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What is CBAP/CCBA?

IIBA has created the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), a designation awarded to candidates who have successfully demonstrated their expertise in this field. This is done by detailing hands-on work experience in business analysis through the CBAP® application process, and passing the IIBA CBAP® examination. To be eligible to apply for CBAP, you must have at least 7,500 hours of hands-on BA experience. The Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) is aimed at practitioners with at least 3,750 hours of hands on experience. Both certifications are aligned with the knowledge areas defined in the BABOK® Guide.

Why take the CBAP/CCBA exam?

CBAP or CCBA certification is a public affirmation of your current level of professionalism, and your continued commitment to the BA profession.If you are working in the role of business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting or process improvement, and have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, you will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® / CCBA designation. It demonstrates:

  • Your knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst
  • A proven level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis

How much will taking the CBAP/CCBA exam cost?

The exam costs $325 US for IIBA members, and $450 for non-members. Registration costs $125.

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Who runs the CBAP/CCBA exams?

Exam applications are managed centrally by our parent body IIBA. Exams in the UK are conducted as on-line exams (CBT) administered by Prometric, IIBA's testing partner. Test dates and locations are agreed with Prometric.

How do I register to take the CBAP/CCBA exam?

  • Review the CBAP Handbook or CCBA Handbook and ensure you understand and meet the application criteria.
  • Register on-line at the Certification page of the IIBA International website, including paying the application fee.
  • IIBA will review your application within 21 days (and usually much more quickly).
  • Once your application is approved, submit payment for the exam and IIBA will put you in touch with the exam provider (Prometric).
  • Agree a convenient location and date with Prometric through their on-line application process

You must sit the exam within one year of your application being approved.

Where can I get training for the CBAP exam?

Please see our Training page.

How does it compare to BCS (previously known as ISEB)?

IIBA UK and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT work closely to further the progression of the BA profession. Here is an overview of skills development and possible career paths, as presented at the BA Conference 2009.

An overview of the ISEB BA Qualifications and the exemptions available to CBAP holders is summarised here.

In addition, you may find this free webinar useful: