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So You’re a Certified Business Analysis Professional – Why Should I Hire You?

By Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
 
imageI have one Senior Business Analyst position open and 20 applicants for that one position. You are the one candidate that has the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification from International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). Okay, that means you can pass a test; so why should I give this position to you? 
 
Trained in Business Analysis Best Practices
 
There is a lot more to the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification than an exam.  Before you can sit for the exam, you have to qualify for it. There are several qualifications for the CBAP® certification that prepare me to be the prime candidate for your Senior Business Analyst position. First of all, the CBAP® certification requires 21 Professional Development (PD) Hours of training on business analysis topics that are aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). This gives me training in industry recognized standards of business analysis from which all business analysts should be working.
 
Knowledge and Experience – Breadth and Depth
 
The CBAP® designation requires 7,500 hours of documented business analysis work experience (depth).  In those 7,500 hours, there must be at least 900 hours in four of the six business analysis knowledge areas as defined in the BABOK® (breadth). This means I not only have depth of knowledge and experience, but breadth across multiple knowledge areas well. I am not a Senior Requirements Engineer or a Senior Data Analyst, my experience goes over a broad range of business analysis techniques and skills.
 
Client and Manager Acknowledgement
 
I also had to get two references from a past or present client, career manager or CBAP® recipient with knowledge of my business analysis experience to state that I am a good candidate for the certification.  So people that I work with recognize my knowledge and experience in business analysis and have recommended me for the CBAP® certification. 
 
Adhere to Standards of the Profession
 
By going through the process of obtaining my certification and signing a Code of Conduct I have dedicated my professional career to the professional standards developed by International Institute of Business Analysis and the business analysis community. I have taken the time and effort to learn these standards and you can be assured that I operate from these standards.
 
Dedication to My Craft
 
As I stated before, I have at least 7,500 hours of documented business analysis experience. The process of documenting that work experience to apply for the CBAP® certification is a daunting process. It is a timely, pain-staking process to document everything about that work experience for the certification application, and it demonstrates my dedication to my craft. It also shows my ability to do detailed documentation and stay on task for a lengthy process. Just by going through the process of applying for the certification, sitting for the exam and maintaining my credential I again demonstrate my passion for business analysis.
 
Continuing Education 
 
By recertifying my credentials every three years, I have to stay current on the latest topics and trends in the profession. By staying up to date on continuing education, I again show my dedication to my craft and my career, and demonstrate the importance I put on staying current in my profession. 
 
Recognized as the Standard for Business Analysis Certification
 
The CBAP® certification has gained over 3,900 recipients  in eight short years of its existence, in several countries and continents. It is widely recognized and accepted in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and other countries. Job postings requesting or requiring the CBAP® certification have grown over the past few years and you can expect that trend to continue and grow more rapidly in the coming years.
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Back to Your Point, I Passed the Exam
 
Now that we have explored all those advantages of hiring a CBAP® for your Senior Business Analyst position, let me get back to the point you raised. My knowledge of standards, techniques and situations of business analysis was thoroughly tested and I passed; and because this is the senior level Business Analysis certification, the difficulty of the questioning was greater on this exam than on other certification exams, especially those for more intermediate practitioners. This is based on the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Levels; you will find more questions at the higher cognitive levels on the CBAP® exam.
 
This demonstrates that I not only have the knowledge of business analysis but I can apply that knowledge to business situations.
 
Train and Coach other Business Analysts
 
Because of all the reasons stated earlier I would be a prime candidate to help train and coach other business analysts using the industry generally accepted standards of practice. I have experience in many of the tasks, techniques and skills used daily by practitioners of the profession and can help instill these standards to others.
 
Establish a Business Analysis Center of Excellence
 
To help establish a standard level of business analysis service to all business units in the organization, I could help establish a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) for the organization. This gives the organization centralized standards and knowledge for practicing business analysis within the organization. This helps ensure the same level of service is provided to all lines of business and business teams in the organization. It also establishes a great network that your business analysts can utilize to help solve the complex business issues your organization is facing.
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So as you can see, obtaining the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification  is more than the ability to pass a test or earn a piece of paper. It actually takes years of knowledge and experience to get to that test, and I can put all that knowledge and experience to work for your organization.