Business Analyst Certifications – CBAP, CCBA, CSBA and PMI-PBA

Business Analyst professional’s mature skill sets then why the hell I should go for Business Analyst Certification Program? Well, to clarify your doubt, I would like to highlight some of the major benefits of Business Analysts certification Programs:
  It adds recognition and value to your profile as a Business Analyst in the Global market
  It opens a good career opportunity for you.
  It increases your self confidence
  It makes your Business Analysis fundamental clear.
  You stand first in your peers, hence promotion opportunity is high for you.
  It changes the way you work which helps to gain more respect from managers and stakeholders.

1.Certified Business Analysis Professional

2.Certified Business Analysis Professional

Most of the Business Analyst go for these two certifications as these are worldwide recognized, accepted and famous, however there are other certifications also available which could be a good choice for a Business Analyst. Both Business Analysts Certifications has the same fees i.e. same application fee, exam fee and re-certification fees, however the application fee is the same for members and Non-Members of IIBA but Members get a price break on the exam fee and re-certification fees. Let’s discuss the Business Analysts Certification Program offered by International Institute of Business Analysis in detail.

Certified Business Analysis Professional

The Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) is widely recognized and opted Business Analyst certification. It is designed for professionals with extensive Business Analysis experience. You can apply for CBAP certification if you have advanced knowledge and extensive working experience in any of the below roles:

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

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) in the last 10 years
  • Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Application Fees:

The application fee is $125 USD and is not refundable (i.e. regardless of whether your application is approved or declined). The exam fee is $325 USD for IIBA members and $450 USD for non-members.

Maintaining a CCBA Certification:

The CBAP® is maintained through earning continuing education credits which IIBA calls Continuing Development Units, or CDUs. Over a three-year cycle, CBAP® holders must earn 60 hours of CDUs. The re-certification fee is $85 for IIBA members or $120 for non-members.

Certification of Competency in Business AnalysisTM (CCBA®)

the Certification of Competency in Business AnalysisTM (CCBA®) because it is designed for business analysis practitioners who want to be recognized for their expertise and skills by earning formal recognition. It requires only minimum of 3750 hours of hands-on business analysis experience. You can apply for CCBA certification if you have advanced knowledge and extensive working experience in any of the below roles (minimum 3750 hours):

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

Eligibility:

  • Minimum 3750 hours of business analysis 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
  • Minimum high school education or equivalent
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Application Fees:

The application fee is $125 USD and is not refundable (i.e. regardless of whether your application is approved or declined). The exam fee is $325 USD for IIBA members and $450 USD for non-members.

Maintaining a CBAP® Certification:

In order to maintain their certifications, CCBA® holders must take 60 hours of continuing education over a three-year period. The renewal fee is $85 for IIBA members and $120 for non-members.

Certified Software Business Analyst – CSBA

Certified Software Business Analyst certification is designed for the software professionals and one can opt for better career growth as Business Analysts in Information Technology.

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

Eligibility:

  • 4-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 2 years of experience in the information services field
  • 3-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 3 years of experience in the information services field
  • 2-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 4 years of experience in the information services field
  • Six years of experience in the information services field
  • AND Are working, or have worked at any time within the prior 18 months, in the field within covered by the certification designation.

Application Fees:

The CSBA application fee is: US $350.00 Note: The candidates Initial Exam which must be taken within one year from the date payment was processed or the application will expire.

Exam Type

  • The exam itself consists of two parts:
  • Parts 1 – Multiple choice (100 questions – 75 minute) Parts 2 – Short answer / essay (12 questions – 75 minute).
  • There is a total of 112 questions and the exam will take over 2 1/2 hours to complete which includes an optional 10 minute break after part one. The passing mark is 70% which is the average score of both parts.

Maintaining a CSBA Certification:

Recertification is required every three years before the anniversary date of the current certification. Multiple email reminders will be sent out to the default email address entered in the Portal starting 180 days out, with the final going out 30 days from the expiration date. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure their email address in the Portal is correct and up-to-date so that they will receive the re-certification reminders.

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)

PMI Professional in Business Analysis Certification is designed and well suited for professionals who are project or program manager but performs business analysis in their role.

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

Eligibility:

  • 7,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis
  • Six years of experience in the information services field
  • OR
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

Application Fees:

Member: US$405.00
Non-member: US$555.00

Exam Type

The certification exam has 200 multiple-choice questions and you have four hours to complete it.

Maintain Your PMI-PBA:

To maintain your PMI-PBA, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) in business analysis topics every three years.