Magazine article Management Services

Join the Qualifications Revolution

Magazine article Management Services

Join the Qualifications Revolution

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The Diploma in Business Analysis for Holders of the Management Services Diploma

In the December 1996 issue of Management Services mention was made by the Director General, Paul Symes, of the development of a costeffective programme to offer existing Management Services Diploma holders the Elements of Change BTEC Diploma in Business Analysis. That programme has now been approved. This article explains the means by which experienced change professionals holding the Management Services Diploma can capitalise on their achievement. For All Change Professionals The Diploma in Business Analysis (DBA) programme is designed to structure and enhance the development of the consulting professional who is able to think and act strategically across a wide range of business situations and will naturally and effectively consult fully with client management and their staff.

It was not just designed for new entrants to management services; the needs of experienced staff in internal consultancy departments were very much in mind in phases two and three. Modules such as Internal Consultancy Business and Personal Skills, Strategic Change Methods, Strategic Analysis and Evaluation, together with Leading and Managing the Internal Consultancy are all designed to meet the needs of contemporary change professionals. Route to Higher Qualifications Elements of Change chose to have the Diploma in Business Analysis accredited and approved by BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) for several reasons but most significantly their approach to professional development which allows for flexibility, topicality and versatility within the programme. This enables us to meet the needs of experienced change professionals, especially those with the Management Services Diploma.

Under BTEC definitions the DBA is a Continuing Education Diploma, equivalent to a Level 5 NVQ. Because each module is separately certificated they can be used in whole or in part towards the achievement of other BTEC qualifications at Diploma level and some MBAs. Elements of Change will help delegates in organisationsponsored MBAs achieve accreditation of those Diploma modules relevant and acceptable within the particular MBA programme. Capitalising on the Management Services Diploma To achieve the Diploma in Business Analysis the change professional needs to accumulate a minimum of 5.0 credits from the options available in the EOC Diploma programme. This can be done through the appropriate blend of: - successfully completed modules from

the EOC programme

- EPA (Exemption by Prior Achievement) - APL (Approved Prior Learning) Exemption by Prior Achievement is granted when the individual possesses valid existing qualifications.

Approved Prior Learning credits are awarded based on a portfolio of evidence assembled to prove competence relevant to the module in question.

Holders of the IMS Management Services Certificate can be exempted EOC Modules 1/2 Core Skills of Business Analysis (1.0 credit) and Diploma holders further exempted EOC Module 12, The Project. Thus a maximum of two credits (40% of the DBA) can be gained by EPA. Issues of time and relevance condition EPA applications. …

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