CCBA Eligibility

CCBA Eligibility

CCBA (Certification of Capability in Business Analysis) Certification is the 2nd level of certification for business analysts governed by IIBA (International Institute for Business Analysis) Canada. This blog provides a clear picture of what is required for CCBA eligibility and what are common myths associated with it.

This certification is most suited for business analysts having 2 to 3 years of experience in performing the business analysis tasks.

Eligibility criteria for CCBA

  • Minimum 3750 hours of work experience in the last 7 years, 900 hours of which should be in 2 out of the 6 or 500 hours in 4 of 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge areas
  • A minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development in the past 4 years
  • 2 references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional – CBAP
  • A Signed Code of Conduct

Common Myths of CCBA

Some of the common myths associated with the experience and eligibility criteria are:

  1. I can’t appear for CCBA since I am not on a job right now
    • There is no such requirement for one to be on a job to be eligible to apply for CCBA.
    • As long as one can produce the evidence of the work experience then it will work.
  2. I can’t appear for CCBA as I had a career break.
    • CCBA requires one to have 3750 hours of business analysis experience in the last 7 years. As long as one meets the criteria prescribed by IIBA®, that’s more than enough to go for the examination. So do not worry even if you had a career break in your work history.
  3. My official designation was not as a business analyst that makes me ineligible to prepare for CCBA.
    • The eligibility criteria are all about the experience and performing the tasks of a business analyst. The designation can be systems Analyst, Project Manager, Implementation Consultant, Domain SME, Business Consultant, Architect, Analyst or something else, as long as one is dealing with the tasks mentioned in BABoK they are perfectly eligible for CCBA.
  4. I can’t appear for CCBA since I am not a graduate.
    • The education requirement for CCBA doesn’t have any such condition
  5. One needs an experience letter from the employer to take the CCBA
    • Again there is no such need from IIBA, IIBA has no expectation that one has to produce an experience letter from the employer. What is required is a reference for one’s BA experience from past project managers or clients.
  6. I need to complete ECBA, then go for CCBA
    • One can pursue any level of IIBA certification directly depending on his/her comfort level and the eligibility requirement.

Hope this gives you a good overview of the CCBA eligibility requirements, who and how can one apply for CCBA.

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