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    IIBA - CBAP vs IIBA - CBDA - Which Certification Should One Pursue?

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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.

    Aspect CBAP CBDA


    Core business analysis activities

    Data analysis activities

    Part of Core BA certification



    Study Guide

    Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

    Data Analysis Guidelines

    Market recognition

    Very High


    Exam Fees (For Members)



    Re-certification cost and duration

    $85 (Members)

    $120 (Non-Members)

    3 years (from Certification date)

    $30 (Members)

    $50 (Non-Members)

    1 year (from Certification date)

    Previous BA experience

    7500 hours in the last 10 years

    No such requirement

    Exam complexity



    References required



    Preparation Hours

    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 –

    • Existing CBAPs

    • 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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