CCBA Exam Preparation Steps
Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) is the 2nd level of a professional...
“I got a BA job within 1 month of becoming CCBA Certified”- Nancy Adams, Technical Business Analyst
“CCBA Certification helped me get a new job and become a better analyst “- Susan White, Business Analyst
“I landed a job as a Business Analyst Coordinator within months of getting CCBA certified”-Steven Cross, PMO Business Analyst
The Certification of Capability in Business Analysis or CCBA is the 2nd level of a professional certification by IIBA for business analysis practitioners. It is highly valued in the BA industry as it emphasizes the work experience, personal development, competencies, and up-to-date knowledge of the latest industry trends and developments.
CCBA certification is appropriate for business analysts with 2 to 3 years of experience, who are keen to expand their skillsets and climb the BA career ladder. It adds a lot of value to a BA’s profile as it is a recognition and acknowledgment of the expertise that a BA practitioner has in the business analysis domain. With the CCBA training & certification, one can learn the best practices and skillsets essential to turn their career around.
CCBA certification is relevant to a large proportion of working professionals as-
Apart from the relevancy of this certificate, there are several benefits to having CCBA certification. It gives the business analyst a competitive edge over others as employers will give preference to a certified BA over others.
CCBA Exam Pattern
The CCBA exam is competency-based aligned with BABOK Guide Version 3
Number of questions – 130 multiple choice questions
Questions pattern – Scenario-based questions (i.e. the candidate must do a bit of analysis to arrive at the answer)
Duration – 3 hours
The exam blueprint aligned with v3.0 of the BABOK Guide is as follows:
|Knowledge Area||% of Questions|
|Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring||12%|
|Elicitation and Collaboration||20%|
|Requirements Life Cycle Management||18%|
|Requirements Analysis and Design Definition||32%|
Graphical distribution of Questions
One needs to pass individually in all the knowledge areas as given above and have to also score the overall minimum to pass.
From our experience from the past CCBA participants and their experience, we know that it is safe to assume that the CCBA exam passing score is more than 70%. Hence, it’s suggested to target 80 – 90% in the CCBA mock tests to be successful in the CCBA final exam. Again, there is no official data by IIBA to support this.
This is based on our best estimate of the information on the CCBA exam. In this blog, we describe how one can be a CCBA in a time-bound manner.
Steps to become a successful CCBA
Be difficult or simple, every certification exam has a specific preparation path which needs to be followed to successfully pass. So, if you want to pass the CCBA certification exam in the first attempt, you too need to follow the right preparation path.
The eligibility criteria for the CCBA certification are-
Step 2 # Take an IIBA Approved, Success Guaranteed Training for CCBA
As per IIBA, to be eligible for CCBA requires one to attend a faculty-led training. The training needs to be aligned to BABoK V3. It is not easy to understand the BABoK without the help of a mentor as it is 500+ pages long and not very easy to follow. Faculty-led training will make understanding BABoK easier.
It is very important to choose the right class or training for yourself. Don’t look at the cost and PDU as the only factor to select the training.
Look at the following:
Adaptive US is an IIBA approved EEP and we provide you with a complete, comprehensive and Success Guaranteed training which will help you get certified in the very first attempt. We provide 49 Hours Online Live Instructor-Led Training (23 Hours Mandatory). You can also repeat your sessions to reinforce the concepts and also attend tutorial sessions to get your doubts cleared by the mentors. We also have CCBA Study Guide, CCBA self-learning pack and several other resources to help you in your quest for certification.
Adaptive’s CCBA Certification exam success rate is more than 97%. This is indeed the best success rate for any training institute. Our past participants have had brilliant success after they completed their certification
Adaptive’s CCBA certification training deliverables include:
Adaptive’s trainers have been part of the IIBA BABoK development team and exam setting committees. You can view our faculty profiles at AdaptiveUS.com/our-experts.
Adaptive’s BA learning platform, Suxeed, comes with 1000+ certification model questions, 100+ videos on BABoK, the world’s most compact BABoK study guide, audiobooks, flashcards, Exam prep tips, personalized exam preparation Plan, Exam Alerts.
Read more- https://www.adaptiveus.com/why-adaptive/
Step 3 # Go through the Study Guide, BABoK and Practice CCBA Model Questions
Good preparation always leads to good results. Formulating the right path to follow towards your certification goals will help you towards this. Set up a committed plan towards your target and work towards it.
First, go through the Adaptive Study Guide. It is the most compact CCBA preparation guide (99% content in 40% volume). It is complemented with study tables and mind maps on BABoK Techniques and Knowledge Areas.
Second, do a thorough reading of BABoK once and note aspects that are difficult for you. Discuss the difficult areas with your trainer/mentor.
Pay attention to knowledge areas as 80+% of questions come from knowledge areas.
Next, thoroughly practice the CCBA Model Questions from Adaptive. Adaptive provides 2100+ practice questions and they are quite exhaustive.
Step 4 # Fill-up Your CCBA Application & Get It Approved by IIBA
This is an equally important step and you need to do this carefully. Adaptive has a CCBA Application Simulator available on our learning portal SuXeed, which helps candidates and ensures that the process is a smooth affair.
Preparing the CCBA Application
CCBA certification cost has the below components:
|Membership fee||As per the country of residence
(Between $55 to $125)
|Application Fee||USD $125||USD $125|
|Exam Fee||USD $325||USD $450
($125 more than members)
|Retake Fee||USD $85||USD $195
($110 more than members)
The IIBA membership and hence the overall CCBA certification cost varies as per the country of residence, which are divided into three regions.
Region I Countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, & more…
Region II Countries: Brazil, Greece, Singapore, Indonesia, & more…
Region III Countries: India, Argentina, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka & more…
|Member Annual Fee||One-time Application Fee|
Applications are assessed immediately upon submission and payment of the application fee.
Once your online application shows that all requirements have been met, you will be able to submit your application. You will immediately receive an email stating that you are either approved OR approved pending audit. If you are approved, the e-mail will contain instructions on paying the exam fee so you can schedule it.
Once your exam fee is received by IIBA, you will receive an e-mail confirming payment with instructions to schedule your exam. At this point, you can proceed to schedule your exam.
Step 5 # Take the test and be a proud CCBA
Once you are ready to take the exam, choose a day when you are relaxed.
Set up the exam date preferably after a weekend or if not then on Sunday. Don’t go for the exam immediately after a workweek, that doesn’t let your brain relax. One needs to stay cool and have a good rest before the exam since the exam is quite exhaustive.
You can book your exam with Prometric or if there is no test center where you live or you need to travel a very long distance to reach the examination center, exams can now be conducted at your own home when it is convenient for you.
For remotely proctored IIBA exams there are a set of rules & guidelines which one needs to adhere to. To know all about these rules & guidelines read-
You can do a compatibility check before the exam-
The link to register for your exam is–
Once you have set up the exam dates then do at least 2 times revision of the study guide and the question bank. Brush through your notes.
Go for the test. Do not overburden yourself. Success will be in your hands.
Some CCBA exam and time management tips-
At the end of all this, it is very important to stay focused throughout the journey. No amount of study will be enough if you don’t set a deadline and work backward.
Keep a target for yourself and work towards it, make some progress every day. Keep some time marked for prep every day and make use of the weekends more effectively.
All of us spend a significant amount of time traveling to and from work. Utilize this time to brush up your knowledge by listening to the CCBA audiobook that helps in refreshing the memory and concepts. This helps in memorizing the terms and tasks as well as input, output, etc.
Hopefully, by following these steps you will be able to achieve your goal of getting CCBA certified in the first attempt.
The reassuring feedback from one of our CCBA certified professional reconfirms this-
“Adaptive CCBA training was straight to the point! LN training aimed at understanding the Knowledge Areas in a very simple way in order to assimilate them for the better. The online help was also fantastic, you could choose between a specific quiz on KA and Flashcards, with great tests to go with it, finishing off with two full tests simulation.
I would recommend this training preparation anytime, they are fantastic!”
Several other such feedback on the link here – https://www.adaptiveus.com/ccba-review/
Have confidence in yourself and stay focused.
All the best ahead for your preparation for CCBA, may you pass your exam with flying colors!
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