The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is the professional association dedicated to developing and maintaining standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of practitioners.
Linda Erzah has supported its initiatives since 2006 and BAMentor continues to support IIBA® and its chapters by being an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™), sponsoring webinars and other events.
In September 2008, IIBA® released the highest recognition that can be given to a Business Analyst, the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®). Just like other widely well recognized certifications such as the PMP®, the CBAP® is a non-vendor specific certification. Its purpose is to recognize competent professionals in the world of Business Analysis. Although it is relatively new in the market, this certification has gained momentum by being offered across the globe through multiple testing centers. In January 2011, IIBA® released the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA™) as the junior certification.
Both exams are based on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®), which is published by IIBA®. The current version is 2.0 and was released in March 2009. There are plans to release version 3.0 in 2013.
As of January 2012, there are over 1,500 CBAP® recipients and over 80 CCBA™ recipients in the world. Many fortune 500 companies are already looking to hire recipients of the CBAP®. This is a great time to get certified and gain a competitive edge in your career.
What is the difference between the CBAP® and the CCBA™?
As outlined by IIBA, "the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA™) designation allows the business analyst practitioner to demonstrate their skills and their ability to take on greater responsibility.
The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) designation is for senior business analysts who have the skill and expertise to perform BA work on projects of various sizes and complexities. With the CBAP® designation you can gain greater recognition from your employer, enhance your income potential, and distinguish yourself as an elite member of the BA community."
There is a big difference between the two IIBA® certifications and the table below shows a summary of those differences. For more details please visit www.iiba.org/certification
Where can I get info about the CBAP® or the CCBA™?
Visit the IIBA® website and point to the top menu Certification > CBAP® Designation or CCBA™ Designation
Read the CBAP® or CCBA™ Handbook located in the webpage. The handbook outlines what the certification is about, the benefits, the requirements, the application and exam process, and other information.
There is also a quick list of Benefits and FAQs on the certification page.