Becoming a BA

Becoming a Business Analyst


Career Roadmap

What is the career path for a business analyst? The following Career Roadmap articulates the various levels that a BA can achieve and aligns with the five levels described within the IIBA® Business Analysis Competency Model.

Entry Level

  • New to the role and has acquired knowledge through previous exposure, training and through the BABOK® Guide.


  • Limited practical experience in business analysis and uses knowledge gained through some practical role experience, training and through the BABOK® Guide.


  • Years of practical experience in business analysis and works independently in complex situations and tasks.


  • Deep practical experience in business analysis with repeated practice performing in a variety of complex situations.

Advanced Generalist

  • Performs a wide variety of business analysis activities using a range of techniques in varying circumstances at a more senior level in the organization.


BA Tool Kit

The Essential Business Analysis Skills

The IIBA Competency Model identifies 53 performance or discipline competencies specific to the role of the business analyst. The underlying competencies represent the foundational skills, knowledge and personal characteristics necessary to support the effective performance of business analysis, and are essential for effective performance at any level of experience. They are:

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Behavioral Characteristics
  • Business Knowledge
  • Communications Skills
  • Interaction Skills
  • Software Application

Find out more. Download your free copy of the competency model if you are a member. If you not an IIBA member, sign-up here.