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 some confusion in the business analyst’s minds as to which business analysis certification they should pursue.
IIBA certifications have been the most popular and sought-after certification among business analysts globally. Both CBAP Certification and AAC certification come from the 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.
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®.
AAC – Agile Analysis Certified - is primarily targeted towards mid-level business analysis professionals who have 2+ years experience in an agile environment
Here is a short comparison of both the certification:
High-Level Overview of Comparison
# of certified professionals
Senior Business analysis professionals
Mid-level Business analysis professionals
BABoK 3.0 – 500+ Pages
Agile Extension Guide – 200 Pages
Eligibility criteria – Work Experience
Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 10 years
No such requirement, although 2 years of agile experience expected
Eligibility criteria –Knowledge Area Expertise
Minimum 900 hours completed in four of the six knowledge areas
Eligibility criteria – Training/PD Hours
Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years
Eligibility criteria – Reference Requirement
Two references from a career manager, client, or CBAP® recipient
Questions are longer cases (1 to 1.5 pages of information).
85 multiple-choice questions.
Short sentence questions
Multiple questions about the case.
No case questions.
Questions are scenario-based.
Study aids availability
If you are a senior BA professional, CBAP is much more recommended as it carries significant brand recall. BABoK is far more exhaustive than Agile Extension. If you are not eligible for CBAP, AAC is a good option. If you are an existing CBAP, AAC proves your credentials for agile-based projects.