Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)

IMPORTANT - SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE - Impacts to Your Certification Online Application

Please be advised that, as of midnight September 27th Eastern Time, access to the current versions of the Certification Online Applications will be removed. If you wish to submit your in progress application before we move to the new online applications, you must complete and submit before midnight on September 27th.

Additionally, the IIBA portal and access to member pages will be down for scheduled maintenance on September 28, 2016 beginning at 3:00am Eastern Time. We are upgrading our site to provide superior service and usability.

New! Certification is changing. IIBA® has announced a new multi-level, competency-based certification program, which will be launched in September 2016. Current CBAP® recipients will map to level 3 in the multi-level enhanced certification program, and will not be required to take the level 3 exam. Gain access to the latest information.

Please note: 
Current exams for CBAP® are aligned to v2 of BABOK® Guide and will only be available up to and including September 22, 2016
There will be a blackout period, whereby no IIBA exams, will be offered between September 23 and September 29.


If you certified (i.e. passed the exam) based on the current version aligned to BABOK® Guide v2.0, you do not need to recertify before the cutover to the new exams on Sept 30. You can submit and pay for your recertification when it is due. In addition, you will have 1 full 3 year cycle after the new exam launch on Sept 30 before you will need to recertify on the new recertification requirements. 
For example, if you passed the CBAP® or CCBA® exam prior to Sept 30, 2016, you can recertify on the current requirements up to Sept 30, 2019.
New competency-based exams for Level 3 will be available at all test centres that offer IIBA certification exams on September 30, 2016. 

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 Body 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.