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When the Certified Business Analyst Professional(CBAP®) Exam was first released, there weren't many options for preparing for it besides the self study route. Most of the early CBAP® recipients had to either join a study group or buckle down and study the content of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) all alone.

Today, to join the elite group of CBAP® recipients (only 500+ in the world), you have a bit more options. If you are wondering where to start, this article will provide you with the knowledge you need to assess the options available to get ready for the CBAP® Exam.

In the past few years of helping others earn the highest designation as a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), I’ve found that the most used approaches for successfully reaching this goal are:

Domain Knowledge: the knowledge which is valid and directly used for a pre-selected domain of human endeavor or an autonomous computer activity. Specialists and experts use and develop their own domain knowledge. If the concept domain knowledge or domain expert is used we emphasize a specific domain which is an object of the discourse/interest/problem. (Source Wikipedia)

Domain expertise is...

Dear Diary: The application is now finished and after having it reviewed a couple of time by an official Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM(CBAP®), I’m waiting on the results to return. I’ve documented over 11000 hours for the committee to pick and choose from for acceptance, so there shouldn’t be much of a problem. Reviewing the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) in the last few weeks has become overwhelming. How am I going to process all this information?

Dear Diary:
“This new CBAP® Certification may be my ticket to a more rewarding career. If I can just pass the test, I’ll have those letters at the end of my name and it may give me the edge in the resume selection/search process. I think I can pass the test with enough preparation, but can I walk the walk while I talk the talk? I also need to know if this effort is worth it in the end and what my goal is, in order to determine if the payoff in the end is suitable.

Dear Diary:

I’ve been an analyst for a long time now and have finally come to the decision that I don’t want to be just an analyst. I want to be a really good analyst. I’m no longer satisfied with taking the word of someone else as to why things are done a certain way. I not only want to know why, I want to be part of creating a better solution. I want to be respected for my opinion. I want people to know that my opinions are rooted in facts and not just some wild hair that someone got reacting to a situation. I want to be recognized for the things I have done, the countless hours I’ve spent making processes better or providing solutions to problems. Now, what?

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