Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Entry certificate in business analysis (ECBA)

ECBA certification is a business analyst certification for beginners and is awarded by International Institute of business analysis (IIBA), canada.

If you are planning to become a business analyst, ECBA certification is the best choice for you. This article provides all the details about this certification.

This entry level certification for business analysts was launched on September 30, 2016 by IIBA.

In this article, you will find following details about ECBA:

  • Introduction
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Validity
  • Who can do this certification?
  • Certification Syllabus
  • Exam Format
  • Free ECBA preparation Resources

What is Business Analyst certification for beginners?

ECBA is the beginner or entry-level business analysis certification. This is intended for any professional, who wishes to enter the field of business analysis.

This certification is expected to test your understanding of business analysis practice at the entry-level. This test is based on the business analysis as described in BABOK version 3.

ECBA Certification validity

ECBA certification is valid for life and does not need to be renewed unlike CCBA and CBAP certifications.

ECBA Certification Eligibility

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.

Can freshers also do ECBA Certification?

As there is no experience requirement as an eligibility, any one can go for this certification. As long as, you learn and master the knowledge.

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

ECBA Certification is an entry level certification and is the best choice, if you want to be come a Business Analyst.

Many of our students come from development background and wish to move into a customer facing role like business analyst. Going for ECBA certification is a good step forward.


I am a Non-IT professional, is ECBA Certification applicable for me also?

Business analyst role in the IT industry is possibly the only role where your background does not matter. You can become a business analyst, coming from IT or non-IT backgrounds.

So, if you learn the formal BA skills and get ECBA certified, you have equal opportunity to become a business analyst as an IT professional.


What is the ECBA Exam format?

ECBA Certification examination is a multiple choice test. The duration of the ECBA exam is 1 hour . The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.

ECBA Certification Syllabus

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:

General Topics

  • Business Analysis and BA Professional – 2.5%
  • Underlying Competencies – 5%
  • Business Analysis key concepts – 5%
  • Techniques – 17.5%

Knowledge Areas

  • Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring – 5%
  • Elicitation & Collaboration – 20%
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%
  • Strategy Analysis – 0%
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 25%
  • Solution Evaluation – 0%

Note: These changes will be effective from the 1st of March, 2021.

ECBA Exam Pattern

Key points about ECBA certificate exam pattern are:

  • There are 50 MCQs to be done in 1 hr
  • Each question will have four options
  • Every question will have one correct answer
  • There are no negative markings
  • The questions are based on fundamentals
  • To pass the exam, you need to clear each of the knowledge area individually

What kind of questions are asked in the ECBA exam, to know that try our ECBA Mock Test

ECBA Certification cost

ECBA Certification cost comprises of membership fees, application cost and exam fees. ECBA Certification cost ranges from $225 to $295, depending on your country.

Complete details on ECBA certification cost.

How can I take the ECBA Exam?

The ECBA Exam is conducted by PSI in association with IIBA Canada. You can take this from home as well. You can read more on taking ECBA Exam to know more..


How to prepare for the ECBA Certification?

Preparing for the ECBA Certification exam can be tough. The questions are based on BABOK and the exam requires a thorough understanding of the topics. 

BABOK guide is a five-hundred page document and is definitely not an easy book to understand.

You can read our article How to prepare for the ECBA Certification exam, that will help you in planning your preparation well.

You can also join our ECBA Certification preparation course which will provide you with training sessions, study materials and the ECBA pattern based question bank.

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 course to become an IT Business analyst. This is a weekends course and includes training sessions, Question bank, Study/Revision guide.

ECBA Self study course

Abhishek Srivastava

Abhishek Srivastava is a seasoned IT professional with diverse experience in Banking, Insurance, Utility and Education domains. Managing large accounts, Program management & Developing business solutions has been his forte.An NIT / IIM Kozhikode graduate, He founded Techcanvass ( in 2013. With Techcanvass, He is pursuing his dream of creating an organization imparting quality education to IT professionals. He believes that learning is a lifelong journey and one must never stop learning.He also loves writing and sharing his knowledge. Some of his notable books are ERP to E2RP, UML Modelling for Business Analysts, Business Analysts Practitioners Guide, Software Testing: A practical Approach. All these books are available on Amazon.

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5 thoughts on “Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

  1. If I have no experience (training or professional) in anything related to BA. However, I have 5+ years in Financial Services (Treasury/Investment Management, Risk Management), can I still have a chance of eligibility requirements for the ECBA exam?

  2. Hi
    I wanted to take this entry level BA, i have no experiance and i have 6 years of career gap. Can i still elligible for this certification. ..i want to fresh start my career so i am opting this to upgrade my knowledge.

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