Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)

The Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) designation is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. With at least 7500 hours of hands-on BA experience, CBAP® recipients are the elite, senior members of the BA community.

With thousands of  individuals all over the world achieving the CBAP® designation since the first Certified Business Analysis exam was held in November 2006, CBAP® recipients are experts in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions. More and more companies are recognizing the CBAP® designation and the value and expertise these professionals bring to their organizations.

You will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® certification if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience and are working in any of the following roles:

  • Business analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Requirements analysis or management
  • Process improvement
  • Consulting

CBAP Applicant Employer Letter

When you’re applying for the CBAP® designation, you may want to provide your employer with the following letter which describes:
  • Benefits of employing CBAP® recipients
  • What differentiates a CBAP® recipient from other business analysis practitioners
  • Industry statistics on the future demand of business analysis practitioners in the workplace
The purpose of the letter to be signed by you, the applicant, is to provide it to your employer with the intent of gaining their support and subsidy towards your pursuit of the CBAP® designation.
To view and/or print the letter, click here

To earn the CBAP® certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) in the last 10 years
  • Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Applicants are expected to review the CBAP® Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees, and details on how to apply.

If you don’t meet the requirements for the CBAP® certification, you may want to consider applying for the CCBA® certification.

Latest news - IIBA Paper Based CBAP® Exam 

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is dedicated to the development and maintenance of standards for business analysis and the certification of the practice. As part of the organization’s strategic plan, IIBA has committed to enhancing delivery of our certification program to meet the growing demands of the global marketplace.
On January 16, 2016, IIBA will pilot the paper-based delivery of the CBAP® exam in English in three locations. These three locations were selected for the pilot due to specific criteria, including the distance to or the absence of computer-based testing centers, current demand for the exam and IIBA Chapter support in these locations. 
The three locations are:
  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Lagos, Nigeria
In order to be registered for one of these exams on January 16, you must have applied and been approved by IIBA to take the exam, and submitted the exam fee to IIBA. If you meet this criteria, please email certification@iiba.org to be registered for this exam event. Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. 
If you are interested in taking the CBAP® exam at one of these locations and you have not yet applied, you still have time! Complete the online application and follow the steps outlined in the CBAP® handbook.
The exam will take place at 8:30 am on January 16, 2016. Other exam logistics such as the address will be included in your registration confirmation email. 
Depending on the success of this pilot, more offerings and more locations may be considered in the future. As well, IIBA will continue to investigate other exam delivery alternatives. Stay tuned for more information on our progress in 2016. 
If you have any questions, please email certification@iiba.org