Business Analyst Certification

 Demonstrate your expertise and knowledge as a business analysis leader with certification from the IIBA.

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In July 2016 the IIBA introduced new levels of business analyst certifications. In addition to the CCBA and CBAP, this now includes a certificate for entry level business analysts (ECBA) as well as senior BAs who are thought leaders in the industry (CBATL).

Learn more about the benefits, process, certification and exam perquisites for both these in-demand certifications below.

ECBA: Entry Certificate in Business Analysis

The Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis.

An ECBA certificate demonstrates that the holder has the required knowledge and competencies of a new practitioner of business analysis according to requirements designated by IIBA.

To earn the ECBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years (provided by our Business Analysis courses)
  • Signed Code of Conduct

CCBA: Certification of Competency in Business Analysis

The Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) designation recognizes business analysts who have 2-3 years of BA experience.

With at least 3750 hours of hands-on experience, they have developed essential business analysis skills.

CCBA recipients are recognized for the investment they have already made in their business analysis careers, and include professionals working in the role of:

  •     Business analysis
  •     Systems analysis
  •     Requirements analysis or management
  •     Process improvement
  •     Consulting

To earn the CCBA designation, a business analyst will need to be knowledgeable in all six knowledge areas of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), with proficiency in at least two areas. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3750 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last seven years
  • Minimum 900 hours in two of the six knowledge areas or 500 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years (provided by our Business Analysis courses)
  • Minimum high school education or equivalent
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Applicants are expected to review the CCBA Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees and details on how to apply.

Maintaining CCBA Certification and Re-certification

All CCBA recipients are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. The IIBA certification needs to be renewed every three years.

The CCBA Recertification Handbook and related forms are posted on the IIBA website.

CBAP: Certified Business Analysis Certification

The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) designation recognizes business analysts who manage and lead with over 5 years of professional BA experience.

With at least 7500 hours of hands-on experience, CBAP recipients are the elite, senior members of the business analysis community.

They are experts in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions. More and more companies are recognizing the CBAP designation and the value and expertise these professionals bring to their organizations.

There are many professional benefits to earning the CBAP certification if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, and are working in any of the following roles:

  • Business analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Requirements analysis or management
  • Process improvement
  • Consulting

To earn the CBAP certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 7500 hours of business analysis work experience aligned with the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide in the last 10 years
  • Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 35 hours of Professional Development in the past four years (provided by our Business Analysis courses)
  • Two references from a career manager, client, or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Applicants are expected to review the CBAP Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees and details on how to apply.

Maintaining Your CBAP Certification and Recertification

All CBAP recipients are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. The IIBA certification needs to be renewed every three years.
The CBAP Recertification Handbook and related forms are posted on the IIBA website.

CBATL: Certified Business Analysis Though Leader

The Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader(CBATL) designation recognizes business analysts who advance the BA profession and have over 10 years of professional BA experience

Business Analysts who hold a CBATL designation are considered industry thought leaders:

  • whose expertise in the BA field is well sought after
  • who advance the BA profession
  • who give back to the community
  • who contribute to the evolution of the BA practice

This is a new certification  and details are still being finalized by the IIBA. Once finalized, details will be published here.

How to maintain your IIBA business analysis certification

If you became certified before September 30, 2016 you need to recertify according to the current 3-year cycle leading up to your recertification date.  Meeting the requirements and recertifiying demonstrates your ongoing professional development and individual growth. To maintain your CCBA and CBAP certifications you must follow these four steps:

  • Step 1 – Earn Continuing Development Units (CDUs). You must earn and report a minimum of 60 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) within three years from the receipt of your certification (the day you passed your exam).
  • Step2 – Log your CDUs. During your 3-year cycle you need to log the CDUs you acquire. To do so, download one of the following reporting spreadsheets-
  • Step 3 – Submit your application. When your re-certification date arrives complete and submit one of the following forms-
  • Step 4 – Payment. 
    Proceed with payment of the recertification fee within your IIBA portal, under the certification tab. Once IIBA has received both your application with CDU reporting form attached and your payment, you will receive your assessment results and further instructions.

Business Analysis Resources

BABOK Guide v3 Certification Handbooks

White PaperIf you are ready to write your exam, your first step is to download one of the following handbooks that will outline all you need to do to qualify for, apply and take your exam –

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