What is Professional Certification?
Professional certification is a designation earned by an individual
they have demonstrated a standard level of skills, experience, and
- 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
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).
Both the Certified Business Analysis
(CBAP®) and Certification of Competency
are professional certifications.
- IIBA has a Certification Body, whose responsibility is the
oversight of the organization's professional certifications. The
Certification Body is independent of IIBA, in order to eliminate
interest between the certifying body and IIBA.
- The CBAP® and
designations are only granted once individuals have met educational,
knowledge requirements, rather than being strictly knowledge-based
(i.e. passing an
- The IIBA certification program has been developed in line with
requirements. ISO 17024 is the international standard for bodies
individuals. By aligning with this standard, IIBA demonstrates its
running a professional, equitable certification program.
Why choose professional certifications from
As the global, not-for-profit professional association for business
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
and support to the global business analysis community, as represented
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