About The CCBA® Examination
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) administers a professional certification to practitioners of business analysis who wish to demonstrate their skills and receive formal recognition of their expertise. This designation is called the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®). Candidates for the CCBA® certification are recognized for the professional investment they have made in their business analysis career and desire to advance in the field.
The CCBA® certification is also ideal for professionals working in hybrid business analyst roles, who wish to demonstrate and receive formal recognition of their skills. For example, those performing business analysis in conjunction with an additional professional role as a project manager, system analyst, quality assurance tester, management and many other BA hybrid roles.
The CCBA® is similar to the CBAP® designation, however it requires less BA work experience for application and the exam is comprised of mostly knowledge and fact-oriented questions while the CBAP® is comprised of situation-based questions, both derived from the BABOK® Guide. The qualifications, as designated by the IIBA® for the CCBA® exam are as follows:
CCBA® Certification Criteria
|Education Requirement||BA Work Experience||Knowledge Area (KA) Requirement||Professional Development Experience||References||Number of Questions||Exam Length||Sign Code of Conduct||Credential Maintenance & Expiration|
|High School or Equivalent Education||3750 Hours (aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 7 years)||900 Hours in 2 of 6 KA's or 500 hours in 4 of 6 KA's (included in 3750 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 "CCBA 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 CCBA® exam in the minimum amount of time, using its market-leading blended learning approach. If passing the CCBA® 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.