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IIBA-ECBA - Entry Certificate in Business Analysis

Entry Certificate in Business AnalysisTM (ECBA)

Business analysis involves discovering, synthesizing and analysing information from a variety of sources within an enterprise. Business analysts are responsible for eliciting stakeholder needs, and for determining underlying issues and causes. Activities that business analysts perform include understanding enterprise problems and goals, analysing needs and solutions, devising strategies, driving change, and facilitating collaboration among stakeholders.

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) offers the Entry Certificate in Business AnalysisTM (ECBA) as a certification that recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis.


The ECBATM certification is appropriate for individuals entering the profession, such as students enrolled in academic programs in business analysis, and for those who have newly graduated from such programs.

Experienced professionals who are transitioning into the role of a business analyst will benefit from benchmarking their knowledge, skills and competency using the ECBA certification.

The ECBATM certification is also useful to functional managers who do not themselves perform business analysis, but manage business analysts.


ECBATM has no requirement of prior business analysis experience. However, there is a requirement for 21 hours of professional development. This can include participation in one or more of the following:

  • Classroom or online courses
  • Live or recorded webinars
  • Conference track sessions, tutorials, keynotes and workshops
  • IIBA Chapter events
  • Self - directed learning

The content of all professional development activities must be aligned with the BABOK(R) Guide, v3. In addition to participating in professional development, applicants must accept the ECBATM Code of Conduct.


The ECBATM exam is a web delivered exam that requires a desktop or laptop computer, together with a webcam and a microphone. The exam is of 60 minutes’ duration, and has 50 multiple choice questions.

The ECBATM exam is aligned with IIBA’s Multi – level Competency Based Certification Framework, and with the BABOK(R) Guide, v3.

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