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Which business analyst certification is right for me?

Which business analyst certification is right for me?

If you are looking for business analyst certifications, you might have this question – Which business analyst certification is right for me? Read this article to get answer to this question.

I have considered the business analyst certifications on two counts:

  • Popular and widely recognized certifications
  • Certifications going to be popular soon

The business analyst certifications are based on expertise and business analysis experience. We will discuss these factors in the next section.

Eligibility criteria for certifications

Business Analysis experience

I am talking about your business analysis experience and not about your professional experience. If you are working as a sales professional for 5 years, your experience is not equivalent to 5 years of business analysis experience. What does business analysis experience mean? See the “Business Analysis expertise” section. The certifications typically don’t consider non-BA experience.

Business Analysis expertise

Business analysts are expected to acquire experience in the requirements gathering, requirement modelling, requirement management etc. There could be differences in the way different certification bodies define the expertise. But these differences are not significant. IIBA, PMI and BCS are the most prominent business analysis certification bodies. IIBA has categorised business analysis expertise into six knowledge areas. These are:

  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Elicitation
  • Requirements Management and Communication
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Solution Assessment and Validation

These knowledge areas along with underlying competencies represent the business analyst expertise. We will discuss and explain each of these in a separate post. In simpler terms, if you are involved in the following activities, you have business analysis experience:

  • Requirements gathering with the customer
  • Requirements analysis and modelling like UML modelling
  • Developing SRS
  • Functional Testing
  • Business case preparation

To help you choose the right certification, I have presented multiple scenarios based on experience and expertise.

If you don’t have any business analysis experience

In the case, you have no exposure to business analysis functions, you will be eligible for entry level certifications. This is true, even if you have industry experience. The certifications available for entry level business analysts are as follows:

IIBA ECBA Certification

Entry Level certification for Business Analysts

 

 

BCS Business Analysis Certifications

BCS Certification

 

 

Which one is more popular?

IIBA has a much wider acceptance world wide and should be your first choice. However, BCS is widely accepted and recognized in UK and European region and if you are from that region, you must go for BCS.

If you have less then 5 years of business analysis experience

If you have business analysis experience, ECBA and BCS foundation level certifications not worthy of your expertise. You can choose a certification, which is for experienced business analysts. If your experience is less than 5 years, you have the following choices:

IIBA CCBA Certification

CCBA Certification

 

 

IIBA CCBA certification eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Requires a minimum of 3,750 hours of work experience in the last 7 years ( This requirement translates to approximately 3 years of experience)
  • Minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years. This is acquired by attending a training program from an IIBA endorsed education provider like Techcanvass.

IIBA CCBA Certification Course

PMI PBA Certification

PMI

 

 

PMI PBA certification eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience (translates to approximately 3.5-4 years of experience)
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

Which one is more popular?

This is a difficult one. PMI as well as IIBA are well recognized certification bodies. You can choose any one of them. However, if you are looking to go for PMP certification in the future, PMI membership will help you in more than one ways.

If you have 5 years or more of business analysis experience

You are a business analyst and have almost 5 years of business analysis experience, you are eligible for CBAP certification from IIBA. This is the flagship certification and is widely accepted certification currently.

IIBA CBAP certification eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Requires a minimum of 7500 hours of work experience in the last 10 years ( This requirement translates to approximately 5 years of experience)
  • Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years. This is acquired by attending a training program from an IIBA endorsed education provider like Techcanvass.

CBAP Certification

CBAP Certification Course

You are in an IT professional with no experience of Business Analysis

If you are an IT professional but have no prior business analysis experience, then you have two options:

Option 1: Go for IIBA ECBA Certification (as discussed above)

Option 2: Go for an Agile Business Analyst or Scrum Product Owner certifications

Agile methodologies are used and adopted at a rapid rate. More and more companies have started to use it for projects. Agile methodologies also need business analysts and you need to understand and master the business analysis skills specific to Agile and Scrum. Here is a list of such certifications:

Agile Business Analyst from iSQI 


Certified Agile Business Analyst certification

 

Agile business analyst certifications are relatively new, but are more generic in nature. It will be applicable for all types of Agile methodologies. Agile business analysts are future proof certifications.

Certified SCRUM product Owner

Product Owner is equivalent to Business analyst. The only difference is that Product Owner (PO) is for SCRUM version of Agile methodologies. There are two certifications available for this role:

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) by ScrumAlliance

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) by Scrum.org

Which one is more popular?

Certified Agile Business Analyst (CABA) and PSPO are relatively newer certifications. This means that you may not have heard of it. But these are promising ones. CSPO certification is the most popular one. By the way, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrumalliance is probably the most popular Scrum certifications in the market today.

Conclusion

I have tried and presented all the scenarios, I can think of and have also indicated the popular choices. Hope it helps you in selecting the right certification. Certifications are important as they provide a standardized minimum level of competence.

Cheers

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 Course with ECBA Certification

IIBA ECBA Training

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

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.

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