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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Please select from the categories below to read FAQs relating to each of our qualification schemes.

AgileBA FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is APMG International’s AgileBA scheme?

    APMG International has partnered with the DSDM Consortium to develop AgileBA – this incorporates new guidance and a supporting training and certification scheme for business analysts. The AgileBA guidance is aimed at:

    • Business Analysts
    • Change Analysts
    • Project Managers with business analysis responsibilities
    • Scrum Product Owners
    • Systems Analysts requiring a business and agile perspective for project work
    • Agile Developers with analysis responsibilities.

    It may also be useful to:

    • Business Sponsors
    • Programme Office and Project Office managers
    • Service management and Service design professionals.

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  • How can I train for the AgileBA examinations?

    Training for AgileBA is available from our network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) which are assessed and certified by APMG International. The full list of AgileBA ATOs can be found at:


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  • Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

    No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination. APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

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  • How do I sit the exams?

    Most, if not all AgileBA accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

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  • How much does it cost to sit the AgileBA examinations?

    If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG International uses a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at: servicedesk@apmg-international.com

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  • Are there any pre-requisites for the AgileBA examinations?

    There are no pre-requisites for taking the AgileBA foundation examination.

    Passing the AgileBA foundation exam is a re-requisite to taking the AgileBA practitioner exam.

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  • What are the main publications for AgileBA and where can I purchase them?

    AgileBA has one main publication supporting the qualification scheme, published by the DSDM Consortium, called AgileBA® Agile Business Analysis Handbook.

    This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at: https://www.apmg-businessbooks.com/.

    Most AgileBA accredited training organizations include the guidance as part of the course fee.

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  • Which languages are AgileBA examinations available in?

    Examinations are currently available in English only. Further translations will be considered subject to market demand.

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  • Which languages is the AgileBA guidance available in?

    The AgileBA guidance is currently only available in English.

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  • How long will it take to learn the AgileBA material?

    For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experiences and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the guidance and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.

    For those studying with an accredited training organization, courses are generally delivered over 4 days (3 days for foundation). It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

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  • What is the structure of the AgileBA examinations?

    The AgileBA foundation examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, with 25 marks (50%) required to pass. It is a closed-book examination to be completed in 40 minutes.

    The AgileBA practitioner examination is a complex multiple-choice paper, made up of 4 questions each worth 20 marks giving a total of 80 marks. The required pass mark is 40 marks (50%). The exam is 2.5 hours in duration and is open book (AgileBA Handbook only).

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  • What is the pass mark for the AgileBA examination?

    The pass marks for the AgileBA examinations are:

    Foundation: You will need to score 25/50 to pass the foundation exam.

    Practitioner: You will need to score 40/80 to pass the practitioner exam.

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  • When can I expect the results of my AgileBA Examinations?

    AgileBA foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time.

    Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

    If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

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  • When will I receive my certificate?

    A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

    If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.

    Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

    If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frames please contact our Customer Interaction Team – servicedesk@apmg-international.com

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  • How long are the AgileBA certifications valid for?

    The certifications are not valid for a defined period of time and will not expire.

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  • What pass mark is required to be eligible to become an AgileBA trainer?

    To be eligible to apply to become an AgileBA trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 66% (53/80) in the practitioner exam.

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  • How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

    To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email servicedesk@apmg-international.com noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise you.

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  • How do I become an AgileBA approved trainer?

    All AgileBA trainers must be "sponsored" by an AgileBA accredited training organization (ATO).

    Details of all AgileBA ATOs can be found at: www.apmg-international.com/en/search/ao-search-en.aspx

    A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office.

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  • Can I use the AgileBA logo?

    Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the AgileBA logo. Such organizations include AgileBA ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) and registered partners accredited by APMG International.

    AgileBA ® is a registered trade mark of the Dynamic Systems Development Method Limited, and must not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license.

    The APMG-International Swirl AgileBA Device is a trade mark of APM Group Ltd.

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  • How does my organization become an AgileBA Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

    An organization wishing to become an AgileBA ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG International Service Desk or a regional APMG International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.

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