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CBAP vs. CBDA

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CBAP vs. CBDA : Which one is better?

This is a question that arises in many professionals mind. Both CBAP and CBDA come from the same organization, IIBA. So which one should pursue? 

Let's do a thorough comparison below.

Aspect CBAP CBDA
Focus Core business analysis activities Data analysis activities
Part of Core BA certification Yes  
Study Guide Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Data Analysis Guidelines
Market recognition Very High Low
Fees $575 $575
Re-certification cost $250 $400
Previous BA experience 7500 Hours in last 10 years No such requirement
Exam complexity High Medium
References required 2 0
Preparation Hours 120 to 150 100 to 120

 

CBAP Recommended -

  • Senior BAs who qualify for the test
  • To become 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 to complete part of the core certification, CBAP, CCBA, ECBA before going for non-core certification such as CBDA, AAC and CCA.

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Sources of Information for this article - www.IIBA.org and www.PMI.org

Suggested readings on CBAP

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