Should I Pursue the CBAP or the CCBA?

When you find yourself in the market for a business analysis certification, you’ll quickly discover that you have many choices. Not to mention the plethora of certificates which are not the same as certifications and tend to hold less weight (we discuss those here), there is the BCS Professional Certification (formerly ISEB) in the UK, various options offered by PMI® (including a new one in requirements analysis which we’ll discuss once the dust settles), and various other certifications offered by different institutions.

Assuming you’ve narrowed your focus to the two certifications offered by International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) – the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) and the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®), how do you choose between the two?

There are two big differentiators between the two options:

  • The total amount of business analysis experience required.
  • The overall diversity of business analysis experience required.

You can qualify to sit for the CCBA exam if you can document at least 3750 hours of  work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last seven years. You also must have at least 900 hours in 2 of the 6 knowledge areas or 500 hours in 4 of the 6 knowledge areas.

In contrast, applying for the CBAP requires more experience. A minimum of 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last seven years is required in the last 10 years. You also must be able to document 900 hours in 4 of the 6 knowledge areas.

The exams are also different and I would imagine that given the lesser experience requirements for the CCBA, that the exam might be easier overall.

CBAP or CCBA for You?

If you can meet the experience requirements for the CBAP, I would recommend pursuing it instead of the CCBA. If not, then consider the CCBA as an interim certification and, provided you are still leveraging your business analysis skills and expanding your business analysis experience, work towards qualifying for the CBAP before your recertification period.

Of course, you could choose to do both certifications, but unless you work for a training provider looking to build materials specific to each certification, I can’t imagine why you would.

>>Learn More About Becoming a CBAP or CCBA

Interested in becoming a CBAP or CCBA? We cover 8 steps to the CBAP certification, that will take you to just learning about the certification to successfully sitting for the exam.

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