ECBA or CCBA or CBAP?
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.
- Level 1 – ECBA (Entry certificate in business analysis)
- Level 2 – CCBA (Certification of capability in business analysis)
- Level 3 – CBAP (Certified business analysis professional)
- Level 4 –CBATL (Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader)
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 the various certifications presented in a high-level comparative manner:
Business Analysis Certification Schemes 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
|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|
|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|
Details on ECBA Exam Pattern
Details on CCBA Exam Pattern
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|
|Application Fee||60 USD||125 USD||125 USD|
I sincerely hope this will help you in giving a good snap shot of the IIBA multi level certifications overview.
Using this information you can decide what would be the right Business Analysis certification for you.
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
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