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IIBA Certification Overview

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 IIBA Certification Overview presented in a high-level comparative manner:

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IIBA Certification Overview

 

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

ECBA CCBA CBAP
Full Form Entry Certificate in Business Analysis  Certification of Capability in Business Analysis Certified Business Analysis Professional
Caters to Recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis Recognizes BA professionals who have 2-3 years of BA experience Recognizes BA professionals who lead and have over 5 years of BA experience
Target Audience Individuals entering the BA profession New graduates Professionals aiming to switch over to a BA career BA professionals having 2/3 years of experience Developing BAs, Hybrid BAs – PMs, Testers, QA, Change Manager, Tech Lead 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
  •  No Work Experience required
  •  No Knowledge Area expertise
  •  Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years
  •  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
  •  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 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years
  •  Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient
PD Hours 21 in last 4 years 21 in last 4 years 35 in last 4 years
References Not needed 2 from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient 2 from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient
Focuses on
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition -24%
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%
  •  Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 5%
  •  Strategy Analysis – 5%
  •  Solution Evaluation – 1%
  •  Techniques -12.5%
  •  Underlying Competencies – 5%
  • Business Analysis Key Concepts – 5%
  •  Business Analysis & the BA Professional- 2.5%
  •  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%
  •  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
  •  1 hour long
  •  50 multiple choice questions
  •  Basic multiple choice that tests the candidate’s knowledge and understanding

Details on ECBA Exam Pattern

  •  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

  •  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 Twice within one year of approval with no wait time Twice within one year of approval with no wait time Twice within one year of approval with no wait time
Rewrite/Retake Fees
  • 85 USD – Members
  • 195 USD – Non-Members
  • 250 USD – Members
  • 375 USD – Non-Members
  • 250 USD – Members
  • 375 USD – Non-Members
Application Fee 60 USD 125 USD 125 USD
Certification Fee
  • 110 USD for Members
  • 235 USD for Non-Members
  • 325 USD for Members
  • 450 USD for Non-Members
  • 325 USD for Members
  • 450 USD for Non-Members
Membership Fees
  •  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.

I sincerely hope this will help you in giving a good snap shot 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+ year 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 BA planning approach from the collection of 95+ leaning videos as part of our BABoK V3 study content.

 

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