CCBA (Certification of Capability in Business Analysis) is a mid-level business analysis certification from IIBA and is suitable for business analysis professionals with 2.5+ years of business analysis experience.
One of the prerequisites of the CCBA certification is 21 Hours Instructor Led CCBA.
An ideal CCBA training course should be based on the BABOK Guide and should provide a large number of questions which are scenario-based.
CCBA Program Deliverables
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We provide Success Guarantee on our select CCBA plans. This provides peace of mind as without paying an extra penny you can undergo the training all over again if you fail.
27 Hrs of Instructor-Led
Our trainers have been the part of IIBA’s BABoK Authoring and Question Setting Committee for a long time. All our trainers’ are CBAPs with more than 20 years of BA experience.
Adaptive’s learning portal, SuXeed has 1500+ questions of varying complexities. There are 6 full-length simulations also to help you to crack your CCBA certification the very first time.
BABoK V3 based Study Guide
Our World’s Most Compact CCBA Study Guide has only 20% words count compared to BABoK V3. This allows you to save significant time in preparing for CCBA exam.
10+ Hours of learning Video
SuXeed has 100+ byte-sized learning modules (each between 5 to 15 mins). It is accessible on mobiles as well.
- Audio books
- Flash cards
- Faculties in IIBA® committee
- 300+ pages study guide
- BABoK® mind maps
- BABoK® Study tables
Our Expert Team
Peter Johnson CBAP
Founder of IIBA New Jersey Chapter.
30+ years of working experience as a Business Analyst.
LN Mishra CBAP
Mentor to 200+ CBAP Worldwide
LN Mishra has 24+ years of Professional Experience in BA.
Lora McCoy CBAP
President, IIBA Oklahoma Chapter.
Lora McCoy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 20+ years of experience.
What is CCBA ?
- CCBA stands for Certification of Capability in Business Analysis
- This certification recognizes BA professionals who have 2-3 years of experience.
- Aimed towards BA professionals having 2/3 years of exp
- Developing BAs, Hybrid BAs – PMs, Testers, QA, Change Manager, Tech Lead etc
- Work experience – 3750 hours in last 7 years
- Application Reference – 2
Who can do CCBA® certification?
- ECBA Certification holders who have attained the required 3750 hours of Business analysis work experience.
- Those who have fallen into the role of business analysis professional
- Developing Business Analysis professionals
- Hybrid Business Analysis professionals (i.e. also PMs, testers, QA, change managers, designers) Product owners/managers
- Non-BA consultants
- Trainers And includes professionals working in the role of:
- Business analysis
- Systems analysis
- Requirements analysis or management
- Process management
How much does the exam cost?
Application Fee : 125 USD
Certification Exam Fee: 325 USD for Members
: 450 USD for Non Members
Region 1 – 125 USD – USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK
Region 2 – 85 USD – Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East Asian countries..
Region 3 – 55 USD – India, Pakistan, Thailand, Tanzania..
CCBA® Eligibility Requirements
- Applicant must meet the requirements specified in this section to be eligible to write the exam. To earn the CCBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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
- Signed Code of Conduct
Application and Exam Process for CCBA
Step 1: Applying for and Paying for Certification
Step 2: Paying for the Exam and booking a slot
Step 3: Registering for the Exam
Step 4: Preparing for the Exam
Step 5: Taking the Exam
CCBA has work experience requirement of 3750 hours (approximately 2-3 years) of business analysis work experience in the last seven years engaged in tasks specifically aligned with the knowledge areas, perspectives, and underlying competencies defined within the BABOK® Guide.
CCBA would require documentation of work experience hours of 3750 hours for eligibility
Benefits of CCBA®/Individual
Benefits to the individual may include:
- Competence in the principles and practices of business analysis as defined in the IIBA CCBA Competencies (details coming soon).
- Participation in a recognized professional group.
- Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.
- Advanced career potential due to recognition as a professional Business Analysis practitioner.
- Provides individuals with personal satisfaction of accomplishing a milestone in their BA careers.
- Benefits of CCBA®/Individual
Exam Pattern of CCBA
The exam blueprint aligned with v3.0 of the BABOK® Guide is as follows:
|Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring||12%|
|Elicitation and Collaboration||20%|
|Requirements Life Cycle Management||18%|
|Requirements Analysis and Design Definition||32%|
How long is the exam?
The CCBA® exam is 3 hours long and consists of 130 multiple choice questions. The questions are scenario-based (i.e. candidate must do a bit of analysis to arrive at the answer) and assess the candidate’s practical application of the defined competencies for this level 2 certification in the IIBA Certification Framework.
Re-writing the CCBA®
Exam If the candidate does not pass the CCBA® exam, he or she is allowed to retake the exam twice within the one year period from the date of their application approval email.
There is no wait time between exam sittings required.
How relevant and beneficial is CCBA® certification/Is Business analyst certification like CBAP/CCBA® useful? / Is it valuable doing CCBA® and CBAP for Business analyst?
The Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA®) is the 2nd level of professional certification by IIBA for business analysis practitioners. This certification is appropriate for business analysts with 2-3 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 acknowledgement of the expertise that a BA practitioner has in the business analysis domain.
It gives the business analyst a competitive edge over others as employers will give preference to a certified BA over others. A formal recognition from IIBA, which is undoubtedly the leading body for BA certifications will give employers the confidence that the BA is capable of taking up further responsibility, has a sound understanding of how to carry out BA activities and that (s)hecan demonstrate the experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified BA practitioner according to guidelines laid out by IIBA. This would also saves them time and money in training a prospective BA.
This is certainly a great way to advance in the BA career and also opens up new opportunities as CCBA®s and CBAP®s are in great demand across industries to clearly understand business needs and translate it in to technical requirements and facilitate the growth of firms.
There are also instances when a client insists that their BA consultant is professionally certified to ensure the quality of deliverables. More importantly, getting certified is a commendable way of keeping oneself abreast with the BA world and using terminologies which are consistent across the domain. Needless to say, a CCBA® certified professional would certainly have a higher pay compared to other BAs.
We have worked with several CCBA certified professionals and have seen them transforming to better roles, transitioning to global opportunities, better salaries.
As per the latest salary survey of IIBA
- Certified Professionals earn 16% more
- There is a 11% increment in salary for certification holders than the overall average salary
- The expected salary increase is in the range of 15 -20%
If you are keen to become a CCBA® certified professional and wish to attend a training, this is the right place: https://www.adaptiveus.com/CCBA-training/
Should I pursue an ECBA or a CCBA®?
If you are a beginner business analyst with no or 1+ year of business analysis experience then ECBA may be the right certification for you. In case you are a mid-level business analyst with 2.5/3+ years of business analysis experience then CCBA® may be the right certification for you.
A detailed analysis of the two certifications can be found here.
Where should I appear for the CCBA® / CBAP®certification?
You can appear for CCBA®/CBAP® certification in prometric test centers.
Once you complete your application in the IIBAwebsite and it gets approved, you can pay the exam fees, schedule the exam at a prometric center and appear for the exam. Adaptive US provides a complete DIY CCBA® application simulator as part of its online training programs which will help you in getting your CCBA® application approved on the first go.
The prometric website allows you to schedule a test, locate a test center, reschedule/cancel the test and also confirm the test. All the major cities of all countries have a center to appear for the test.
Find the test center near you using this link – CCBA Test Center Locator
What is your experience applying for the CCBA® or CBAP®?
The application process is quite straightforward and hassle free.
Start by filling in the education requirements. Once the education requirements have been met, a green tick mark stating the same will appear. Move on to filling the Professional Development details.Adaptive CCBA courses are preapproved for the mandated 21 PD hours.
After this, fill the work history, which is the tricky part. Fill the projects one after the other, if you have been involved in more than one project. You should also provide 2 references in the references section. Ensure that requirements for all the sections have been met, else revisit those sections and make the necessary modifications.
Adaptive has created a DIY CCBA application simulator which incorporates several rules and helps you get the application approved in the very first attempt. Violated rules are highlighted in Red and the summary section shows whether all the criteria stated by IIBA for the exam have been fulfilled. This simulator is available as part of Adaptive’s CCBA online training sessions.
Once the requirements are met, pay the exam fees and schedule the exam at your nearest prometric center.
Where can I find a sample question for a CCBA® certification?
Adaptive US provides a full length CCBA® certification exam simulator comprising of 130 questions for free. These are based on BABoK V3 and are modeled as per IIBA guidelines. The author is part of the IIBA exam setting committee.
The simulator is system based and compatible on all devices. You can access the sample CCBA® question bank by signing up for trial registration for CCBA® on https://adaptiveus.com/SuXeed
Multiple attempts are permitted. Attempting this exam simulator will give you an idea as to how prepared you are to appear for the exam.
Adaptive also provides an exhaustive question bank comprising of 1200+ questions classified into various KAs in the form of concept questions, drill questions and simulations. The details of the complete question bank can be found here.
How many hours of study is required for clearing CCBA®?
A time span of 2-3 months or about 120-140 hours of study is good enough to prepare for CCBA® v3 and get certified. However, this will vary based on the time schedules of people.
To get a good understanding of the subject and ace the examination in the very first attempt, it is advisable to take the help of a great coach , with industry experience and sound understanding of BABoK and also have access to question banks which simulate the actual exam.Online trainings are typically the most favored medium to understand concepts and gain knowledge as it saves time compared to self or group study and attending class room sessions.
Which institute is good for CCBA® training in Bangalore?
Adaptive US offers you success guaranteed comprehensive training programs conducted by BA industry expert trainers to prepare you for the CCBA® certification exam. Adaptive’s CCBA® trainings have the best in industry success rate above 90%. These sessions are conducted online over the weekends and can be attended from any part of the world.
The Adaptive CCBA®study guide which comes along with the CCBA®training has been designed to help you readily master all the knowledge areas in BABoK® in the most concise form. CCBA Audiobooks, CCBA flash cards, 10+ hours of 100+ e-learning videos will help you learn on the go. CCBA® exam question bankswith 1200+ questions along with correct answer explanations will give you a real feel of the actual exam. The CCBA online trainings also provide the 21 PDUs (Profession Development Units) mandated by IIBA®. The live classes are conducted in weekend live online mode.
The sessions are recorded for future reference as well.
How to prepare for CCBA® aligned to BABOK v3?
The preparation process is more exhaustive than V2.0 as V3.0 has 16 more techniques and quite a lot of new terminologies. The best way to approach this exam would be to attend training sessions carried out by expert faculties and practice as many questions as possible. Training sessions would typically give an insight on how to prepare and what areas to focus on.
As for the CCBA® exam pattern, questions are typically scenario based ranging from a few sentences (4-5) to almost a paragraph (9-10) sentences. One has to have a good understanding of various techniques and the technique which is suitable under a given scenario. Based on the experience shared by CCBA® exam takers, computation questions and UML questions are not very prominent. However, one should have a good grasp of the elements in each Knowledge Area (KA), the inputs and outputs as well although the questions may not be very straightforward.
Is 21 hours of professional development necessary for CCBA®?
The 21 hours of professional development is related to the training in any field mentioned in BABOK like requirement elicitation, planning and management of requirements, etc.CCBA® requires 21 hours of professional development within the time period of 4 years. The professional development outside of the time period will not be considered. 1 hour of professional development equals one hour of contact time.
IIBA guidelines on PD requirements can be found here.
Is BABoK v3 sufficient for CCBA®?
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABoK V3) serves as guide to prepare for the CCBA® exam. Questions are typically set based on the concepts covered in BABoK v3. However, the guide is quite exhaustive with 515 pages. Covering the entire guide and understanding the terminologies can be a challenge, especially if somebody is reading it for the first time and not used to reading such voluminous literature.
Adaptive provides a comprehensive yet compact study guide which is 99% content in 40% volume. Adaptive CCBA® Study Guide comprises of study tables which is an easy way to get a grasp of the purpose of each task in a knowledge area, inputs, elements, outputs, techniques as well as guidelines in tabular forms. Above all, one must be prepared to answering 130 scenario based questions ranging anywhere between 2-10 sentences in a single sitting. This definitely comes with practice and exposure to questions which are similar to the actual exam. The online CCBA certification training conducted by Adaptive equips you well to appear for the exam through expert faculty sessions, study guide, session materials, audio books, flash cards, e-Learning videos, question banks, application simulators, prep plans etc.