, enhancing versatility to meet job requirements and impress recruiters.

Expert-led training

Learn directly from NYC experts in our Business Analysis course, ensuring your skills meet global industry standards.

Job Outlook

Business Analysts

Average Salary

New York, NY 2024

$99,427

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Projected Growth

Number of jobs 2023-2032

10%

 U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 2024

Mean Hourly Pay

U.S. Nationwide 2024

$47.43

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Why pursue a career in Business Analysis?

BA role suits both technical and non-technical individuals

Various BA positions suit individuals with strong technical skills and IT experience, as well as those with non-IT backgrounds focused on communication and documentation writing.

Various educational backgrounds are welcome

Of course, having relevant education is always a plus; however, companies hire individuals who can demonstrate business analysis skills with various backgrounds.

Opportunity to work in different industries

BAs are sought after in various industries such as finance, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and technology. Their versatile skills make business analysts highly employable, opening up diverse career opportunities.

Why Us?

  • We conduct IT training in New York City since 1993

  • Our training is approved by the New York State Education Department

  • We offer hands-on training to acquire practical, in-demand skills

 

  • We design up-to-date curriculum to meet job market requirements

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Course Objectives

This comprehensive course equips students with the essential skills and knowledge required to excel as a Business Analyst. The course consists of two major parts: the Functional part, which trains Functional Business Analysts, and the Technical part, covering skills such as working with data, reporting, and databases, training Technical Business Analysts and enhancing their skills' value in the job market.

Functional Part:

  • Gain foundational knowledge in business analysis principles and techniques

  • Learn how to write effective business analysis documentation (BRD, FRD, UAT, GUI)

  • Enhance communication skills tailored for business analysts

  • Understand Agile and Scrum methodologies

  • Acquire proficiency in using JIRA for efficient project management and issue tracking

  • Develop project coordination skills

  • Familiarize with the basics of software quality assurance and its role in business analysis

  • Prepare for professional certification exams (ECBA/CCBA/CBAP)

Technical Part:

  • Gain proficiency in basic statistics for data analysis

  • Master advanced functionalities of Excel for data manipulation and analysis

  • Acquire knowledge of SQL databases for querying and managing data

  • Learn data visualization techniques using Tableau for insightful analysis and reporting

Course Topics

Functional Part:

Business Analysis

In this core module, students will learn how to perform the functions of a business analyst.

The module starts with an overview of the objectives, role, and skills of business analysts, introduces key concepts such as the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and delves into defining project requirements to lay a strong foundation in business analysis practices.

Requirements section covers levels and types of requirements, including functional and technical, and emphasizes development, gathering, and documentation processes. It explores techniques for requirements gathering, scoping the system, creating vision and scope documents, and key BA documentation practices. It also addresses BA deliverables like workflow diagrams, storyboard presentations, report specifications, change requests, and document versioning for effective project management. 

 

Unified Modeling Language (UML) section covers key UML diagrams like Use Case, State Transition, and Activity Diagrams, offering a structured approach to modeling system behavior. It also imparts Visio skills for creating diverse diagrams, such as flowcharts and UI diagrams, improving visual communication of complex concepts. Meetings section covers various aspects such as different types of user meetings and users, techniques for requirements elicitation, facilitation skills, structuring meeting minutes, tracking open issues and action items, and strategies for effective communication.

Business Rules, Screen, and Report Specifications section covers defining, categorizing, and structuring business rules and specifications. The Data Related Requirements section addresses data modeling, documentation, and data dictionary to ensure thorough understanding. The Functional Specification and Functional Testing section includes creating comprehensive specifications and understanding testing phases. Students will practice essential Business Analysis Documentation creation, including BRD, FRD, UAT, and GUI.

The Class Project guides students through practical aspects of business analysis, including interviews, collaboration with stakeholders, note-taking, diagram creation, and compiling BA Documents.
 

Agile & Scrum

Students will grasp Agile principles, team structures, and user story fundamentals, while learning estimation techniques, coding practices, and Scrum certification preparation.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Agile project management principles and practices. They will learn to establish Agile projects, recognize the structure of Agile teams, and understand the roles of programmers, managers, and customers within the Agile framework.

 

The module focuses on developing a foundation with user stories, including eliciting application requirements, capturing user stories, and recognizing characteristics of good user stories. Students will also delve into techniques such as estimating and the "Planning Game," prioritizing and selecting user stories with customers, defining estimation units, and projecting team velocity for releases and iterations.

Furthermore, students will explore the Agile coding process, including prioritizing tasks for cohesive design, implementing the "write test, write code, refactor" approach, and allocating time for spikes. They will also learn about managing to the Agile Manifesto, delivering the first iteration, planning subsequent iterations, and adapting Agile methodologies to fit specific development contexts.  Business analysts should know Agile and Scrum because these methodologies are widely used in software development, enabling effective collaboration and adaptation to iterative project cycles. This module includes preparation for Scrum certification exams.

JIRA

JIRA plays a vital role for Business Analysts by enabling efficient management and tracking of issues across the software development lifecycle.

It's important for Business Analysts to know JIRA issue tracking system because it facilitates efficient management and tracking of project issues throughout the software development lifecycle, ensuring seamless collaboration between teams and timely resolution of software defects.

Students will gain knowledge of JIRA's basic concepts and functionalities. They will learn how to navigate the JIRA workspace, manage user profiles, and perform essential tasks such as creating, editing, and scheduling issues. The module covers working with issues in detail, including setting security, attaching screenshots, logging work, creating sub-tasks, and interacting with issues through comments, votes, and links. Students will also explore advanced features such as searching, filtering, and generating reports to effectively manage and track project progress. Additionally, students will learn to customize their dashboard, add portlets and pages, and tailor JIRA to meet specific project requirements. 

Project Coordination

This module provides Business Analysts with an overview of essential project management principles and processes, enabling them to understand project planning, execution, monitoring, control, and closure across various project areas.

This Project Coordination module provides an overview of project management fundamentals, including project definition, standards, and organizational structures. It covers key processes such as integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resources management, communications management, risk management, and procurement management. Students learn about project planning, execution, monitoring, control, change management, and project closeout within these areas. Students learn to use Microsoft Project for project management tasks like task scheduling, resource management, progress tracking, and reporting. 

Business Analysts need to understand project coordination to ensure alignment between business objectives and project outcomes, facilitating effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders for successful project delivery.

Software Quality Assurance

Knowledge of Software Quality Assurance ensures that software products align with business goals, mitigate risks, and collaborate effectively with QA teams throughout the project lifecycle.

This module provides an introduction to Software Quality Assurance (QA), covering standards, procedures, and operating systems. It compares different SDLC methodologies, emphasizes the importance of documenting processes, and defines the goals of Software Quality Assurance. The module explores various testing types, including Black Box vs. White Box tests, system testing, and differentiating between web and client/server application testing, focusing on test design, implementation, execution, bug tracking, and report creation.

It's crucial for Business Analysts to understand Software Quality Assurance (QA) to ensure that project requirements are met and that the final product aligns with business objectives. Business Analysts collaborate closely with QA Analysts to define testing criteria, validate functionality against requirements, and ensure overall product quality. This collaboration ensures that the delivered software meets both business and user expectations, leading to successful project outcomes.

Certification Preparation

Studying BA certification exam questions boosts students' confidence for the exam, and obtaining certification benefits business analysts by validating their expertise and broadening career opportunities.

This module is designed to help participants prepare for the ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis), CCBA (Certification of Capability in Business Analysis), or CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) exams. It covers a review of exam materials, including key concepts, techniques, and best practices relevant to business analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to take mock test questions to assess their readiness and identify areas for further improvement. The course also offers guidance on effective test-taking strategies, time management, and approaches to tackling exam questions. Participants will be equipped to confidently sit for their chosen business analysis certification exam.

Acquiring ECBA/CCBA/CBAP certification is beneficial for business analysts as it validates their expertise, enhances credibility, and opens up new career opportunities. These certifications demonstrate commitment to professional development and ongoing learning, which are  valued by employers and contribute to long-term success in the field.

Technical Part:

Statistics Basics

Some students may find their understanding of statistics to be somewhat rusty. By incorporating this module into our curriculum, we ensure that all students achieve the same level of familiarity with the subject.

It is important for technical business analysts to have a grasp of basic statistics as it helps them analyze data effectively, identify trends, make informed decisions, and communicate insights to stakeholders.

 

Students will review basic concepts and terminology in Statistics. In this module, you'll delve into fundamental statistical concepts essential for data interpretation and analysis. Explore topics such as population and sample, descriptive and inferential statistics, and the organization of data variables and scales. Learn how to describe data using tables and graphs, distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative variables, as well as sample and population distributions.

Discover various measures of central tendency, including mode, median, and mean, along with measures of variation such as range, interquartile range, and standard deviation. Gain an understanding of probability distributions, including the normal distribution, and explore sampling distributions and point estimation.

Dive into hypothesis testing, including p-values and null and alternative hypotheses, and learn about popular analysis methods, such as descriptive statistics, regression, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, and sampling methods.

Advanced Excel

In this module, we cover the most popular techniques, such as formulas, math and logical functions, statistical functions, lookup, pivot tables, and using macros.

Advanced functionality of Microsoft Excel enables business analysts to perform complex data analysis, create dynamic reports, automate processes, and visualize data effectively, enhancing their ability to extract valuable insights and make informed business decisions.

 

Students will delve into advanced Excel techniques essential for efficient data manipulation and analysis. Learn various math functions such as Auto Sum, Absolute Values, and Rounding Values, as well as text and date functions to handle text and date-related data effectively. Explore logical functions like IF, AND, OR, and NOT for making decisions and performing conditional calculations. Gain proficiency in statistical functions such as SUMIF, COUNTIF, and SUMPRODUCT for analyzing data based on specific criteria. Discover additional functionalities including lookup, sorting/filtering data, pivot tables and pivot charts, and power pivot tables for dynamic data analysis. Additionally, get a quick review of VBA scripting and using macros to automate repetitive tasks and enhance productivity.

SQL Databases

This module teaches how to work with relational databases, specifically focusing on extracting and manipulating data using SQL queries.

 

It is critical for technical business analysts to know SQL as it enables them to retrieve, manipulate, and analyze data stored in databases, allowing for more in-depth analysis and reporting. SQL proficiency empowers business analysts to conduct data-driven decision-making.

In our SQL Databases module, students will gain comprehensive knowledge of SQL fundamentals essential for effective data querying and manipulation. Learn to craft powerful SELECT queries to retrieve data from databases, and master techniques for filtering, grouping, and sorting data to extract valuable insights efficiently. Explore advanced SQL concepts including joins and unions to combine data from multiple tables seamlessly. Gain proficiency in utilizing built-in functions to manipulate dates and strings effectively.

Understand the importance of primary and foreign key table relationships, and discover strategies for optimizing database performance using indexes. Dive into additional topics such as creating views for simplified data access, leveraging conditional testing with IF and CASE statements, and performing data manipulation operations including inserting, updating, and deleting records. 

 

By the end of the module, students will have a solid understanding of SQL databases and the ability to leverage SQL skills to extract, manipulate, and analyze data effectively.

Data Visualization with Tableau

Tableau is one of the most popular data visualization tools in the market, offering flexibility in building dashboards and employing advanced data visualization techniques

Data visualization and dashboard creation with Tableau are essential skills for technical business analysts, enabling clear presentation of complex data and facilitating informed decision-making.

Students will explore the Tableau interface and paradigm to create impactful data visualizations. Learn how to create calculations, build dashboards, and utilize advanced chart types to present data effectively. Gain proficiency in creating complex calculations to manipulate and analyze data, and utilize statistical techniques to derive meaningful insights. Discover advanced geographic mapping techniques for spatial analysis and visualization of both geographic and non-geographic data. Learn how to prepare data for analysis, combine data from multiple sources using data blending techniques, and complete exercises to apply the skills learned throughout the module.

Questions?

Give us a call at 718-648-3997 or send us a messageWe are happy to walk you through the course and answer your questions.

Duration: 16 weeks

The actual number of weeks depends on holidays and the schedule

Course Schedule:

Tuesday (7PM-9:30PM)

Wednesday (7PM-9:30PM)

Thursday (7PM-9:30PM)

Sunday (10AM-3:30PM)

Eastern Standard Time (New York Time)

Training Type: Remote

This is a remote synchronous instructor-led training

Next Start:

July 2024

Contact us for start dates and enrollment process. Limited number of seats. Please register in advance.

Tuition

$2,750

Payment plan

We offer three installments payment plan. First payment of $1,000 (registration), second payment of $1,000 (30 days after the start), and $750 (60 days after the start).

Flexible refund policy

The course didn't work out for you? No problem. Ask for eligible refund: 1st week 100%, 2nd week 75%, 3rd week 50%, 4th week 25%. Except non-refundable $50 registration fee.

No full tuition commitment

Unlike other schools, we have no "full tuition commitment" policy when a student withdraw from the course. Stop when you drop. Contact for details.

We offer free retake

Completed the course, but need to retake some of the modules or a whole course again? We can do it. Let us know in advance. Limited seats. 12 months eligibility.​

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Functional Part:

Business Analysis 

Agile & Scrum

JIRA

Project Coordination

Software Quality Assurance

Certification Preparation

Technical Part:

Statistics Basics 

Advanced Excel

SQL Databases

Data Visualization with Tableau

12.5 hours/week

16 weeks

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$2,750

BUSINESS ANALYSIS CORE

Functional Part:

Business Analysis 

Agile & Scrum

JIRA

Project Coordination

Software Quality Assurance

Certification Preparation

Best for people with technical skills or industry experience 

7.5 hours/week

13 weeks

 

$1,950

Tuition Assistance

You may be eligible for a training grant. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information or contact us.

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Course Advantages

  • Only 16 weeks to learn a new profession: No additional years in college

  • Weekday evening and weekend classes: Attend your other life commitments

  • Remote course: Study from anywhere

  • Real-time instructor-led classes: No more uncompleted self-paced online courses

  • Affordable training costs: No unnecessary financial burdens

  • Free retake opportunity: Refresh the skills that you have learned for free

  • Payment plan: Finance your education with confidence

 

  • Flexible refund policy: Less financial risks and peace in mind

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Success Stories

"Sam consulting center is an excellent place to learn latest, cutting-edge technologies. I took business analysis comprehensive course, business intelligence course and planning to take many more courses with them. The place is professionally run, teachers are knowledgeable and you  will meet the community of job seekers that will help you to build yourself up. I would highly recommend this place, and plan to continue learning with them for quite some time to polish my skills.

Two years later update. School still plays a major role for me.   At this time, it successfully verified my attendance as part of on boarding with the major financial institution as senior business analyst.  By this time, I have successfully completed my year and a half assignment at Top tier US Bank as a systems business analyst.  The knowledge and support I got from the school was really useful.  This is an excellent school, and caring staff.  Don't underestimate the knowledge it gives and the power of the community it creates.  I keep in close contact with the school and keep an eye on the courses it offers."

 

​Oleg, Business Analyst

"I recently completed the Business Analysis program offered by SAM Career Center, and I am pleased to report that it was a valuable investment. The instructors, led by Matthew, were exceptional, providing insightful and comprehensive training. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to have been guided by such knowledgeable professionals. The program has significantly enriched my skill set with additional knowledge and tools. I wholeheartedly give it a 5-star rating and highly recommend it to anyone considering advancing their career in this field."

 

Sara, Analyst

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application and enrollment process?

There are two steps. First, an informal admission interview over the phone, where we have the opportunity to answer questions about the course and discuss the applicant’s background (education, experience) to ensure their training needs align with the course objectives. The goal is to help the applicant make an informed decision. Second, once approved by our admissions team, we send our standard enrollment paperwork to sign and an invoice for the first payment, concluding the enrollment process. 

What are the course prerequisites?

Excel basics. Completed college degree (bachelor's) or nearing graduation is highly preferred, most majors are acceptable. Any related education (business, finance, economics, computer science, information technology, accounting, management, operations, marketing, math, etc.) and industry experience is welcome. 

What placement assistance services do you offer to your students?

We provide free assistance with resume editing and optimization for the target job, behavioral interview questions, technical interview questions, and job search resources and strategies. These services are available to students upon request. Additionally, we offer career coaching services as an optional add-on for an additional fee.

Do you guarantee jobs after completing the course?

As a school, we strive to create a productive learning environment that enables students to unlock their potential for a successful new career; however, we cannot promise employment to all our students.

Is your training hands-on?

Yes, while we do have a theoretical component, the majority of hours are dedicated to hands-on practical training to develop skills essential for the job.

How can I maximize the training for better job prospects?

Actively engaging in classes is crucial, offering valuable feedback for instructors to tailor their focus. Attend all sessions, as new topics build on previous lectures. Ensure completion of homework and utilize recommended supplemental materials. Additionally, concentrate on optimizing your resume and LinkedIn profile while honing your skills in answering interview questions.

What are the advantages of your training compared to any self-paced online course?

Since 1993, our training has offered a system that has helped hundreds of students start new careers. It helps maintain self-discipline, provides feedback and guidance from industry professionals with years of experience, and offers carefully designed comprehensive hands-on training optimized for employment. While we do recommend some self-paced online courses as supplemental materials, online courses may not be the best option for everyone as a main training source, especially for individuals making a transition into a new career.

What are the advantages of your training compared to boot camps?

The price of our courses is significantly lower than the average boot camp price, which may vary from $8,000 to $18,000. We offer a comparable number of actual instructor-led hours. We have a flexible refund policy and no "full tuition" commitment for students who decide to withdraw from the training. Our evening and weekend schedule allows students to attend to other life commitments. We have over 30 years of experience in conducting IT training in New York City.

Am I eligible for a training grant?

To determine your eligibility for a training grant, please visit our Tuition Assistance page or give us a call at 718-648-3997.

Need career advice?

Give us a call at 718-648-3997 or send us a message. We are happy to discuss your career experience and explore this career path.

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