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CCBA vs CBAP - A Detailed Comparison

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LN Mishra, CBAP, CBDA, AAC & CCA

Business analysis professional qualifications help business analysts in many ways. It proves their competence on the subject. It helps organizations to ensure their business analysts are rightly skilled in the business analysis process.

However, there is quite a lot of confusion in the business analyst’s minds as to which business analysis certification they should pursue. Among the organizations offering business analysis certifications, IIBA® is the most prominent one. It now has 30000+ members of which 12000 are now certified.

IIBA certifications have been most popular and sought after certification among the business analysts globally. Both CCBA and CBAP certifications come from International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). IIBA has been doing amazing work on making the business analysis profession more recognized among the professional field and in the corporate segment.

CCBA or CBAP

Last year IIBA rolled out our new multi-level competency-based Certification program namely, ECBA (Level 1) for those entering the BA field, CCBA (Level 2)  for professionals with 2-3 years of BA experience, CBAP (Level 3), for  professionals with over 5 years of BA experience.

CCBA - Certification of Competency in Business Analysis – is primarily targeted towards mid-level business analysis professionals who have served at least 3750 hours (roughly about 2.5 years) as business analysts in the industry performing BA approved tasks as per IIBA.

CBAP - Certified Business Analysis Professional – is primarily targeted towards senior-level business analysis professionals who have served at least 7500 hours (roughly about 5 years) as business analysts in the industry performing BA approved tasks as per IIBA.

The table below gives the comparisons of both the certifications.

CCBA®

CBAP®

Certification Body

IIBA®

IIBA®

Targeted at

Mid-Level Business analysis professionals

Senior Business analysis professionals

Curricula

BABoK 3.0

BABoK 3.0

Eligibility criteria – Work Experience

Minimum 3750 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 7 years

Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 10 years

Eligibility criteria –Knowledge Area expertise

Minimum 900 hours in each of two of the six knowledge areas or minimum 500 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas

Minimum 900 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas

Eligibility criteria – Training / PD Hours

Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

Minimum 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

Eligibility criteria – Reference Required

Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

Exam mode and pattern

Online exam

Multiple choice questions

Online exam

Multiple choice questions

Exam Fees

Application Fee - $125

Certification Fee –

$325 (for members)

$450 (for Non- members)

Application Fee - $125

Certification Fee –

$325 (for members)

$450 (for Non- members)

Re-Cert. Fees

$250 for members

$250 for non-members

$250 for members

$250 for non-members

Exam/ Question Pattern

3 hours long

130 multiple choice questions

Questions are scenario-based

3.5 hours long

120 multiple choice questions

Questions are longer cases (1 to 1.5 Pages of information)

Multiple questions about the case

Difficulty Level

Medium

Questions require the candidate to do a bit of the analysis to arrive at the answer

High

Questions require the candidate to do a good amount of analysis to arrive at the answer

Focuses on

Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 32%

Elicitation and Collaboration – 20%

Requirements Life Cycle Management – 18%

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 12%

Strategy Analysis – 12%

Solution Evaluation – 6%

Requirements Analysis and Design Definition -30%

Strategy Analysis -15%

Requirements Life Cycle Management – 15%

Solution Evaluation -14%

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 14%

Elicitation and Collaboration – 12%

Brand Value

Medium

High

Organizations recognize this certificate in their competency framework

You may find the following pages to be useful in this context - CBAP details CCBA details

We strongly recommends that you undergo rigorous CBAP training / CCBA Training from a seasoned BA coach. This will help increase the chances of passing in the very first attempt and in the shortest possible time. Training from an IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider) will also give the much needed PDU’s (Professional Development Units) & guidance in form filling for the exam.

 


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