BIDA™ Program Information

The Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program will show you how to use programming and data analytics tools like a finance professional. The BIDA program will teach you how to apply powerful tools to bolster your financial analysis, such as:

  • VBA
  • Python
  • Tableau
  • Power BI
  • Power Pivot
  • Power Query, and many more

In this article we will go over the following information regarding the BIDA Program:

Bundles and Inclusions
BIDA Certification Requirements
Duration and Mode of Delivery
BIDA Career Information
Frequently Asked Questions


Bundles and Inclusions ^

We offer subscription bundles that give one-year access to ALL of our courses: 

  • Self-Study Subscription - priced at USD $597 per year
  • Full-Immersion Subscription - priced at USD $847 per year

There are no additional fees required to earn the digital certification. Once enrolled, you will get instant access to the courses, study materials, and all future BIDA™ course upgrades within your active subscription period. 

Check for more information about the fees here: Enrollment Fees


BIDA™ Certification Requirements ^

The Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program is an online global certification program that will show you how to use programming and data analytics tools like a finance professional. 

It is open to anyone looking to become a world-class data analyst, regardless of industry or level of experience. 

Please refer to the BIDA page under 'How it Works' to view the certification requirements.

We recommend that our students take prep courses covering fundamental statistics to succeed in this program. These courses are free and can be found here

The curriculum is quite quantitative as it works with multiple data sets, but everything is shown step-by-step and is straightforward to follow. Students can also rewatch videos multiple times and can review the course later on as needed.

All courses come with an online exam at the end (MCQs, fill-in-the-blanks, and Excel questions) that students need to complete. The exams can be repeated as many times as needed and can be taken at any time. A score of at least 80% is required to pass the assessment and earn the course credentials. 

*Effective November 1st, 2023, the BIDA program requirements will be updated.

  • We have expanded the required core courses from 14 to 15, introducing practical case studies and additional foundational topics. 
  • Electives are now optional. Hence, they are no longer a prerequisite for obtaining your BIDA certification.
  • The BIDA Final Exam has been revised to include questions from the updated core curriculum.

For more details, please refer to our comprehensive guide on the program updates here.

After successfully completing the BIDA™ certification requirements, students will need to sign CFI's Honor Pledge to submit their program for certification. Once signed and submitted, the Blockchain-Verified BIDA™ certificate will be sent to the registered email address within 24 hours.

Please see here for ongoing BIDA program and requirement updates.


Duration and Mode of Delivery ^

All courses include video lectures delivered by professional Wall Street trainers who have been teaching classes for new hires at global investment banks for over twenty years. 

Lectures, study materials, and exams are all online and are accessible from anywhere in the world, allowing the program to be completed at any time. 

The recommended time to complete the program is 150-200 hours, but students are free to finish the program at their own pace.


BIDA™ Career Information ^

The BIDA™ certification teaches students how to draw descriptive and predictive insights from data. Through many applied examples and case studies, students will learn how to apply business intelligence and quantitative analysis techniques to all sorts of financial data.

Some common career paths include the following:

  • Data Analyst - collect and transform data, create data models and metrics that can be used to analyze performance
  • Business Analyst - combine analytical skills with intimate knowledge of a business to help drive performance
  • BI Developer - maintain data flow, build data models, or create dashboards
  • Data Visualization Analyst - deliver and present data through dashboards and visuals that help businesses make better decisions
  • Quantitative Analyst - apply statistical models to financial and risk management problems
BIDA Career Paths Overview

Frequently Asked Questions ^

Is BIDA the right program for me?

Business Intelligence skills are incredibly transferable since they are relevant to any data-driven industry! Whether you're from the retail, travel, human resources, or finance industry, you'll be using the same skills & tools needed to be a world-class data analyst!

We highly recommend you check our Introduction to Business Intelligence course. In this course, you'll learn how the different roles in a BI team support a business and see how the core business intelligence tools can help you work with all kinds of data.

∙ I took the course assessment more than once; what score will this record on my transcript?

We offer unlimited attempts on the course assessments, and your transcript will show a PASS or a FAIL for your test score.

∙ Why is the total time of the video not equal to the noted number of course hours?

The hours included in the course description are the average study hours, which include the time to watch the lectures, download files, complete the exercises & assessments, etc.