ECBA Certification preparation strategy

In this article, I am going to discuss and explain ECBA certification preparation strategy. You need to crack an online test to get the ECBA certification, so how do you prepare for the ECBA certification?

ECBA certification exam is based on IIBA BABOK guide version 3. This book is big and can be intimidating for many specially if you are new to business analysis. So I decided to enable every ECBA certification aspirant to adopt an efficient approach to the preparation.

Before, we discuss the strategy for cracking ECBA exam, lets understand the BABOK guide (This is the book on which the ECBA certification exam is based on).

BABOK guide structure

The Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide has multiple sections and the sections map is shown below:

BABOK Guide Structure

It’s a well structured and researched book, however a very difficult book to understand. The good news is that as an ECBA certification preparation standpoint, you don’t need to go through the entire content.

The scope for ECBA certification is limited. That makes your task easier. So, what’s the scope for you? We are going to discuss that in the next section.

ECBA Certification exam Syllabus

The image below is reproduced from IIAB website. Three of the six knowledge areas have 64% weightage from the certification exam perspective. The next important part is the Techniques section, that has 12.5% weightage.


It means that only by reading the chapters in the Group I and 3 knowledge areas in Group 2, you can cover 84-89% syllabus.

Let’s now understand the ECBA Exam preparation strategy.

ECBA Certification exam preparation strategy

ECBA Certification exam is a multiple choice examination. It will have 50 questions and the time allotted is 1 hour.

Step 1: Acquire 21 hrs PDs & Learn BA skills

Assuming you are new to business analysis, you should first try and understand what is business analysis and how does it work? What is the role of a business Analyst? What does a business analyst do in Waterfall & Agile Projects? What are the formal Business analysis skills?

This is important as this will help you in relating to BABOK guide better. As ECBA certification  needs you to acquire 21 hrs of CDUs, you need to join an IIBA EEP. The EEPs should be able to cover these topics. Techcanvass is one such IIBA EEP

Step 2: Go through the BABOK guide

ECBA Certification exam has a well defined focus. It means that you must go through BABOK latest version. The best way to understand the BABOK is to have completed Step 1 or to do it along with Step 1.

Note: As mention in this article above, you can be selective in reading BABOK and focus on the 3 knowledge areas with highest weightage.

Step 3: BABOK reading & Mock Tests

This is an important aspect for your preparation. Start by taking Knowledge area wise tests and once you are able to do well (target 70% score), go for the full length tests.

In our ECBA Question bank , we have more than 1000 questions divided into chapter wise and full length test questions.

Most importantly, the results of every test not only shows score but also detailed analysis and reports.

The reports show you the tests, where you scored less than the target %age (70% is what we recommend). This means that you can immediately know the areas to work on.

Once you start getting 70% score in chapter wise tests, it is time to move to the full length tests. The same target applies to full length test as well.

Want to try a test? Visit our ECBA Question bank page.

Further Reading

Read about some practical ECBA Exam tips based on inputs from ECBA certified professionals and our experts.

ECBA Exam Tips

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.

Join our ECBA Certification training program to become a business analyst.

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  1. Dear receiver,

    I am interested in getting the ECBA.
    Could you please provide me a quote for the preparation throughr your services?

    Thank you,


  2. Dear Techcanvass Team,

    Like Mauro, I’m interested in becoming ECBA certified as well. Can you please provide me a quote through your EEP program? Much appreciated!


  3. Dear Techcanvass Team,

    Like Mauro, I’m interested in becoming ECBA certified as well. Can you please provide me a quote through your EEP program? Much appreciated!


  4. I’m interested in becoming ECBA certified as well. Can you please provide me a quote through your EEP program?

  5. Hi,
    Would you provide me the details of preparation and completion of the ECBA certificate through your materials and guidance?


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