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Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

Recognizing your business analysis expertise and skills.

Attaining the highest certification in a profession demonstrates commitment, a superior skill set and leadership expertise.

For Professionals With Extensive Experience

The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) offers members of the BA community a variety of benefits, including:

  • Demonstrated senior knowledge and professional competence
  • Marketability, employability and earning potential
  • Success and path to leadership

CBAP recognizes your expertise in multiple business domains and your ability to tackle more complex projects, work with stakeholders to define and manage their business requirements, drive business processes, lead the BA effort, and identify opportunities to achieve better business results.

The 2017 IIBA® Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey reports that the average salary of top 5 certification holders is 11% more on average in earnings in comparison to non-certification holders.

 

Is CBAP right for you?

The CBAP certification is for:

  • Individuals with significant experience in business analysis
  • Individuals with a CCBA™ designation
  • Product Managers
  • Non-BA consultants
  • Trainers
  • Hybrid Business Analysis professionals, including: Project Manager, Testers, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals, Change/Transformation Managers, and Designers

Learn more about CBAP Competencies

Eligibility

To earn the CBAP designation, candidates must:

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CBAP EXAM

The CBAP exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions and must be completed within 3.5 hours. Formulated from the body of knowledge in the BABOK® Guide, exam questions are both scenario and case study-based.

It is a computer-based exam taken at a Prometric test center. To be admitted to the exam, your IIBA Profile Name must match your government identification. 

Take your CBAP exam in Japanese:

CBAP® exam has been translated into Japanese.* Available at Prometric test centres in Japan.

*Before Paying Your Exam Fee: Register to apply and once your application is approved by IIBA®, email certification@iiba.org to receive a special PayPal link to pay the Japanese exam fee.

IIBA Members save up to 30% on certification exam fees.

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*It is the responsibility for applicants to take their exam before their application deadline. If your application is approved, you have a maximum of one (1) year from the date of the application approval email to take the exam. It is your responsibility to ensure the application does not lapse.


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To understand performance expectations for the CBAP® designation, click on the Exam Blueprint, Sample Questions and the links for each Knowledge Area:

CBAP Exam Blueprint

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Knowledge Areas

Business analysis planning and monitoring

14%

Elicitation and collaboration

12%

Requirements life cycle management

15%

Strategy analysis

15%

Requirements analysis and design definition

30%

Solution evaluation

14%

CBAP Exam Sample Questions

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In the following SWOT list, the quadrant market “ST” represents the intersection of:

A. Future strengths with current threats

B. Future threats with future strengths

C. Current strengths with future threats

D. Current strengths with current threats

Answer = C

Strengths /Opportunities Strategies

How can the group’s strength be used to exploit potential opportunities?
SO strategies are fairly straightforward to implement.

Strengths / Threats Strategies

How can the group use its strengths to ward off potential threats?

Can the threats be turned into opportunities?

Weaknesses / Opportunities Strategies

Can the group use an opportunity to eliminate or mitigate a weakness?
Does the opportunity warrant the development of new capabilities?

Weaknesses / Threats Strategies

Can the group restructure itself to avoid the threat?
Should the group consider getting out of this market?
WT strategies involve worst-case scenarios.

The business analyst (BA), developer, tester and subject matter expert are reviewing the current state in order to break down significant elements of the problem to solve. The BA starts to draw the following sketch (see below). Based on the sketch, an observation the BA would make would be:

A. The process flow for entering an order is bi-directional


B. The systems interface for exchanging order details is unidirectional


C. The end-to-end test scenario is initiated by entering orders from a remote system


D. The use case for reporting order activity is an extension of the use case for entering an order


Answer = C

BA Observation

 

The business analyst (BA) has brought key stakeholders together in a workshop to refine everyone’s understanding of a proposed application. The BA is correct in saying:

A. Use Case 4 expresses common behavior across several use cases

B. Use Case 1 occurs before Use Case 3

C. Use Case 2 adds unique behavior across several use cases

D. Use Case 3 occurs before Use Case 4

Answer = A

CBAP Use Case Diagram

 

The developer asks the business analyst (BA) to clarify key concepts in the proposed design definition based on the initial draft diagram below. The next step for the BA is to:

A. Associate actors with use cases

B. Separate processes into swim lanes

C. Create foreign keys for entity relationships

D. Elaborate input and output for data transformations

Answer = D

CBAP key concept

 

A business analyst (BA) meets with a long-tenured vice president who expresses disagreement with the objectives of the project on which the BA is currently engaged. In what way does the vice president impact the BA's next step?

A. The vice president's high level of influence will cause the BA to leverage the organizational modelling technique.

B. The vice president's decision making authority will cause the BA to develop a new stakeholder engagement approach.

C. The vice president's negative attitude towards the project will cause the BA to leverage the risks analysis and management technique.

D. The vice president's disagreement with the project's objectives will cause the BA to leverage the stakeholder list, map, or personas technique.

Answer = C

A business analyst (BA) is working to identify pain points on decentralized software maintenance and license contract management process. Four major stakeholders are involved in this process. The stakeholders are unclear about who is doing what and what is expected to be done. What should the BA do to delineate the stakeholders’ roles?

A. Create a RACI Matrix

B. Monitor stakeholder engagement

C. Assign stakeholders specific tasks

D. Provide adequate time for group discussions

Answer = A

A regulatory agency recently changed the record retention requirements for financial services providers. All financial reports must be retained in electronic format both on production reporting servers and in an off-site data repository. What output will the business analyst need to manage the requirements impacted by this regulatory change?

A. Communication plans

B. Performance objectives

C. Solution scope

D. Traceability repository

Answer = D

An organization maintains a central repository for managing new products that are brought into the organization. This central repository was built over a decade ago, initially starting in a spreadsheet, then moved to various iterations of a custom solution built in house. There are many pitfalls in the current implementation and it does not have clear set of baseline requirements. The organization wants to improve the process. A business analyst (BA) is tasked to start the requirement elicitation. Which of the following should the BA do?

A. Document the current solution's existing functionality

B. Develop the performance measures for the new solution

C. Create a wish list of desired performance functionality

D. Review the features of commercial off-the-shelf products

Answer = A

A business analyst (BA) is defining a business analysis approach that should be compatible with the other project activities. Assessing the new solution's limitations should be planned as well. When should this this activity be performed?

A. When the solution is designed

B. When the solution is fully implemented

C. When the elicitation activities are complete

D. When the solution is in use in some form

Answer = D