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Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)

The Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA) recognizes your ability to effectively execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives.


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What is Business Data Analytics?

Business data analytics is a discipline by which a specific set of techniques, competencies and practices are applied to perform the continuous exploration, and investigation of business data. The goal of business data analytics is to obtain insights about a business that can lead to improved evidence based decision-making.

IIBA®- CBDA Competencies

Certification in Business Data Analytics: Earning this certification informs employers of your passion for and competencies performing business analysis on analytics initiatives. The certification helps identify skilled business data analytics professionals to organizations seeking these in-demand skills.

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Leading Trends in Business Data Analytics

Achieving More with Data: The Critical Role of Business Analysis in Becoming a Data-Driven Organization


Part A: How Business Data Analytics is Transforming Industry

As part of IIBA’s Global Research, Achieving More with Data analyzes the forces shaping the use of data and analytics at companies and the strategies, including the use of Business Analysis Professionals, for transforming to a data-driven organization. 

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Part B: Five Key Business Data Analytics Capabilities

The capabilities of today's companies have not kept up with the pace that data and analytics is setting. This has created gaps in execution and false starts, and significant waste of time and money. Discover crucial insights on the five key business analysis capabilities that are essential for success in data-driven organizations.

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Part C: Data Analytics Survey Report

Properly engaged business analysis professionals add value to business data analytics projects, and drive better results. 300 surveys quantify capabilities leading to project success and the impact of business analysis in driving increased ROI and reduced failure rates in data analytics projects. 

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Part D: ​​​​​Data Analytics Survey Infographic

This infographic is full of key findings from the Achieving More with Data research reports and provides essential insights about the impact of business analysis in becoming a data-driven organization.

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CBDA Exam Information

The IIBA®- CBDA exam includes questions pertaining to the six Blueprint Domains as discussed in the Guide to Business Data Analytics (Members only - Join now to view the Guide).

  • Identify the Research Questions – 20% (Domain 1)
  • Source Data – 15% (Domain 2)
  • Analyze Data – 16% (Domain 3)
  • Interpret and Report Results – 20% (Domain 4)
  • Use Results to Influence Business Decision Making – 20% (Domain 5)
  • Guide Organization-level Strategy for Business Analytics - 9% (Domain 6)

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Certification in Business Data Analytics Handbooks

To complement our Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA-CBDA), the IIBA®-CBDA Certification and Recertification Handbook is now available. 

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Guide to Business Data Analytics

The Guide to Business Data Analytics provides a foundational understanding of business data analytics concepts and includes how to develop a framework; key techniques and application; how to identify, communicate and integrate results; and more. This guide acts as a reference for the practice of business data analytics and is a companion resource for the Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA).


Why Should You Become CBDA Certified?

Data-focused organizations perform better and making the most of the data is key in making sound business decisions. Your strong business analysis skills coupled with the knowledge, competencies and experience performing business analytics activities are in high demand.

A recent article* ranked business analysis amongst the most in-demand hard skills of 2019, along with analytical reasoning. Certification in Business Data Analytics is the key to help you prepare for these in-demand skills and to remain on top of industry trends.

*LinkedIn Talent Blog “The Most In-demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2019”
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Top 5 Benefits Business Analysts Provide Analytics Teams

Business analysis professionals who have the skills to effectively perform on business data analytics initiatives contribute to their teams in various ways, including providing the ability to:

  • Translate business problems into questions that analytics can answer
  • Use analytics results to identify viable options
  • Explain technical results to non-technical stakeholders
  • Visualize data and translate results via data storytelling
  • Build and demonstrate empathy for the customer

Digital is Transforming Business

The roles Business Analysts play to deliver business value is evolving with 38% involved in business data analytics and 21% involved in their organizations’ cybersecurity practice1. Find out about IIBA’s newly enhanced learning and certification program on Cybersecurity Analysis.

Source: 2019 IIBA’s Global Business Analysis Salary Survey

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Develop Your Business Analysis Career

A career in business analysis can take you in many different directions. It's important for you to know what your options are and pursue opportunities for experience, training, and certification that will take you to where you want to go.


Test Your Business Data Analytics Know-How

Take our sample questions quiz to check your readiness to write the IIBA®- CBDA exam.

Sample Questions


a) What is the annual revenue growth?

b) What is the average time for conversion?

c) What is the number of customers retained over the past 3 years?

d) When is the correct time to market the software?

a) Forecasting

b) Simulation

c) Process modeling

d) Regression analysis

a) Validity

b) Accuracy

c) Consistency

d) Uniqueness

a) Age and gender features can be eliminated

b) Age and gender features can be included

c) Gender feature can be removed

d) Age feature can be removed

a) Design, which focuses on the use of color and placement of visuals

b) Tools, which help creating the visuals through the data

c) Narrative, which includes the context and commentary

d) Channel, which is the medium used to communicate

a) The results are more quickly understood by the brain

b) The visuals are more appealing and highlights are easily observed

c) It can be made to support the claim behind the analytics project

d) It stimulates more areas of the brain making it engaging

a) The stakeholders were delighted with the findings and no discussion is recorded as everyone is satisfied

b) The business analyst conducted a freeform discussion to gather a general sense of stakeholders’ opinions

c) The group selected a representative who spoke on behalf of the team

d) The subsequent report included areas of agreement and disagreement

a) Identify research question

b) Data sourcing

c) Data collection

d) Data analysis

a) Bar Chart

b) Box Plot

c) Scatter Plot

d) Pie Chart



Answers: b, b, c, a, c, d, d, b, c

Are You Ready to Earn This Certification?

Congratulations! If you answered all the sample questions correctly you have a good grasp of business data analytics.

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Get more information: If you scored less than 80 percent correct, read the  Understanding Business Data Analytics paper.  


This mid-level certificate/certification is priced at USD $450 for IIBA members and USD $575 for non-members.

Exam Fee Member: $450
Exam Fee Non-Member: $575
Exam Rewrite Fee Member: $400
Exam Rewrite Fee Non-Member: $525

Challenge Your Business Analysis Knowledge

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Business Analysis Career Resources

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