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A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)

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A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) is the collection of knowledge within the profession of business analysis and reflects current generally accepted practices. As with other professions, the body of knowledge is defined and enhanced by the business analysis professionals who apply it in their daily work role. 

The BABOK® Guide describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and the tasks and skills necessary to be effective in their execution. The BABOK® Guide is a reference for professional knowledge for business analysis and provides the basis for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) certifications.

BABOK® Guide Translations

The BABOK® Guide has been translated into Japanese, PortugueseGermanFrench and Spanish.  
To purchase a print copy of the German translation of the BABOK® Guide please visit here. The German translation of the BABOK® Guide is not available in PDF form and is not included with IIBA® member benefits. 

BABOK® Guide Purchases

The BABOK® Guide is available in print and PDF form. IIBA® Chapters, Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) vendors, Sponsors, and Corporate Members are entitled to a discount on bulk purchases of the BABOK® Guide from IIBA, in print or PDF. Please contact to place an order.

PDF Version

IIBA Members

IIBA members are entitled to a complimentary copy of the BABOK® Guide PDF for their own personal and professional use. If you are an IIBA member, please click here to download your BABOK® Guide PDF.


Individuals who are not members of IIBA can purchase a copy of the BABOK® Guide PDF for $29.95 USD. Or you can join IIBA and download your complimentary copy once your membership registration is complete.

To join IIBA, visit IIBA Membership.

Purchase your copy of the BABOK® Guide v2 PDF for $29.95. You may use a credit card or your PayPal account to make your purchase. Once you have completed your payment, you will be sent a download link allowing you to access your copy of the PDF. Please be aware that the link will expire one week after purchase.

*Individuals or organizations located in Canada purchasing IIBA products and services that are subject to GST/HST will be charged the applicable tax rate.

If you have any questions regarding your purchase, please contact

Bulk Purchases

Purchasers of 10 or more copies of the BABOK® Guide PDF will receive a discount on their purchase.

This discount will be automatically calculated and applied when the quantity is entered.

If purchasing for use within an organization, for example, posting the BABOK® Guide on the company intranet, IIBA requires that a license be purchased for each business analysis practitioner who will have access to the BABOK® Guide. For more information about licensing agreements and pricing, please contact

PDF Version Pricing

The retail price for a single license is US $29.95. We do offer a discount for volume purchases:

  • 10% for 10-24 licenses
  • 20% for 25-49 licenses
  • 30% for 50-99 licenses
  • 40% for 100-249 licenses
  • 50% for 250+ licenses

BABOK® Guide Print Version

The BABOK® Guide is also available in print from distributors in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Copies can also be ordered directly from IIBA, although a minimum order of 10 copies is required.

Print Version Pricing

The retail price of the BABOK® Guide print version is US $59.95, plus shipping. Please allow 3 weeks for printing and shipping. We do offer a discount for volume purchases:
  • 20% for 10-24 copies
  • 30% for 25-99 copies
  • 35% for 100-499 copies
  • 37% for 500+ copies
Unfortunately, IIBA cannot presently process individual orders. Individual copies can be purchased through:

United Kingdom: 
United States:

Copies may also be available through other online retailers and in bookstores. Purchasers outside of North America and Europe may wish to order from the Book Depository, which offers free shipping worldwide. The retail price is $59.95 USD, $69.95 CAD, or €44.95.

BABOK® Guide Online edition

The BABOK® Guide Online is A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) version 2 in its entirety presented for online use. 
With BABOK® Guide Online, this is the first time the Introduction and Glossary have been made available to the public free of charge. 
The remainder of the BABOK® Guide is available to IIBA® members only.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the copyright status of the BABOK®?

The terms "Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®" and "BABOK®" are registered trademarks of IIBA®. The BABOK® document is copyrighted by IIBA. If you wish to excerpt content from it, you must contact IIBA for permission. Please email with a complete description of the intended usage, including a listing of all sections or content you wish to excerpt.

May I print a copy of the BABOK® Guide for personal or professional use?

IIBA members, or purchasers of the BABOK® Guide PDF version, may print copies of the BABOK® Guide for their own use.

If you have any questions or concerns about the BABOK® Guide that were not addressed here, please contact