Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

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The Certified Business Analysis Professional TM (CBAP®) designation is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. With at least 7500 hours of hands-on BA experience, CBAP® recipients are the elite, senior members of the BA community.

Who can attend?
To earn the CBAP® certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years
• Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
• Minimum 35 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
• Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient
• Signed Code of Conduct

Program overview:
•Introduction to BABOK®,
•Requirements Management & Communication
• Enterprise Analysis
• Requirements Analysis
• Solution Assessment & Validation (part 1)
• Solution Assessment & Validation (part 2)
• Underlying competencies
• Techniques + Discussion on one entire CBAP® exam paper. (Simulation Mock CBAP® Exam/candidate)

Duration: Two Weekends i.e.4 days (four days)

Timings: 9am to 6pm

PDUs/CDUs: 32 Professional Developments Unit.

Fees: 25,000/- plus Service Tax

Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea, Certificate, BABAOK®, Simulation exams for CBAP and CCBA exams

Note: The CBAP® certification exam syllabus is based completely on the BABOK®, prescribed by IIBA, Canada.

Summary of Fees: Membership Fee: $55

Application and Exam Fee Member Non-member
Application Fee (non-refundable) $125 $125
Exam Fee $325 $450
Exam Cancellation Fee (CBT)* $50 $50
Exam Re-write Fee $250 $375

1. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars (USD) directly to IIBA by Credit Card or Wire Transfer
2. The application fee is not refundable regardless of whether an application is approved or declined.
3. Application fee can be paid by VISA, MasterCard & AMEX in the online application, by cheque or money order and mailed in.
4. Exam fee payments can be made by PayPal, cheque or money order.
5. The Exam Cancellation Fee is payable to the test administrator as per the instructions on the website at CBT Locations.

Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®)

The Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) designation is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. With at least 7500 hours of hands-on BA experience, CBAP® recipients are the elite, senior members of the BA community.
With thousands of individuals all over the world achieving the CBAP® designation since the first Certified Business Analysis exam was held in November 2006, CBAP® recipients are experts in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions. More and more companies are recognizing the CBAP® designation and the value and expertise these professionals bring to their organizations.
You will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® certification if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience and are working in any of the following roles:
• Business analysis
• Systems analysis
• Requirements analysis or management
• Process improvement
• Consulting

CBAP Applicant Employer Letter™

When you’re applying for the CBAP® designation, you may want to provide your employer with the following letter which describes:
• Benefits of employing CBAP® recipients
• What differentiates a CBAP® recipient from other business analysis practitioners
• Industry statistics on the future demand of business analysis practitioners in the workplace
The purpose of the letter to be signed by you, the applicant, is to provide it to your employer with the intent of gaining their support and subsidy towards your pursuit of the CBAP® designation.

To view and/or print the letter, click here.

To earn the CBAP® certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) in the last 10 years
• Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
• Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
• Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient
• Signed Code of Conduct
Applicants are expected to review the CBAP® Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees, and details on how to apply.
If you don’t meet the requirements for the CBAP® certification, you may want to consider applying for the CCBA® certification.

How much time is needed to complete the application process and prepare for the exam once approved?

It really depends on the individual however, some feedback we’ve received includes:
• Rely on your work experience to get you through it…you can’t simply memorize definitions, content, or A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide. You have to partner the BABOK® Guide with your practical application/ knowledge to be successful.
• The qualifications to take the test are not just ceremonial; they are in fact pre-requisites to passing the test.
• Use the application process as the first stage in studying, and acknowledge that translating your experience based on the BABOK® Guide is a reflective process that can take time.
• Attend training courses by IIBA Endorsed Education Providers (EEPTM) in those areas you feel that additional knowledge would help benefit your study efforts.
• Use online resources.
• Use practice exams online as this simulates the environment in which you’ll be tested.
• Use CBAP® Study Prep books, which are widely available.
• Discuss chapters with study partners when studying. Use plenty of examples to provide context where needed.
• Take your time filling in the application and use it as part of your studying.
• Allow three to four months for studying, at least eight hours per week split between reading the BABOK® Guide and other support information, and completing practice tests. Everyone’s study habits are different, but this is a suggested minimum in combination with other work and home life commitments.
• Attend events hosted by the IIBA chapter in your area. This may not always be possible, but they may be very helpful with study preparation.
• Participate in study groups. Study groups can help with your understanding by leveraging everyone’s experience to provide context. This will ensure a more thorough understanding, rather than trying to memorise information.
• Know your job well: the practical application of the BABOK® Guide information is a great asset.
Note: IIBA does not, in any way, represent that completing the above guarantees success at passing a certification exam.

Are there any possible substitutions to the application requirements?

No, you must meet all of the requirements as outlined in the CCBA® Handbook (as applicable) to be eligible to write the respective exam.

Will IIBA be very severe verifying experience?

Exam candidates and designation recipients may be audited to verify/validate work experience and other information provided in the application.

What are the criteria used to validate experience?

Work experience must be related to business analysis, performing tasks as per A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). See the CCBA® Handbook for complete guidelines.

My work experience includes tasks other than those meeting the certification requirements. Should I include all my experience from the present back to my first business analysis (BA) experiences within the last 7 (for CCBA®)

As per the instructions in the application, only business analysis specific work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide is considered. Documenting more hours than the minimum required is recommended. In addition, gaps in work experience years are not considered as long as the requirement is met. Overlaps in work experience and/or extra hours are reviewed to ensure the number of hours is appropriately documented and feasible.

What qualifies for the 21 hours of required training in the past four years?

All IIBA endorsed courses qualify for the Professional Development requirement. Other courses may qualify as long as they meet the professional development criteria specified in the handbooks.

How do I sign up for the exam?

The exam is the final requirement to achieving an IIBA designation. Individuals interested in taking either the CCBA® or CBAP® exam must first complete and submit the respective application with payment and be approved – this is the initial screening process for IIBA designations. Once an application is approved and the applicant has paid the exam fee to IIBA, the applicant is eligible to take the exam. The eligible exam candidate will then receive an email notification to register online for the exam.

How and when are exams offered?

The exams are offered via computer based testing (CBT) at dedicated test centers around the world. Exam locations can be found at CBT Locations. Most test centers offer exams at various dates and times on a monthly basis. This listing includes locations outside of North America.

Once my application is approved and I am registered for an exam, when do I find out about the exam logistics such as exact location, room, directions, time, etc.?

Once you have registered online for the exam, you will receive a confirmation notice via email with the exam logistics almost immediately.

If I am not able to write the exam within the specified timeframe, do I have to reapply and pay again?

Exam candidates have one year from the time their results email is sent by IIBA to take the exam. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure their application does not lapse. If an application lapses, the candidate must reapply and repay the non-refundable application fee.

I cant register for the exam. I get an error message when trying to register.

As per the information in the CBAP® and CCBA® handbooks as well as in your online application approval email, in order to become eligible to register for and to take the exam, IIBA must receive your exam fee .

You can make payment as follows:
• By PayPal or credit card (Master, Visa, Amex) via the shopping cart on our website.
• By mailing in a cheque or international money order. Please include a copy of your invoice and mail it in with your payment. Your invoice is available under your Profile \ Orders tab on our website.
Once you receive an exam payment confirmation email from IIBA, you will be able to schedule your exam with Prometric. ( In that exam payment confirmation you will be supplied your Eligibility ID. You will need to include your Eligibility ID when scheduling your exam with Prometric.

We are currently reviewing providers to provide training support for our staff seeking certification. Would you have any suggestions on such training providers?

We are proud to have many Endorsed Education Providers (EEPTM) that have submitted their business analysis courses to IIBA® for review to ensure they are aligned to the BABOK® Guide. We encourage you to investigate the EEP endorsed courses and determine for yourself which ones might best meet your certification program needs. IIBA® has no basis on which to recommend one EEP over another.

How can I prepare for the exam?

To prepare for the exam please refer to the BABOK® Guide and the references identified. The exam is also based on experience. You may also want to look at the Endorsed Education Providers (EEPTM) listing for any additional training you may require or contact your local IIBA Chapter about scheduled study groups.

Can you tell me what material I need to review or course I should take to prepare for the exam?

There is no exam syllabus and we do not require you to take a prep course to qualify for the exam. As long as your application is approved, you are eligible to take the exam. We strongly recommend that you review the BABOK® Guide which is also posted on the website.

Do you have examples of exam questions?

Yes, we do offer practice exams.

How many questions are on the exam?

The CBAP® and CCBA® exams each have 150 questions.
The current CCBA® Knowledge Area Percent of Questions
• Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring 20%
• Elicitation 13.33%
• Requirements Management and Communication 16%
• Enterprise Analysis 15.33%
• Requirements Analysis 19.33%
• Solution Assessment and Validation 16%

What kind of questions are they?

All the questions are multiple choices with four possible answers from which to select. Some questions are based on “comprehension” (e.g., definition, recall, etc.) and others are based on “situational analysis” (e.g. given a scenario, which is the best course of action) where the applicant must perform analysis to arrive at the answer. It is neither all of one type or the other but covers a range of Blooms taxonomy.

What kind of questions are they?

The exam is currently aligned with version 3 of the BABOK® Guide; however, it is not the sole source of questions on the exam. In addition to the BABOK® Guide itself, the exam also tests candidates’ knowledge of sources referenced by the BABOK® Guide and candidates’ business analysis experience.

How long will I have to complete the exam?

Candidates will be given three and a half hours to complete the exam.

What is the minimum score necessary to pass the exam?

Cut scores are developed using psychometric procedures led by our exam administrators. The process for creating the certification exams is as follows:
1. An item writing session is facilitated with CBAP® volunteers who develop the exam questions or ‘items’.
2. Another group of CBAP® volunteers review and rate the level of difficulty of each question.
3. The exam is launched.
4. After a number of exam candidates take the exam, the cut score is calculated based on the cumulative performance of test items. Once set, the cut score does not change throughout the life of the exam, although it is monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the exam.
The IIBA Certification Body will not publicly reveal the cut score or the pass rate for any exam. Raw scores are normalized to a standard scale. 500 is the minimum score needed to pass, not the maximum possible score and is mentioned in the failed exam result.

If I dont have experience in Enterprise Analysis for example, should I apply and would I have a chance of passing the exam. Does it matter in which subject area I may have a lack of experience?

The Exam Blueprint identifies the relative weight of each BABOK Knowledge Area in regards to the number of applicable questions on the exam.


If you missed the exam date without cancelling in advance and/or paying the rescheduling fee to the test provider as per their online registration process and cancellation policy, you are considered a no-show and you forfeit the exam fee. However, if there were extenuating circumstances such as a medical emergency, these will be considered with the proper documentation such as a doctor’s note. Every case is assessed on an individual basis. Specifics on the exam cancellation and rescheduling policy are described here: CBT Locations.

Can you clarify the breakdown of what is really necessary to pass the exam? Do you need to pass in each knowledge area or is it a cumulative total?

The exam score is based on a cumulative total.

Is a test taker better off skipping questions or answering them all, whether they are right or wrong?

Questions that are answered wrong or are skipped entirely are not treated differently from one another – both actions will impact the score. In addition, ‘marking’ and ‘unmarking’ will not have an effect on the score.

How will I know if I passed the exam?

Exam candidates will be notified immediately on screen once they have submitted their computer based exam. For those who fail the exam, they will be provided with additional information, specifically the Knowledge Areas that require their attention. (Please note that with the launch of a new exam, immediate scoring is not available until the Cut Score study is complete, about two months after the launch of the exam.)

How many times can I take the exam?

Upon receiving notice that your application has been approved, you have one (1) year to successfully pass the exam. If you fail the exam on the first attempt, you may retake the exam once, after paying the rewrite fee and waiting three (3) months from the date of your initial attempt.
If you do not successfully pass the exam within one year of your application approval (either because you did not pass the exam after one or two attempts, or because you did not sit for it), you must reapply and pay the full fee.

If I dont sit for the exam until more than nine months after receiving my approval email and I fail, am I out of luck for retaking the exam?

Yes. You must pass the exam within one year of the approval of your application or two exam attempts, whichever comes first. After this, you must once again complete the application process (including paying the non-refundable application fee and exam fee) and, be approved to be eligible to take the exam.

If during the exam, the computer stops working and locks up, will this affect my score?

No, it won’t change the score. The candidate responses to each question are stored automatically on the test administrator’s server as soon as the response is entered. There is nothing stored on the testing computer itself because we are receiving the test as the tester is answering each question. A lockup or even a log out will not affect responses that the tester has already entered, nor will it change the tester’s examination time used (i.e. extra time will be added to the end for any time lost due to system problems).