IIBA certifications overview
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IIBA certifications overview

IIBA certifications are the most popular business analysis certification in the world. IIBA®  has been promoting business analysis profession and certification for more than a decade now. Over last 2 years, IIBA has introduced many new certifications which are of interest to individuals and organizations. In this short article, I am going to cover various certifications provided by IIBA and the suitability of the same for individual business analysts and organizations.


Just about 2 years, IIBA® had just 2 certifications, CBAP® and CCBA®. Both certifications continue to do quite well. In fact, CBAP® is inching towards 10000 mark.

1.    CBAP

CBAP® is essentially is meant for business analysts who have 5 + years of business analysis experience. This is the most popular and recognized BA certification in the world. CBAP® exam has case study and scenario questions based on Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABoK®).

2.    CCBA

CCBA is for business analyst so have between 2 to 3 years of business analysis experience and targeted towards business analysts who are performing business analysis independently. CCBA® exam has scenario questions based on Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABoK®).

3.    ECBATM

In 2016 October, IIBA® introduced another interesting certification, ECBATM. ECBATM is targeted towards professionals who would like to become business analysts, would like to understand business analysis process, and business analysts who have very low amount of business analysis experiences. ECBATMexam has concept questions based on Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABoK®).

4.    ECBA+

IIBA® has announced introduced another product called ECBA+.  ECBA+ provides exposure not only to the theoretical side of business analysis but also the practical side of business analysis through an additional project work. We trust is ECBA+ would be a great program for corporate to enable the junior business analyst.  This is likely to be available from August 2018. To be an ECBA+, one must complete ECBATM.

5.    Agile BA

With the growing demand for Agile business analysis, IIBA® also has introduced an Agile BA certification based on Agile extension guide. This certification is for business analysts who perform business analysis in Agile based projects.  A large number of organizations have moved to the Agile way of developing software, we expect a great demand for Agile BA certification as well. This is again likely to be available in August 2018. Agile BA exam has scenario questions based on Agile Extension Guide.

6.    CBATL

Another certification which is likely to be available not this year but next year is the CBATL. CBATL is aimed at Senior Business Analysts with minimum 10 years of as business analysis experience. This is probably going to be the most sought-after recognition for senior business analysts. CBATL will be appropriate for professionals who drive business analysis activities within an organization. The certification process for CBATL is yet to be announced.

7.    Summarizing


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Adaptive US provides training, study guides, question banks, necessary PDUs for ECBA, CCBA, CBAP certifications. For more details, please visit www.AdaptiveUS.com.

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