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CBAP, CCBA and ECBA FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the IIBA® Certification Exams - CBAP, CCBA and ECBA

FAQ
 

  1. What are the BA Certifications from IIBA?

The IIBA had launched four level enhanced certification program consisting of:  
 

  • Level 1 – ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis): provides individuals with a certificate that recognizes their entry into the BA profession, and will be exam based.

  • Level 2 – CCBA (Certification of Capability in Business Analysis): recognizes BA professionals who have two to three years of business analysis experience. Level 2 will require 3000-4500 hours of experience and is also exam based. Current professionals with their CCBA® designation will be grandfathered into level 2.

  • Level 3 – CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional): recognizes BA professionals who manage and lead with over 5 years of business analysis experience. Level 3 will require 7,500-10,500 hours of experience and is also exam based. Current professionals with their CBAP® designation will be grandfathered into level 3.

  • Level 4 – CBATL (Certified Business Analysis Though Leader): recognizes BA professionals whose expertise in the BA field is well sought after, have over 10 years of business analysis experience, are industry thought leaders, give back to the community and contribute to the evolution of the BA practice. Level 4 will require a minimum of 15,000 hours, and is assessment based. IIBA has not published the information about this certificate till date.

All the credentials require passing a comprehensive examination, based on the IIBA® Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) v3.0 that is designed to objectively assess and measure business analysis knowledge and experience.

  1. What is the difference between CBAP, CCBA and ECBA credentials?

CBAP recognizes BA professionals who lead and deliver business value with over 5 years of business analysis experience. Level 3 will require approximately 7,500 hours of experience and is also exam based. Current professionals with their CBAP® designation will be grandfathered into level 3.

CCBA recognizes results oriented BA professionals who have two to three years of business analysis experience. Level 2 will require approximately 3750 hours of experience and is also exam based. Current professionals with their CCBA® designation will be grandfathered into level 2.

ECBA provides individuals, with no business analysis experience who are developing their BA skills, with a certificate that recognizes their entry into the BA profession, and will be exam based.

  1. What is the value of certification?

The IIBA web site has a section devoted to benefits of certification. We would add a benefit that BAs show a commitment to our profession, which has been reported as an important factor to senior management.

Please visit the IIBA® for additional information on certification.

  1. Why are the certifications changing for v3?

What it takes to be successful today is different than it used to be. It's more complicated and there is more competition. IIBA has worked to create a competency-based certification framework to identify what you can do, not just what you know. This framework allows the BA professional to demonstrate their ability to perform and prove they can apply their experience in a given situation. Your experience has value and this new framework shows that!

  1. How do I sign up for the exam and what does it cost?

The exam is the final requirement for CBAP or CCBA certification and anyone desiring to take an exam must first apply for certification and pass the initial screening process. Once the IIBA® determines your qualifications to sit for an exam, you must schedule with the official testing agency to reserve a date for a computerized exam. You will receive an email with instructions once your reservation is approved. Visit www.IIBA.org for the complete process.

Total cost (application plus exam) for IIBA® members is $450 USD.
Total cost (application plus exam) for non-members is $575 USD.

Candidates can save money on the cost of the exam by applying for IIBA® membership. The cost of membership varies with the country. For India, it is $55/year.

  1. What are the education or work experience requirements needed?

To be eligible for CBAP or CCBA or ECBA Certification, you must meet the following requirements:

Requirement

CBAP

CCBA

ECBA

BA Experience

7500 hours of BA experience over the past 10 years

3750 hours of BA experience over the past 7 years

NA

Knowledge Area

900+ hours in at least 4 of the 6 core BABOK® Knowledge Areas

900+ hours in at least 2 of the 6 core BABOK® Knowledge Areas –OR– 500 hours in 4 of the 6 Knowledge Areas

NA

Education

High School or College Degree

High School or College Degree

High School or College Degree

Professional Development

35 Hours in past 4 Years

21 Hours in past 4 Years

21 Hours in past 4 Years

References

Two references from a  career manager,  client, or a CBAP

Two references from a  career manager,  client, or a CBAP

NA

Additional

Signed Code of Conduct

Signed Code of Conduct

Signed Code of Conduct

Fees

$125 application plus $325 exam fee ($450 for non-members)

$125 application plus $325 exam fee ($450 for non-members)

$60 application plus $110 exam fee ($235 for non-members)

Renewal

Once every 3 years; need 60 CDUs for renewal

Once every 3 years; need CDUs for renewal (unknown at this time)

NA

 

  1. What is the best way to demonstrate that I meet the requirement of 7500 or 3750 hours?

You need 7500 or 3750 hours spent on business activities, and not just working hours. IIBA® has online applications to complete with project information. The form asks for information such as project name, start/end date, your role, project organization and contact, and project hours spent doing business analysis tasks as well as describing the tasks and your deliverables. The IIBA® audits a certain number of applications, so the hours you list should be as accurate as possible. Visit our CBAP Resources page to download a complimentary application worksheet to help you organize your hours.

  1. The online CBAP and CCBA application lists non-BA tasks for projects. Should I put down any non-BA hours on my application?

Here is the situation. If you indicate any non-BA tasks, the IIBA® will deduct a proportionate percentage of hours from your reported project hours. Let us say you worked 1000 hours on a project, and indicated 3 tasks, 2 of which were BA work and one was a PM task. The IIBA® will then deduct 33% or 333 hours from your 1000 hours, leaving you a net of only 667 hours to count towards your total. Take this into account as you report hours and tasks on your application. Our advice: only report BA tasks and only BA hours to avoid having any hours deducted. See the IIBA's own FAQ document for more information on www.IIBA.org for details on this.

  1. Do I need experience in all of the Knowledge Areas to apply?

No, the IIBA® has established you need 900+ hours in at least 4 of the 6 core Knowledge Areas (KAs) to apply for the CBAP. For the CCBA, you need 900+ hours in 2 of the core KAs or 500+ hours in 4 of the 6 core KAs.

  1. How long does it take to get approved to take the exam once you complete the application?

Within two weeks of receiving your application package, IIBA® will notify you that your application is being processed. The IIBA® will then assess the application for completeness and fulfillment of the CBAP or CCBA or ECBA certification requirements. The IIBA® will notify you, via email, of the results of this assessment within 15 days of receiving the application.

  1. What counts towards the required 21 professional development hours?

Any business analysis training topic, such as requirements elicitation, requirements analysis or modeling courses, requirements planning/managing, etc. Training on related fields such as project management or software testing do not count towards the 21 hours. Nearly every Vellicate Technologies BA course applies to the 21 hours. Contact us if you have any questions.

  1. Can we send the CBAP application without having the needed 35 hours, and once accepted we then take the course that gives us 35 hours?

You must have the 21 hours of courses before you submit your application. You do not need to submit a course certificate with your application, but be prepared to provide one if you are audited.

  1. Why do the hours of work experience required have to be in the last 7-10 years?

IIBA wants to make sure that your work experience is ongoing and current, which is why the work experience is required within the last 7 (CCBA) to 10 (CBAP) years.

  1. Why did the minimum hours of Professional Development increase for CBAP v3?

As part of the new certification framework, IIBA realized that CBAP (level 3) would require more hours as it requires more development, more knowledge, and more competencies for each task than CCBA (level 2).

  1. Can I use your CBAP study materials to study for the CCBA exam?

Yes! According to the IIBA, the blueprint for the CCBA exam is very similar to that of the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) exam. Specifically, the CCBA exam is different from the CBAP exam in that the CCBA exam presents mostly knowledge-based, factual questions drawing from the concepts presented in the BABOK® Guide. Because our CBAP products and courses thoroughly cover the BABOK® Guide, they are an excellent tool for preparing you for the CCBA exam.

  1. Is it enough to read and study only the BABOK® Guide, or should I be studying other sources of knowledge about the topics in the BABOK Guide?

The BABOK Guide should be your main resource and it will provide much of the reference material you need. Watermark Learning's CBAP Certification Study Guide (3rd Edition) is another resource we recommend, and is highly focused on the exam. Mastering the Requirements Process (2nd Edition) by Suzanne and James Robertson, and Software Requirements, Second Edition, by Karl Wiegers may also be helpful.

  1. Where can we access a formal class to prepare for the exam? Are they offered by the IIBA®?

Vellicate Technologies has formal CBAP Prep classes, CCBA Prep classes and ECBA Prep classes scheduled throughout the year. We offer these classes in person and live online over the internet. The IIBA® does not provide any formal training.

  1. Are there practice exams readily available? How can I get them? Does the IIBA® provide sample tests through the website?

The IIBA® does not provide sample tests. There are some online exams available, and make sure you find exams developed by people or companies such as Watermark Learning who are CBAP-certified. That way you will be more likely to have realistic CBAP exam simulations. Our CBAP Online Study Exam and CCBA Online Study Exam are a great way to prepare, with three study modes including a realistic exam simulator. We have over 1100 questions in our CBAP Online Study Exam and almost 900 in the CCBA Online Study Exam available to give you experience with the types of questions you will see on the 3.0 exam.

  1. Do you recommend any books to help prepare for the certification that would contain practice questions for the exam?

Watermark Learning's CBAP Certification Study Guide, Third Edition, currently used in our CBAP Certification Preparation Course, contains over 200 sample questions. Our Guide also provides a trial subscription to our CBAP Online Study Exam, which contains 1100+ questions for further practice or our CCBA Online Study Exam which contains about 900 questions for further practice. Be prepared to spend 80-100+ hours to read, study, memorize, and take practice exams. Download a copy of our complimentary CBAP and CCBA Preparation Roadmap on our CBAP/CCBA Resources page.

  1. Are the any suggestions you have that a study group can follow for local chapters?

We have heard it works best to divide up the BABOK® section by section, and assign a section a week for the group to read and review. Have one person lead each section and prepare an overview of the section, and lead a discussion. Some groups practice by creating and taking exam questions, and others use exam questions from our Guide or Online Study Exam for practice. If you participate in a book club, the process is similar, only you are reading to pass the CBAP or CCBA, not for fun!

  1. Where can I get the BABOK® book to study for the exam?

You can download it from the IIBA® web site. Visit www.IIBA.org and go to the "Professional Development" section and look for the BABOK menu item. That release of the BABOK® is the basis for the current CBAP, CCBA and ECBA exams.

  1. What is a good time frame for study prior to taking the exam?

An "ideal" span is around 3-6 months, depending on your approach. Plan on spending around 100 hours preparing, which is the average range we found in our research. You can lessen this time with a class or our CBAP Preparation Course or our CCBA Preparation Course or our ECBA Preparation Course. If you plan on just using the BABOK® or joining a study group, plan on at least 6+ months. That gives you plenty of time to study in a relaxed manner and requires the least "overtime" to study. A person could also do it in 4-6 weeks, but then be prepared to study nights and weekends, or for taking entire days off to read, study, memorize, and take practice exams.

  1. Do you feel a CBAP or CCBA or ECBA prep course will shorten the 3-6 month study time needed?

Yes, we do. Taking a CBAP or CCBA or ECBA prep class, especially in conjunction with using an online exam simulator, can reduce your study time to under 100 hours and the duration to 3 months or less. It does so because it will help you focus on the critical areas to study for the exam. It also helps you develop your own best method for preparing for the exam vs. wasting time to discover your own method. Another benefit of a class is taking practice exams in a simulated test environment and discussing the rationale for the answers with your CBAP-certified instructor. There is also the added benefit of learning from the questions asked by other students.

  1. How many questions are on the version 3.0 exam?

The CBAP exam have 120,  CCBA exams have 130 and ECBA have 50 multiple-choice questions. The breakup of these questions is provided in the table below:

Knowledge Area

CBAP

CCBA

ECBA

Percent Questions

Approximate Questions

Percent Questions

Approximate Questions

Percent Questions

Approximate Questions

BA Profession, Key Concepts,Underlying Competencies

NA

NA

NA

NA

25%

12

BA Planning and Monitoring

14%

17

12%

15

5%

3

Elicitation and Collaboration

12%

14

20%

26

20%

10

Requirements Lifecycle Management

15%

18

18%

23

20%

10

Strategy Analysis

15%

18

12%

16

5%

2

Requirements Analysis & Design Definition

30%

36

32%

42

24%

12

Solution Evaluation

14%

17

6%

8

1%

1

TOTAL

100%

120

100%

130

100%

50

 

  1. What are the 3.0 exams based on?

The CBAP exam is based mostly on the tasks and techniques identified in the BABOK®, version 3.0. As noted separately, the questions contain some knowledge and fact questions, and many situational and case-study based questions. The latter will test your ability to apply the BABOK® information to real life. While most information for the CBAP exam is contained in the BABOK®, it is not the sole source of questions on the exam. The BABOK® references other sources that CBAP candidates may find helpful.

The CCBA exam is based on the BABOK®, and contains situation based questions.

The ECBA exam is also based on BABOK version 3.0 and contains knowledge-based questions only.
 

  1. What percentage is required to pass the CBAP or CCBA?

The IIBA® has not published percentages yet. Our best guess for that is because the sample size of examinees is small enough so that they cannot yet assign an exact "cut score" for either exam. Assume you will need to score 70% or better to pass.

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