What is Professional Certification?

Professional certification is a designation earned by an individual identifying that they have demonstrated a standard level of skills, experience, and expertise within their field.

  • Certifications are generally earned from a professional society with a certifying body, and are granted based on a combination of education, experience, and knowledge, rather than solely by passing an exam.
  • The process of developing, administering, and maintaining the certification is done to international standards.
  • Many professional certifications are used as "post-nominal letters", meaning that they are included after one's name (e.g. Joe Smith, ABC).

IIBA® Professional Certifications

Both the Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) and Certification of Competency in Business AnalysisTM (CCBA®) designations are professional certifications.

  • IIBA has a Certification Body, whose responsibility is the development and oversight of the organization's professional certifications. The Certification Body is independent of IIBA, in order to eliminate conflicts of interest between the certifying body and IIBA.
  • The CBAP® and CCBATM designations are only granted once individuals have met educational, experience, and knowledge requirements, rather than being strictly knowledge-based (i.e. passing an exam).
  • The IIBA certification program has been developed in line with ISO 17024 requirements. ISO 17024 is the international standard for bodies certifying individuals. By aligning with this standard, IIBA demonstrates its commitment to running a professional, equitable certification program.

Why choose professional certifications from IIBA?

As the global, not-for-profit professional association for business analysis, IIBA is interested in the recognition and on-going support to individuals and the larger BA community. As IIBA is a global organization, you can have confidence that your IIBA professional certification will be recognized wherever you go, not just where a particular training provider is known. By becoming certified by IIBA, you are not only being recognized for your accomplishments, you are also demonstrating your commitment and support to the global business analysis community, as represented by IIBA.

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