Business analysis is a competitive environment. To help you stay ahead, our business analysis posts explores and demystifies the internationally-recognised certifications from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®).
Here we explore your FAQs for CBAP® and CCBA® accreditations.
How long is the exam?
- The CBAP® and CCBA® exams each have 150 multiple choice questions (4 options to select from) and are a maximum duration of 3.5 hours.
What is the difference between CBAP and CCBA?
- The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) is the higher level certification for senior BAs and requires a minimum of 7500 hours of experience.
- The Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) recognises those BAs with less experience but still requiring a professional BA certification; it requires a minimum of 3750 hours of BA experience.
Do I need to be a member of IIBA to do the exam?
- No, you do not need to be an IIBA member, although members do get a discount on the certification exam fee and the recertification fee.
How much does the exam cost?
- The application fee is $125 USD for each application (CBAP® or CCBA®) and is not refundable (i.e. regardless of whether your application is approved or declined). The exam fee for each exam is $325 USD for IIBA members and $450 USD for non-members.
How long does it take to get my application approved?
- Applications are assessed and results emailed to applicants within 21 business days of IIBA receiving the complete application and the application fee.
Why would I book on an exam preparation workshop when my application is not yet approved by the IIBA?
- As part of our CBAP®/CCBA® preparation workshops our experienced facilitators are able to assist you in preparing your application. Your facilitator is CBAP® certified so can pass on hints and tips for the application process. In addition, our 3 day workshop fulfils the eligibility criteria for a minimum 21 hours of Professional Development.
- NOTE: We recommend that prior to attending training you ensure you have at least 3750 hours BA experience (CCBA®) or 7500 hours (CBAP®).
What is the split of marks for the exam?
The approximate split of the marks for the exams (over the 6 Knowledge Areas in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) are:
- Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring 20%
- Elicitation 14%
- Requirements Management and Communication 16%
- Enterprise Analysis 15%
- Requirements Analysis 19%
- Solution Assessment and Validation 16%
What is the pass mark for the exams?
- The IIBA Certification Body does 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.
Does the accreditation expire?
- To maintain your accreditation, you will need to gain 21 Continuing Development Units (CDU) every 3 years. One hour of classroom/contact time of continuing development = 1 CDU.
To find out more about CBAP®/CCBA® Certification Preparation Course speak to one of our Professional Development Consultants today.
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