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Do you need a certification to become a Business Analyst?

As you are planning to get into the Business Analyst Profile, it’s natural to think of certifications. Is it essential to have a certification before you can be considered by companies for entry-level Business Analyst profile (even if you are not a fresher and have been working)?

Certifications can be a differentiator, if the certification in question is recognized by the industry. Unfortunately, there is no such certification, which has industry-wide recognition for entry level business analysts. However, since we are discussing the certifications for business analysts, let me list down some of the certifications, both for the entry level as well as experienced Business Analysts.

Entry Level Certifications

(Note: Entry level Business analyst refers to the fact that you don’t have any experience as Business Analyst, even though you have industry experience)

The table below shows a list of certifications available for entry level business analysts. These certifications are from reputed organizations and can be considered if it is a mandatory requirement for recruitment.

Business Analyst certifications

Certifications for Experienced Business Analysts

(Note: Please note that experience in this case refers to the experience in the role of business analysis and that does not necessarily mean a designation of Business Analyst. So for example, if you working as a Functional Consultant for SAP or you are working on requirements elicitation or documentation in a software project, all of these count as experience)

The table below shows the certifications, for professionals who have experience as business analysts

Business Analyst certifications

You can visit the respective websites to know the latest details. IIBA is scheduled to launch new form of certifications by September, 2016.

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

Certifications for Business Analysts

Certifications for Business Analysts

In this post, I am going to explain the recognized certifications for business analysts. There are a number of certifications available for business analysts. This includes certifications for entry level business analysts and certifications for experienced business analysts.

International Institute of business analysis (IIBA) is the leading business analysis certification body in the world. IIBA offers four levels of certifications.We are going to have a closer look at them in this article.

I have written another article, which covers all the other business analyst certifications. This article will help you in choosing the right certification for you.

Business Analyst Certifications – Choosing the right one

As discussed, in this article, I am going to discuss the IIBA certifications for business analysts.

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.

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

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

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

 

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.

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

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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Everything about Business Analyst – Role, Career and growth path

Business Analyst career path and certifications

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