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Training

Overview

There are many opportunities for staff to improve their project management and business analysis skills. UIT's Technology Training group regularly offers classes in project management skills and best practices, as well as a PMP "bootcamp" for those preparing to sit for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

See the Technology Training group's course offerings.

UIT Administrative Systems Project Managers must be PMI-certified as a Project Management Professional or a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), or obtain certification within their first year of service, or possess a professional certificate from Stanford's Advanced Project Management program (an excellent program that was unfortunately discontinued in 2017).

Details

Business Analyst Certifications

All full-time AS Business Analysts are required to acquire a certification in Business Analysis. Below is a list of available certification programs:

BA Professional Certifications

The International Institute of Business Analysis (external link) offers professional certifications in Business Analysis:

Certification Eligibility for Certification Requirements Additional Information
Certified Business Analysis Professional (external link)
  • Minimum 7,500 hours of BA work experience
  • Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 21 hours of professional development in the past four years
  • Two references from a career manager, client, or CBAP recipient
  • Signed code of conduct
  • Online application
  • Exam
CBAP Handbook
Certified Competency in Business Analysis (external link)
  • Minimum 3,750 hours of BA work experience
  • Minimum 900 hours in two of the six knowledge areas or 500 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 21 hours of professional development in the past four years
  • Two references from a career manager, client, or CBAP recipient
  • Signed code of conduct
  • Online application
  • Exam
CCBA Handbook

Certifications in Business Analysis

Several institutions also offer Certificate programs in Business Analysis. These are typically professional development courses that can be taken online or in the classroom.

Institution Certificate Format/Requirements Estimated Cost Notes
University of California, Berkeley Extension Certificate Program in Business Analysis 4 required courses, offered online with exam $4,000 As of 12/12/16, it appears that UC Berkeley no longer offers this course.
University of California, Irvine Extension Business Analyst Certificate 5 required courses plus 1 elective course, offered online $4,100  
University of California, Davis Extension Certificate Program in Business Analysis 6 required courses plus 1 elective course, offered online $6,500  

Scrum Product Owner Certification

The Scrum Alliance (external link) offers a certification for the role of Product Owner on the scrum team, which is typically filled by the Business Analyst. There are many different vendors that offer the Certified Scrum Product Owner course, including Mountain Goat Software (external link) and CPrime (external link).

Please also see the Tips and Training and Resources tabs on the Business Requirements Document (BRD) page.

Stanford Continuing Studies

While course offerings change each quarter (too often to list here), there are many courses that are excellent for Project Managers and Business Analysts alike, e.g., some explicitly about Project Management and Agile, but also others that very valuable such as Leadership, Communications, Negotiation, Emotional Intelligence, and more. For relevant current offerings, see Stanford Continuing Studies Professional and Personal Development listings.

Stanford University IT Technology Training

Look for upcoming courses in the Project Management section of the Upcoming Class Schedule.

Relevant course offerings include:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) — Certification Training (ITS 2061)
  • Project Management: Practices and Tools (ITS 2029)
  • Smartsheet Essentials: Collaborate and Manage Spreadsheets and Projects (ITS 2041)
  • Be Agile: Introduction to SCRUM (ITS 2031)
  • Applied Creativity: Solving Problems and Responding to Opportunities (TOD 6400)
  • Communications Lab: Roadmap for Effective Communication (OOD 4708)
  • Overcoming the Email Overload Webinar (ITS 0075)

Stanford lynda.com

Faculty, benefits-eligible staff, and students from Stanford University and SLAC have free and unlimited access to lynda.com, an online training library with almost 3,000 courses spanning topics in areas such as business, web design, video design/development/editing, software and programming, and 3D & animation. Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners. The videos are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can even view courses on your mobile device.

You can access the Stanford lynda.com website with your SUNet ID and password. See the UIT lynda.com service page for more information. The table below provides links to recommended courses.

Project Management Course Offerings

For people who are new to project management, the course Project Management Foundations is a good place to start.

Title Level Duration
Project Management Foundations Beginner 3 hrs 20 mins
Microsoft Project 2016 Essentials Training Beginner 5 hrs 6 mins
Project Management Foundations: Schedules Appropriate for All 1 hr 3 mins
Project Management Foundations: Teams Appropriate for All 1 hr 29 mins
Project Management Foundations: Change Appropriate for All 1 hr 1 min
Project Management Foundations: Budgets Appropriate for All 1 hr 11 mins
Project Management Foundations: Communication Appropriate for All 1 hr 47 mins
Project Management Foundations: Quality Appropriate for All 1 hr 22 mins
Project Management Foundations: Procurement Appropriate for All 1 hr 24 mins
Project Management Foundations: Stakeholders Appropriate for All 1 hr 1 min
Project Management Foundations: Risk Appropriate for All 1 hr 4 mins
Project Management Foundations: Integration Intermediate 1 hr 3 mins
Project Management Foundations: Ethics Intermediate 1 hr 14 mins

Agile Course Offerings

For those who are new to Agile, the course Agile Project Management is a good place to start.