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Business intelligence analyst


What is a business intelligence analyst and what do they do?

A business intelligence analyst, or business analyst is responsible for collecting and analysing data to identify trends and patterns that inform future business decisions.

Their duties include complex data modelling, designing data analysis methodologies and compiling reports to present to senior management.


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

units 4

Online course

Certificate in data analytics (CertDA)

It’s essential for today’s businesses to use data to make informed decisions, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and lower risk. Data analytics create great value and assist in solving complex business issues, playing a vital role in business success.

ACCA’s Certificate in Data Analytics demystifies analytics and empowers you with the knowledge to make data-driven decisions.

The certificate is aimed at professionals who wish to enhance their careers by developing an understanding of data capabilities and the techniques available for data analytics.

This cost-effective online certificate aims to improve commercial decisions and uses real business examples to allow practical application of the content. Learners will also understand the need to be both sceptical and ethical, while working on data analysis, encouraging them to be critical thinkers.

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units 7

Online course

Machine learning: an introduction for finance professionals

This introductory course looks at machine learning from a user perspective and is based on Machine learning: more science than fiction, a report by ACCA.

Machine learning is a sub-set of artificial intelligence (AI) and is generally understood as the ability of the system to make predictions or draw conclusions based on the analysis of a large historical data set.

Increasingly used in accounting software and business process applications, as a finance professional, it’s important to develop your understanding of machine learning and the needs of the accountancy profession.

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units 6

Online course

Ethics and governance 5 course pack

Finance professionals have to be able to recognise ethical threats to their organisation. This pack looks at some of the different kinds of threats that could affect your business or organisation, and how the right corporate governance can support you in making the right decisions for your business.  

By completing this pack, you will gain a better understanding of: 

  • how to use ethics to make the right decision
  • some of the different regulations that organisations need to abide by
  • GDPR.
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How does the ACCA Qualification prepare you for this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.