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    ECBA or CCBA or CBAP - IIBA Certification Overview

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    IIBA Certification Overview - Below are some of the common questions I come across very frequently after IIBA has released the new multi-level Business Analysis certification scheme in the second half of 2016;

    • What’s the difference between ECBA, CCBA, and CBAP Certification?
    • Which certification should I pursue ECBA, CCBA, or CBAP?
    • How do I know which certification is right/suited for me?
    • There are so many certifications I am completely confused about which one to pursue?
    • Can you please guide me on which certification should I go for?

    The four certification levels are designed to suit the needs of business analysis professionals at various different levels.

    Primarily aimed at beginners to senior and seasoned business analysis professionals these certifications test the Business Analyst knowledge and skill of professionals at varying levels.

    Here’s a snapshot of the IIBA Certification Overview presented in a high-level comparative manner:

    IIBA Certification Overview

    IIBA Certifications Overview - This post will give an overview of various IIBA certifications like work experience requirements, eligibility, examination pattern, fees, training, reference, question pattern

    Full-Form

    ECBA

    Entry Certificate in Business Analysis 

    CCBA

    Certification of Capability in Business Analysis

    CBAP

    Certified Business Analysis Professional

    Caters to

    ECBA

    Recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis

    CCBA

    Recognizes BA professionals who have 2-3 years of BA experience

    CBAP

    Recognizes BA professionals who lead and have over 5 years of BA experience

    Target Audience

    ECBA

    Individuals entering the BA profession New graduates Professionals aiming to switch over to a BA career

    CCBA

    BA professionals having 2/3 years of experience Developing BAs, Hybrid BAs - PMs, Testers, QA, Change Manager, Tech Lead

    CBAP

    Aimed towards BA professionals having 5 years of experience Seasoned BAs, BA Consultants, Trainers, Business analysis, Systems analysis, Requirements analysis or management, Process management, Consulting

    Eligibility

    ECBA

    • No Work Experience required
    • No Knowledge Area expertise
    • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

    CCBA

    • Minimum 3750 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last 7 years
    • 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 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years
    • Two references from a career manager, client, or CBAP® recipient

    CBAP

    • Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years
    • Minimum 900 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas
    • Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years
    • Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient

    PD Hours

    ECBA

    21 in the last 4 years

    CCBA

    21 in the last 4 years

    CBAP

    35 in the last 4 years

    References

    ECBA

    Not needed

    CCBA

    2 from a career manager, client, or CBAP® recipient

    CBAP

    2 from a career manager, client, or CBAP® recipient

    Focuses on

    ECBA

    • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition -25%
    • Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%
    • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 5%
    • Elicitation & Collaboration - 20%
    • Techniques -17.5%
    • Underlying Competencies – 5%
    • Business Analysis Key Concepts – 5%
    • Business Analysis & the BA Professional- 2.5%

    CCBA

    • 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%

    CBAP

    • 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%

    Exam Pattern

    ECBA

    • 1 hour long
    • 50 multiple-choice questions
    • Basic multiple choice that tests the candidate’s knowledge and understanding
    • Details on ECBA Exam Pattern

    CCBA

    • 3 hours long
    • 130 multiple-choice questions.
    • The questions are scenario-based (i.e. the candidate must do a bit of analysis to arrive at the answer)
    • Details on CCBA Exam Pattern

    CBAP

    • 3.5 hours long
    • 120 multiple-choice questions.
    • The questions are longer cases (1 to 1.5 pages of information)
    • Multiple questions about the case.
    • Details on CBAP Exam Pattern

    Rewrite

    ECBA

    Twice within one year of approval with no wait time

    CCBA

    Twice within one year of approval with no wait time

    CBAP

    Twice within one year of approval with no wait time

    Rewrite/Retake Fees

    ECBA

    • 85 USD – Members
    • 195 USD – Non-Members

    CCBA

    • 250 USD – Members
    • 375 USD – Non-Members

    CBAP

    • 250 USD – Members
    • 375 USD – Non-Members

    Application Fee

    ECBA

    60 USD

    CCBA

    125 USD

    CBAP

    125 USD

    Certification Fee

    ECBA

    • 110 USD for Members
    • 235 USD for Non-Members

    CCBA

    • 325 USD for Members
    • 450 USD for Non-Members

    CBAP

    • 325 USD for Members
    • 450 USD for Non-Members

    Membership Fees for all 3 Certifications

    • Region 1 – 139 USD – USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK
    • Region 2 – 89 USD – Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East Asian countries.
    • Region 3 – 55 USD – India, Pakistan, Thailand, Tanzania.
     

     

    I sincerely hope this will help you in giving a good snapshot of the IIBA multi-level certifications overview.

    Using this IIBA Certification Overview you can decide what would be the right Business Analysis certification for you.

    In case you are a business analyst with 5/6+ years of business analysis experience and thinking of CBAP then take a look at this post on how to prepare for CBAP and CBAP on BABoKV3.

    In case you are a mid-level business analyst with 3+ years of business analysis experience then CCBA may be the right Business Analysis certification for you.

    If you are a beginner business analyst with no or 1+ years of business analysis experience then ECBA may be the right certification for you, then take a look at this Chicken and Egg, Certification or experience in Business Analysis and also this beautiful video on Introduction to ECBA certification

    Take a look at the sample learning video on the BA planning approach from the collection of 95+ learning videos as part of our BABoK V3 study content.

    Happy reading and please share it in your network if you like my writing and the post.


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