IIBA Certifications

IIBA Certifications
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Introduction to IIBA Certifications

In April 2015, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) published the third edition of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide), the primary body of knowledge for business analysis. BABOK® Guide v3.0 describes the knowledge, techniques, and skills that a business analyst should possess.

Within the key concepts for business analysis, the IIBA® introduces a new model, the BACCM, which brings together six concepts that must have a common meaning for all business analysts: change, need, solution, stakeholder, value, and context. This model aims to provide a common terminology that is applicable in any kind of organization, project, or perspective related to business analysis. The 6 Knowledge Areas of BABOK v3.0 are:

  1. Planning and Monitoring
  2. Elicitation and Collaboration
  3. Requirements Life Cycle Management
  4. Strategy Analysis
  5. Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
  6. Solution Evaluation

The work associated with each Knowledge Area will depend on the level of change to be made, the stakeholders, and the context in which it is carried out. Download our infographic on BABOK v3.0.

 The IIBA® offers 3 certifications based on the standards set forth in the BABOK®.

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Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®)

The CBAP certification recognizes BA Professionals who have more extensive experience with over 5 years of business analysis experience. This certification recognizes “leading, senior members of the BA community.”

  • Individuals with significant experience in business analysis
  • Individuals with a CCBA™ designation
  • Product Managers
  • Non-BA consultants
  • Trainers
  • Hybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and Designers

There is no prerequisite to attend the course. However, the IIBA® requires candidates who wish to obtain the CCAP certification to:

  • Complete a minimum of 7,500 hours of Business Analysis Work experience in the last 10 years
    • Within this experience, a minimum of 900 hours completed in 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas, for a total of at least 3,600 of the required 7,500 total
  • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Provide two references
  • Agree to Code of Conduct
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Pass the exam
  • Format: Scenario and case study-based questions
  • Delivery: In-person or online, administered by PSI
  • Cost:
    • Application Fee: $125
    • Exam Fees: $325 for members; $450 for non-members; $289.25 for corporate members
    • Exam Re-Write Fee: $250 for members; $375 for non-members
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 3.5 hours to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 120
  • Language: English and Japanese
  • See the IIBA® website for more CBAP® exam details, including an exam blueprint and sample questions (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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Certificate of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA™)

The CCBA certification recognizes BA Professionals who are newer to the profession with 2-3 years of business analysis experience. This certification “recognizes your ability to take on larger and more complex project responsibility.”

  • Individuals with an ECBA™ designation
  • Product Managers
  • Non-BA consultants
  • Trainers
  • Hybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and Designers

There is no prerequisite to attend the course. However, the IIBA® requires candidates who wish to obtain the CCBA certification to:

  • Complete a minimum of 3,750 hours of Business Analysis work experience in the last 7 years
    • Within these 3750 minimum hours required, a minimum of 900 hours must be completed in each of 2 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas OR, a minimum of 500 hours must be completed in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas
  • Complete a minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development within the last 4 years
  • Provide references
  • Agree to Code of Conduct
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Pass the exam
  • Format: Scenario-based questions
  • Delivery: In-person or online, administered by PSI
  • Cost:
    • Application Fee: $125
    • Exam Fees: $325 for members; $450 for non-members; $289.25 for corporate members
    • Exam Re-Write Fee: $250 for members; $375 for non-members
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 3 hours to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 130
  • Language: English only
  • See the IIBA® website for more CCBA® exam details, including an exam blueprint and sample questions. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)

The ECBA™ is the IIBA’s entry level certification. Unlike other IIBA certifications, candidates aren’t required to have work experience in business analysis to obtain this certification. This certification recognizes “foundational knowledge on how to approach business analysis according to the BABOK® guide.”

Individuals who are new to the profession or anyone wishing to validate their foundational knowledge of how to perform business analysis work. 

The IIBA® requires candidates who wish to obtain the ECBA certification to:

  • Register an account with IIBA 
  • Complete a minimum of 21 Professional Development hours within the last four years
  • Agree to Code of Conduct
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Pass the exam
  • Format: Multiple Choice
  • Delivery: Online, administered by PSI
  • Cost:
    • Application Fee: $60
    • Exam Fees: $110 for members; $235 for non-members; $97.50 for corporate members
    • Exam Re-Write Fee: $85 for members; $195 for non-members
  • Duration: Once the exam begins candidates have 1 hour to complete the exam
  • Number of Questions: 50
  • Language: English only
  • See the IIBA® website for more ECBA® exam details, including an exam blueprint and sample questions. (The conditions of the additional Certification services are subject to the terms of the license owner or the authorized certification body.)
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