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Business Analysis Certifications Every Product Owner Needs 

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Product Owners should seek business analysis certifications to advance their career


The benefits of professional certification for business analysis professionals are proven. Analysts who are certified tend to receive more personal and professional recognition. They also earn more than their non-certified peers - a 16 percent average increase in salary, to be exact. Also, analysts who are certified have a more impressive resume. It’s possible that certification would hold similar value for Product Owners, who work closely with Business Analysts on Agile projects.

Curious about the differences between Product Owners and Business Analysts? Check this out.

Essential Business Analysis Certifications for Product Owners

For a Product Owner to be successful, they need to possess business analysis skills. They can obtain and prove these skills by earning IIBA business analysis certifications, such as:

1. Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA) - Product Owners looking to expand and improve their business analysis skillset should set their sights on IIBA’s Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA) launching June 1, 2021.

This certificate recognizes the integration of business analysis and product ownership with an Agile mindset to maximizing value. CPOA extends beyond the traditional views of product ownership and can help Product Owners succeed in a product context, by providing the necessary framework and the application of the business analysis mindset.


Earning this certificate will prove that Product Owners have the techniques they need to maximize product value and create better business outcomes, which could be a competitive advantage over other Product Owners.


2. Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) - IIBA’s Agile Analysis Certification teaches those who practice analysis how Agile intersects and interacts with business analysis.

This is valuable knowledge for Product Owners who want a deep understanding of Agile and how to work with Business Analysts on Agile projects. This competency-based certification addresses necessity and demand for Agile and analyst communities to collaborate and transform project delivery.    

The Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis and Agile Analysis Certification are also helpful because they may provide Product Owners with additional skills they may need to step into a Business Analyst role if needed on a project. This could make them more valuable to an Agile team, as well as to an employer or client.

Learn More About Certifications and Resources for Product Owners

Are you a Product Owner or an analyst planning to move into a product ownership role? If so, make getting a professional certification a priority this year. Learn more about IIBA’s certification offerings here.

Another essential resource for Product Owners is IIBA’s Guide to Product Ownership Analysis. The guide provides a foundational understanding of the Product Ownership Analysis discipline and outlines a defined framework, techniques, and case studies for practical application.

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Exclusive 100% Exam Rebate

Coming June 1st

Starting June 1, 2021, IIBA is pleased to extend a Member exclusive exam rebate for the Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA).

Active Members get the IIBA®-CPOA exam at no cost, when you purchase and write the exam between June 1 to 30, 2021*.

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*Member Exclusive Exam Rebate:
This offer is only applicable to active IIBA Members who purchase and write the IIBA®-CPOA exam during the promotional period of June 1 to June 30, 2021 (a 100% exam rebate will be applied). Non-members can become eligible for the rebate, please view the Exam Rebate FAQs for eligibility. The exam rebate applies to the exam portion of the IIBA®-CPOA bundle price. The rebate will be applied to the original payment method after the exam is completed (regardless of the exam result) and may take up to August 31, 2021 to be processed. This offer is not applicable on exam re-write fees and the exam cannot be taken within 48 hours of the exam fee purchase. Candidates completing their exam during the promotional time frame will receive exam results by August 31, 2021. This offer is subject to change without notice.


About The Author:
Tiffani Iacolino

Tiffani Iacolino is a Product Marketing Manager at IIBA® and has 15+ years of marketing experience across the legal, technology, telecommunications, publishing, media, and professional services industries. She’s passionate about delivering meaningful products and solutions to the business analysis community, including IIBA’s latest offering the Cybersecurity Analysis Learning and Certification Program. Hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, she enjoys an amazing cup of coffee, running, and yoga -- between chasing her two adorable children!