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Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Certification for beginners

IIBA ECBA certification is a business analyst certification for beginners. IIBA ECBA is the business analyst certification for beginners. This article provides all the commonly asked questions about this certification program. This entry level certification for business analysts was launched on September 30, 2016 by IIBA.

 

What is ECBA Certification?

ECBA is the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis and is designed for professionals, who wish to enter the field of business analysis. This certification is expected to test your skills and proficiency of business analysis skills at the beginners level.

What are the eligibility criteria for ECBA certification?

The eligibility criteria for ECBA Certification examination are as follows (as per IIBA website):

  • No previous BA work experience required
  • 21 hours of professional development in the last 4 years (IIBA EEP like Techcanvass training can provide you the PDUs)
  • Agreement with the ECBA™ Code of Conduct.

More details are available at the IIBA ECBA Certification page as shown below:

IIBA ECBA Certification

Is ECBA Certification meant for freshers?

No, it’s meant for freshers only. Actually it is designed for any one new to business analysis. This certification is applicable for:

  • Fresh graduates
  • Experienced professional but with no experience as a business analyst

I am an IT professional, is ECBA Certification applicable for me?

ECBA Certification is an entry level certification and is applicable for every professional. If you are an IT professional and are new to business analysis field, this certification is for you as well. However, if you are familiar with the basics of business analysis skill set, you can go for mini courses designed to speed up your entry as business analyst.

Techcanvass offers following courses for IT professionals, these courses will empower you with formal skills in specific areas:

Requirements Modelling Course

Certified Agile Business Analyst Course (CABA)

Data Modelling Course (On-demand)

What is the format of ECBA Certification exam?

ECBA Certification examination is a multiple choice test. The duration of the ECBA exam is 1.5 hours . The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.

What is the syllabus for ECBA Certification?

ECBA Certification is based on IIBA BABOK v3 guide. BABOK has six knowledge areas covering the competency of business analysis. It also defines underlying competencies and techniques. BABOK guide is also applicable for CCBA and CBAP Certifications. The ECBA certification coverage is less than CCBA and CBAP certifications. IIBA has defined the following weightages of knowledge areas for ECBA Certification:

  • Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring – 5%
  • Elicitation & Collaboration – 20%
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%
  • Strategy Analysis – 5%
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 24%
  • Solution Evaluation – 1%

You can find more information on the certification at the following links:

Certification blueprints

ECBA Certification detailed information

Every IIBA member gets this book for free. You can buy it from amazon as well.

ECBA Certification cost?

ECBA Certification exam fees is USD 295 (USD 60 as application fee and USD 235 as exam fee), if you are not an IIBA member. IIBA members have to pay USD 170 (USD 60 as application fee and USD 110 as exam fee).

IIBA membership fees depends on the region. India comes under region 3 and the membership fees is USD 55. United States of America is in region 1 and the membership fees is USD 125.

You can check the fees for your country by visiting the IIBA membership page:

IIBA Global membership fees

How can I take the test?

You can take this test anywhere and don’t need to go to any centre. We have already written a detailed post on the same subject:

ECBA Examination by IIBA

Let us know in case you have any further questions.

How to prepare for ECBA Certification Exam?

I have written another post on – ECBA Certification exam preparation strategy. Read to know how to prepare for the exam.

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

 

 

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

 

 

 

 

 

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training Banking

 

Business Analyst Self-learning Course

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

 

 

Business Analyst Certifications – Choosing the right one

Business Analyst Certifications

A number of business analyst certifications are available in the market. In this post, you will know about these certifications, eligibility criteria, fees and other important details. This article is written to help you in choosing the right business analyst certification.

Business analyst certification bodies

It’s pertinent to look at the international organizations, which offer certifications for business analysts. These organizations are:

Each of these organizations offer business analyst certifications for different experience levels. IIBA offers 4 levels of certifications for a business analyst. BCS also offers multiple levels of certifications.

Flavors of Business Analyst Certifications

We can categorize the business analyst certifications into two flavors:

Generalized Business Analyst Certifications

Most of the certification organizations offer generalized business analyst certifications. The table below shows the details.

Business Analyst Certifications Type 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agile Business Analyst Certifications

Business Analyst certifications for Agile is a relatively new flavor of certification. Scrum Alliance provides the Product Owner certification, whereas iSQI offers Agile Business Analyst Certification. The list is as below:

Business Analyst Certifications Type 2

 

 

 

 

 

Levels of Certifications

The business analyst certifications are available for entry level business analysts as well as for experienced business analysts.

The entry level certifications does not refer to certifications for fresh graduates. It simply means that there is no requirement for having any business analysis experience.

Entry level business analyst certifications are as follows:

  • Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) from IIBA
  • Foundation level certifications from BCS
  • Practitioner level certification from BCS (you only need to clear the Foundation level)
  • Certified Agile Business Analyst (CABA) from iSQI
  • Agile BA from APMG International

The following certifications are for experienced business analysts:

  • Certification of capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) from IIBA
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) from PMI
  • Certified Business Analyst Though Leader (CBATL)
  • Consultant and Expert Level BA certifications from BCS

We will be discussing some of these certifications in the sections below. You can find more information on others from the Internet.

Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) Certification

Entry Level certification for Business Analysts

This is the level 1 of the certification and will not need any experience as a business analyst. You can go for this certification even if you don’t have any experience as a business analyst.

A simple clarification, even if you are working in the IT industry but don’t have any business analysis experience, you can only go for ECBA.

The only eligibility criteria is to have 21-hrs of PDUs from an IIP endorsed education provider.

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 255.00
Non-member: US$ 490.00

The ECBA certification exam has 50 questions and you get 1 hour to complete it.

Have more questions on ECBA, please read the following post:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Certification of capability in Business Analysis (CCBA)

Business Analyst Certification

This is the second level of business analyst certifications. This certification needs experience as a business analyst. The eligibility criteria for CCBA certifications are as follows:

  • Requires a minimum of 3,750 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 2 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 700.00
Non-member: US$ 950.00

The CCBA certification exam has 130 questions and you get 3 hours to complete it.

More details are available at the IIBA site on CCBA Level 2 certification.

 

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

CBAP Certification

This is the third level of business analyst certification and requires more business analysis experience to be eligible for this certification. The CBAP eligibility criteria is defined herewith:

  • Requires a minimum of 7500 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$ 700.00
Non-member: US$ 950.00

The CBAP certification exam has 120 questions and you get 3.5 hours to complete it.

More details are available at the IIBA site on CBAP level 3 certification.

If you would like to look at the type of questions asked in CBAP exam, you can read the following blog post, which has sample questions:

CBAP sample questions – Situation based

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)

This business analyst certification is granted by Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is a well known organization for PMP certification. PMP is the most popular certification for the project managers.

The eligibility criteria for this certification are:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

The fees structure for this certification is as follows:

Member: US$405.00
Non-member: US$555.00

The PMI-PBA certification exam has 200 questions and you get 4 hours to complete it. To know more about PMI PBA Certification, please visit the PMI PBA page.

Certified Business Analyst Though Leader (CBATL)

Business Analyst Certification

Recognizes BA professionals who advance the BA profession and have oer 10 years of experience. This is the final level of certification for business analyst professionals. More details are expected very soon. All IIBA Endorsed Education Providers (Techcanvass is one of them) are invited for a detailed discussion by IIBA. As soon as we get more information, we will publish that information.

In the meanwhile, please visit IIBA New Certifications page.

 

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

This certification is for Product Owners, who I believe are nothing but Business Analysts with a different name. As per Scrum Alliance web site,

Taking the CSPO course is the first step on your path of becoming more Agile.

Eligibility criteria for CSPO is to complete an in-person, two day (16 hour) CSPO course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon successful completion of this course.

The certification fees is included in the course fees, generally speaking.

To know more about it, visit the CSPO Certification page.

Certified Agile Business Analyst

This certification is for everyone who is involved in business analysis, who wishes to understand their role in an agile environment.

This certification has no eligibility criteria. Any one can appear for this exam from Pearson Vue centres.

This certification exam is one hour long and has 40 questions. Visit the iSQI CABA page for more details.

Conclusion

If you are an aspiring business analyst and have no experience of business analysis, Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) from IIBA is the best option. But please keep in mind that as a new business analyst, you should be focusing on practical skills of a business analyst.

If you are an experienced business analyst, then you have multiple options. With around 3-4 years of experience, you can go for either CCBA and PMI-PBA certifications.

With around 5+ years of business analysis experience, you can decide to go for CBAP or BCS consultant or Expert Level.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training academy offering courses in Data Science, Business Analysis and Automation testing.

We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner.

Our Business Analyst Certification courses are as shown below:

Business Analyst Certification course for new business analysts (IIBA ECBA Certification course)

IIBA CCBA Certification Course

IIBA CBAP Certification Course

iSQI Certified Agile Business Analyst Course

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Entry level business analyst certification – ECBA

Entry level business analyst certification – ECBA

IIBA recently announced an entry level business analyst certification. This certification is named as ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis). This ECBA certification is for entry level business analysts and does not require any prior experience.

This announcement includes new levels of business analyst certifications. Now, IIBA has four levels of certifications. We have discussed these New IIBA Business Analyst Certifications in one of the previous posts.

In this post, I am going to tell you about the Level 1 certificate known as ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis).

Purpose

Purpose of this certification to standardize the Business Analyst knowledge at the entry level. This was a much needed certification required to help professionals, who wish to enter the Business Analysis role.

Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for appearing for this certification. You don’t need to have any prior experience as a business analyst. It’s an exam-based certification.

Eligibility

To earn the ECBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years.
  • Signed Code of Conduct.

ECBA Exam details

The ECBA® exam is 1.5 hours long and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. The questions are basic multiple choice that test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding defined by the competencies for this level 1 certificate in the IIBA Certification Framework. The guiding book is the BABOK v3.

Certification Knowledge and Skills

The certificate exam will need you to have the requisite knowledge as per BABOK v3 and the distribution is as follows:

  1. Business Analysis Knowledge – 25%
  2. BABOK® Guide Knowledge – 75%

The Level 1 exam will test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the above components within the BABOK® Guide v3, specifically:

Business Analysis Knowledge
Business Analysis & the BA Professional 2.5%
Underlying Competencies 5%
Business Analysis Key Concepts 5%
Techniques 12.5%
BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas
Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring 5%
Elicitation & Collaboration 20%
Requirements Life Cycle Management 20%
Strategy Analysis 5%
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition 24%
Solution Evaluation 1%

Source: IIBA Romania Chapter

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training academy for professionals offering courses in Business Analysis, automation testing and analytics. We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner for conducting business analyst certification courses.

Business Analyst Certification Training (ECBA)

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Business Analysis Virtual Workshop – Agile Business Analyst

Business Analysis Virtual Workshop – Agile Business Analyst

This month’s business analysis virtual workshop will be on Agile business analyst. Techcanvass conducts these virtual workshops every month on topics worth discussion. In this workshop, our expert will talk about the controversial role of an Agile business analyst.

I call it controversial because SCRUM as an Agile methodology does not formally recognize the role of a business analyst. It has a role namely product owner. However,  Business Analysts are becoming an integral part of every software project. So, how can projects using Agile methodologies like SCRUM can be any different.

The question is – whether we assume that product owner is nothing but a business analyst or Business Analyst does more than that?

Business Analysis Workshop Details

This is a virtual workshop and you can join it from anywhere in the world. The scheduled date and time are as follows:

 

  18th March, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

The agenda for this workshop are as follows:

  • What is different as a Business Analyst in Agile Environment
  • Business Analysis in Agile Environment
  • Case Study
  • Q & A session

Business Analysis virtual workshop

Click on the image above to visit the event page and register for FREE.

More on Agile Business Analyst

Techcanvass specializes in Agile and business analysis domains. We believe that this role is going to be one of the most prominent roles of the future.

I have selected couple of articles for you to read and get yourself familiarized with Business analysis in Agile environment.

 

Agile Business Analyst – Role, need & context

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst in agile project?

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT training academy for professionals offering courses in Business Analysis, automation testing and analytics. We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner for conducting Agile Business Analyst certification course for providing IIBA certification programs.

You can check out the Agile Business Analyst training program below:

Agile Business Analyst Training

Introduction to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide

Introduction to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide

This article provides an introduction to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide. BABOK guide is the official guide for all IIBA certification examinations for business analysts. It’s a comprehensive guide for understanding the business analysis practice.

IIBA has announced 4 levels of business analyst certifications from 30th September, 2016. BABOK Guide v3 is the reference guide for all these levels of certifications. If you would like to know about the level 1 certification, you can visit the following post.

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

What’s there in BABOK® Guide v3? How is it structured? What is the coverage for ECBA Certification? This article will help you get answers to all the above questions.

BABOK® Guide Architecture

What is the architecture of the BABOK® Guide? The guide comprises of five key elements. These elements are:

  • Core Concepts
  • Knowledge Areas and Tasks
  • Underlying Competencies
  • Techniques
  • Perspectives

BABOK Guide Architecture

Let’s look at each of these elements.

Core Concepts

Core concepts are the pillars of the business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK). The business analysis practice, as described in the BABOK guide is based on these core concepts. These core concepts are part of business analysis core concepts model (BACCM) as shown below.

BACCM

We are going to discuss the business analysis core concepts model in our next blog post. Keep watching for this space.

Knowledge Areas & Tasks

The business analysis practice has been divided into six knowledge areas. These six knowledge areas cover the entire business analysis work areas. Each of these knowledge areas are further divided into tasks, which are doable tasks. BABOK guide describes the tasks for each knowledge areas in a structured and systematic manner. For example:

Knowledge area 4 elicitation and collaboration has following tasks defined in BABOK:

4.1 Prepare for elicitation

4.2 Conduct Elicitation

4.3 Confirm elicitation results

4.4 Communicate business analysis information

4.5 Manage stakeholder Collaboration

Furthermore, each of the tasks has been discussed in details with input, output, guidelines, tools and techniques.

Underlying competencies

As per BABOK Guide:

The Underlying Competencies chapter provides a description of the behaviors,
characteristics, knowledge, and personal qualities that support the practice of
business analysis.

The competencies, defined in the guide are generic competencies and are applicable for other professional areas as well. The competencies have been divided into 6 categories like analytical thinking and problem solving, communication skills, interaction skills etc.

As you can make out, these competencies may apply to other professional areas as well.

Techniques

The guide enlists techniques for each of the tasks under knowledge areas. A business analyst can use these technique to accomplish the tasks.  The guide has picked up the most used and common techniques. Further to that, BABOK guide states that:

Business analysts apply their experience and judgment in determining
which techniques are appropriate to a given situation and how to apply each
technique.

Perspectives

Perspectives is one of the core concepts, which provides focus to the business analysis activity for each project. For example, AGILE is one of the perspectives indicating that the business analysis activities have to be applied and used with AGILE perspective rather than a traditional project perspective.

Brief Video on Introduction to BABOK Guide

This is a brief video, where I explained the BABOK architecture to class recently.

ECBA Examination by IIBA

ECBA Certification examination update

This post is written to provide information update on ECBA Certification examination by IIBA. IIBA ECBA Certification is the level 1 certification for business analysts and is in force from September 30, 2016. This certification does not need any experience as a business analyst unlike CCBA and CBAP certifications.

ECBA Examination mode

This is an update for all Business Analyst certification aspirants for ECBA certification exam. The ECBA examination is going to be conducted in a LIVE and monitored environment. You can take the exam from anywhere, you just need to have the following:

  • Stable Broadband Connection
  • Webcam
  • Microphone

ECBA Exam compatibility check

If you would like to know if your computer and connection are compatible for the ECBA exam by IIBA, please visit this link:

IIBA ECBA Exam compatibility check

ECBA Exams conducted by PSI

As per the latest update by IIBA, the ECBA exam will be conducted by PSI Services LLC, a California based assessment organization.

ECBA PSI exam FAQ

To know more about the ECBA Exam through PSI, you can visit the following link:

ECBA PSI examination FAQ

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