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Get Certified in a BA Program that Complements your Skills

Business analysis has gained worldwide recognition as a rewarding profession in the last few years. Certifications in CCBA and CBAP recognize your knowledge and skills as an intermediate and advanced level practitioner. CBAP/CCBA certifications upgrade your effectiveness in business analysis principles and practices. 
Global Teq is popular for its insightful, challenging and productive classes. In this certification program, our trainers will help you analyse and document your business analysis credentials and experience, efficiently prepare for the CBAP/CCBA exams, and pass them on your first try. This certification, combined with your exceptional experience, could pave path for your global career.

What’s CBAP/CCBA
CBAP/CCBA certifications, designated by IIBA, are currently the world’s’ most sought after business analysis course. As a CBAP/CCBA certified professional, you become part of an elite member of the business analysis community. You will be a recognized expert in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine business solutions.
The CBAP/CCBA certification process includes demonstrating the required experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified practitioner of business analysis. To obtain any of the two certifications, you’re required to write and pass an exam that is based on Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide. BABOK is the collection of knowledge within business analysis and reflects current generally accepted practices. It is defined and enhanced by the professionals who apply it in their daily lives.
These certifications will help you build expertise in the 6 knowledge areas defined in BABOK:

  1. Business analysis planning and monitoring
  2. Elicitation
  3. Requirements management and communication
  4. Enterprise analysis
  5. Requirements analysis
  6. Solution assessment and validation

CBAP/CCBA certifications are recommended for senior BAs who have the skill and expertise to perform business analysis work on projects of various sizes and complexities. But the value and expertise you’d bring to your organization with them – even as a professional with intermediate experience – is immense.

Eligibility Criteria
To write the CCBA exam, you must meet the requirements specified by IIBA. They are:

  1. Minimum 3750 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last 7 years
  2. Minimum 900 hours in each of two of the six knowledge areas or minimum 500 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas
  3. Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
  4. Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient
  5. Signed Code of Conduct

To write the CBAP exam, you must meet the requirements specified by IIBA. They are:

  1. Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 10 years
  2. Minimum 900 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas
  3. Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
  4. Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient
  5. Signed Code of Conduct

Global Teq Advantage
Global Teq’s specialized course for CBAP/CCBA certification enables you to analyze and remember the most important elements of the BABOK. You will be able to record your progress and identify gaps in your business analysis qualifications and bridge it. Our courseware is prepared by experts using practical, real-life case studies that demonstrate how to improve testing success.
This course is facilitated by trainers with over 15 years of experience in the field of Business Analysis. The classes are interactive, lively, and designed to improve your chances of success with the certification process. You will receive an in-depth review and practical applications of the six knowledge areas described in the BABOK. With this effective training and the feedback-based mock tests and preparation material provided to you during the course of this program, you’ll build your confidence enough to ace your exam.

  • Experienced trainers
  • Well-developed course structure
  • Access to mock tests
  • Extensive study materials
  • Flexible training modes
  • Dedicated pre and post training support

FAQ

1. What is the cost of attaining an IIBA® certification?
2. Do I need to be a member of IIBA to apply for certification and recertification?
No, you need not be an IIBA member; although there are many benefits to being an IIBA member including, but not limited to, discounts on the certification exam fee and the recertification fee.
3. Is the CCBA exam the same as the CBAP exam?
No, the exams are different. The blueprints for both are in the individual Handbooks.
Here is the link to Download CBAP® Handbook. The CCBA exam consists primarily of recall questions with some application questions, whereas the CBAP exam has a much higher number of application questions.
4. Will a course qualify towards the 21 hours of Professional Development application requirement?
You can review the CCBA Handbook or the CBAP Handbook criteria for Professional Development. The specific criteria that refer to the BABOK Guide include the Underlying Competencies in the BABOK Guide.
5. How much time is needed to complete the application process and prepare for the exam once approved?
It really depends on you. However, some feedbacks we’ve received are as follows:
* Ideally allow three to four months for studying, at least eight hours per week split between reading the BABOK Guide and other support information, and completing practice tests. This is a suggested minimum in combination with other work and home-life commitments.
*Participate in study groups. Study groups can help with your understanding by leveraging everyone’s experience to provide context. This will ensure a more thorough understanding, rather than trying to memorize information.
*Know your job well: the practical application of the BABOK Guide information is a great asset.
Is there a reduced total hour requirement if I possess a post-secondary education such as a University degree or a College diploma?
The focus of the CCBA and CBAP designations is on the skills, experience and expertise gained from real-world BA work experience. This experience cannot be gained in an educational setting, no matter what the area of study. In addition, the qualifying exams have been developed in such a way that they require BA work experience, not taking advanced education into account. A reduced total hour program will not be helpful for you if you are preparing for the exam.
6. What are the criteria used to validate experience?
Work experience must be related to business analysis, performing tasks as per A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide).
7. Contacts for many of the projects I have worked on over the past 7 or 10 years are no longer available. How do I document this in such a way that I can still get credit for the hours performed?
Please indicate the situation in the description field for the specific project in question (i.e., that you are not able to provide contact information of the person you reported to) and minimally, provide the name and contact information of a person who can verify your employment with that organization. However, this cannot be the case with all projects submitted. IIBA will need to validate the tasks, hours and dates with the appropriate contact for audit purposes.
8. My work experience includes tasks other than those meeting the certification requirements. Should I include all my experiences – from the present back to my first business analysis (BA) experiences – in the last 7 (for CCBA) or 10 (for CBAP) years?
As per the instructions in the application, only business analysis specific work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide is considered. Documenting more hours than the minimum required is recommended. In addition, gaps in work experience years are not considered as long as the requirement is met.
Overlaps in work experience and/or extra hours are reviewed to ensure the number of hours is appropriately documented and feasible.
9. How can I provide experience in the application that involve sensitive or company proprietary information?
Indicate in the Description field of the project that it involves sensitive company information, and then provide only as much information as possible without breaching the privacy.
10. I can provide the details or certificate for Professional Development courses but am unable to enter details online such contact name, phone number and email, etc. How should I proceed with that? Shall I put my information?
No, contact information entered should belong to someone else other than you. It must be someone who can validate that they took the course in the event the application is audited by IIBA. If it’s an online course, then you may have registered through your company’s HR system or such. You can provide the HR personnel’s contact information.
11. What kinds of requirements are needed for trainers of Professional Development courses? Can they be outside vendors or internal to our organization?
There are no requirements for the trainer. Trainers can be external vendors or internal to an organization. You will need to provide proof of completion (if audited). You may be asked to provide a course overview if we have questions about the Professional Development submitted.
12. After I submit my application, how long will I have to wait to find out if I’m approved to sit for the exam?
Your application will be assessed immediately upon submission and payment of the application fee. You will not be able to submit your application unless you have met all of the eligibility requirements. Once your online application shows that all requirements have been met (i.e. there is a green check mark in each of the requirements sections), you will be able to submit your application and pay the application fee. Once payment is processed by IIBA, you will immediately receive an email informing you of the audit status.
13. How do I sign up for the exam?
The exam is the final requirement to achieving an IIBA designation.
If you’re interested in taking either the CCBA® or CBAP® exam, you must first complete and submit the respective application with payment and receive an application approval from IIBA. You will receive an email notification to register online for the exam. This qualifies you to take the exam. You can sign up for the exam based on the instructions you will receive in the mail.
14. If I’m not able to write the exam within the specified timeframe, do I have to re-apply and pay the fees again?
You have one year from the time of the application confirmation to take the exam. It is your responsibility to ensure your application does not lapse. If it does, you will have to reapply for the exam and pay the non-refundable application fee again.
15. How can I prepare for the exam?
To prepare for the exam, please refer the BABOK Guide and the references mentioned in the book. However, the exam will also be based largely on the experience of a business analyst.
16. Can you tell me what material I need to review or course I should take to prepare for the exam?
There is no fixed exam syllabus and there is no mandatory requirement to take a prep course to qualify for the exam. As long as your application is approved, you are eligible to take the exam. We strongly recommend that you review the BABOK Guide which is posted on the IIBA website.
17. How many sample tests do you provide?
We provide 2 full-length simulation tests with 150 practice questions in each practice test.
18. How many questions are on the exam?
The CBAP® exam has 150 questions.
19. What kind of questions are they?
All the questions are multiple choice questions with four possible answers. Some questions are based on comprehension (e.g., definition, recall, etc.) and others are based on situational analysis (e.g. given a scenario, which is the best course of action) where you must perform analysis to arrive at the answer.
20. What is the exam based on?
The exam is currently aligned with version 2 of the BABOK Guide; however, it is not the sole source of questions on the exam. In addition to the BABOK Guide itself, the exam also tests your knowledge of sources referenced by the BABOK Guide and your business analysis experience.
21. How long will I have to complete the exam?
You will be given three and a half hours to complete the exam.
22. What is the minimum score necessary to pass the exam?
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. Cut scores are developed using psychometric procedures led by our exam administrators. The process for creating the certification exams is as follows:
1. A writing session is facilitated with CBAP volunteers who develop the exam questions
2. Another group of CBAP volunteers review and rate the level of difficulty of each question
3. The exam is launched
4. After a number of applicants take the exam, the cut score is calculated based on the cumulative performance of questions. Once set, the cut score does not change throughout the life of the exam, although it is monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the exam
23. Do I need to pass in each knowledge area or is it a cumulative total?
The exam score is based on a cumulative total.
24. Am I better off skipping questions or answering them all, whether they are right or wrong?
Questions that are answered wrong or are skipped entirely are not treated differently from one another – both actions will impact the score. In addition, ‘marking’ and ‘unmarking’ will not have an effect on the score.
25. How will I know if I passed the exam?
You will be notified immediately on screen once you’ve submitted the computer based exam. If you fail to clear the exam, you will be provided with additional information, specifically the Knowledge Areas that require more attention.
26. How many times can I take the exam?
Upon receiving notice that your application has been approved, you have one year to successfully pass the exam. If you fail the exam on the first attempt, you may retake the exam once, after paying the rewrite fee and waiting three months from the date of your initial attempt.
If you do not successfully pass the exam within one year of your application approval, you will have to reapply and pay the full fee.
27. If I don’t sit for the exam until more than nine months after receiving my approval email and I fail, am I out of luck for retaking the exam?
Yes. You must pass the exam within one year of the approval of your application or two exam attempts, whichever comes first. After this, you must restart the application process (including paying the non-refundable application fee and exam fee) and, be approved to be eligible to take the exam.
28. If during the exam, the computer stops working and locks up, will this affect my score?
No, it won’t change the score. Your responses to each question are stored automatically on the test administrator’s server as soon as the response is entered. There is nothing stored on the testing computer itself. A lockup or even a log out will not affect responses that you have already entered, nor will it change your examination time used (i.e. extra time will be added to the end for any time lost due to system problems).
29. Will a training provider’s Professional Development Units (PDUs) count towards maintaining CBAP status? Will attending chapter meetings count towards the recertification requirements?
Details on the requirements for recertification can be found in the CBAP® Recertification Handbook.
30. What are the Recertification Fees?
The current renewal fee for IIBA members is $85 USD and $120 USD for non-members (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents) and is non-refundable.