CBAP  Certification Program Overview

The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) designation is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis (BA) experience. With a minimum of 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.

CBAP recipients are recognized for the investment they have already made in their business analysis careers. Certification is beneficial to:

  • Individuals with a CCBA designation with the required work experience hours.

  • Individuals in the Business Analysis (BA) profession without a current IIBA certification or certificate but meet the CBAP eligibility requirements.

  • Product owners/managers.

  • Non-BA consultants.

  • Trainers.

  • Hybrid Business Analysis professionals (those with other business titles but who also perform business analysis), including but not limited to:

    • Project Managers (PMs),

    • Testers,

    • Quality Assurance (QA) personnel,

    • Change Managers, and

    • Designers.

This also includes professionals working in the role of:

  • Business analysis.

  • Systems analysis.

  • Requirements analysis or management.

  • Process improvement.

  • Consulting.

Benefits of CBAP Certification

Obtaining the CBAP includes demonstrating the required experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified practitioner of business analysis according to requirements designated by IIBA.

Benefits to the individual may include:

  • Expertise in the principles and practices of business analysis as defined in the IIBA Guide to Competency-based Certification.

  • Participation in a recognized professional group.

  • Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.

  • Advanced career potential due to recognition as a professional business analysis practitioner.

  • Provides individuals with personal satisfaction of accomplishing a milestone in their BA careers.

  • Certification can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities.

  • The process of achieving and maintaining certification helps ensure you are continually improving and refining your activities.

  • Potentially higher income for being formally recognized as an experienced BA professional. For more details, view this recent salary survey.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective member of the business analysis community.

Benefits to the organization may include:

  • Provides advancement and recognition opportunities for staff.

  • Demonstrates to customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that you use industry-standard business analysis practices.

  • Demonstrates to your stakeholders that your business is run effectively.

  • The regular assessment process will improve staff responsibility, commitment and motivation.

  • Establishment and implementation of business analysis practices as outlined in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide by having staff recognized as being knowledgeable and skilled.

  • More reliable, higher quality results produced with increased efficiency and consistency by BA professionals who use industry standard BA techniques.

  • Identifies professional business analysts to clients and business partners.

  • Demonstrates commitment to the field of business analysis, which is increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project.