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This is a question that arises in many professional minds. Both CBAP and CBDA come from the same organization, IIBA. So which one should you pursue?
Let's make a thorough comparison below.
Core business analysis activities
Data analysis activities
Part of Core BA certification
Business Analysis Body of Knowledge
Data Analysis Guidelines
Exam Fees (For Members)
Re-certification cost and duration
3 years (from Certification date)
1 year (from Certification date)
Previous BA experience
7500 hours in the last 10 years
No such requirement
120 to 150
100 to 120
CBAP Recommended -
Senior BAs who qualify for the test
To become an enterprise / strategic level BA
If your organization has CBAP certifications as part of the competency framework
Part of BA Center of Excellence/BA Competency team
CBDA Recommended –
Business analysts with a data analysis background/experience
If your organization has CBDA certifications as part of the competency framework
We strongly recommend one complete part of the core certification, CBAP, CCBA, and ECBA, before going for non-core certifications such as CBDA, AAC, and CCA.
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