Curious about which Certification to focus on next?
So you have gotten your Cisco® or Microsoft® technical certifications to prove that you have mastered the technology; you’ve earned your Project Management Professional® to prove that you can plan and execute work effectively; what’s next? For many of us it will be the Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP). This credential will help prove that you can identify business needs and find solutions to business problems.
Available Business Analysis Courses
- Business Analysis Essentials
- Strategic Enterprise Analysis
- Writing Effective Business Cases
- Requirements Eliciting
- Writing and Managing Effective Requirements
- Use Case Workshop (Requirements Analysis)
- Foundations of Business Analysis
- PMI Professional in Business Analysis
What is the IIBA?
In 2003, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) was founded. This non-profit, professional association is focused on developing the role and professional recognition of the business analyst. The IIBA identifies the organization’s aim is: “to be the leading world-wide, professional association that develops and maintains standards and growth-oriented environment for the practice of Business Analysis and the certification and recognition of its practitioners.”
One of the first steps for the IIBA was to establish standards for the business analysts. An all-volunteer committee has been working on the IIBA Body of Knowledge (BOK), for years and it is now in Release 1.6. The IIBA BOK identifies the knowledge areas, associated tasks and activities, and professional skills needed to be an effective business analyst.
The IIBA BOK Knowledge Areas
In the IIBA BOK, there are currently six knowledge areas and two supporting topics. The six knowledge areas are:
- Enterprise analysis
- Requirements planning and management
- Requirements gathering
- Requirements communication
- Requirements analysis and documentation
- Requirements implementation
The two supporting topics are underlying fundamentals and a common glossary of terms for analysts.
There are five underlying fundamental areas, including:
- Communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Problem solving skills
- Business knowledge
- Information technology knowledge
IIBA Certified Business Analyst Professional
The Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) is the credential developed by the IIBA. This certification is the first professional association credential for business analysts. The certification will comply with the ISO 17024 and ANSI Standards. The first test was offered November 10, 2006.
A Business Analyst is defined as the person “responsible for identifying the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help determine solutions to business problems.” CBAP states: “A Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) is a recognized expert in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine business solutions. CBAPs are acknowledged as competent individuals performing a role which is increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project.”
The requirements to take the CBAP exam are as follows:
- Five years (7,500 hours) professional experience in the last seven years
- Experience in four of the six knowledge areas
- Experience in three of the five underlying fundamentals
- High school diploma
- Two references (manager, client, or CBAP)
- Twenty-one (21) hours of professional development on business analysis or underlying fundamentals in the past four years