FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is your teaching philosophy?

We believe in leveraging technology to deliver an immersive outcomes-focused program. Rather than a traditional classroom, we employ a flipped classroom, mastery learning approach where you’ll work one-on-one with an experienced business analyst who is vested in your success.

These are the four pillars of our teaching philosophy:

Consistency and Discipline. Our program is long, tough, and challenges you to figure out problems as a professional BA would. As such, we require consistency and discipline to have a successful outcome.

Built for Outcomes. We designed our program with input from top recruiting firms to produce business analysts who can contribute to a team on their first day at the job. 

Mutual Accountability. Students hold us accountable for getting the outcome they desire. We hold students accountable for trusting their mentor, remaining disciplined, completing the assignments and projects, and believing in themselves.

Education, not Edutainment. We focus on what really matters: learning by building. You won’t find an over-reliance on visuals or an abundance of theoretical lessons in our curriculum. Our program teaches the tangible skills that employers care about, and students learn by applying those skills to real projects. Our top priority is a world-class education.

 

What makes "THE PROCESS ARCHITECTS" more effective than other COMPANIES?

The Process Architects was founded by two experienced business analyst's and they discovered that students learned faster by building real projects working with experienced professionals — not sitting in a classroom. And that’s exactly how we designed the program. We’ve had many years to get feedback from our alumni, mentors, and employers to refine our approach. We’ve helped many students launch new careers and start companies.

The Process Architects "Business Analyst" program has a lot in common with on-premise boot camps and universities. The huge difference is in our online, flipped-classroom, mentor-lead approach.

There are two hurdles which all on-site boot camps require students to overcome:

  1. Their full-time programs restrict students to a physical location.
  2. The traditional classroom model is not the most effective way to learn a new skill.

The Process Architects "Business Analyst" program was created as a 100% online program so that students and mentors aren’t bound by location. And the program is designed as a apprenticeship-style program so you’re never constrained by a teacher’s limited attention. If asked, many business analyst's will admit that they learned more from a senior business analyst on their first job than they did from their classrooms. This is exactly how our BA Program works; you're simulating on-the-job learning from day one.

 

What do you look for in students? What does a successful student look like?

We’ve written a lot about the idea that learning to analyze requires a lot of hard work. You can’t learn by osmosis, you have to build. You have to bang your head against problems and work your way out.

So, we look for students who are empowered learners with the following qualities:

  • Driven. Our best students enroll with a clear goal and work to achieve it.
  • Hard-working. Our students who consistently put in the time and work get the most out of the program.
  • Ready to learn. You don’t need to have a degree or prior programming experience, but our best students take the initiative to learn on their own, and are ready to commit to a rigorous, challenging program

 

How is the curriculum created?

The curriculum is designed and developed in-house by experienced analysts, testers and project managers. Our curriculum development team consistently gathers feedback from students, mentors, and employers to iterate our curricula daily. They ensure that you’re always learning the most modern, relevant skills.

 

Can I sample the material?

Absolutely you can attend one of our info sessions. Once you’ve attended an info session, if you still have questions, email us at info@theprocessarchitects.com to schedule a call with a Student Adviser.
 

How deep does your program go? How much of it is in-house curriculum vs. outside resources?

We have developed our own project-based, hand-crafted curriculum designed to get you the outcome you want. Our curriculum is divided into two sections: the Foundation and Projects.

The Foundation is designed to teach you the basic concepts of business analysis and related subjects. In the Projects, you take those concepts and build your own work. We employ a combination of text-based curriculum, supplemental videos, and structured assignments where you apply what you’ve learned.

It’s important to teach you how to fish. And so as you move from Foundations to Projects, you’ll lean less heavily on the Program curriculum and begin tackling open ended problems the way a real developer would — by figuring it out on your own, and through pairing with a more experienced analyst.

For example, you might work with a business requirements document just like you’d receive from a stakeholder in the real world. One requirement might state that there should be the ability to Search an Address. In that case, you’ll need to read the public documentation on how addresses are parsed in various regions so that you can capture all the scenarios, just like you would in the real world. This is an important and necessary step in becoming an effective analyst.

 

What is the program's acceptance rate?

100%. We believe that education should be accessible to everyone. Because our program is online and delivered 1-on-1, we don’t have the physical space constraints of an on-premises university or boot camp, which allows us to teach differently.

 

What are the 3 products of the process architects?

1. Full Business Analyst Training

  • Full Business Analyst Training + Practical Experience with real life projects. 
  • Resume Services for Business Analysts
  • Interview Preparation Service for Business Analysts

2. Business Analyst Resume

3. Business Analyst Interview Preparation Service

 

Can my employer pay for the program?

Yes. Check with your employer on their policy, then speak with one of our Student Advisors for documentation on our program, an invoice, and a certificate of completion for your employer when you complete the program.
 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards. 


What is your refund policy?

Full Business Analyst Training

We believe in mutual accountability. If you don’t believe we are a great fit for you, you can withdraw at any time. We are backed by a withdrawal policy that is simple and fair: withdraw in your first 3 days for a full refund. Withdraw later, and get a prorated refund based on the number of days you've spent in the program, minus a non-refundable cancellation fee of $300. 

If you fail to complete your program within one years of your program Start Date, you will be dropped out of the program and will no longer be eligible for a refund. If you need a refund, we will only refund the account that was originally charged.

Business Analyst Resume Service

You can withdraw before you submit your career information and get a full refund for a period of 2 weeks from the day of buying the service. Withdrawing later than to weeks of enrollment or after the career information is submitted will result in a prorated refund minus a non refundable cancellation fee of $100. 

Business Analyst Interview Preparation Service

You can withdraw before your initial discussion with your mentor and get a full refund. Withdrawing after will result in a prorated refund minus a non refundable cancellation fee of $100. 


When can I start?

Unlike university and boot camp programs that have a handful of start dates each year, we have programs starting every month.

There are three important dates:

  • Enroll Date - Enroll in the program and make your initial payment.
  • Orientation Week - One week before your start date, you'll read through orientation material and complete about 20 hours of mandatory pre-work during this week.
  • Start Date - This is when the program starts, and it will be your first week of classes.

 

Is there any required prework?

Prework is required for our Business Analyst program. We'll provide you with prework assignments and an assessment prior to your start date. Completing the prework provides you with an excellent introduction to the program and sets you up for success during your experience.

 

Will I work with the same mentor throughout the program?

For the Business Analyst Program, you may work with a different mentor for each phase of the program.

 

What kind of hardware is required?

The following hardware will be required to take the BA Program

  • Desktop or Laptop with MAC or Windows
  • Phone

 

Do I need to purchase any software or tools?

No! Everything you need is included with your tuition or available for free.

 

What is the time commitment?

We designed the BA program as a structured, immersive program that still fits into your life. That means you can enroll in the program without relocating or quitting your job. But this isn’t an “at your own pace” kind of program — we expect you to dedicate the time and do the work every single week.

If you can’t make a regular, dedicated commitment, the Business Analyst program might not be the best fit for you. The approximate time commitment required is about 20 hours per week (Class Room Time + Assignments + Project Work) for 6 weeks. 
 

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you'll go through orientation. During your orientation, you’ll learn about expectations for your program, tell us about your goals, and complete any required prework. On your start date you start your session with the mentor.

 

What if I fall sick or can't keep up?

If life happens — a serious illness, an unexpected life change — you have the option to freeze your program and can join the next class. We’ll save your progress, and when you return you’ll pick-up where you left off. We do not offer extended freezing so make sure to save this option for only when it's necessary. This can be done only ones in your program.

If you fail to complete your program within one year of your program Start Date, you will be dropped out of the program without eligibility for a refund.

 

How exactly do mentor sessions work?

We teach with a flipped classroom model: you learn, complete assignments, and tackle challenges on your own, consulting your mentor for help getting unstuck and discussing broad concepts. We keep the classes size small so that we can provide personalized attention to each of our students.

When you get stuck throughout the week, you can message your mentor. During your weekly video call appointments, you'll dive deep into tricky concepts, seek professional advice, or discuss your progress.

In return, your mentor will push you in ways that a typical online curriculum can't. When you complete assignments, your mentor will review your work and critique your approach, giving you detailed feedback and advice. During appointments, your mentor will work with you to develop good habits and show you how to handle tricky problems.

Your mentor is like a Personal Trainer: they know when to push you, when to let you work through your problem, and when to help get you unstuck. Above all, they’re committed to your success.


What is the Career Support Program?

We have designed the Business Analyst Program to produce significantly better outcomes than any other boot camp program without exception or qualification. This is a standard that we hold ourselves to and expect our students to hold both themselves and us to. Along with the most comprehensive curriculum available, the BA Program includes best-in-class career support.

The Career Support Program is a holistic collection of curriculum and services to prepare students for the technical recruiting process and conduct a successful job search.

The program curriculum includes dedicated material to review with an experienced mentor in preparation for the recruiting process to become a business analyst. Students create polished portfolios of projects that demonstrate job-ready analyst skills to prospective employers. Mentors carefully review resumes and cover letters for their students, lead mock phone screens, and conduct practice interviews so students can handle real technical interviews with confidence.