Certification in Business Data Analytics

(CBDA Certification)

Applicability, Eligibility, Preparation, Exam Pattern, Fees 

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CBDA Certification

Analytics is a high growth area, and IIBA foresees this trend to continue. CBDA recognizes a Business Analyst Practitioner’s ability to effectively execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives and is an indication of one’s commitment, passion, and competency in performing business analysis on analytics initiatives. Soon, CBDA will become the most sought-after certification for business analysts engaged in Data Analytics initiatives to excel in the corporate world. The IIBA®- CBDA exam is closely aligned to the Guide to Business Data Analytics and tests one’s ability to answer questions focused on real-world scenarios.

Target Audience

This certification is suitable for BA professionals with mid-level experience, possessing the skills to effectively perform business data analytics initiatives and can demonstrate experience in:

  • Translating business problems into questions that analytics can answer
  • Using analytics results to identify viable options
  • Explaining technical results to non-technical stakeholders
  • Visualizing data and translate results via data storytelling
  • Building and demonstrating empathy for the customer

 Source: Influencing Decision Makers with Business Data Analytics

However, IIBA has not provided any eligibility criteria for this exam and anyone can take this examination – Business analysts, Consultants, Trainers, Project managers, Testers, Developers, Current CBAPs and CCBAs

IIBA CBDA Benefits

  • The analytics approach has gained tremendous popularity over the last decade 

  • Enables one to derive better insights from data and guides in better and informed decision making

  • Recognizes a BA’s competency in the analytics space

  • Better job prospects

  • Better salary

  • PD Hours can be used for CBAP / CCBA recertification



IIBA CBDA Certification Cost has the below components:

  IIBA Member Non-Member
Membership fee As per country of residence  
Exam Fee $250 USD $400 USD
Retake Fee $195 USD $350 USD
Recertification fee

(to be done 1 year from certification date)

$30 USD $50 USD


The IIBA membership and hence the overall IIBA CBDA certification cost varies as per the country of residence. This is available at adaptiveus.com/iiba-membership-fees.

To find how you can save $50* on your CBDA exam fees, please write to Training@AdaptiveUS.com.

IIBA CBDA Exam Pattern

The IIBA-CBDA exam comprises of questions from six blueprint domains out of which 5 domains are discussed in IIBA’s Introduction to Business Data Analytics: A Practitioners View and one domain are discussed in IIBA’s Introduction to Business Data Analytics: An Organizational View.

Here’s a high-level overview of the 6 domains covered in IIBA-CBDA:

# Domain Description
1 Identify Research Questions Decide what research questions need to be answered. The research questions provide the focus for the data analytics team and shape the work to follow.
2 Source Data The Source Data domain is a top-down exercise to determine the right data needed for a given research problem/question.
3 Analyze Data Analyzing data involves deciding how data analysis will be performed, which models and mathematical or statistical techniques will be used.
4 Interpret and Report Results Involves using results obtained from data analysis to glean business insights from the data collected and determining how to best communicate and report the outcomes to relevant stakeholders.
5 Use Results to Influence Business Decision Making Use Results to Influence Business Decision-Making involves using the analytics results to make decisions that generate value for the enterprise.
6 Guide Company-level Strategy for Business Analytics Explores how enterprises can embed analytics initiatives into the enterprise architecture and overall decision-making framework.


Here’s the % distribution of questions from each domain

# Domain % Distr. # of Q
1 Identify Research Questions 20% 15
2 Source Data 15% 11
3 Analyze Data 16% 12
4 Interpret and Report Results 20% 15
5 Use Results to Influence Business Decision Making 20% 15
6 Guide Company-level Strategy for Business Analytics 9% 7


More Details about IIBA CBDA Exam pattern:

  • 2-hour long remote online proctored exam
  • 75 multiple-choice questions.
  • Scenario-based questions.
  • Mostly IIBA checks for success in each domain area and overall
  • It is a competency-based exam and is aligned with IIBA’s Introduction to Business Data Analytics: A Practitioners View/An Organizational View


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IIBA CBDA Recertification

Recertification fees - $50

Recertification Process
To maintain certification, recipients must earn a minimum of 20 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) every one-year from the Date of Certification and complete the following goals:

1. Earn a minimum of 20 Continuing Development Units
2. Enter hours into the BA Development Log
3. Pay the recertification fee
4. Submit recertification application
5. Receive confirmation email from IIBA® – Congratulations! You are Recertified!

What is CBDA Guided Training?

Adaptive’s CBDA Guided Training provides all CBDA digital resources, 1 Free Retake plus 12 Live Q&A hours.

What is the difference between CBDA Guided training and CBDA On-demand training?

CBDA Guided training offers all the takeaways that comes in CBDA On-demand training and you also get additional support like 1 Free retake, 12 fortnightly Tutorials, and Application filing support.

What is the difference between CBDA Guided training and CBDA Master class?

CBDA Master Class offers all the takeaways of CBDA Guided training plus 12 hours of live online interactive training by our experts. CBDA Guided training and CBDA Master Class both come with all the exam prep resources.

What resources are provided for CBDA guided training?

There will be 400+ practice questions and 4 full length simulators for practice ; IIBA PD hours, 24 hours of live training including exam prep tutorials, Study Guide, Flashcards, Audio books, e-learning videos, Tutorials, Mind Maps, with 6 Months Learning Portal Access.

Is the course approved by IIBA?

Adaptive US is an IIBA approved EEP (Endorsed Education Provider) and we provide you with a complete, comprehensive and success guaranteed training which will help you get certified in the very first attempt. Let me share with you the certificate that is published in our website. https://www.adaptiveus.com/iiba-eep-certificate

How do I claim retake fees?

Adaptive pays a retake fee of USD 195 for 1 CBDA retake examination to IIBA, in the off chance that a student fails to clear the exam in the first attempt after following our suggested approach mentioned in our Success Guarantee terms. More details can be found here - https://www.adaptiveus.com/terms?hsLang=en-us#Our-Guarantees

Do I get PD hours from the course to use for CBDA exam?

Yes, we provide a certificate after completion of the training that confers IIBA PD hours. However, IIBA doesn’t mandate PD Hours for CBDA certification.

Will you assist in CBDA Application filing?

Yes, we do assist in CBDA application filing during Office Hours.

Are the CBDA office hours recorded to watch in case I miss a few classes to attend?

Yes. All our office hours are recorded, you can watch the video again at your convenient time.

When do I get access to the CBDA learning resources?

Access is provided to the CBDA learning resources immediately after you enroll.

Can I download the resources?

Resources can be downloaded except simulations, flash card and practice questions.

When can I start the exam scheduling?

After you complete studying all chapters and successfully completed the 4 simulations.

How long do I need to study for the exam?

1 to 2 months is a reasonable duration to complete CBDA certification preparation. We typically recommend 80-100 hours of preparation.

How many months of learning portal access do I get?

6 months.

How many years is the PD hours/PD certificate valid.

PD Certificate is valid for 4 years from date of issue

What is the eligibility to join this course?

There is no experience requirement.

Will the questions in CBDA exam be from practice questions and simulations?

These are model questions to help you prepare for the CBDA exam and questions will be similar but not same. This is how all our 1800+ students prepared and passed the exams.

Is there a group discount option available?

Yes. Please refer offers page : https://www.adaptiveus.com/offers

Will I be eligible for any referral bonus if I refer my friend or colleague to your CBDA program?

Yes, please sign up as an affiliate partner: https://partners.adaptiveus.com/

We want to join as a team from our organization, what's the process for this?

For corporate group training, please send your request to info@AdaptiveUS.com

Can you accept payment from my company for my CBDA enrolment?

Yes, and we do provide invoice.

Will you be able to accept payment by card?

Yes. We accept PayPal and Credit cards as methods of payment. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Diners Club.

Will you be able to send me an invoice for my company to pay?

Yes, we can.

Is there any instalment plan?

No instalment options are available for CBDA Guided training.

Do you provide financing option for CBDA Guided Training?

We provide financing options for our customers in the United States through Thinkific payment.