Are There Any Free Webinars That Offer PDs?

Reader’s question:

Can you share your list of free webinars that offer PDs?

Aaron’s reply:

As any good Business Analyst would do, let’s make sure we are talking about the same thing.  PDs is the abbreviation for Professional Development hours, of which you need 21 to qualify to sit for the ECBA® or CCBA®,  and 35 for the CBAP® exam. This, along with other requirements, is what is needed to obtain the certification.

This is not to be, but often is, confused with PDUs or CDUs.  PDUs is the PMI® designation for Professional Development Units and CDU is the IIBA® designation for Continuing Development Units. These are what you need to acquire to maintain (re-certify) a certification that you have already obtained.  For the CBAP® you must acquire 60 CDUs within a 3 year to maintain your CBAP®.

To answer the reader’s question, and assuming they were asking about Professional Development hours, the answer is “None”.  In order for a “class” to qualify for PDs it must:

  • contain material related to business analysis tasks, techniques or underlying competencies,
  • an instructor must lead the students through the material, and
  • students must have the ability to interact with the instructor and other students in the class.

Webinars do not provide the required interaction between students and the instructor to qualify for Professional Development hours.  Several of the IIBA Endorsed Education Providers (EEPTM) (including the virtual, instructor-led courses in Bridging the Gaps’ Professional Development Series) provide “virtual classroom” classes that do qualify for PDs.  These are given over the internet but have visual and audio components that enhance the interaction between students and the instructor.  Because an instructor is required it will be difficult to find any class that is free of charge, but “virtual classroom” classes are less expensive than traditional classroom classes.

Webinars can qualify for CDUs as the instructor-led and interaction requirements do not exist for CDUs.  Many of the EEP’s as well as the IIBA itself give CDUs for certain webinars.  Some of these webinars are free of charge.  The webinar provider will often advertise the number of CDUs that the webinar is worth and the cost to attend.

So if you are looking to obtain a certification, needing PDs, be prepared to shell out some money.  If you are looking to maintain a certification, needing CDUs, you will be able to obtain some CDUs without reaching into your pocket.

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Comments

  1. Hi, I want to take an exam for CBAP certificate, which requires 35 hours of training. Could I train myself by self-learning rather than learn it from a professional training organization? Does self-learning count? Thank you very much!

  2. Aditi Somvanshi says

    I am a hospitality sales professional with 9 years of work experience. I have done Bachelors in Business Management. Can this experience be considered for CBAP certification. If not what the best route to get this certification.

    • Hey Aditi
      It’s better to start your BA career transition from a sales background with the entry certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) from IIBA.

      It not only gives you a rock-solid foundation for getting into the BA profession but also helps you with a global certification by emphasizing on various areas of business analysis such as elicitation, requirements analysis, requirements life cycle management, etc. along with BABoK based BA techniques.
      ECBA has the backing of market recognition of IIBA hence the job opportunities it would bring in due to acceptance in the corporate segment.

      Please go through some of our ECBA students’ career transformation stories here:-
      https://www.adaptiveus.com/ecba-career-transformation-stories

      Adaptive US provided success guaranteed courses and will give you a solid backing and foundation as a BA beginning her career.

  3. Renukadevi P says

    HI,
    Iam a registered member of IIBA. I would like to take up ECBA certification. Could you please guide me, how to account for self study PDUs in the website?

  4. Tania Sharma says

    Hi Guys,

    I have done Business Analysis training for more than 21 hours but that was not accredited by IIBA endorsed education provider. Can i still use that in application? Will that add some uncertainty to get my application approved. Please suggest.

    Thanks

    • Aaron Whittenberger says

      Hi Tania, absolutely you may use a course that has not been endorsed by IIBA on your certification application as long as it aligns with the BABOK or Agile Extension to the BABOK. If IIBA finds that the course aligns with the BABOK or Agile Extension, your application will get approved.

    • Can relevant business analysis course on Udemy.com be used for CBAP certification exam

  5. I would like to get re certification for CBAP. For which 60 CDU are mandatory and looking to get Formal Academic Education. Any training institute there in Bangalore (India) location to avail it.

  6. I am working in axis bank,I don’t have PD work experience,Total work experience is 3 years banking industry,now i want to move as business analyst, Can anyone help how can i complete ECBA course ?

  7. Aayush Jakhete says

    Hello,
    Ive just got my membership and study the BABOK on my own. How do i get my PDU? I’m a little confused. Please help

  8. Dear All,

    I need to gain 15 CDU from sel-directed learning for my CBAP re-certification. Could you please guide me on the webinars and materials to read to gain those CDU’s please.

  9. Avijit
    To gain PD hours without EEP you need to rely on the IIBA and other sources of free webinars.
    All the webinars of IIBA are counted for PD hours.
    But practically its a bit hard to go about collecting PDU for your course,
    For ECBA any self paced learning also will count for PDU.
    If your purpose is learning then it may be worth while spending money on a good course.
    Anything thats free or cheap may not impart great learning as well

    • Hi Ann, I totally agree that it is important to invest in your learning. However, it is a common misconception that you can earn free PDs through webinars, even those from IIBA. Webinars typically count for CDUs (for recertification), not PDs (for certification).

      Also, PDUs are relevant for PMI certifications, not IIBA ones.

  10. Avijit Pal says

    How to log the webinar in PD in my profile for ECBA in IIBA website? Should I check the YES or NO in the “Is this an EEP endorsed course? *”. I am a newbie and cannot get any info in how to earn PD from attending webinars without EEP. Plz help.

  11. I would also greatly appreciate any low cost virtual training which can provide the required 35 PDs. Any reference?

    • Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP says

      Both Laura and Adaptive Processes have given links to virtual training that qualifies for the 35 PD Hours needed to obtain IIBA certification earlier in these comments. You may also want to check with your local IIBA chapter to see if they are providing a CBAP / BABOK Study Group; as these will also qualify for PD Hours.

      • Hello Michael
        The IIBA requirement for PD hours for CBAP is clearly given in this link below:
        http://www.iiba.org/certification-handbook/professional-development-requirements.htm

        It has to be instructor led class.
        Now coming to cheap, we have usually seen lot of times students come to us after taking cheaper courses and failing and then coming to us.
        The training that you consider taking for the CBAP PD hours should not only be fulfilling the PD hours requirement, it should also help you in passing the exam, which is the end objective.

        If the training doesn’t ultimately help you in passing the exam then its of no use.
        For this objective to be fulfilled the trainer needs to be CBAP certified, got to have excellent knowledge of BABoK and CBAP.
        They should be helping you with application filing for CBAP,
        They should be preparing you well for the exam with good number of mock questions for CBAP. ( I would suggest a good mix of at least 1500 questions with full length CBAP simulators)
        Looking at CBAP v3 complexity and expectation the bar gets even higher, its unfair to expect a fair quality with a cheaper price.

        We have different plans for CBAP, which comes with success guarantee as well.
        You can take a look – https://adaptiveus.com/cbap/
        Hope this helps.
        Thanks
        Ann

  12. Abhinav Sriavstava says

    Can anyone please suggest a virtual training which can provide 35 PDs at low cost? I am in Poland and the classroom programs are very expensive compared to when i was in India.

    • Hello Abhi
      Please check out /https://www.adaptiveus.com/product/cbap-self-paced-learning/

      I have used it and found it to be good content.

      This will suffice your need.

  13. For those interested in webinars on business analysis topics that qualify for CDUs, I post a monthly list that I gather from many resources on my blog:
    http://thewittyba.blogspot.com/

  14. LAURA I think the article is dated to before 2016 Oct when IIBA rolled out the new certification scheme. The CBAP requirement for PD got updated to 35 PD, and also ECBA requirement of 21 PD can be fulfilled from webinars etc same as CDU requirements for CBAP/CCBA.

    • Hi Ananya, you are correct the original article was pre-September 2016, so is dated information. CBAP does now require 35 PD Hours of training; however, PD Hours are different than CDUs needed for recertification. PD Hours are held to a stricter standard than CDUs. Webinars will qualify as CDUs, but not PD Hours. For a course to qualify for PD Hours it must be instructor led, and students must have interaction with the instructor and other students in the class. A simple Q&A session at the end of a webinar does not meet that standard. PD Hours must be training, virtual or classroom.

      • Hi Aaron for ECBA the PD hours can be fulfilled by webinars and does not require as strict standard as for CCBA and CBAP.
        Here is the content from IIBA site:

        What qualifies towards the Professional Development Requirement?

        ECBA professional development can consist of any of the following activities:

        Classroom and online courses (e.g. EEP endorsed courses )
        Webinars – live or recorded (e.g. IIBA Webinars)
        Conference track sessions, tutorials, keynotes & workshops
        Chapter events (i.e. presentations, study groups, workshops, conference days)
        Self -directed learning (i.e. reading/reviewing the BABOK® Guide v3.0)
        Important Note: The content of these professional development activities must be aligned with the BABOK® Guide v3.0.

        Link – http://www.iiba.org/Certification-Recognition/Certification-FAQs.aspx#level1pd

  15. Great stuff! it’s really awesome. Many many thanks for sharing with us. For more, you can also refer http://bit.ly/2owSrla

  16. Manisha Sharma says

    Hello there,
    Nice article. I would like to appear for ECBA exam and am looking for 21 hours PD trainibg program. Virtual classes would suit me. Is the pricing and batches information availabke on any link?

    Kind regards,
    Manisha

  17. wish to take 21pdus class

  18. Hi! I’m interested on BAMentor’s “Self-Paced CBAP Exam Prep”, however, when I check iiba.org website, i notice that BAMentor is “Classroom Education”. I’m assuming that only “Instructor-led CBAP Exam Prep” is recognized by IIBA to meet the CBAP application requirement of 21 Professional Development units. Is this assumption correct? Does this mean the “Self-Paced CBAP Exam Prep” of BAMentor cannot be use to satisfy the 21 Professional Development hours when applying for CBAP?

    • Jon, BAMentor’s Self-Paced CBAP Exam Prep course is listed on the IIBA website as an endorsed course. It is also listed on BAMentor’s website (www.thebamentor.com) as an endorsed course. Therefore, it will qualify for the 21 PD Hours necessary for IIBA certification.

  19. I like Aarons’ full explanation and it makes sense to me.
    “…
    Certificate in Project Management
    Free Demo Duration: 180 hours | 180 PDUs/18 CEUs
    Register by November 30, and you’ll also re
    …”

    It appears to be offering PDUs. So some providers are not making a clear distinction between PD’s and PDUs….

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