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BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering

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The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering provides delegates with the knowledge and tool set to elicit and manage project requirements. The course gives students a firm understanding of what a requirement is and how to turn a business problem into a reliable set of validated requirements. Poor requirements are the most prevalent reason software projects tend to fail.

The course is administered by professional trainers with significant experience of practical requirements building and business analysis projects. Students are supplied with course notes containing detailed information about business analysis techniques and providing references for further reading.

This syllabus has an accompanying examination at which the candidate must achieve a passing score to gain the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering.


The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis. Business analysts, business managers and their staff, business change managers and project managers and also those hoping to acquire the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis should attend. The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering is one of the four modules comprising the Diploma Programme.


On completion of the Requirements Engineering course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand what is and is not a Requirement
  • The analyst’s role in the requirements process
  • How to understand stakeholder views
  • Tools and tips for eliciting requirements in a range of scenarios
  • Document and organise project requirements
  • How to validate a requirement
  • Methodologies for gathering requirements
  • How to use Scenarios and Use Cases to explore requirements
  • Managing requirements change.


There are no course prerequistes, however students will be expected to have reviewed Chapters 5, 9, 10 and 11 specifically related to the Requirements Engineering syllabus from the BCS publication Business Analysis, Edition 3, Paul, Yeates & Cadle and also be familiar with the BCs course syllabus: https://www2.bcs.org/certifications/ba/requirements-engineering


This course covers the following:

 The role of the analyst:

  • The role and competencies of the business analyst


The requirements engineering process:

  • The requirements engineering framework
  • Characteristics of requirements engineering
  • The importance of requirements engineering


Actors and viewpoints:

  • Stakeholders in business analysis projects
  • Roles and responsibilities in the requirements engineering process
  • Context diagrams and stakeholders


Project initiation:

  • The importance of the project initiation stage
  • The project initiation document


Facilitated workshops:

  • The use of workshops to elicit, analyse and negotiate requirements
  • Structure of a facilitated workshop
  • Facilitation skills
  • Stimulating creative thinking


Documenting requirements:

  • General business requirements
  • Functional and non-functional requirements
  • The requirements catalogue
  • Interpreting class diagrams
  • Scoping systems and documenting requirements with use cases


Other requirements elicitation techniques:

  • Observation and ethnographic studies
  • Activity sampling
  • Document and data source analysis
  • Questionnaires
  • Choosing the appropriate technique/s


Analysing Requirements:

  • Examining the requirements catalogue
  • Prioritising requirements (MoSCow)
  • Checking for ambiguity and lack of clarity
  • Testability of requirements


Scenarios and prototyping:

  • The use of scenarios to explore requirements
  • Use case descriptions as a method of documenting scenarios.
  • The use of prototyping to explore requirements


Requirements Management:

  • Change and version control of requirements
  • Requirements traceability
  • The use of CASE tools in requirements engineering


Validating requirements:

  • Validation techniques
  • Quality control in requirements engineering


Requirements and systems development:

  • Development lifecycles
  • The link between requirements and systems development
  • Post-implementation review


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