About The CBAP® Examination
With its first exam administered in November of 2006, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) began designating a professional certification called the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®). Individuals who obtain this certification are considered the elite, most experienced members of the Business Analysis community.
Candidates for the CBAP® certification have experience identifying the business needs of an organization, analyzing business requirements, and implementing process improvements which contribute significantly to organizational success. The CBAP® certification process includes demonstrating the required experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified practitioner of Business Analysis. The qualifications, as designated by the IIBA® for this exam are as follows:
CBAP® Certification Criteria
|Education Requirement||BA Work Experience||Knowledge Area Requirement||Professional Development Experience||References||Number of Questions||Exam Length||Sign Code of Conduct||Credential Maintenance & Expiration|
|High School or Equivalent Education||7500 Hours (aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years)||900 Hours in 4 of 6 Knowledge Areas (included in 7500 Hours of BA Work Experience)||21 Hours in the past 4 years*||2 References from a career manager, client, or CBAP® Recipient||150||3.5 hours||Yes||Every 3 years, expires if not renewed|
* The IIBA® endorsed courses per the Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) program automatically qualify towards the 21 hours of Professional Development for initial certification.
Applying for the Exam
More information on applying for the exam is available on the IIBA's website (www.iiba.org). Click the "Certification" tab on the main menu of the homepage, then choose "CBAP Designation".
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If you are unsure whether your work experience qualifies you to sit for one or either of these IIBA-sponsored exams, be sure to review RMC's complimentary Business Analysis Work Experience Calculator.
The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is three and one-half (3.5) hours. The examination is offered around the world at IIBA®-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the IIBA website. The current fees for the examination are as follows:
|Applicant Status||Application Fee (US Dollars)||Examination Fee (US Dollars)|
How to Prepare
Whether or not you have had basic business analysis training, RMC can prepare you to sit for and pass the CBAP® exam in the minimum amount of time, using its market-leading blended learning approach. If passing the CBAP® exam is on your list of priorities for the year, please follow this link to review training options for self-study, classroom training and Internet-based learning.
For information on all of the IIBA's Business Analysis certifications, be sure to check out our easy to read Quick Reference Guide to IIBA® Certifications.