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  • Learn how to take a best practice approach to defining business requirements
  • Develop a set of practices and processes to identify requirements in order to develop and design business solutions
  • Techniques to engage with stakeholders and draw out information to define requirements
  • Attain one of the four modules you need to gain the International Diploma in Business Analysis, which follows entry onto the professional registration for IT technicians (RITTech)

Who is it for?

  • This practitioner certificate is designed for people who want to gain an understanding of the role that business, customer and requirements play within professional business contexts
  • Suitable for business analysts, project managers, systems analysts, product owners, product managers and those involved in business change processes and/or projects

What are the entry requirements?

  • There are no pre-requisites for this certification.

What will I learn?

This certificate was updated (July 2021) as a part of our aim to continuously improve the quality of learning within our professional certifications. This update allows BCS to remain at the forefront of best practice industry standards for professional certifications. In the updated BCS Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering you’ll learn how to take a systematic approach to eliciting, defining, analysing, validating, documenting and managing requirements.

The certificate includes:

  • The Requirements Engineering Framework
  • How to elicit requirements and techniques to use
  • How to collaborate and communicate with stakeholders in the requirements process
  • How to write a user story
  • Best practice approaches to document requirements
  • How to manage requirements
  • Validating, prioritising and quality assurance in the requirements process
  • Analysing and evaluation of requirements

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours, plus a recommended reading list:

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

Download the specimen paper (PDF)

How do I get this certification?

Take the complete training programme (recommended)

You can take a bundled programme of courses with one of our approved training providers. You’ll find them across the UK and around the world.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last three days.

Where can I study?

  • At an approved provider near you
  • At your computer via e-learning or web conference learning

How much does it cost?

Prices for courses vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.


Find a provider

Exam only (study on your own)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about business analysis.

How do I book an exam?

Call +44 (0)1793 417417 to book your exam.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 18 hours to prepare for the exam.

How do I sit the exam?

If you're studying for this qualification without a training provider you can sit this exam directly with BCS.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £264 (£220 + VAT).
International prices may vary by region, please check international pricing via our Customer Service team.

Contact us on +44 (0)1793 417417

What format is the exam?

Please refer to the individual syllabus for the exam format.

Resources to help you study

Business Analysis book cover
Business Analysis 4th edition
This bestselling textbook explores a range of approaches and techniques for business analysis and covers the syllabus for the Business Analysis Foundation Certificate.

Please refer to your syllabus for information on required reading.

What are the benefits of gaining a BCS certification?

What's next?

Demonstrate your skills and expertise by gaining the internationally-recognised International Diploma in Business Analysis, available once you have completed three other modules as well as this core module.

International Diploma in Business Analysis

  • Available once you’ve completed four modules: two core modules, one knowledge module and one practitioner module
  • You’ll have an oral examination to discuss your experience and capabilities

Read more about our International Diploma in Business Analysis

*This offer applies to first-time BCS members. Free membership is applicable for your first year as a BCS member only.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.