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  • BIDA program: 28 total courses, 15 required for exam eligibility
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BIDA® Program Overview

CFI’s Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA®) Certification Program will teach you the most important skills required to kickstart or advance your data analysis career. Learn how to use the most popular business intelligence tools and programming languages to explore, understand, and master data science.

Courses cover both BI and data science, spanning data storage, collection, transformation, analysis, modeling, and visualization. You’ll be equipped with best practices in various scenarios, applying skills through real-world case studies and datasets. Earn your certificate in data analytics and business intelligence, advancing your career today!

What's in the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst Program?

28 courses

Consisting of 1510+ lessons

40+ interactive exercises

Learn by doing with guided simulations

Blockchain certificate

To verify your skills

500,000+ 5-star ratings

Best-in-class training, as rated by you

Earning Your Business Intelligence & Data Analyst Certification

Step 1.

Prep Courses


Need to refresh the basics before getting started? Our BI and data prep courses have you covered.

Introduction to Business Intelligence
4.8 (1,142 Ratings)
1 hours
1 hours
Statistics Fundamentals
4.9 (355 Ratings)
3 hours
3 hours
Excel Fundamentals - Formulas for Finance
4.9 (5,464 Ratings)
3.5 hours
3.5 hours
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Step 2.

Core Courses & Case Studies

Complete 15 core courses to build a strong foundation in business intelligence and data analysis.

Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Excel
4.8 (262 Ratings)
8 hours
8 hours
Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Excel - Case Study
4.9 (16 Ratings)
3 hours
3 hours
Power Query Fundamentals
5 (275 Ratings)
6 hours
6 hours
Power Query Fundamentals Case Study
4.9 (37 Ratings)
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
Power BI Fundamentals
4.9 (178 Ratings)
6 hours
6 hours
Intermediate DAX & Time Intelligence
5 (7 Ratings)
6 hours
6 hours
Power BI Case Study – CFI Capital Partners
4.9 (12 Ratings)
3 hours
3 hours
Tableau Fundamentals
4.9 (120 Ratings)
8 hours
8 hours
Tableau Fundamentals Case Study
5 (5 Ratings)
3.5 hours
3.5 hours
Data Visualization & Dashboards - The Basics
5 (4 Ratings)
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
SQL Fundamentals
5 (129 Ratings)
10 hours
10 hours
SQL Case Study - WOWI Sales Analysis
5 (11 Ratings)
3 hours
3 hours
Python Fundamentals
4.9 (84 Ratings)
5.5 hours
5.5 hours
Python Fundamentals Case Study
4.8 (4 Ratings)
2.5 hours
2.5 hours
Regression Analysis - Fundamentals & Practical Applications
4.9 (81 Ratings)
6.5 hours
6.5 hours
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Step 3.

Elective Courses

Choose electives to explore more complex real-world scenarios and take your knowledge to the next level.

Power Pivot Fundamentals
5 (125 Ratings)
4 hours
4 hours
Power BI Financial Statements
4.9 (87 Ratings)
7 hours
7 hours
Advanced Power BI
4.9 (10 Ratings)
9 hours
9 hours
Enterprise Deployment & Governance: Power BI Edition
4.9 (26 Ratings)
3.5 hours
3.5 hours
Advanced Tableau - Table Calculations
2 hours
Advanced Tableau - LOD Calculations
5 (11 Ratings)
5.5 hours
5.5 hours
Tableau Trading Dashboard
4.9 (54 Ratings)
5 hours
5 hours
Advanced Tableau - Data Model
4.9 (10 Ratings)
2 hours
2 hours
AI for Excel Formulas
4.9 (34 Ratings)
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
Workflow Best Practice for Analysts
5 (4 Ratings)
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
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Step 4.

Final Exam

After earning a minimum passing grade of 70% in each course assessment, take a final exam in BI and data analysis to earn your program certification.

Step 5.

Get BIDA® Certified

Congratulations! Upon completion of the program, you will receive a blockchain-verified digital certificate with your new credentials.

Skills & Learning Objectives in BI & Data Analysis

Data Transformation & Automation

  • Learn how to transform data from multiple sources, reducing manual errors and saving valuable time
  • Automate transformations to enable report refreshes at the click of a button
  • Use SQL and Power Query to perform efficient data transformations

Data Visualization

  • Create stunning visuals that communicate key messages
  • Learn how to choose the right visual for the right type of data
  • Combine visuals to tell a story, allowing users to drill down into issues or trends using interactive dashboards.

Data Modeling

  • Learn how to supercharge your analysis using a data model
  • Understand how to structure your data for efficient analysis
  • Create measures and metrics that help quantify the most important trends


  • Learn how to extract data from a database using SQL, the most widely used Business Intelligence query language
  • Learn the fundamentals of Python, and use it in various applications from machine learning to Monte Carlo simulation
  • Learn how to automate tasks and calculations in Excel using VBA, as well as how to read more advanced code in existing models

Predictive Analysis

  • Learn common machine learning methods for making predictions
  • Model uncertainty using monte carlo simulation
  • Interpret and understand the results of machine learning models


  • Learn how to describe data using meaningful statistics
  • Identify trends and patterns in datasets
  • Prove or disprove a hypothesis about data

A Step by Step Approach to Building Your Data Skills

Excel data analysis course

1. Data Analysis in Excel

Master data analysis and work more efficiently using modern Excel tools including dynamic arrays, Power Query and Power Pivot.

2. BIDA Certification

Develop BI skills such as dashboarding and data manipulation using industry standard tools like Power BI, Tableau, and SQL.

3. Data Science Analyst

Go beyond descriptive analysis and learn how to work with complex datasets and predictive machine learning models.

Courses Taught by BI & Data Experts

Sebastian Taylor

Sebastian leads our BIDA® program, and has worked with a variety of BI tools across a number of industries. From quant energy risk management to financial and retail analysis, Seb loves the challenge of automating and communicating complex analysis with simplicity and clarity.

Joseph Yeates

Joseph is passionate about driving better decision making by creating, curating, and communicating insights from data. He has a degree in Business Administration and Finance, with further certifications in Business Analytics & Decision Making and Applied Database Administration & Design.

Pavel Nacev

Pavel’s passion is playing around with data and finding new and quicker ways to visually present and analyze it. Pavel routinely works with millions of rows of structured and unstructured data, transforming them into meaningful insights for business leaders.

Lester Leong

Over the course of the years, Lester Leong has been applying data science and machine learning towards business and finance to improve profitability, efficiency, and model interpretability.

Andrew Russell

Andrew has extensive experience as a software engineer. His involvement in developing bespoke applications across many different organizations has led to expertise in a variety of programming languages and frameworks.

Careers in Financial Analysis & Strategy

  • Data Analyst

    Data Analyst

    Collect and transform data, create data models and metrics that can be used to analyze performance.
  • Business Analyst

    Business Analyst

    Business Analysts also have great analytical skills, but combine this with intimate knowledge of a business to help drive performance.
  • Quantitative Analyst / Data Scientist

    Quantitative Analyst / Data Scientist

    Apply statistical models to financial and risk-management problems.
  • BI Developer

    BI Developer

    BI Developers do a bit of everything, including maintaining data flows, building data models, or creating dashboards.
  • Data Visualization Analyst

    Data Visualization Analyst

    Deliver and present data through dashboards and visuals that help businesses make better decisions.

The BIDA® program has upskilled teams at:

What Our Students Say

Helped me master BIDA [business intelligence & data analytics] without any technical background. Their course structure is easily laid out, and anyone from any educational background will understand.

Bridget Bosha

Became very confident of my work. After completing the BIDA program, I was promoted.

Bridget Bosha

BIDA is a Game Changer. The content is well explained and provides step by step knowledge of the various areas. 

Chilufya Mubanga

The courses are quite complete even though they are full online (e.g. no live teacher), but nevertheless there are mini-quizzes along the courses, as well as practical exercises and final exam (around 15 questions) for each of the courses you take. Quite complete, I will recommend it to someone starting in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

Sebastian Palacio

Frequently Asked Questions

If you haven’t found your answer from our FAQ, please send us a message.

Are CFI courses accredited?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US for CPE credits. You can find more information here.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Reviews from learners who have taken CFI courses and the FMVA® certification program include numerous stories about how people have been able to advance their careers. There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our learners upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to create a successful career in finance.
Admission Requirements
All of our certification programs are open to learners and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to the advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, learners will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.
What is the duration of the program?
It takes an average of 4-6 months to complete the entire program. However, you are given the freedom to complete all of the training at your own pace! Please see the "How the FMVA Program Works" section for recommended study hours for each course to give you a better idea for your time management.
How much time do I have to complete the courses?
Take as much time as you need. You will have access to all courses and all future upgrades in your subscription. You can review the video lessons as many times as you like and complete the courses at a pace that is most convenient for you.

If you haven’t found your answer from our FAQ, please send us a message.

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