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In July 2016 the IIBA introduced new levels of business analyst certifications. In addition to the CCBA and CBAP, this now includes a certificate for entry level business analysts (ECBA) as well as senior BAs who are thought leaders in the industry (CBATL).
Learn more about the benefits, process, certification and exam perquisites for both these in-demand certifications below.
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An ECBA certificate demonstrates that the holder has the required knowledge and competencies of a new practitioner of business analysis according to requirements designated by IIBA.
To earn the ECBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
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With at least 3750 hours of hands-on experience, they have developed essential business analysis skills.
CCBA recipients are recognized for the investment they have already made in their business analysis careers, and include professionals working in the role of:
To earn the CCBA designation, a business analyst will need to be knowledgeable in all six knowledge areas of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), with proficiency in at least two areas. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants are expected to review the CCBA Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees and details on how to apply.
Maintaining CCBA Certification and Re-certification
All CCBA recipients are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. The IIBA certification needs to be renewed every three years.
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With at least 7500 hours of hands-on experience, CBAP recipients are the elite, senior members of the business analysis community.
They 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.
There are many professional benefits to earning the CBAP certification if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, and are working in any of the following roles:
To earn the CBAP certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants are expected to review the CBAP Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees and details on how to apply.
Maintaining Your CBAP Certification and Recertification
All CBAP recipients are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. The IIBA certification needs to be renewed every three years.
The CBAP Recertification Handbook and related forms are posted on the IIBA website.
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Business Analysts who hold a CBATL designation are considered industry thought leaders:
This is a new certification and details are still being finalized by the IIBA. Once finalized, details will be published here.
If you became certified before September 30, 2016 you need to recertify according to the current 3-year cycle leading up to your recertification date. Meeting the requirements and recertifiying demonstrates your ongoing professional development and individual growth. To maintain your CCBA and CBAP certifications you must follow these four steps:
If you are ready to write your exam, your first step is to download one of the following handbooks that will outline all you need to do to qualify for, apply and take your exam –