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:
The business analyst certifications are based on expertise and business analysis experience. We will discuss these factors in the next section.
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 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:
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:
To help you choose the right certification, I have presented multiple scenarios based on experience and expertise.
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 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 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 eligibility requirements are as follows:
PMI PBA certification eligibility requirements are as follows:
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.
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:
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
To earn the ECBA® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
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.
The certificate exam will need you to have the requisite knowledge as per BABOK v3 and the distribution is as follows:
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%|
|Business Analysis Key Concepts||5%|
|BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas|
|Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring||5%|
|Elicitation & Collaboration||20%|
|Requirements Life Cycle Management||20%|
|Requirements Analysis and Design Definition||24%|
Source: IIBA Romania Chapter
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