Posted by tac_admin, September 3, 2014

IIBA-Endorsed Training: Get it Paid For!

<alt="Two Men Holding Out Their Hands"/>When it comes to your accelerated success as a business analyst, you have to stay consistently on top of your game. That means, of course, getting the IIBA-endorsed training required for you to perform at your top level.

When I talk to business analysts from all over the country, many feel as if they have to pay to work. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? While the BA training you receive will increase your income faster than you may have thought possible, the initial cost may come as a blow.

To begin, if you can’t find a way to get your classes covered, there are many affordable options for IIBA-endorsed training out there. Of course, it never hurts to ask your company for reimbursement.

Your training makes their organization much more effective, so it’s a no-brainer for a company to invest in its people. But if your employer is sitting on the fence about covering the IIBA-endorsed training that will make you a more effective BA, here is a list of reasons you can give.

BA Training Makes the Company Look Good

People like guarantees, and that’s especially true for stakeholders. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t buy a pair of brake pads without a guarantee on the box. Clients who hire your company – or your internal stakeholders – want you to come prepared with a similar guarantee. The only way to get that is through BA training.

BA Training Saves the Company Money

It’s true: there’s an initial cost involved with BA training. But when you pick the course that’s right for the skills you need, it’s a foolproof investment that will pay off in the short- and long-term. If you had a guaranteed investment, you’d make it – and so should your company.

BA Training Decreases Good Employee Turnover

This one is tricky. You don’t want to say that you’re at risk for leaving the company. But at the same time, since you’re a great BA, it would be in your company’s best interest to keep you around for the long haul. After all, the skills you learn make them (and you!) more money.

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